Take care of your skin and protect it from harmful pollutants that you are constantly exposed to by making something simple and easy in your own home.
While it’s always more convenient to just buy your skin products at a local store, there are many things you need to remember. The most important point to consider would be the ingredients manufacturers use in making skin products. It is a must to read labels, and carefully study each and every ingredient.
A lot of products are loaded with chemicals that may be harmful to the skin. This is the reason more and more people are going natural and organic. Some people even opt to make their own skin products.
Making your own skin product assures you that the ingredients are healthy and organic because you get to pick them. Homemade products also cost less since most of the ingredients can be found in your pantry.
Here’s a DIY Body Butter that is very easy to do and deliciously good for the skin too.
Body butter is known to provide intense and long-lasting moisturizing effect on the skin while protecting it from outside pollutants. Using a natural body butter that is free of harsh chemicals is really good and contributes to making skin healthier.
This DIY body butter recipe uses extra virgin coconut oil, shea butter, sweet almond oil and vitamin E.
Extra virgin coconut oil is the main ingredient. In tropical regions locals use coconut oil to protect their skin from the sun. Coconut oil’s components are known to make the skin smoother while retaining the moisture content of the skin. The fatty acids of coconut oil have antimicrobial properties that help protect skin.
Shea butter is perfect for this DIY body butter because it is known as a superb moisturizer and it has powerful healing properties for the skin.
Sweet almond oil is used to clean pores. It also adds moisture to the skin. While vitamin E oil blocks free radicals from the body and has a huge part in the anti-aging process. Vitamin E helps keep the skin young looking.
Essential oils can also be used. For this recipe, lavender oil is used because it has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
Make your own body butter and notice the difference in your skin.
Extra virgin coconut oil
Sweet almond oil
2 capsules of vitamin E
Lavender oil (optional)
Materials to be used
For DIY double boiler:
Measuring cups and measuring spoons
In your bowl, mix ¼ cup coconut oil and ¼ cup shea butter.
Fill your small pan with about 1 and ½ inches water. Put the bowl on top of the pan and melt both shea butter and coconut oil until you get a clear mixture.
Whisk the melting oils together, making sure everything is thoroughly melted and blended.
Once the mixture is clear, take it off the heat.
Poke a hole on the vitamin E capsules and squeeze the content into the coconut oil mixture. Add 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Stir until all oils are blended together.
Set it aside to cool down and then put it in the refrigerator until it is a bit solid, but not too hard. (Tip, if it gets too hard simply set the bowl out at room temperature for a few minutes.)
Remove from refrigerator and beat on low speed with the hand mixer. Whip until it looks like whipped cream, then add 8-10 drops of the lavender oil or any essential oil of your choice.
Continue whipping the mixture for 1-2 minutes. Getting as much air into it as possible will result in a light and creamy body butter.
Once it looks like a light fluffy whipped cream, you can transfer it into the Mason jar or other lidded container.
You can now use your DIY body butter. To prevent contamination, scoop your butter out with a spoon instead of your fingers.
Name: Nadine Escudero
Nadine is a wandering writer and blogger. She loves travelling and exploring new places, and finding hole-in-the-wall dining places. As a wannabe cook, she loves discovering new recipes and ingredients, like the versatile coconut oil (and yes, she uses it on just about anything and everything). On lazy days, Nadine is spending time at the beach with her fur-babies, Pepe and Pido.