Saturday, July 18, 2009

Do-It-Yourself Natural Body Butter

A couple weeks ago, I started my transition to a "more natural" body care routine. Good bye, Suave Cocoa Butter Lotion and Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. Hello, natural body butter! Rather than purchase the organic alternative for an expensive price, I mixed my own version for a low cost. The recipe was a simple one derived from my obsession with shea butter and safflower oil. Shea butter is rich in vitamin A and is known for its moisturizing properties. In its unrefined form, it may provide healing benefits as well. Pure safflower oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which provide hydration and potential healing as well.

Directly below is my recipe for the simple body butter. Shea butter can be purchased from online stores or local markets that sell bulk organic ingredients. Safflower oil can be found in the cooking oil section of some local grocery stores or purchased online as well. In both cases, be sure to buy the real deal. Feel free to experiment with the type and amount of butter and oil you use:



LOO'S SIMPLE BODY BUTTER:
1 part 100% unrefined shea butter
1/4 part pure safflower oil*
*This amount of oil produces a firm body butter. Add more oil for a creamier consistency.

Instructions: Microwave the unrefined shea butter in a heat-safe container until melted. Filter the melted butter through a napkin to remove any impurities. Add safflower oil and stir thoroughly. Cover with a lid and allow to harden overnight in a cool room. (For a creamier consistency, add about 1/2 part oil, allow the melted filtered butter to solidify slightly, and then whip with a hand blender or fork.)


In case you are interested in adding more oils and a touch of fragrance to your body butter, here is a recipe I discovered online:

HOMEMADE WHIPPED BODY BUTTER:
1 and 1/3 Cups of Shea Butter

½ Cup of Olive Oil

1 tsp. Of Vitamin E Oil

½ ounce of fragrance oil

**For instructions, click here.

FOR OTHER BODY BUTTER RECIPES (SHEA, MANGO, COCOA, ETC.):
BLISSFUL BODY BUTTER
MANGO BODY BUTTER
SHEA & MANGO BODY BUTTER
BODY BUTTER RECIPES
LOTION RECIPES

OTHER READS:
SHEA BUTTER BENEFITS
SAFFLOWER OIL STUDY
LIST OF BUTTERS & THEIR PROPERTIES:
LIST OF VEGETABLE OILS & THEIR PROPERTIES:
LIST OF ESSENTIAL OILS & THEIR PROPERTIES

6 comments:

  1. cool - next time, try to melt the shea in a double boiler -- microwaving the shea butter kills the vitamins :*

    Lina40

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  2. Thanks for the heads up, girl! I really appreciate it.

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  3. I was about to say what Lina said, but she already hit the nail on the head, lol.

    I made a mixture of shea butter, coconut oil, and various essential oils - lavendar, patchouli, lemongrass, lemon, and orange - for my skin. I didn't even have to melt the shea. I bought a 5 lb block from Nasabb and I just scraped off what I needed. Once I added the coconut oil, I was able to use my beater on a low speed (setting 1 or 2) to "whip" the butter and oil together, then add my essential oils.

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  4. Yep, Nasabb has the nice, soft shea butter that doesn't need melting. I remember touching a sample of it some months ago and it felt like heaven. The shea butter I have right now is from Crabapple and it's super hard ... too hard to mix straight. Once I finish the batch I have, I may switch to Nasabb. I think Nasabb's shea also contains less or no impurities; when I use Crabapple's without removing the sand, etc., I feel like I'm putting dirt on my body/hair. Lol.

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  5. I love Nasabb. They just had a 50% off sale last month. I got a 5 lb block of shea for half off. The block is not really pliable, but it's easy to scrape the butter off for use. Be on the look out for their next sale. :)

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  6. I can't believe I missed that sale! :-( Thanks for the heads up ... I'll definitely be on the lookout for the next one.

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