MY FAVORITE BODY BUTTER RECIPE
This recipe turns out a little bit like a salve. It is much easier to make than the ‘whipped’ body butter recipes out there. One of my favorite recipes and works great, especially for the winter months! It is most helpful for cracked hands and feet or extremely dry skin. I also use this body butter on eczema break-outs and have had great results. Give it a try:
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Grapeseed Oil
1/4 Cup Almond Oil*
1 Tablespoon Rosehip Seed Oil
2 Tablespoon Beeswax**
1 Teaspoon Vitamin E
1/4 Teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1/8 Teaspoon Sea Buckthorn Oil (optional)
10 Drops Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
7 Drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (optional)
*You can substitute any of the oils if you have an allergy or prefer a different oil. The oils I would recommend are reflected in the recipe. However, fractionated coconut oil, apricot oil, jojoba oil, olive oil or sunflower oil can be substituted. I would not recommend substituting the Shea butter as it keeps the body butter at the right consistency.
**I prefer the beeswax pellets because they are easier to work with.
Heat all ingredients (except the xanthan gum and essential oils) on low heat until completely melted.
Let the mixture cool for a few minutes and then stir in xanthan gum. Once xanthan gum is completely dissolved, add in essential oils. I love the Lavender/Ylang Ylang blend best. It is a calming and pretty-smelling blend. Pour into desired containers and let completely set and cool (about 3 hours).
Use body butter day and night or as needed.
Makes about 3 (4oz) jars.
A WORD ON INGREDIENTS
Most ingredients are available at a natural type grocery store but if you have trouble finding certain items Amazon.com at the affiliate links above. Mountain Rose Herbs is a great place to find quality essential oils.
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