I’ve tried a few body creams and lotions in my time but I’ve never quite found one that totally suits me. Until now! Since I started using my homemade organic body butter I don’t even contemplate buying commercial brands. I especially like that I know exactly what I’m putting on my skin = no yucky chemicals with names I can’t even pronounce!
Homemade organic body butter
My skin tends to be on the dry side, especially during winter when humidity is low. The commercial products I’ve used so far have either been too greasy or they sink into my skin in minutes leaving my skin feeling just as dry as before.
This homemade organic body butter leaves my skin feeling gorgeously silky smooth and soft. It sinks in just enough that it doesn’t feel greasy but I can still feel the protective, nourishing layer protecting my skin all day long.
All the natural products I make have been used by myself and my family (unless otherwise stated). This does not mean that the products will be safe for you personally. I always recommend testing the product on a small area of your body first in order to rule out possible allergies or adverse reactions. Simply rub a small amount of the finished product onto the inside of your wrist and watch for any irritation or redness.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have diabetes, please check with your health practitioner whether it is safe for you to use essential oils. You may also find the following information from Organic Aromas helpful 'Essential Oils Safety'
Last summer I made up a batch of calendula oil so I used that in this recipe. If you don’t have calendula oil, any light oil will do. Almond or olive oil are both good choices. Organic ingredients are always the best choice for this nourishing organic body butter.
Homemade organic body butter – Ingredients
- ½ cup – 120ml calendula oil
- ½ cup – 60g coconut oil | USA | D | UK |
- ½ cup – 60g shea butter | USA | D | UK |
- ½ tsp essential oil (I used tea tree)
Homemade organic body butter - How to make
Place the calendula oil, Coconut oil and Shea butter in a glass bowl or jug. If you have a double boiler then use that instead. I don’t have one and for this recipe, I used a glass measuring jug with a handle which I hooked over the side of a saucepan of simmering water. What’s important is that the bottom of the glass bowl does not rest on the bottom of the saucepan otherwise the mixture may burn.
Heat the mixture gently until all the oils have melted.
Stir well and set aside to cool.
Place in the fridge for around an hour or until firm to the touch.
Using an electric hand mixer, whisk the mixture until it takes on a creamy texture. At this point add the essential oil and whisk again to mix.
Spoon the mixture into a glass jar or container. I use small glass containers from Weck. I made some pretty labels for mine and they are in the Chalking Up Success! Library ready to download.