I am always avoiding chemicals as much as possible, especially in something that I put on my body and my children’s body almost every day. Fragrance and phthalates are bad, as well as Parabens (endocrine disruptor), Ethanol, and Phenoxyethanol (suspected carcinogen). Here’s an older study, but a good read: Baby Lotions, etc. Many times products will be listed as “natural,” but they still have some of these ingredients in them. Make sure you look at the label before you buy. Here is a great recipe I have been using for years and I love it.
1 cup organic raw shea butter (solid)
½ cup coconut oil (solid)
½ cup almond oil (liquid)
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing (lavender is nice, about 20 drops. The essential oils are optional, not necessary)
- Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for about 20–30 minutes.
- Wait until oils start to partially solidify then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved. I place it in my Kitchen Aid mixer to whip it up.
- Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy!
· You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid. SO IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED OILS, JUST REPLACE THEM WITH AN OIL THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO. Just make sure you replace a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid.
· The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
· Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mold. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
· I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
· The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
Original recipe: Body Butter