I am starting to get into the whole DIY beauty thing. It makes sense- the skin is our largest organ and it most likely puts up with the most abuse! For a while I have been using an olive oil/castor oil mixture to remove my make-up and I have been so thrilled with the results. Even better is when I run out- all I have to do is spend a few seconds making some more and I am good to go!
Anyhow, with the success of the easy peasy make-up remover you would have thought that I would be looking more into what else I can make with a few household ingredients. But not so much, I still hadn’t been entire converted.
Then Pinterest happened. I have been on this site for quite a while now- you can view my profile here. Now there was an easy way to see all the amazing things that I could do!
At any rate- the homemade shea body butter was at the top of my list, I love the stuff from Bath and Body but the price tag is a little steep and who knows what chemicals are in there!
I purchased some essential oils and unrefined shea butter via Etsy.com and got to work.
Here is the recipe that I used for my first batch:
- 1 c Shea Butter
- 1/2 c Coconut Oil
- 1/2 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
- Clove Essential Oil
And these are the steps I used-
- Placed all oil in a medium glass pot and turned stove top burner on the medium heat setting. Stir constantly until all oil is melted and in liquid state.
- Carefully (remember peeps- this is hot oil!) pour everything in a ceramic or glass bowl
- Add oils to your liking (I did 20 drops each of the lavender and lemon, 10 drops clove)
- Stir with metal spoon.
- Put in fridge until the top layer is solidifying
- Using the metal spoon, stir really really fast to “whip” it
The result is a shiny and yummy smelling creme. The unrefined shea butter, while the most natural and best to use for this purpose, was not what the poster on Pinterest used so I was not prepared for the strong “nutty” smell. While I am a fan of my first batch- I immediately noticed some things that I will modify for my second batch.
- I will use almond or grape seed oil next time- the olive oil did not help cut down the smell of the shea butter- and I think actually made the smell even stronger
- The lavender smell was completely lost because of the combo of the shea and olive oil- I will use rose oil next time
- I need to pay closer attention to the mixture once I place it in the fridge- some of the mixture had really hardened and that make it harder to whip it
Overall though- I am so happy with the results! It works wonderfully, no dry skin at all. Also, I don’t want anyone to be scared off by the nutty smell of the unrefined shea butter that I mentioned previously- once it absorbs into your skin the smell is so faint that it completely disappears within an hour. To make sure I even had a co-worker smell me (oddly enough she didn’t bat an eye when I asked her if I smelled odd or nutty).
Looking forward to making a second batch and using the essential oils to make my own perfume!
Have any of you experimented with making your own body lotion? What did you do?