DIY Body Butter


Winter is here and you know what that means right? Dry, itchy, white, flakey skin. Rough, cracked, chapped, dry skin. Need we go on? Using a simple store bought moisturizer will do, but wouldn’t you rather know exactly what is going on your skin? There are tons of hidden chemicals found in your everyday moisturizer so we have come up with a simple and easy way to make your own body butter right at home in your own kitchen. Read on to find out how.

You might not even realize it, but there can be harmful ingredients lurking in your everyday beauty products, and even in your store bought moisturizer and body butter. Let’s go over a couple of ingredients you may find in your products that are not-so-good for you.

Harmful Ingredients found in skin care products

Alpha Hydroxy Acid is found in anti-aging facial creams and body lotions. This particular toxin can destroys skin cells, and can leave your skin at risk to more damage from the environment and skin cancer. This ingredient may actually age your skin quicker in the long run.

Ammonium Glycolateis found in a lot of body products. This toxin is basically a photo-sensitizer that has the potential to higher your risk of skin cancer and sunburn because it intensifies UV exposures in deep layers of your skin. This particular sensitizer can cause an immune system response that includes burning, itching, scaling, hives, and blistering of skin.This toxin can also amplify penetration which alters your skin’s structure, making it easy for other chemicals to penetrate deeper into the skin, and in turn increasing the amounts of other chemicals that carry through to the bloodstream. 

BHA – BHT – these two preservatives are banned in other countries and are considered carcinogenic. They are found in both foods that contain oil and your everyday body products. These preservatives remain in the United State’s manufactured foods that contain oil because they slow rancidity.

Bronopol  This is a compound that may break down into formaldehyde and may form carcinogenic chemical compounds. Bronopol is found in body products.

Mineral Oil this is a derivative of petroleum and is known to clogs pores, lock in toxins, suffocate and dry skin and it inhibits your skin’s natural oil production, further increasing dehydration. This additive has also been seen to cause testicular tumors in the fetus, and is found in blush, baby oil, lotions, foundation and creams.

These are just a few of the harmful things that can be found in your store bought body butter. For a more extensive list of harmful ingredients found in your body lotions click here. Making your own moisturizer at home with only a few simple ingredients will offer you peace of mind and ensure you are using the purest and most natural ingredients.

Making your own body butter is quite simple really, but before we start you will need a few key ingredients. 

DIY Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients:

HOW TO:

  1. Grab yourself a saucepan. On low heat melt the coconut oil, the shea butter and the almond oil together until it is a complete liquid.  Pour your mixture into a stainless steel bowl (or any mixing bowl will do).
  2. Put the mixture in the fridge and let sit to cool for anywhere between a few hours to overnight. Check on it every so often until it starts to harden up (you can tell by pressing on it and if you see your finger print, its ready).
  3. Whip it up in a mixer for a few minutes or until it is fluffy and light.

This is where you can add in your favorite essential oil. We suggest using a lemon oil if you want your body butter to smell like a delicious dessert. If you prefer something more calming and relaxing, try a lavender oil. If you would like something that is fresh and crisp, add peppermint oil to your mixture. Of course you can add any scent of your choice, which is why making your own body butter is absolutely amazing. You may also want to try vanilla, sesame, rose or geranium. Customize it however you like.

Remember: If you decide to add essential oils, try to avoid getting it in your eyes or any other sensitive areas.

This recipe will make approximately one cup, so if you need more double up the ingredients. If you follow the recipe above you will need a cute little 500ml container to keep it in. We suggest trying these mason jars or tins like these to store your body butter in.  You should also remember to store your homemade body butter in an air tight container so that it stays good and fresh. You should keep it in a cool place and not in direct sunlight. Storing it properly will help to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.

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If you want to make an antibacterial body butter, add 20 drops of tea tree oil. It has antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-fungal properties in it!

There you have it. A recipe so easy and so quick, you will never buy body butter again! Keeping your skin and body safe is super important, and every little thing helps. This home made body butter is whipped, creamy and will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. It will even leave your dried cracked skin feeling luxurious and brand new.


Sources: Pure Zing
Photo Credits: 1,2,3,5 Lauren Hardy 4 Kirsten H

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Lauren Hardy

Lauren is a new mom living in Toronto, Canada. When she is not at home being a mom, she is working full time as a model, playing competitive baseball, and working on her personal blog. In her "spare" time, Lauren is aspiring to become a childbirth educator. You can find her at Lauren Hardy Blog

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