As promised here is my homemade body butter tutorial I did a while back. The first two batches I made did not come out too great but my third body butter attempt came out just right. Let’s take a look:
What you will need and why:
Restores elasticity to skin, protects against sun and wind, reduces blemishes and scarring, great daily moisturizer for dry skin, eczema and psoriasis prone skin types, minimizes bumps after shaving.
Very moisturizing and contains anti fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Also effective for eczema and psoriasis. Moisturizes and softens skin.
Vanilla oil contains antioxidant properties chasing away free radicals. It’s aroma is also very relaxing and considered an aphrodisiac.
Vitamin E Oil
Vitamin E oil serves many purposes, one being it’s ability to help preserve this mix. It’s mainly known for it’s antioxidant properties helping protect cells from free radicals, as well as a great moisturizer. Vitamin E oil helps reduce fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and protects against sun damage.
Fork– to help whip up your mix
You don’t need a fancy double boiler, any pot in which you usually boil water along with a heat resistant bowl will do.
Just grab any pot, fill it with water
Grab a heat resistant sterilized bowl (I used rubbing alcohol)
Place it on top of your boiling water and voila you got your double boiler ready to go………
You will also need:
1 empty sterilized, sanitized container to keep your mix in. I sterilized with regular rubbing alcohol. Now off to the good stuff.
I started off with 1/2 cup of sheabutter…..
Added the shea butter on to my double boiler…….
while the shea butter was melting I went ahead and scooped up 1/4 cup of coconut oil
(Shea butter still melting………..)
and added the coconut oil on to my already melted shea butter……
Once they were melted and looked like this…….
I added 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla oil and about a tablespoon of Vitamin E oil.
The vitamin E oil hopefully was enough to help preserve this batch……
Then I wiped down my empty container with rubbing alcohol
And added my melted body butter mix to the container…..
I then put my mix into the freezer (along with my pastel en hojas in the background lol), for about 10 minutes
Now this is what it looked liked after 10 minutes in the freezer. My first two batches stayed like this but it was not that creamy consistency I was looking for, so this time around……
I whipped it with a fork for a good 15-20 minutes by hand….(the boyfriend helped too) at first it was super difficult to whip up but thankfully the boyfriend was strong and kind enough to help. However you can use a hand mixer for this part, since I could not find my hand mixer (too lazy to look through the boxes it was in) I just did it by hand. And finally this is what it looked like after all that whipping…..
The whole process took about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes and after all that this is what I ended up with. I was pleased with this batch very smooth and creamy and not greasy at all.
I like to use this for my hands and cuticles, so I added a little bit to a small container I had and keep it in my purse.
I have not yet tried using this in my hair although I may start using it for my hair and see how it turns out. For the most part my skin is loving this and the vanilla scent is just so addictive and sweet but not too overbearing. I use my body butter every day or so especially after shaving. I find that after I shave my underarms and use this to moisturize, I don’t deal with any razor bumps at all. I also use it for my bikini line and deal with no razor burns or bumps at all either.
While shopping with my sister the other weekend I noticed the prices of some of these body butters and most can run you well into $20- $30 range which is fine if you got the dough like that, but in reality for the same price I can make myself body butters for the entire year. And not to mention it’s all natural with no chemicals at all!
This was very simple and there endless videos on YouTube in which you can watch and get an idea as to the many different techniques out there.