I live in the mountains of Idaho. It is BEAUTIFUL and I really can’t complain about anything…anything except for the dryness level. ESPECIALLY in the winter! That has been a difficult thing. My hair, skin, and eyes really suffer from lack of enough moisture. I get itchy, flaky skin that makes it uncomfortable to get through the day. I’ve also noticed both my sons (2 & newborn) struggle as well. Any of you deal with something similar? Can be disheartening when no lotions really seem to help and you are spending piles of money on trying to find something, ANYTHING that works! Or you find things that seem ok but they are loaded with preservatives and chemicals and cost and arm and leg!
Have heart! There is help! This ALL NATURAL, SIMPLE recipe for a homemade whipped body butter has helped WONDERS for my family! I am so in love with it! It will nourish, moisturize, protect, and sooth your skin in a jiffy!
Since I started making it about a year ago, I have felt WAY better and seen much improvement in the condition of my skin. I literally slather my whole body in it head to toe, every day! I can’t get enough! Bonus is… it only uses 2 ingredients plus optional essential oils. SO EASY and way cheaper to make it yourself than buying it at the store.
In addition to soothing and moisturizing your skin, it also provides many vitamins and minerals, and depending on what vegetable oils you use, it can also provide SPF! A-Maz-Zing!!!
So, grab your ingredients (if you can’t find what you need, see my supplies page…) and let’s do this!
Note: If you just don’t have the time or desire to make your own, you can can still enjoy the benefits of it by purchasing it for a really affordable price right here on my site!
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*This recipe is intended for personal use only. All posts and recipes on kiragray.org are copyright and may not be shared, duplicated, or used to sell products. Please enjoy respectfully!
What you need:
- 10 oz raw shea butter (approx 1.5 cups)
- 4 fl oz Vegetable oil (ex: olive, avocado, sweet almond)
- 30 drops Essential oils (your choice)
- Double boiler
- Hand mixer
- 8 oz glass jar
Ok, even though this is simple, it does take a bit of time due to melting and cooling of the oils. This is a basic recipe and can be adapted in a number of ways so be creative!
- The best rule of thumb is to follow approximately 75% solids (those are your butters – today we will use shea butter) and 25% liquids (any vegetable oil).
- Keep all containers and tools CLEAN and FULLY DRY before starting. You do not want to have even a drop of water contaminate your products! This can lead to bacteria growth and mold and your product won’t last as long. Measure all solids out by weight. This makes it easier to replicate and be accurate.
Step 1: Using a kitchen scale, measure out 10 oz of Raw Shea Butter. Make sure you “tare” the scale first. if you don’t have a scale, this is approximately 1.5 cups. As you can see in my photo, mine is just above 10 oz. That’s ok! It won’t make much of a difference in the final product.
Step 2: Put shea butter in a double boiler and completely melt (over low-med heat). Do NOT boil! If you do not own a double boiler (I don’t yet!) Use a big pot of water, and then a smaller pot (or glass measuring cup). Just make sure that the water in the big pot has no way of splashing up and into your smaller pot.
Step 3: Once melted, remove from heat and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Then you add your 4 oz of liquid oil and 30 drops of essential oils of choice (optional). My favorite scent is my peppermint tingle blend but you can be creative and use whatever you want! I make this unscented for my kids.
Step 4: Pour mixture into a medium size mixing bowl and place in fridge until the mixture starts to solidify
(approx. 25-35 minutes). It will start to turn white and cloudy and get solid around the edges. THE COOLER THE BETTER. You can even get it more white and solid than the picture below.
Step 5: Once cooled, remove from fridge and using a hand mixer (with the whisk attachment), whip up the
mixture until it becomes white and fluffy like whipped cream. It may take a few minutes. NOTE: if it does
not get thicker and white (or takes more than 10 minutes) you probably didn’t cool it long enough. Just
stick it back in the fridge for 10 more minutes and try again!
Once whipped up, transfer to a glass jar. Store up to a year. Hope you enjoy this!!!! Stay tuned for more recipes coming soon…
- 10 oz shea butter (raw)
- 4 oz liquid vegetable oil of choice (olive, sweet almond, avocado)
- 30 drops pure essential oils of choice
- Using a kitchen scale, measure out 10 oz of Raw Shea Butter (approximately 1.5 cups).
- Put shea butter in a double boiler and completely melt (over low-med heat). Do NOT boil!
- Once melted, remove from heat and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Stir in your liquid vegetable oil(s) and essential oils. Mix well.
- Pour mixture into a medium size mixing bowl and put it into a refrigerator to cool for about 20-40 minutes, until it is partially solidified - it will turn white and cloudy and start to have solid edges. THE COOLER THE BETTER.
- Once cooled, remove from fridge and using a hand mixer, whip up the mixture until light and fluffy - it will turn white. It this takes more than 10 minutes, the mixture probably needs to be cooled more.
- Transfer to a glass jar and enjoy!
- *This recipe is intended for personal use only. All posts and recipes on kiragray.org are copyright and may not be shared, duplicated, or used to sell products. Please enjoy respectfully!