I call it the Lemon Skin Therapy. All natural body butter.
Body butters are always in and they are usually oil soluble. This means that no water is added to it. This also means that no preservatives are needed. How natural can natural be?
This recipe is extremely beneficial to the skin and I think you will love it, especially if you have dry- normal or combination skin. For oily skin, a little tweaking has to be done in the ingredients but do not fret, I’m always here for you.
You know when you see a fantastic and easy recipe and you think “oh yeah, I’m going to make this”..and you don’t. Don’t do that with this one. It smells lovely, texture is great, it feels very soft, absorbs easily, GIVES THE BODY A GLOW and it brightens the skin. No baby, it will not lighten your skin.
This new recipe has one two ingredients: All natural body butter
Butters: Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Lemon Butter.
- 97% Lemon butter
- 2.5% Shea Butter
- 0.5% is Kokum (Cocoa Butter).
- These are all raw Unrefined pure butters.
Oils: Lemon Essential Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Coconut oil, Rosehip Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and of course, Vegatable Glycerin.
The coolest part is whipping the mixture into a soft, fluffy, cloud-like cream and it is extremely soft and nourishing.
Coconut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil are top favorites. Unbeatable and unmatchable for DIY mostly because they are light weight and easy to absorb.
TIP– Coconut oil made 3% of the oil portion. This is because I will be using it on my face and coconut oil is cosmedogenic (it clogs the pores). Use in moderation.
I always use a virgin cold-pressed oil, organic is best, to make sure that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are intact. This is as important as the source of raw materials and ingredients. All DIY Utensils were purchased at the Skincare Directory NG.
Why choose these ingredients:
- Coconut oil, Rosehip and Sweet Almond Oil can be found here on Carrier Oils . My skin is in love with these oils and I love that it’s easily absorbed.
- Essential Oil with natural skin brightening effects like Sandalwood was cherry picked based on its excellent healing and anti-aging property and its ability to enhance/ boost moods. Lemon Essential Oil was added to this raw lemon butter due to its natural brightening effect. Lemon essential oil is easily the BEST essential oil for skin brightening and it is fantastic when it comes to repairing discolored or hyperpigmented skin. It is loaded with rich potent natural skin brightening ingredients: limonene and citric acid. Limonene targets skin discolorationand treats it. It also protects the skin against cancer and lightens skin. The Citric Acid Citric acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), which mildly and gently exfoliates dead cells and stimulates cell turnover. This leaves the skin looking leaving skin bright.
- Butters: Lemon Butter is obtained from Lemon Peel oil by cold pressing of Lemon Peel, then a full refining process of that and Lemon Wax . It mostly has the benefits of Lemon Essential oil with a toning effect and ability to reduce scar tissue. It is anti-cellulite, anti-inflammatory and many other protective benefits for skin. It has a clean and refreshing scent, similar to freshly squeezed lemons. This butter has excellent spreadability on the skin, making it ideal as a massage butter.
Cocoa Butter is derived from cocoa bean. It has this distinct nutty, chocolate scent which could be a bit too much (for me). This is different from the refined cocoa butter that smells yum (refined and diluted). Cocoa butter is a rich emollient, leaving your skin buttery and super soft. It helped treat my post inflammatory Hyperpigmentation (PIH). It contains fatty acids which is excellent at retaining moisture and build elasticity. It can ease off dermatitis or rashes. If you love chocolates, this is for you. Then, the award winning Shea butter. It’s Shea butter right?
Let’s make our Homemade Whipped All natural body butter!
Cocoa Butter and Shea butter are solid so if you find that yours is, you’ll need to melt it down using a double boiler method or in a Bain-Marie, a hot water bath (which is what I normally do). Sometimes, you can use a microwave but melting over steam is preferable to direct heat. Melt to complete liquid if it is solid. In Nigeria, it is pretty much soft, thanks to the heat, so I just leave it in to get a little soft and proceed.
As soon as the butter melts, add your oils in it and put in the freezer (in a clean jar or mug or container) covered, for about 20 minutes. This freezing is required to make whipping possible. You freeze it (to be soft and not hard frozen) and then you whip it. There should be a dent when you press the cold mixture to be sure it’s ready to be whipped silly lol
All natural body butter is so creamy and this particular one is unusual. This is because of it absorption rate and the way it melts onto your skin, instantly– like butter on a hot pan.
I only found these possible in the DIY body butter, which is the reason I do not miss out on an opportunity to make one. Honestly, I found it to be a bit strange.
May first, I thought it was greasy and that I wouldn’t like it but I was wrong. The glow is unbelievable too.
My skin soaked it all in, at first application and felt velvety soft without the greasiness and the glow is indescribable.
I’ve happily accepted.
Body Butter Ingredients (All natural body butter)
- 2 table spoons -Lemon Butter
- 1/2 spoon- Shea Butter
- 1/3 spoon- Coconut Butter
- 1/2 spoon -light oil (like Sweet Almond, Coconut oil or Grapeseed oil for oily skin)
- 6 Drops of Rosehip oil (If you intend to use this on the face, like me).
- 4 drops- Vegetable Glycerin (optional)
- 10 drops – Lemon Essential oil
- 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice (I use Sandalwood and Patchouli)
- 5 drops- Pine Bark Extract (optional)
Body Butter Instructions
- In a double boiler or glass bowl or in a Bain- Marie, combine all ingredients except essential oils. This must be sterile and clean (double boiler or bowl).
Bring ingredients (both melted butters and carrier oil) to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted. If you use the steam method, just stir until warm.
- Remove ingredients from heat and let cool slightly. Add essential oils at this point if you use it. Add Glycerin too and 5 drops of Pine Bark Extracts if you using my exact method.
- Move to fridge and let freeze for 20- 30 minutes. It must be soft and a bit frozen (frozen enough to make a dent but not completely solid).
- Use a hand mixer or whisk to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy and soft.
- Store in a clean glass jar with a lid and use as you would lotion or body butter and keep in a cool, dark place.
Your body butter will keep for about 2 months but I always recommend small batches.
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