DIY Body Butter To Nourish Dry Summer Skin
For many years I used store-bought #bodylotion to keep my dry skin hydrated. However, during the drier months in summer and winter, no amount of body lotion (or oil) - even those promising extra moisturizing, could stop my skin from becoming itchy. After years of dreading these months and hoarding up on body lotion, I finally hit the jackpot with this #homemadebodybutter recipe.
While reading about homemade skincare options, I chanced upon this book series called The Buttered Life - not only is the name adorable, but the recipes are simple and very skin-friendly (a set of 5 per ebook) . When I gave some of these a try (including a DIY lotion bar), I noticed that my skin responded best to the body butter. Luxurious and decadent, it’s only made of three ingredients and a few drops of essential oils. Without any harmful chemicals or parabens (commercial body lotion is chock full of them!), a jar of body butter lasts me through each dry season. Just smear a small amount of it and massage it into your skin, and your skin is moisturized.
This recipe makes enough body butter to gift to your family and friends. Good for all types of skin – its suits everyone from babies to old people. It’s the perfect present that combines homemade goodness with luxurious richness.
Here’s how we make it at home (adapted from The Buttered Life):
Shea butter – 220 gm
Cocoa butter – 110 gm
Coconut oil – 110 gm
1. In a double boiler, gently melt the ingredients till they’ve melded into a molten golden liquid. Stir with a wooden spoon.
2. Take this mixture off the heat and cool to room temperature. After that, pop this mixture into the refrigerator for a couple of hours till it solidifies.
3. Pull out the mixture from the fridge and whip it with a mixer till its light and fluffy.
4. Scoop it into your containers and use it to nourish your skin during the long summer months.
How to use it:
Summers: Just use a little after your bath and massage it into your skin. If you use too much, it’ll feel oily. So remember, a little goes a long way.
Winters: Scoop up a bit more and apply it all over.