I saw this recipe last year for homemade body butter, and it’s so beautifully photographed on this blog, that I just couldn’t wait to do it. My plan was for this to be a 2011 project, and since plans were meant to be procrastinated-on, here I am one year later, finally getting around to it!
The recipe calls for “100% Pure Unrefined Organic Raw Shea Butter“. But, since I made this on a whim the other day, I didn’t have time to wait for the delivery of “100% Pure Unrefined Organic Raw SHEA BUTTER”, so I went to the health food store and bought a container or regular old shea butter, and lo and behold, it worked fabulously!
It ran me about $75 dollars for the supplies and the jars, but I ended up with 9 little jars, so for 9 presents, $75 isn’t so bad! Plus, I bought WAY more almond oil, coconut oil and essential oils than are needed for the recipe, so I have leftovers to use on myself
Here is the recipe, found on Rawmazing.com.
- 1 cup Organic, raw (I used regular, and it was fine) shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup almond oil
- Several drops of your favorite essential oils. I chose Lavender, Frankincense and Lime
- Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
- Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.*
- Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill for 20 minutes.
- Whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved.
- Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.
- *Not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly. Please do your research before adding.
- You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid.
- The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
- Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mould. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
- I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
- The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
This stuff feels amazing on your skin, and really gave me a boost on a cold, rainy Connecticut day. It’s also a really nice texture for a nice back rub with your favorite back rub provider.
I made cute little labels, which you can print for your own gift-making awesomeness!
There’s one which lists the fragrance, if you choose to use the same oils I did, and a generic one in case you want to experiment with your own combinations.
Here’s a link to the type of jars I bought, which I found at my grocery store (Stop and Shop): http://www.amazon.com/Ball-Quilted-Jelly-Canning-Case/dp/B000VTSYA8
Happy holidays, enjoy your gift giving and receiving!!!