DIY nourishing multi purpose zero waste body butter

The best homemade body butter

Once you start making your own beauty products you will realise how cost effective it is and how sucked into the brilliant marketing campaigns of big beauty brands you were before. We are so convinced that every single part of our bodies needs a custom beauty product, as a ploy by brands to get us to spend, spend, spend (hello consumerism). Creating your own products means:

  • you know exactly what is going on/in your body
  • guaranteed all natural and organic (depending on the ingredients you buy)
  • you are spending less
  • less "stuff" and more shelf space
  • cruelty free
  • you can create custom blends to exactly suit your skin type

The body butter recipe

This recipe can be adjusted to suit YOU. 

Step 1: Base

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (softened not melted)
  • Optional: Beeswax (10-15g)

Add above base ingredients to a heat proof jar (like a pyrex jug). In a double boiler (slow cooker) add some water and place the pyrex jug in the water bath. Completely melt the coconut oil and shea butter (and beeswax) - approx 20 minutes. Once entirely a liquid remove from water bath, give it a stir (with a wooden spoon) and leave to cool for c. 30 minutes.

Step 2: Extra oils

  • 1/2 cup carrier oils (use a blend of olive oil, sea buckthorn oil, almond oil etc or just use one)
  • Essential oils (I love a blend of the below for skin rejuvenation and cellulite busting properties but you can use your own custom blend or start with one - lavender is a great starting essential oil for skin:
    • Juniper essential oil (20 drops)
    • Lemon essential oil (40 drops)
    • Grapefruit essential oil (50 drops)
    • Bergamot essential oil (50 drops)
    • Optional: few drops of Propolis and/or Vitamin E oil

Important notice: Essential oils are not recommended during pregnancy - please consult your doctor.

Once your base is cooled, add the 1/2 cup carrier oils and essential oils and stir well with a wooden spoon. Place mixture in the freezer for 20-25 minutes. The ideal consistency is like a glue - not completely frozen but pretty firm but still breaks when you press it. 

With an electric whisk, whisk the mixture until a fluffy body butter forms. If you are not getting a fluffy texture - place back in freezer for a few more minutes and whisk again. 

Minimalist and zero waste

Embrace zero waste living by storing your blend in an old jam jar or another used beauty jar! As there is no water in this product the shelf life is pretty long, and the product in general lasts me a few months. When I travel I only take this product and use it on my face and body as a multi purpose moisturiser. Be careful with the citrus essential oils as they can increase the sensitivity of your skin to sunlight, so use an SPF if you add citrus essential oils. You can make a batch and gift them to friends and family as well and encourage them to make their own beauty blends.

Ingredients I use

I use the following to make my blends, but you can source your ingredients from wherever you like (ensure they are organic, cold pressed and raw)

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 Step 1a: Add shea butter and coconut oil to a heat proof container (I use a pyrex jug)

Step 1a: Add shea butter and coconut oil to a heat proof container (I use a pyrex jug)

 Step 1b: Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a slow cooker (fill water in slow cooker up to same line as contents of jar)

Step 1b: Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a slow cooker (fill water in slow cooker up to same line as contents of jar)

 Step 2a: Leave to cool for c. 30 minutes then stir in carrier oils and essential oils

Step 2a: Leave to cool for c. 30 minutes then stir in carrier oils and essential oils

 Step 2b: Place in freezer for c. 25 mins then whip with an electric whisk to create a buttery texture

Step 2b: Place in freezer for c. 25 mins then whip with an electric whisk to create a buttery texture