DIY // Homemade Natural Body Butter

DIY // Homemade Natural Body Butter

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve been really
well since the last time I saw you guys or talked to you guys. I’m back today to share a homemade, natural body butter. I’ve just been finding
that this winter, more than any other winter in the past, my skin has been extremely itchy …
and especially my legs. And last year, I used this Kiehl’s Creme de Corps — and it seemed to work for me last year. But first of all, it didn’t work for me this year. And second of all, I ran out. And then I tried this body butter from The Body Shop and this definitely didn’t work either. This (Body Shop butter) isn’t nearly as, I guess, thick as this one (Kiehl’s) … or it is as thick, but it’s not as moisturizing as this one (Kiehl’s). I just happened to have some ingredients on hand, as I do … And I was like, “Why don’t I make my own
body butter and give it a shot?” So I made this shea butter and coconut oil-based body butter and it turned out really well. It’s been
working for me — my legs aren’t nearly as itchy. With those products — with the body butter from
The Body Shop — my legs would be itchy within an hour or so of applying it. With the Kiehl’s, maybe 3 or 4 hours. But with the one I made at home, anywhere from 12+ hours … maybe even 24 until my next shower. I think it’s been really effective and, of course,
it’s actually cheaper than buying some of these things. I just have a mini of this body butter
here, but this retails for $6. The full size is I think $20,
which I think is pretty crazy for 6.7 ounces or something. And this little guy — 2.5 ounces is $11. So … I mean, I made my shea butter body butter for about $5 or $6. Like I said, it is a shea butter and coconut oil based body butter. You can experiment with
different carrier oils depending on what kinda skin type you have, or what kind of skin needs you have. Generally speaking, people like to use stuff like jojoba oil or almond oil because it absorbs better into the skin. It’s not
really overly greasy and it kind of gives you a velvety texture. So I chose
jojoba oil but I also mixed in with that some rosehip seed oil because my skin … I had been scratching
my legs and it was starting to get rough in spots and I was afraid that it was gonna sort of — not scab, but turn into some sort of mark or scar that wouldn’t go away. And one
of the benefits of rosehip seed oil is that it helps fade scars and sort of
replenish the skin. So I added some of that in. And actually, rosehip seed oil naturally is a dry oil, so like jojoba oil, it absorbs really nicely into the skin. It’s not greasy at all. It’s actually got
a powdery, velvety texture. So that really helped with the formulation of my body butter. And let me show you
what it turned out like. It looks like this … it literally looks like butter. And it’s very similar in texture to the Body Shop body butter, if you look at
that. Mine has more of a yellowy tint because of the rosehip seed oil, which is naturally like a neon kind of bright orange. Like this color, a little bit darker than this. This is actually more difficult to
apply, I found, than my homemade butter. This (Body Shop butter) is just not as smooth going on. This, when you put it on your skin, melts just
like butter. It’s very kind of creepy. You could probably eat it if
you really wanted to. The nice thing about this is that even
though it goes on like butter — and you can see the oil on your skin, it absorbs so quickly and it gives this really luxurious, velvety feel to it. So I’m gonna teach you how to make about this sized amount which, for me, would last about 3 weeks? I wouldn’t recommend keeping it
around for too long, since it is all- natural anyway. So I like to make my natural products in smaller portions. Now if you have a bigger family, or maybe you’re giving it as a gift or something,
you might want to double this recipe or triple it or whatever. But anyway, I will link down below my blog post about this with the written down recipe if you don’t want to keep rewatching this video to see what the measurements of
everything is. I will post the blog down below so you can just print it out or copy it or whatever. You’ll be needing shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil or your oil of choice. And more than one if you’d like. But keep in mind that in any sort of solid recipe like this, you don’t want to have … you want to keep the liquid oils to a minimum because it won’t achieve this sort of solid state if you have too much liquid oil. So I think it’s like 1/4 to 1/3 of the recipe … should be a liquid oil. So anyway, keeping that in mind, use whatever oils you’d like to use. But olive oils and avocado oils tend to be a little bit more on the oily side. Also, I use Vitamin E which is a natural, sort of, preservative but
it doesn’t — you know, it’s not a miracle. It’s not like real chemicals that can help you,
help extend the shelf-life for — I don’t know — like 6 months anything. But anyway, I do use Vitamin E to just help it along a little bit. And then essential oils for scent, if you’d like your body butter to have a nice scent. I chose to use lavender and palmarosa. I chose these because they have natural skin healing benefits and soothing benefits and that’s exactly what my skin needs right now. Palmarosa, if you haven’t heard of it, is … I think it’s a flower and it’s supposed
to smell like geranium, but I have no idea what geraniums smell like, so … To me what this smells like is natural rosehips, with that sort of like orangey scent to it.
Or, you know, it smells like Vitamin C tablets. Like the chewable ones
that you eat as a kid. But not as sweet. So it’s got a definite, kind of, orangey, sour scent to it. But not sharp. It’s like a very mellow orangey scent. You can choose whatever essential oil you like. If you aren’t concerned about any of the benefits that the essential oils might have, you know like skin soothing or whatever, then go ahead
and choose whatever scent you like. Peppermint’s always a popular scent … There’s rosemary, eucalyptus, orange … Lemon … you know. The world is your oyster. And don’t add too much. Well, I mean, I’m making a small batch so I added about 10 drops, total. But anyway, I will go into that in the video footage I’m about to insert right now. So here are all of my ingredients. I’ve got coconut oil, shea butter in the back, I’ve got lavender essential oil, palmarosa
essential oil, Vitamin E as a preservative, jojoba oil, and pure rosehip seed oil. To start off with, I’m putting 2 tablespoons of shea butter into a glass container. I’m using glass because I’m going to be creating a double boiler later, which just means that I’m using the heat from a pot of boiling water to melt the shea butter instead of direct heat. To the shea butter, I’m adding also 2
tablespoons of coconut oil. Now I’m adding a half tablespoon of jojoba oil, and then to that later I’m going to be
adding another half tablespoon of rosehip seed oil. If you want to make this fluffier, I would suggest using a greater
concentration of liquid oil — maybe about 2 tablespoons of liquid oil altogether. If that’s gonna be a
mixture of jojoba oil and some other oil, then it’s 1 tablespoon of each. But if you want a more butter-like
texture like mine turned out, then I use a total of 1 tablespoon of oil. I’m creating a
double boiler by heating about a quarter to a third of
a pot of water over high heat. You don’t wanna fill the
pot too high with water because once it boils it’s gonna probably run over and you might get hurt.
I’m putting the glass container into the water and I’m gonna let it start melting. Now both the coconut oil and shea butter
have started melting, but you can see that the shea butter is still pretty solid. So I’m just running a chopstick around and trying to get it to melt a little faster. The water
hasn’t even come to a boil yet and the coconut oil is completely melted. Just
the shea butter’s left. And here the water is actually boiling and I’m trying to get the shea butter to dissolve completely. I’ve turned off the heat and I’m just gonna
add a few drops of Vitamin E to help prolong the butter’s longevity. Now I’m gonna add my essential oils.
I’ve chosen lavender and palmarosa. And I’ve pulled the glass container completely away
from the heat. So now I’m gonna mix in about 4 to 5 drops of each of the essential oils to my mixture. And now just mix well!
After I’m done I’m gonna transfer the mixture to a metal bowl and let it cool to room temperature. And then I’m gonna let it rest in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes for this amount until it looks kind of soft, but kind of firm. My camera ate the footage,
but I used a hand mixer on this and whipped it for about 10 to 15 minutes until it turned into this. And then you put it into a jar and let it cool
in the refrigerator for a little bit … and then you’re done! So I hope that was fairly easy to follow along. Like I said, this makes a small portion — about this sized. And for me, this would last about 3 weeks, maybe. A little bit does go a long way because
it’s literally like butter and you you just swipe a little bit … ooh, that came off … that’s like way too much. This is probably enough for my hands right now so … Maybe not quite, but almost. It does come off greasy like this, but it absorbs almost immediately. Oh, it’s already dry, pretty much. It feels oily, but it does feel smooth, and the most important thing for me is that
it moisturizes and it doesn’t make my legs — or it prevents my legs from itching. I hope this was helpful to you, as usual. If you have any questions about this body butter or maybe other substitutions, or if you’ve used other recipes, let me know down below. I’m really … I’m always happy to try new things, and I love experimenting.
And you know what? This is going to run out in 3 weeks. Although hopefully my legs will stop itching — finally — within the next 3 weeks. I hope you have a great day. Thank you so much for watching, and I’ll see you next time. Bye.

3 thoughts on “DIY // Homemade Natural Body Butter

  1. Very nice video; thanks for sharing. PLEASE NOTE: Vitamin E is not a preservative, it is an antioxidant. Please do not misinform your audience; it's a good idea to do your own research rather than perpetuate false information gleaned from the Internet. Geranium essential oil smells much like roses. You should warn your listeners that if they have sensitive skin they should do a pre-test of the essential oils on their skin. I try to keep essential oils out of any oil or cream that is applied to the face. Otherwise, it's a good video.

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