Ouch, if you live anywhere other than a tropical paradise your winter skin may be feeling a bit parched. I have THE BEST DIY body butter recipe that I use to repair my cracked winter skin. With 100% pure shea butter as the main ingredient. I’m usually feeling extra itchy this time of year and my regular moisturizing routine is just not cutting it. There is a solution! By melting together a little shea butter, coconut oil, your favorite essential oils and a few other ingredients you will have a luscious hydrating cream that can heal and soothe your dry winter skin.
Why Is Winter Air So Dry?
Cold air holds less moisture than warm air. It’s that simple. So, when cold air creeps into your home it’s dry. You crank up your heater to warm the air and that heat is also dry. I remember growing up in the midwest and in the winter months my long hair would stand straight up from the electrical charge created from the extremely dry air! Good times!
I’m personally not a big DIY girl so it is a bit ironic that I am writing this particular article today. However, because this project is so easy and I end up with a luxurious spa inspired body butter(anything spa will get me excited), I’m all in! Here goes…
What You Will Need:
- Coconut oil
- Shea butter
- Cocoa butter
- Almond, Jojoba or avocado oil (keep it light)
- Mason jar
- 20-30 drops of Essential oils
- Skin Healing Essential Oils
- Frankincense – Has regenerative properties, great for treating fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
- Lavender – Soothing, calming and hydrates the skin
- Cinnamon – This oil should be used sparingly, it will warm the body, stimulate blood flow and soothe achy joints, hands and feet.
- Wild Orange – An uplifting and energizing oil that will also boost immunity. This oil like most citrus oil is photosensitive.
- Jasmine – A luscious scented oil, known to have aphrodisiac effects, wonderful for anti-aging.
- Ylang Ylang – This oil will relax you and make you feel beautiful. It is balancing to the female hormonal system and softens the skin.
- Rosemary – Will soothe muscles, boost immunity and reduce nervous tension.
I recommend using a Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade essential oil. If you want the benefits of the above list you have to keep it real. Know your source because we do not do Artificial.
HOMEMADE WHIPPED BODY BUTTER
½ cup of coconut oil
½ cup of shea butter
½ cup of cocoa butter
½ cup of almond, avocado or jojoba oil
20-30 drops of your favorite Essential Oil (therapeutic grade only)
- Melt ingredient (besides essential oils) in a double boiler. I make my own double boiler by placing a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
- After the mixture is melted together, cool in the refrigerator or freezer until it sets up a bit. You don’t want it to be solid just firm.
- Next, add essential oils. At this point I like to separate into smaller batches so I can blend different essential oils for specific needs.
- Lastly, use a hand mixer or stand up mixer whip the ingredients together.
- Store in an airtight container.
- Water – It is extremely important to stay hydrated during the winter months. Be sure you are getting plenty of water( no substitutes). Your skin will thank you. We tend to eat saltier foods this time of year as well so, add an extra tall glass of water to your routine.
- Soak in a warm bath that has a cup or two of Epsom Salts added. Baths help to hydrate the body better than a shower. Magnesium softens and nourishes the skin.
- Dry brush or use a loofah mitt to exfoliate your skin regularly before you shower or bath. This will help your body shed the dry layer of skin and stimulate blood flow and your lymphatic system.
- Essential Oil – Apply a few drops of Lavender essential oil each day after a shower or bath. The oil will glide nicely while the body is still wet then pat dry with a towel. Lavender is hydrating, calming and healing to the skin.
Ahhh, there you go. My skin is feeling better already. My apartment smells like a spa and my itchy winter skin is soothed and soft. Enjoy making your hydrating body butter. It’s easy it’s luxurious and a perfect project for one of those wonderful winter snow days. P.s. I miss those days, a little :).