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DIY Natural Body Butter Recipe

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Body Butter

At An Oasis of Healing, we craft our unique body butters when we teach our students the hands-on Body Care class. Body butters include ingredients like shea butter and cocoa butter (two of our favorites), natural cold-pressed oils, and essential oils. Body butters can include diverse ingredients according to your needs, preferences, and availability of ingredients.

Body butters are considered fat-based formulations (because they combine butter and oil) and usually have a thick texture. Butters and oils combined are great for dry skin, which tends to lack oil, and highly nourishing for any type of skin.

Why Use Body Butters on Your Skin1

  • Provide hydration with moisturizing properties that help nourish and smooth the skin.
  • Skin stays hydrated for a long time after application.
  • Combining butter and oil allows for a rich formulation that has a thicker consistency than oils or lotions (lotions contain a water portion).
  • Ideal for very dry skin, or skin that is roughened or cracked, because it helps the skin heal and repair.
  • Good to soften rough parts of the skin, such as knees, elbows, and feet.
  • Can be applied on cuticles and lips.

After many trials and different formulations, we have come up with our “very simple” version of a body butter recipe. Many products on the market use a wide variety of ingredients, and of course, you can add more components to your formulation. However, we find that using a half-and-half combination of oil and butter, with some essential oils, is a simple, yet effective blend that works perfectly to nourish our skin!

Oasis Body Butter Recipe

  • ½ cup raw, unrefined butter (shea, cacao, mango, etc.)
  • ½ cup organic oil (sweet almond oil, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, etc.)
  • 15-20 drops of pure essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Melt butter, shea and/or cacao, slowly over low heat in a double boiler so as not to destroy the integrity of their healing properties.
  2. Once fully melted, set it aside and let it cool down for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Add the oil of choice and mix well
  4. Add essential oils and mix well again.
  5. Store in a glass container. Keep in a cool dark place and it can last up to 6 months or more.

At An Oasis of Healing, one of our most common combinations is shea butter with sweet almond oil, paired with essential oils of one’s choice. It is a perfect blend that results in a smooth butter, very nourishing to the skin and easy to apply. We may use cacao butter instead of shea, which produces a harder final product. Other oils may also be used, according to preference (beneficial properties, skin type, fragrance, etc.), cost, and availability. Olive oil is a great option and one that most of us have available in our kitchen.

Shea Butter is highly moisturizing and rich in fatty acids and vitamin E2. Shea butter has amazing skin healing properties, it helps to boost collagen production, promote cell regeneration and reduce fine lines and wrinkles2. From experience, we prefer to melt our shea butter slowly over low heat in a double boiler, which then makes it easier to blend with the other ingredients.

Sweet almond oil is also moisturizing and soothing and may help with itchy or irritated skin2.

Shea butter and sweet almond oil combined make a delightful formulation that will leave your skin happy! ☺ If you want a happy skin that smells great, add your favorite essential oils for the perfect fragrance and associated health benefits.

References

  1. Hoff V, Rostamian M. Body Oil, Lotion, or Body Butter: Which Is Best for Your Skin? Byrdie. Updated Jan 03, 24. https://www.byrdie.com/lotion-vs-oil, accessed Apr 10, 24.
  2. Formula Botanica. Ingredients Directory. 2015.

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