I decided to make body butter this year as some of the Christmas Gifts I am giving out – The one pictured is using Young Living’s Gentle Baby Essential Oil which is terrific for new moms and babies and helps with Mother/Baby bonding, is good for cracked nipples from nursing and is great for skin recovery (stretch marks) but also makes a great hand cream for dry skin. I decided to give this one to people who handle lots of babies (and Moms) – Midwives and Pediatricians that I know.
You can make any ‘flavour’ body butter and it is surprisingly easy. The hardest part was ordering ingredients (which I got online in bulk from a company called New Directions Aromatics here in Mississauga – I now have enough for several batches and will definitely make more!)
This is surprisingly easy to do yourself at home and makes a beautiful fluffy cream that smells great. Best of all you know exactly what the ingredients are and they are all super healthy and natural.
Here is how:
Body Butter Recipe:
1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1 cup Coconut Oil (I had this in the cupboard from the health food store)
1/8 cup Calendula Oil
1/8 cup Jojoba or Sweet Almond Oil (no nuts in mine or in my house so…)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
20-40 drops Essential oil of your choice (depends how strong you wish it to smell)
Melt Shea , Cocoa Butter in a double boiler and add Coconut Oil. Stir until melted. Add liquid oils and essential oil and stir. Pour into mixing bowl and refrigerate a few hours until it is a soft solid. Take out and beat with a hand blender until it is light and fluffy. Put in to containers for use.
That is it!
some really nice oils to use are Peppermint and PanAway for pain or Lavender for relaxation.