You can stop searching; you’ve found the perfect low waste, eco-friendly, homemade moisturiser recipe, made with all-natural ingredients. All it takes is 2 ingredients and 10 minutes to transform your skin! If you want to learn how to make this rich, whipped shea body butter, keep on reading.
This recipe is made with shea butter and sweet almond oil, and if you want to add a fragrance you can add a few drops of an essential oil of your choice.
For this recipe I chose to use shea butter as it is thick, rich and super moisturising. Because of the fatty acids and vitamin A and E it contains, shea butter is great for dry skin, dermatitis, eczema and even wrinkles. And if you ever get sunburnt and you have some of this moisturiser on hand you will be so grateful you made it! Although it is an oil, it doesn’t make your skin feel greasy; my skin is left feeling velvety soft.
I use unrefined, raw shea butter because I want my skin to get all the goodness it can get. One thing though; raw shea butter has a strong smell to it, so I would buy organic refined shea butter if think you wouldn't like this. Shea butter will be solid at room temperature, and it really looks like a stick of butter!
When you buy your own shea butter you will be amazed at how thick and decadent the real stuff is compared to what you can get off the shelves!
Sweet almond oil is the second ingredient that I use in this recipe as it is a fabulous moisturising oil. Apart from its moisturising properties, sweet almond oil contains vitamin E and A, protein, potassium and zinc, making it fantastic for dry skin (but all skin types will benefit from this oil!). Like shea butter, sweet almond oil is great for eczema and will even help alleviate brittle nails. Sweet almond oil differs from bitter almond oil, which will have a strong almond scent to it. Bitter almond oil is used to flavour food, but is not good for the skin.
In order to make my body butter low waste, I try to buy all my products in glass or paper packaging. I bought my shea butter from Seeds of Abraham on eBay and it came in grease-proof paper and packaged in a cardboard box, both of which are 100% compostable materials.
If you would like to add a fragrance to your moisturiser, I recommend using essential oils as they are natural, but as with everything else, do a patch test when using an essential oil for the first time. Even though a product may be natural, it doesn’t mean that you can’t be allergic to it! For mine, I used mandarin essential oil as it gave a really nice Christmassy fragrance to my body butter. I haven’t been able to find a completely plastic-free essential oil supplier yet, so the cap of the one I bought is plastic. Let me know if you find a brand that is completely plastic-free!
You will need:
Makes 1 small pot
- ¾ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup sweet almond oil
- Essential oil of your choosing (optional)
- Stick blender or mixer
- A pretty jar or pot to store your cream
How to make your very own body butter:
1) Gather all your ingredients
2) Place your shea butter and sweet almond oil in the bowl and add a few drops of essential oil (optional).
3) If you are using a stick blender, blend the ingredients until they are whipped and resemble butter cream or soft serve ice cream. If you are using a mixer, you may have to slightly heat your oils so they become able to be whipped by the mixer. The best way to do this by heating them in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.
4) If you want to add more fragrance, add more essential oil and re-blend.
5) Add to your pot or jar. And that’s it!
Store in a cool, dry place. Your moisturiser should last up to 3 months!
Be prepared for the cream to melt like butter as it touches your skin, as shea butter turns liquid when it reaches body temperature. Just smooth it into your skin and watch as it leaves you feeling soft and velvety. Just a heads up so you know what the final consistency will be like!
For this recipe, I prefer to use glass tools as they are easier to wash afterwards, as the oils can be a bit tricky to remove.
Using this very quick and simple recipe, you can easily make your own natural, low-waste moisturiser. I’m sure you’ll find that this moisturiser is much better than shop-bought creams! If you try this recipe please let me know what you think xx
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