Today I made some body butter for my dry, cracked hands and feet, and had to take a moment to share with you how I made it. If you have never tried homemade lotions or body butters, you truly are missing out!!
I’m one of those people who deals with seriously dry, chapped, and cracked skin during the colder, dry fall and winter months. Always seems like by the time my skin finally starts to hydrate again, it happens just in time for fall to hit all over again. For years I have struggled to find anything that helps (I’ve tried just about every brand of lotion on the shelf and a few prescriptions).
The only thing that has helped me was Young Living’s Lavender Lotion and BeautyCounter’s Nourishing Cleansing Balm. Those did a great job, but doesn’t help me at all when I run out (thanks, mommy brain for forgetting to order more!).
So, what do you do when nothing helps your dry skin?
My mind is always busy, though I am easily distracted. For the past couple winters, Pinterest occupied my mind so I didn’t think about those pantyhose my scaly calloused heals tore through. Today, I I thought I’d do something different. I decided to actually making my own. Of course one would think I would do a quick Pinterest search first to find a recipe… Yeah, not so much. Thankfully the end result turned out incredible!
I started out with a few supplies. I grabbed four 8oz wide mouthed mason jars, a small saucepan, a butter knife, rubber coated tongs, and a spoon. For the ingredients, I used 16oz bag of Shea butter, beeswax, arrowroot powder, some coconut oil, Argan oil, jojoba oil, Young Living’s rose ointment, and some essential oils. Today I chose Young Living’s patchouli, geranium, and lavender essential oils because they are fantastic for soothing dry and irritated skin- perfect for this time of year!!
Before you get confused by my method of measuring, please understand that I measure everything less than 1/4 cup by estimates in the palm of my hand (I like to think of that as me “cooking with love,” which in all reality probably stems from a deep desire not to have to wash more dishes than absolutely necessary).
Also, please note my method I’m sharing with you today is making a body butter. You can turn this into a silky lotion by mixing everything in a double boiler, and then whisking it in a mixer until light and fluffy.
1.) Fill saucepan with just enough water to set the mason jar into without the water overflowing into the jar. Heat water to a boil. (I let the pan heat while continuing steps 2-4).
- Separate the brick of shea into quarters and stuff each quarter into an 8oz wide mouth mason jar.
- Add small a handful of beeswax pellets to each jar. If I had to guess, I used 1.5-2 tablespoons for each jar. It was just enough to fill the palm of my hand and hold without spilling.
- Add a tsp of rose ointment (optional). You don’t need to use rose ointment. I do because it adds to the texture and leaves my skin softer when I use it. It also smells pretty. I use and love the rose ointment from Young Living.
- Drop the jar with the cap OFF into the boiling water, wait for everything to melt. Stir (I used a butter knife) to thoroughly mix the Shea, beeswax, and rose ointment. I did mine one at a time because the saucepan was too small to do them all at once.
- Add a heaping tablespoon of coconut oil and 1-2 tsp arrowroot powder, and pull the hot jar out of the saucepan using the tongs (make sure to set on a trivet or wire rack to start cooling). I also added two dropper squirts of the Argan oil and one dropper squirt of the jojoba oil at this time too. Mix the oil together using the butter knife.
- Add desired essential oils. Based on the dilution chart, I don’t use or recommend more than 120 drops of essential oils for adults. When I mix lotion for my son, I don’t use more than 45 drops of essential oil total. For this batch, I used 30 drops each of patchouli and geranium, and 45 drops of lavender.
This is easy to modify to make your own Chapstick too!
All while enjoying making the butters, I managed to run out of lip balm. I ended up scraping the Shea butter bag for some extra goodness to use and added in a large pinch of beeswax, a pea-sized amount of the rose ointment, a squirt of the Argan oil and a pea sized amount of coconut oil into a 1/4 cup metal measuring cup and melted them down. After removing from the heat, I added 4 drops of lavender essential oil, mixed it together using the same butter knife from earlier and poured as much as would fit into my empty lip balm container (reduce, reuse, recycle). Oh my goodness are my lips in heaven!!
I’m totally impressed!!! Another successful DIY win, and it only took me 30 mins to complete!! I’m excited to have made something that family members are already asking for – hmmm, sounds like I know what I’ll be making for Christmas gifts this year!!
What’s your favorite skincare to DIY? Do you add essential oils? If so, which scents are your favorite?