There are many reasons for dry skin, especially during the colder seasons. One of the things that winter encourages is deeper nourishment for the body. This body butter recipe I’ve been making for years now helps combat dry skin during the winter. I’ve altered it slightly to add extra moisture and protection against the cold winds.
During the winter, I love to infuse oils with dried flowers like lavender, calendula, or chamomile to add even deeper skin healing properties. Chamomile offers excellent healing properties to reduce inflammation and soothe sensitive skin. If you do not have any of these ingredients available, you can certainly make this recipe using plain olive oil mixed with essential oils. It will still be a wonderful treat for your skin.
This recipe can make lip balms by pouring them into mint tins or tubes. They are great for traveling on the go, in my purse or handbag. I make a big batch to store in jars for the home. This body butter is excellent for everyday use.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
- 1/4 cup of Cocoa Butter
- 1/2 cup of Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup of Olive Oil (infused oil optional)
- 1/4 cup of Vitamin E oil
- optional: 10-20 drops of Essential Oil
- optional: dry flowers to infuse in oils for a week
HOW TO MAKE:
Break apart the shea butter and cocoa butter. Shea butter has a softer and easy to manipulate texture. In contrast, cocoa butter is a bit tough.
Melt the butters using a double boiler. Or place butters in a glass measuring cup and put the cup inside a pot of water on a low simmer to slowly melt the butter.
Once the butters have melted, turn off the stove and combine the remaining ingredients. Stir until thoroughly mixed.
Optional: add your favorite essential oil, at this point.
Pour the mixture into a jar, tin, or tube. This amount fills a 6-8 oz jar, ideal for my home. But you can use whichever you prefer. Let the butters cool for a couple of hours to solidify before use.
Optional: you can let the butter sit for a couple of hours to become solidify slightly. Then use a hand mixer to fluff up the butter. Once you’ve reached the desired consistency, then transfer the butter to your container by using the piping or scooping method. Make sure to tap the bottom of the jar to ensure butter fills the entire area.
Make sure to store in cool place.
With this body butter, a little goes a long way. I apply to my hands, feet, lips, knees, and elbows. Everyone’s skin is different, so use discretion when applying. I genuinely hope you will enjoy this nourishing body butter as much as I do.
What is your winter skincare routine? Let me know in the comments below!
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