With the high costs of beauty products nowadays, I decided I wanted to start making my own. Plus, the ingredient list of some items you see in the store or even have in your bathroom is mind baffling. Like why would I want to put all of those chemicals on one of the most important organs; my skin? No thanks!
So I started collecting some items I would need, like organic coconut oil, African Raw unrefined shea butter, apricot kernel oil, and an array of essential oils just to get me started.
- High in monoterpenes, Wild Orange possesses stimulating and purifying qualities, making it ideal to support healthy immune system function when seasonal threats are high.
- As with many citrus peel oils, Wild Orange contains powerful antioxidants that help maintain overall health.
- In ancient times, the Egyptians and Romans used Lavender for bathing, relaxation, cooking, and as a perfume; it is widely used for its calming and relaxing qualities which continue to be Lavender’s most notable qualities.
- Lavender is frequently used to reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.
- Add to bath water to soak away stress or apply to the temples and the back of the neck.
- Add a few drops of Lavender to pillows, bedding, or bottoms of feet to promote a restful night’s sleep.
How to make Lavender-Orange Body Butter
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of unrefined shea butter.
- 1/2 cup of coconut oil.
- 1/2 cup of apricot kernel oil. (or any other fast absorbing carrier oil)
- 15 drops of Lavender and 15 drops of wild orange. (add more for a stronger smell.
- Combine the shea butter, the coconut oil, and apricot together in a double boiler, or use a pan and a metal or glass bowl if you don’t have a double boiler. Heat until melted. It’s faster if you break up the shea butter into smaller chunks.
- Once melted, remove from heat and allow to cool for 15-20 minutes. It should still be warm.
- Add your drops of essential oils. (If it needs more, add 5-10 more drops each.)
- Place the bowl in the freezer until slightly hardened. Around 30 minutes. I forgot about mine and it was solid, but it still worked, just took a bit longer to whip.
- Whip the solid contents for 5-8 minutes until you get a whipped consistency using a mixer, either hand or stand. I used hand cause that’s all I have atm.
- Add body butter to jars. I used Ball brand 4oz jelly jars and it only filled about 3 of them.
I made these as baby shower prizes for my sisters baby shower a couple weeks ago and it was a hit!
I was afraid they’d melt in the summer heat, but nope they stayed whipped. Granted it wasn’t super hot that day, maybe mid-70s.
One of these 4 oz jars lasts a long time and should be shelf stable as long as you get no water in it for at least 6 months. A little bit goes a long way too!
I love it because I have dry skin. Makes my bumpy arms feel so soft after a week of using it.
I’ll be trying to make more chemical free items when I get the chance now that I have a little one, so stay tuned!