Nourishing Body Butter
Meet the moisturiser that changed my life! And get ready to be blown away by how quickly you can whip up your own batch of your new favourite moisturiser, so natural you can eat it…
With cooler temperatures approaching, dry skin is inevitable – especially if you, like me, are prone to dry skin. I used to struggle to find a proper moisturiser that would keep my skin moisturised all day, and as I learned more about natural skincare and started paying attention to all the ingredients in my skincare products, this became even harder. Until I tried raw Shea butter (I sound like a bad TV ad, but seriously!)
Shea butter is a common ingredient in many commercial body butters and is an incredible moisturiser. The unfortunate thing about commercial body butters is that most of them are also full of chemical toxins – namely parabens, preservatives and perfumes – all of which are readily absorbed into the body where they bank up over time and cause trouble. Being such a large surface area, I always recommend using an all natural moisturiser and this homemade nourishing body butter is as good as it gets! A simple combination of raw unrefined Shea butter, virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil + cold-pressed sweet almond oil, this moisturiser is completely natural and free of any offensive ingredients.
It effectively locks in moisture and deposits its beneficial fatty acids deep into the skin, leaving it incredibly soft and healthy looking. It is equally as amazing for hands and feet and has done wonders for my skin all over. In the process of experimenting with the perfect recipe I have handed out little sample tubs to several friends and the feedback has been amazing, with some reporting diminished appearance of sun damaged skin and stretch mark scars.
For a little home pampering, I like to scrub hands, feet and body with my Vanilla Lime Body Scrub followed by a generous layer of this body butter for subtle and amazing looking skin. I also use this on my children as a body moisturiser and a bottom balm to prevent and treat nappy rash, and I used it all throughout my 2nd pregnancy (I used almond oil during my 1st pregnancy) and have not had a single stretch mark! While genetic predisposition does play a big role in whether someone get stretch marks or not, proper moisturising is essential, as it helps improve skin elasticity. More over Shea butter, jojoba, almond and vitamin E oil are all known to help diminish the appearance of existing stretch marks as well as other scars.
About the ingredients…
Shea Butter is sourced from the seed of the Karite tree. Karite literally means “Tree of Life”. It has anti-inflammatory properties, protects against sunburn, aid in healing of minor cuts and abrasions and is incredibly moisturising. Shea butter is also perfectly edible – but not tasty so I don’t recommend trying.
Coconut oil is the oil extracted from the meat of matured coconuts. It is not only very moisturising, but also anti-viral, antimicrobial, antibacterial and help protect against sunburn – blocking about 15-20% of harmful UV rays. Coconut oil is completely edible and very tasty.
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax (not really an oil) derived from the seed of the jojoba plant. It has antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It seals in the skin’s moisture without clogging the pores and helps balance the skin, making it suitable for most skin types. Jojoba is also the oil that most closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum (oil secretions) and is one of my favourite beauty products. It is edible, but non-caloric and non-digestible.
Sweet Almond Oil is widely used in natural skincare products and is rich in vitamin E and A, both of which help maintain healthy skin. Almond oil also helps soothe irritated skin and is excellent for preventing signs of ageing by renewing skin cells and invigorating the skin, giving a fresh glow and more radiant complexion.
Recipe inspired by this site
- 150 gm unrefined raw shea butter
- 50 gm virgin coconut oil
- 50 gm sweet almond oil (cold pressed)
- 50 gm jojoba oil (argan oil or avocado oil can be used instead)
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil (natural preservative)
- 20 drops grapefruit essential oil (optional)
- 20 drops vanilla essential oil (optional)
- Place the raw shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium to high heat and leave to melt.
- Once completely melted, remove from the stove and transfer to a large bowl.
- Add the almond and jojoba oil and combine well using a spoon.
- Place in the fridge for about two hours (or in the freezer for 20-30 mins until it becomes semi solid. The mixture should be harder but not completely hard.
- Using a kitchen mixer or a hand mixer (as pictured), whip the mixture well until it resembles a thick smooth cream and becomes white in colour. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oils of your choice and whip again.
- Transfer the whipped body butter to an air tight container. The body butter can be used straight away but will continue to set properly in the next 12 hours or so.
- Shelf life: 2-3 months