Home made body butter!
Here’s another product I make at home-I call it coco-Shea body butter (Coconut and Shea butter) Snap! The obsession of me trying to get away from all the chemical filled world has gotten the best of me. Well, I try! and trying is always better. Don’t you just love the ideas that come flooding your way and the endless possibilities if you just tried a little bit?!
Bersi, hurry up! What are the ingredients I hear you say. Here’s what you need to make this luscious body butter.
1 tablespoons of Shea butter
2-3 tablespoons of raw coconut oil
1 tablespoon of calendula infused oil
½ tablespoon of vitamin E oil and
2 drops of lemongrass oil just to change the smell of it ( you can add your favourite scented oil for the scent you want to achieve- lavender oil is an option here). Don’t put too much of it as it’s a strong oil and might irritate your skin.
You can read the benefits of each oil in your own time.
- Put the Shea butter in a glass jar and put the jar on boiling water pot and let it melt for 2 min only- not more than that. You don’t want the butter to melt all the way through- just halfway will do until it’s nice and soft. Here’s what it’d like after you melt it halfway through:
- Take it off the heat and put the coconut oil to it and the rest of the ingredients except for the lemongrass:
- Mix it all well together and put it in the fridge for about 45 minutes and it will look like this after you’ve taken it out:
- Start beating it mercilessly after you’ve taken it out
- Then add the lemongrass oil
- Beat it up for about 15 minutes and there you have it. The more you beat it the softer it gets
- I then add an extra tablespoon of coconut oil to achieve an extra silky body butter after 2-3 days.
Finally it’ll look like this. The first image is fresh after you finished beating it ( that’s why it looks runny) and the second image is taken 2 days later and after I added an extra bit of coconut oil. Coconut oil is what makes it soft and fluffy; without it’ll be heavy and you don’t want that. Trust me! I speak from experience!
Note: it tends to melt down when it’s hot. So place it in a cool place, far away from windows and away from heat ( it can’t resist the heat, so it’s definitely leaving the kitchen too). Shea butter is very heavy so you only need a little bit. If it melts, put it back in the fridge again for 15 minutes- it will be good as new. I buy mine from any African/Indian hair shops or even Amazon and it lasts me for a year. Money well spent!
I have been using this cream for about 6 months now and it’s gorgeous and makes my skin smooth and nourished. It’s all about feeding your skin all that goodness. You only need a little bit so don’t go crazy with it to avoid having too much oily skin. Allow few minutes for it to get absorbed into your skin and dry before you dress up.
Tip 1: always apply your cream when your skin is moist; that way it will be easier to apply and it’ll also be better absorbed.
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