Today we’ll be making a homemade body butter that could quite possibly transform your skin. Fun fact: your skin is your largest organ and what you put on it goes directly into the blood stream and travels through your entire body. So why not be conscious of what you’re putting on it every single day, right?
Most body lotions contain a scary amount of chemicals that most of us aren’t made aware of. These chemicals effect us more than we think. The FDA does a subpar job in regulating what goes into our food and it’s even worse when it comes to cosmetics. Here are a few of the most harmful ingredients you’ll find in most lotions: formaldehyde, parabens, synthetic colors, phthalates, and triclosan. The first chemical I wrote, formaldehyde, is found in cigarette smoke, nail polish, house cleaners, and is used as an embalming fluid. This is absolutely frightening.
This is why I love all natural products. I find it comforting to know exactly what I am putting on my body. This body butter is one big step that you can take so that you can begin limiting your exposure to toxic chemicals. So show yourself some love and ditch the bath and body works lotion, your body deserves better than that!
Coconut oil is the main ingredient. It’s inexpensive, organic, and my skin is incredibly soft because of it. 100 grams of coconut oil already has about 0.1 mg of vitamin E but I wanted to add a bit more to pack my body butter with vitamins that will nourish my skin. I spend a lot of time in the sun and I have many scars on my body from playing sports and occasionally tripping on my own feet (whoops) Vitamin E aids in skin recovery and helps with blemishes and scars.
I really love that it’s safe to use while pregnant to help with stretch marks, and you can use it on your babies without worrying about exposing them to the chemicals we discussed. It’s an effective sunscreen, blocking about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. It’s also anti-oxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial which helps maintain the collagen in your skin and prevent wrinkles. These are just a few of the many reasons that coconut oil should be your main body lotion. So lets get started so that you can ditch dozens of hidden chemicals and start to show your skin some serious all-natural love.
Please be sure to use unrefined, organic, fresh-pressed coconut oil. I used Dr. Bronner’s for my body butter but there are a handful of great options at your local health food store.
1 cup of coconut oil
Your favorite essential oil (optional)
1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil
A hand mixer or Kitchen-Aid
Put your ingredients into a large mixing bowl. I used vanilla essential oil because vanilla takes me to my happy place and reminds me of warm sunny days. Mix your oil on high until it starts to look fluffy (mine took about 8 minutes) Once it’s done put it into a glass mason jar or any other type of jar that you can close tightly. I found mine at Whole Foods for $3.
If it’s warm in your house you can put it in your refrigerator so that it doesn’t melt. One batch should last you for quite some time. You’ll save money and notice a huge difference in how smooth your skin is. I put mine on right after I get out of the shower before I dry off completely so that my skin can really absorb the oil. I also take it to the swimming pool in the Summer and I keep a small container in my gym bag. I also put it on my lips before bed so that they are smooth when I wake up. This is safe to use as a hair mask as well, just be sure to use a small amount and wash your hair well after you’re done or it will look a bit greasy.
I hope you love this body butter as much as I do and that it makes a difference in your day-to-day self care routine. I’d love to hear what type of oils you decide to use!
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