DIY Body Butter

Along with Winter comes dry and cracked skin.  So, we all end up wanting to slather ourselves in hydrating lotion!  Body butters are always nice for moisturizing dry hands, legs and arms and they are super luxurious!  Did you know it is easy to make your own at home, and scent it with your favorite essential oils?  Every Winter I make my own, and it keeps my skin soft.  The recipe I am sharing with you today combines shea butter, cacao butter, coconut oil and sweet almond oil for a mixture that is basically food for your skin nourishing it from the outside.  I never like to put anything on my skin that I wouldnt eat, because it is absorbed and if you are using things with chemicals they soak into your body tissues.  Trust me, you will feel much better when you eliminate chemicals from  your skin care routine and use things like this nourishing lotion.  As far as the essential oils you add to it go, add what you like.  I like mine with grapefruit and lavender for a fragrant citrusy Winter scent. Also, this makes a great gift if you put it into pretty little jars!

Author: Amy Lyons O’Neil

Amy has worked for Fresh and Natural Foods since 2006 contributing to the variety of healthful foods we offer. She graduated with a degree in studio art from Bethel University in 2007, but in her senior year of college, found that her passion was with the art of food. She later used her photography and culinary skills to create a vegan food and recipe blog, Fragrant Vanilla Cake. She has also written 3 cookbooks. She specializes in vegan and vegetarian recipes. Local, fresh and organic food has always been her focus in whatever she creates.



Melt the cocoa butter, coconut oil, and shea butter in a bowl over a pot of boiling water (double boiler) whisking until smooth and all liquid. Remove the bowl, and let the mixture cool for 45 minutes.  Add the essential oils, and almond oil.  Whisk to combine. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes, or until the mixture begins to become completely opaque and starts to solidify (you want the middle to still be a bit soft, but the outside will start to be solid, and the whole mixture should be pretty cold).  Whip with a hand mixer until the mixture becomes like a frosting.  Scoop into jars with lids and enjoy!  It should keep for a couple months (since there are no preservatives).

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