All Natural/Healing Body Butter/Balm
I’m so excited to share this recipe with you. I’ve had people tell me not to share the recipe and to sell it but that’s just not how I roll. When I find something that I love and that works, I want to share it with the world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased a product and love it but never bought it again because it was either too expensive to order online or I just couldn’t find the person who I bought it from. Not to mention, I just love making my own stuff.
First off let me start by saying, everyone calls this a body butter but it’s more of a body balm, and I’ll explain this. In order to get the creamy consistency that you see in your store bought body butters, you would need to add a synthetic additive. Well, doesn’t that defeat the purpose of all natural? So with that being said, this will melt to an oil in extreme heat and harden in the cold. But it’s ok because it all works the same. Since it’s all natural and does not have added water, it’s very concentrated. Just start with very little and use more as needed. It will be hard at first but will melt quickly with your body heat. I love this product and it’s now all that I use.
Healing? Why do I say healing? Well, look at the ingredients. Everything I’ve listed has some healing properties. And it’s so versatile. I use a little bit all over after a bath or shower and whatever little bit is still left on my hands, I’ll lightly apply it to my hair. it helps with dry hair & frizz. I’ve used it as a lip balm, hand & foot cream, hair cream, tattoo cream, and even on burns & minor skin irritations. My mom says I’m a minimalist. If you haven’t noticed, do love having less products and stuff that can be used for many, many things.
(Please feel free to alter the amount of each ingredient that fits your needs)
- 1 cup Cacao Butter
- 1 cup Shea Butter
- 3/4 cup Carrier Oil– I say ‘carrier oil’ because you can use pretty much anything. I would recommend looking some of these up to see what would work best with your skin type. These are the carrier oils I like to use. I can never settle on one so sometimes I use them all: Grapeseed oil, olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, vitamin e and jojoba oil. (If I have vitamin e, I’ll use 1/4 of that & 1/2 of another carrier listed above). A great recommendation is to use an herbal infused carrier oil.
- 50+ Drops Essential Oil– Again, use what you like or need. I like to use lavender & frankincense. The latest batch I made I also added Ylang Ylang & Copiaba.
So that you don’t overheat your oils, you’ll want to start with the cacao butter because it has the highest melting temp. I used a glass bowl set in a pan of boiling water. Once the cacao butter is almost completely melted, add the shea butter. Then, once that is melted, remove from heat and add your carrier oils. Stir well. You can let it set until it’s just hard at the top. Or if you’re impatient like me, you can put it in the fridge for a few minutes. Once the top starts to harden, add your essential oils and use a hand mixer to whip the body butter to the consistency you desire. Just remember, it will not stay at this consistency unless you use an additive. If you find that it’s still very oily, put it back in the fridge a little longer. Just don’t do like I’ve done and totally forget it in the fridge…. it will harden like a rock! I like to use small mason jars to store my body butter/balm in. It may feel oily when you first apply it, but just wait a minute and it will soak in. Since it’s all natural it will soak in and not sit as a film on your skin.
If you make this please leave me a comment and let me know what you think