Coconut oil. What’s your opinion?
As a food, I love it. As a moisturiser, I hate it.
I’ve used it on my face, only to break out in pimples. I’ve used it on my body, only to experience an uncomfortable itchy, dry rash. Can anyone else relate?
I’ve wanted to make my own body butter for quite some time but most recipes contain coconut oil.
So here I’ve created my own intensely moisturising whipped chocolate body butter. It uses only three ingredients and it’s coconut oil-free.
The cacao butter gives a yummy chocolate scent and the shea butter and almond oil make it extremely moisturising. A little dollop of this stuff goes a long way. Best of all, it’s super easy to make and it’s organic, too.
I have it on good authority that this moisturiser makes a great gift for expecting Mums. It’s good for stretch-mark prevention and no nasty stuff means it’s safe for baby too.
Makes 2.5 to 3 cups of body butter
1 cup raw organic cacao butter
1/2 cup organic shea butter
1/2 cup organic almond oil
A jar to store the whipped butter
I purchase all my oils and butters online from iHerb. They are very well priced.
Place some water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Sit a bowl over the top of the saucepan of water. Make sure that the bowl is deep enough to hold your butters but not too deep as it shouldn’t be touching the water. You want the steam from the water to melt the butters.
Place the butters into the bowl and melt down.
Once the butters have completely melted, remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 30 minutes.
Then, stir through your almond oil.
Place the mixture in the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. The mixture should start to begin to go slightly solid again and turn a whitish colour. Keep a close eye on it. You don’t want it to get too hard otherwise when you beat it, it will go all lumpy.
Once your mixture has been cooled in the freezer, remove it and whip it with a hand beater to create a creamy butter.
If you find that the mixture is not whipping, you may need to pop it back into the freezer to harden slightly.
Store the butter in a jar in a cool, dark cupboard. If the body butter melts due to heat, you can place it back into the freezer for a few minutes and then whip it again.
12 steps to cosmetics so natural you can eat the ingredients
This little how-to is the fourth instalment in our series on how to green your bathroom by swapping to completely natural and cruelty-free cosmetics.
Making your own homemade body butter means you know exactly what’s inside the stuff you’re a-slathering all over your skin.
No more nasty chemicals. No testing on animals. Much less packaging.
Stay tuned for part five, where we’ll be talking no-‘pooing, also known as washing your hair with bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.
We’re also volunteering to be your human guinea pigs, so if there’s something natural cosmetics-related that you’ve been a-ponderin’, hit us up in the comments.
Check out the other steps via the links below:
- Step 1: Bathroom stocktake – get our handy free worksheet to help you work out how naughty or nice your current cosmetic brands are.
- Step 2: Homemade exfoliating coffee and cinnamon soap – how to recycle used coffee grounds into a luxuriously exfoliating and all-natural homemade soap.
- Step 3: How to cleanse your face with nothing more than oil (and a little apple cider vinegar) plus tips on dealing with adult acne.
- Step 4: Whipped organic chocolate body butter – how to create an intensely moisturising body butter using only three-ingredients.
- Step 5: How to go no ‘poo – ditch store-bought shampoo and wash your hair using only bicarbonate soda and apple cider vinegar.
- Step 6: Menstrual cups – less wastage, less stink, less toxins. The better alternative to pads and tampons.
- Step 7: Natural homemade toothpaste – whip up your own toothpaste using everyday ingredients you probably already have floating around your pantry.
- Step 8: Oil pulling – swill a little oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes each day to improve dental health and a whole heap more.
- Step 9: Dry body brushing – get healthy, glowing, soft skin using this simple exfoliating technique.
- Step 10: Healing face and body butter – how to make your own naturally-scented and powerfully healing face and body moisturiser.