Home made body butter.
I have been using up my cache of body butter and not re-stocking it, knowing that I was going to make my own after it was all used up. However it took me a week or so to actually get around to making it after it all ran out. I can't remember when I started slathering body butter on after I got out of the shower it's been a ritual for so long I don't remember when it started. So for the past week I have smelled like baby magic, I hope no one has noticed but thats all I had left. Now I can trow it away. Why am I making my own body butter? Well I am tired of the laundry list of chemicals that are in most body butter and lotions and I don't want to pay big bucks for the kind of lotion I want if I can just make it myself, why not?
Ingredient list for body butter
1. Container. I saved an empty body butter lotion tub. You could use a mason jar, tuber-ware etc.2. Coconut oil.(purchased at Tropical Traditions) I used about 6oz.
3. Shea butter (purchased on Amazon) or Cocoa butter. I used 8oz of Shea butter.
4. Essential oils of your choice.
Shea butter is firmer then coconut oil. I didn't have a recipe for this, I just threw it together. You can't mess it up. I know of people who just use coconut oil as their moisturizer. The body butter I made has the consistency of frosting. It has a few tiny Shea butter beads in it but once you start rubbing it on it melts fast. You can melt it all together first and then beat it when it's completely cooled down. I think it's an unnecessary step since you will melt it down the rest of the way when you rub it into your skin.
Sorry I don't have a picture of it blended together in the mixer but I had a little helper and got distracted.
Russel smelling the body butter.
This is the ingredient list for Equate's Daily Moisturizing Lotion (Victoria Secret's body butter label was on the bottom but reads right to left and I just couldn't do it with such tiny crammed print).
The first ingredient -
Allantoin which I know to be good since it's found in Comfrey and helps to speed recovery through cell proliferation. Read more here.
Avina Sativa or oat kernel helps - It can reduce dry skin and inflammation. Oat straw's silicon is the reason why Avena sativa has anti-inflammatory properties. Read more here.
This site called Skin Deep rates skin care products etc. Benzyl Alcohol - Neurotoxicity, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs). Source.
Cetyl Alcohol - "Today, cetyl is obtained from other sources of fats, such as petroleum, palm, coconut or vegetable oil" (used to be obtained from whale fat)."Because of its unique binding and emollient action, cetyl alcohol is a great binder for moisturizing. Why? Water and oil do not mix, so moisturizers containing a fat such as cetyl alcohol lock moisture into the skin and form a protective barrier that water can't penetrate, preventing dry and parched skin." *Read more here. I think it's an unnecessary ingredient in my lotion, I didn't add any water to it. K.I.S.S Keep it simple stupid and I question it's safety.
Distearyldimonium Chloride - "may be found as an ingredient in fabric softeners, cosmetics, and hair conditioners in which it is added primarily for its antistatic effects." Not finding this to be a necessary ingredient in my body lotion. Read more here *and here it makes skin feel smooth but it's safety is questioned. Glycerin - "Glycerin is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin" However the reasoning for having it in lotions doesn't make me want to put it in my lotion. Read more here.""Unless the humidity of air is over 65%, glycerin draws moisture from the lower layers of the skin and holds it on the surface, drying the skin from the inside out." Hmmm...doesn't sound good does it?! Read more here. Isopropyl palmitate - It's an astringent emollient that is sometimes used to reduce the feeling of greasiness. It also used to help active ingredients to diffuse into the skin better." Certain hazards have been connected to the use of isopropyl palmitate" source. Petrolatum - "
Home made body butter ingredients -
What makes Shea butter an extraordinary skin care and an amazing body healer is its richness in precious constituents, which include unsaturated fats with a large proportion of "unsaponifiables" components, essential fatty acids, phytosterols, vitamin E and D, provitamin A and allantoin. All these are natural and make Shea butter a superfood for your skin (and hair), but that is not all it can do for you because it is:
- Wrinkles, fine lines and scars repairing
- Deeply moisturizing
- Stimulating for the superficial microcirculation
- Skin strengthening
- Skin protecting
- UV protecting
- Skin regenerating
- Collagen production stimulating (makes the skin stronger, more supple and younger)
- Minor cuts and burns healing
- Muscle ache healing
- Physical endurance enhancer