I’d like to introduce you all to a fellow Canadian blogger who has a beautiful new blog all about natural living. She has some fantastic DIY tutorials for all natural body products and she has offered to share one here, in a guest post! Please welcome Carly from Modern Hippie Housewife! -Leona from My Healthy Green Family
So another weekend unfolds, and my kitchen, once again, resembles a meth lab (Breaking Bad fan over here.) This weekend I’ve been experimenting with body butter. And I don’t mean to “toot my own horn” but, after some trial and error, I’ve really nailed it–this body butter is one-of-a-kind!
With coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, and aloe vera, this body butter is soothing, nourishing, and highly moisturizing. Use as your daily, body moisturizer or to sooth after-sun skin. If you’re pregnant, rub it on your baby-bump (and boobies) to ease the itchiness of a growing belly.
Why I Switched to Homemade Moisturizer
Aside from the obvious savings, I’ve made the switch to homemade body butter with my health, and the environment in mind. Fragrances, preservatives and dyes, found in the majority of moisturizers and cosmetics, are absorbed into your skin, and are toxic to your body, as well as the environment. The David Suzuki Foundation has compiled a helpful list of the “Dirty Dozen” Cosmetic Chemicals to Avoid–so at the very least, avoid cosmetics that contain harmful ingredients on the list. Or, even more effectively, make your own! It’s easy, affordable, and you’ll ALWAYS know what the ingredients are!
A Bit About Aloe…
This is my first time experimenting with aloe vera in my lotions, and after researching it further, it seems like a no-brainer. Aloe vera gel, commonly used for soothing sun-burns, has so many incredible properties–to name a few…
- Aloe vera gel contains more than 200 active amino acids, vitamins, anti-oxidants, minerals, enzymes and sterols.
- Aloe vera is rich in nutrients, and when consumed, is believed to aid in digestion, relieve ulcers, and help combat constipation.
- There have also been claims that aloe “boosts the immune system and acts directly on abnormal cells, thus preventing or treating cancer.”
- Used externally, aloe vera gel is highly moisturizing, can help treat acne, and decreases the appearance of scars, stretch marks and aging.
So naturally, I wanted to incorporate it in to this body butter.
How to Make Body Butter with Aloe Vera
First you’ll need to gather your ingredients. For this recipe, you’ll need coconut oil, shea butter OR cocoa butter, organic aloe vera juice, vitamin E oil, and some kind of unrefined, liquid oil, such as avocado, olive, jajoba or almond oil. I use avocado oil in the recipe below because that’s what I have on hand at the moment. (Read more about the benefits of avocado oil in my Homemade Facial Cleanser post.)
If you have an aloe vera plant, you can use the gel from that instead of buying the juice. Just make sure you pulse the gel in a blender prior to adding it to the lotion.
Melt the coconut oil and shea butter in a double-boiler. Anyone can do this: first, add the two ingredients to a small, glass jar, then place the jar in a pan of lightly simmering water.
As soon as the mixture has melted (the shea butter will be the last to melt), remove it from the heat, and leave it at room temperature until it becomes opaque, but still soft.
Next, add the “opaque mixture” to a stand mixer bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, and using the wire whip attachment, whip the ingredients until it’s light and fluffy. This will take about between 5-10 minutes–let’s say 7 If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can achieve the same result using a hand-mixer. The picture below still needs to be whipped for a couple more minutes.
The body butter is complete once it becomes light, fluffy, and can stick to an upside-down spoon.
Transfer your body butter to an airtight container, and store in a cool place. Apply it to your whole body as frequently desired!
As you can see, this soothing body butter with aloe vera is easy and affordable to make–I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
- 3 Tbsp Shea Butter
- 2 Tbsp Coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
- 3 Tbsp Aloe Vera
- 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil (OR Olive, Jajoba or Almond Oil)
- 10-15 Drops of Essential oils of choice (optional)
- Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. You can create this by putting the ingredients in a small, glass jar and then placing the jar in a pan of simmering water.
- Remove from heat once melted and let the mixture cool until it's opaque (to speed this is you can put it in the fridge, but don't let it become solid.)
- Next, add the remaining ingredients and the coconut/shea mix to a stand mixer bowl, and whip until ingredients are well combined, and the mixture is light and fluffy (about 5-10 minutes.) It's finished when the body butter can stick to a spoon when held upside-down.
- Transfer to an a small container or jar and store in a cool place.
Meet Carly, the Modern Hippie Housewife
Carly is a stay-at-home-mom and wife, who left her career in finance to stay at home, raise her daughter, and pursue her passion: growing and cooking awesome, wholesome food for her family, and leading a sustainable, minimalistic life. You can follow her journey to cleaner, greener living (on a budget) by visiting her blog at www.modernhippiehousewife.com.
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