Winter is coming! Well, at least I'd like to think it is. Sometimes living in Texas makes winter seem like the stuff of dreams.
Eventually every winter when things turn cold and my days are filled with too hot showers and cranking up the heater (then turning it back down because - hello, heating bill -) I inevitably end up with dry or wind chapped skin. Then I slather on lotion and it never really seems to stay. So, enter the perfect, homemade remedy. Seriously, I made some today in no time and my skin has stayed moisturized and soft all day!
You can make this recipe too! The best part is, no icky add-ins, and you get to pick your own scent! Or no scent at all.
Winter Body Butter Recipe
*Keep in mind that if you are pregnant, this can be wonderful for the growing figure, but use caution and do your research before using any products/essential oils - and ALWAYS discuss with your provider!
You will need:
- Jar or container, even a small tupperware container will do.
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter: I make small batches at a time because it lasts me awhile, but feel free to double or triple it if you wish. It isn't an exact science. I had a pound of unrefined, raw shea butter that I bought here. I haven't tried it with other forms of shea butter so if you decide to do so, you're on your own! You can use as much or as little of this when you make it, but it lasts quite a while so I suggest 1/2 cup to start.
- 2-4 tbsp of your choice of oil(I suggest coconut, almond, jojoba, etc.): I used organic, cold pressed, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. (Found some cheap at Aldi!)
Optional: Essential oil of your choice- I used sweet orange this time, but the scent is a little too mild for me. Next time I will mix a few different scents or use a scent that is more noticeable! I think I'll try thieves oil next because it smells Christmasy to me and will help ward off all the germs going around this time of year.
1. Add the shea butter and 2 tbsp of the oil of your choice into a medium mixing bowl. Mash with a fork or potato masher.
2. Once it is mostly mashed into bits, whip with a hand mixer for a few minutes, adding extra oil a tbsp at a time until it reaches desired consistency.
3.Optional: add essential oil, 10-20 drops, or until you achieve the fragrance level you desire.
4. Scoop into jar or container with a spoon or spatula.
Whip up a big batch of little jars and give to friends, or just make some for yourself. Either way, it will keep your skin happy and healthy all winter long!
Callie teaches Birth Boot Camp Childbirth Classes and serves clients as a Birth Doula in Flower Mound, Denton County, and the surrounding areas of North Dallas, TX. Some of her favorite things are birth, Brene Brown, her three exuberant little girls, making new creations for her Etsy shop, and having a treat stashed away in her closet for a rainy day. Contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at: www.theswayingdoula.com.