Wednesday, August 15, 2012

PinTest: All Natural Moisturizing Body Butter

Okay, so I've been on Pinterest for....I don't even know how long. A long time. I love it! I love finding awesome DIY projects - especially stuff that I can pin to my 'Simple Natural NonToxic' board.

A month or so ago I found an awesome "recipe" for home made all natural body butter. What?! Shut your dirty mouth! I HAD to try it.

Here is the link to the original pin.

Can you see why I was dying to try this?? It looks awesome, right? So here goes - proof that I'm not all pin and no action! (Excuse my pictures--they're not the best. They were taken on my phone because I was too lazy to track down my camera...)

Start out with 1 cup (8oz) of shea butter. I made sure to find pure shea--not the stuff you buy at WalMart/Target/etc. That stuff has all kinds of other crap in it. I found pure shea at my local Good Earth store.

Dump that into a bowl or double boiler and then measure out 1/2 cup of coconut oil. I use Nature's Way EfaGold pure extra virgin organic coconut oil (for EVERYTHING...including this project)

Now you'll dump your coconut oil into your double boiler....or your makeshift double boiler that you've rigged mine...ha!

Melt them took a hot minute for my shea to soften and melt (coconut oil pretty much melts in your hands - if it's not already in a liquid state). After a bit, I was finally able to start stirring it to get it mixed well.

Once it's good and melted, you'll want to let it cool for about 30 minutes.

After it has cooled, you add 1/2 cup of your oil of choice. You can use almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil - whatever your favorite is. I only had olive oil on hand, so that's what I used. But it's really great quality oil (Napa Valley Naturals extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil).

You also may want to add your favorite essential oil for scent and other natural benefits/awesomeness (which would vary depending on the oil you choose). I chose Lavender. The instructions in the original post said that 20-25 drops was not quite enough, so I did like...35-40 and it smells great!

Stir both into your coconut/shea mixture and let it sit to cool and solidify. To speed up the process, I put mine in the freezer...I'm impatient.

Here is what it should look like (partially solidified) when you're ready for the next step (you can see where I've poked it - you don't want it totally solid):

Then all you have left to do is whip it up with your mixer!

In the original post/instructions, hers looks like this gorgeous whipped cream loveliness. As you can see, mine doesn't look like whipped cream. It looked like and had the consistency of butter. I wasn't too concerned with that because...aren't we making body BUTTER?

Anyway, I scooped it into a couple of jars and totally forgot to take pictures. We've been using it (that's right--hubby too!) for a week or two now, and we LOVE it!! It feels great and smells great and a little bit goes a looonnnng way. I want to make another batch with almond oil and a different essential oil (maybe Wild Orange? Oh goodness--could you imagine?!), but my mom wants to make some so I have to wait until she gets here. (Oh yeah! My mamma is going to be in in 12 days!! Yippee!!)

[FYI - everything in this is cloth diaper safe, so it can be used as a diaper cream if you want! I set aside a jar for the nursery to use on Evangeline when she gets here.]

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