Say goodbye to dry and dull winter skin with this easy 5-ingredient homemade body butter for glowing skin.
This whipped body butter recipe is super simple and eliminates dry skin quickly. It nourishes and soothes your skin and is made with non-toxic (and easy to find) ingredients. This is the best DIY body butter you’ll ever try.
Similar to the very popular homemade body lotion for glowing skin (LINK), this is great for all skin types. It is also non-greasy and absorbs quickly into the skin.
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Why You Should Make Your Own Homemade Body Butter for Glowing Skin
I love making my own skincare products because I know what is inside, and I get to decide what is in my beauty products and essentially on my skin.
If you search online, you’ll see that the skin is our biggest organ, and 60 percent of the skincare products we use are absorbed right into our bloodstream.
That’s scary, isn’t it?
Over the last year, I stopped using cleaners in the morning – completely stopped!
In the morning, your skin is not dirty (unless you were out the night before, with a lot of makeup and having some fun all night long). If you clean your face in the morning, you have probably noticed that all you’re removing is the last night’s products that you put on your skin. In fact, the only thing you need to do after waking up is to wash your face with water. That way, your skin won’t strip off its natural oils and natural bacteria balance.
But why did I do that?
Are Store-Bought Body Creams Bad for You?
Take a moment and ask yourself how many products you use in a typical day. Cream, lotion, deodorant, soap, perfume, makeup, lip balm, anti-cellulite treatments? Now ask yourself how many ingredients are in those products. What if I tell you that just one of those products contains 126 unique ingredients?
This wouldn’t be so concerning if the ingredients in our cosmetics were actually regulated. You heard me: safety tests are not required for the cosmetic industry!
Maybe you still don’t know that many companies continue to use toxic chemicals in their products…. Firstly, they aren’t banned yet, and secondly, they are much cheaper to use than organic ingredients. Here you can see the difference between the US and Europe.
The skin is one of the most absorbent parts of the body, it’s like a sponge that sops up whatever you put on it. When you think about it, our skin is an elimination system. As cosmetics sit on your skin, the toxic gunk enters your body. We have 2 million holes across our skin.
If you choose carefully what you eat, why don’t you do the same with your skin?
Obviously, we are not choosing to eat our cosmetics, so it can’t be too bad, right?
So, if we don’t need to worry about most of the ingredients found in lotions and body butters being absorbed into our bloodstream, then why should we make our own?
Homemade Body Butter for Glowing Skin
Making your own natural body butter is actually quite simple.
You don’t need expensive and difficult-to-find ingredients. This homemade body butter for glowing skin is made with just 3 simple ingredients.
This homemade body butter for glowing skin is simple to make, very nourishing for the skin and a little goes a long way! It’s 100% natural, and it is anhydrous (it doesn’t contain water) there is no need to add preservatives.
I’m using shea butter and sunflower oil because they are the best for glowing skin. The vitamin C found in sunflower oil will help regenerate new skin cells and help your skin rid itself of acne-causing bacteria. And shea butter is an excellent moisturizing agent that melts on contact with the skin and protects against water loss and outside weathering (sun, snow, rain, and wind).
Best Ingredients for Natural Body Butter
Good natural body butter contains around 80% solid butter and 20% oils. So, for this DIY body butter recipe, I’m using 80% shea butter, 19% sunflower oil, and 1% essential oils. You can try even 90% shea butter and 10% oils to make firmer body butter. Firmer body butter is more suitable for warmer climates.
If you want to make light, silky body butter replaces 20% of the shea butter with 20% cold-pressed organic coconut oil (the solid version).
Derived from the seeds of the African shea tree, shea butter is widely used in cosmetics and lotions thanks to its moisturizing and nutrient-rich qualities.
Arguably, the most well-known benefit of shea butter is its moisturizing and repairing properties. It’s fast-absorbing, non-greasy, and won’t leave a sticky residue like other moisturizers.
Packed full of nutrients, including vitamins A and E, shea butter has a variety of uses for the skin.
While shea butter shouldn’t replace your sunscreen, it can offer some protection against harmful UV rays. It’s clear that shea butter truly is a miracle product with many different uses!
Sunflower oil is extremely high in vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps protect skin cells from harmful UV rays from the sun and other environmental stressors.
Sunflower oil has emollient properties that help the skin retain its moisture. Vitamin E helps trap moisture inside skin cells, keeping skin hydrated for longer.
Adding essential oils to your body butter will not only provide additional benefits, but the essential oils will make it smell amazing. Some great skin-healthy choices would be a lavender, geranium, rose, frankincense, or tea tree.
Today, I’m using lavender and geranium. Both are great for sensitive skin, which can help improve skin tone and purify the skin.
Arrowroot Powder (optional)
Arrowroot powder is an all-natural silky white powder produced by grinding up the dried rhizomes of the tropical Arrowroot plant. In cosmetics, Arrowroot Powder is featured widely in natural makeup, skincare, and personal hygiene products (like body powders, deodorants, etc). Using this powder in body butter reduces its greasiness.
The Arrowroot powder gives the body creams the perfect and smooth texture. It will absorb some of the oils in the recipe, making it less oily on the skin.
How to Make Body Butter for Glowing Skin
It is a simple process and only takes about 20 minutes with a bit of wait time.
- 70 g Shea Butter
- 29 g Sunflower Oil
- 1 g essential oils
1. Combine shea butter and sunflower oil and melt in a double boiler.
2. Once melted, remove the heat and let it cool down to 40C (113F). You can speed up this process by placing the container in the fridge or freezer.
3. Add the essential oils.
4. Cool down the mixture until it starts to solidify. You can speed up the process by placing the container in the fridge or freezer and stirring occasionally.
5. Add the arrowroot powder (if using).
6. Whip with an electric whisk. If it gets soft or liquid during whipping, cool down some more.
7. Continue the process of cooling and whisking until you get your desired consistency.
8. Scoop into the desired packaging.
Here are some options for essential oils you might like to use:
• Skin Soother: 21 drops of lavender essential oil and 9 drops of chamomile essential oil.
• Floral: 18 drops of geranium essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil.
• Fresh:18 drops of lemongrass essential oil and 12 drops of lavender essential oil.
• Sensual: 12 drops of ylang-ylang essential oil and 18 drops of lavender essential oil.
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How to Use Whipped Body Butter for Glowing Skin
Massage the cream into damp skin after a bath or a shower and enjoy beautifully moisturized, soft, supple, and gorgeously smelling skin.
How to Store this Homemade Body Butter
This butter has a shelf life of around six months. To ensure its shelf life, please store it in a dry place, apply it with clean hands, and do not allow water to enter the product.