Have you considered what is in your beauty products? Your skin is your largest organ and 70% of what you put on your skin gets absorbed, so be mindful of what you are putting on your skin.
This recipe makes your own luxurious body butter at home in your own kitchen. And you can flavour it however you see fit!
Envigorating - Peppermint and Wild Orange, perfect for that morning pick me up (be careful with citrus oils as they make you sensitive to the sun!)
Relaxing - Lavender Peace, Balance, Vetiver, and Frankincense, the most relaxing, grounding blend which will ensure you have a great night's sleep.
Grounding - Balance and Easy Air, this is the blend you need to reduce anxiety.
Makes approximately 2 cups.
1 cup coconut oil
1 cup shea butter
1 cup cacao butter
3 tablespoons jojoba oil (olive, almond or macadamia oil are also good choices)
60 drops 100% pure essential oils
Fill a small saucepan with water until approximately 1/4 full. Put it onto your stove and bring to a simmer.
Meanwhile, measure out the hard oils (e.g. coconut, cacao and shea). Just do the best you can, it doesn't need to be exact. Put these oils into a glass jug or jar and then into the simmering water in the saucepan, allowing them to melt gently, stirring on occasion. It may take 15 or so minutes to melt.
As soon as all the oils have melted remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes before adding in the rest of your oils, including the essential oils. Combine well and place in the freezer for 20-30 minutes or until it is of soft butter consistency.
Remove from the freezer and using a hand beater, beat until it holds it's shape/soft peaks form. You will know you are on the right path when it changes to a pale colour.
If the mixture won't hold it's shape or it keeps melting, it simply means it isn't chilled enough so pop it back into the freezer and try again.
Once whipped, put your mixture into glass jars. You can pipe them in if that is easier.
Store the body butter in a cool place. If it loses it's shape you can whip it back up. Know that in winter it will be quite firm, the opposite in summer.
A note on where to buy therapeutic grade essential oils.
My essential oil of choice are the doTERRA certified pure therapeutic grade oils; they have a reputation for being the safest, purest and most beneficial oils on the market. You will of course find many different essential oils - just be very sure they are 100% pure before putting them anywhere near your skin.
If you would like to purchase these oils at wholesale price (that is 25% off RRP), simply click on this link to set up your own account and have them delivered to your door. Alternatively email me firstname.lastname@example.org to organise a free Skype wellness consult and we will create a wish list of oils to support you emotionally, mentally and physically.
** citrus essential oils can cause photosensitivity so it's best to heavily dilute them or not to apply this cream directly before exposure to the sun.
This recipe was inspired by the wonderful Amy at The Holistic Ingredient!