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.
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. 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, it has been suggested that aloe vera gel is highly moisturizing, helps treat acne, and can decrease the appearance of scars, stretch marks and aging. So naturally, I wanted to incorporate it in to this body butter.
This soothing body butter 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 upsidedown.
- Transfer to an a small container or jar and store in a cool place.