Yup I have been at it again – I have had to make another batch of gorgeous body butter but this time I opted for something super nourishing as the weather is becoming a little bit, um… well… nasty! When it heads into Autumn and Winter I am prone to some pretty horrendous dry skin on my legs, feet, and hands – not in the flaky way but just in the itchy and dull looking way. This body butter will penetrate the skin deep down and nourish and protect it whilst giving it some much needed moisture. I also use this body butter as a method of hair oiling for some super nourished hair!
This body butter is dedicated to all of my fellow mama bears out there – the grapefruit essential oil will help to treat cellulite and if you tend to have acne prone skin you’ll find that this body butter won’t have you breaking out! The mandarin essential oil will uplift you, leaving you feeling relaxed and ready to battle the busy day ahead of you whilst healing any scars and stretch marks that you might have!
I buy most of my ingredients from Naissance and I have provided links to most of the ingredients to save you from spending time shopping around!
Reaping the benefits…
I like to use shea butter as my base as it is fairly inexpensive, but also as it is a super healing vitamin A packed oil! Shea butter contains something called cinnamic acid which is packed full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Put together all of those elements and you’ll find that shea butter is pretty useful at treating a whole host of skin ailments from dermatitis, sunburn, insect bites, blemishes, eczema, wrinkles and even fighting muscle pain and fatigue!
To reap the full benefits be sure to buy 100% pure and unprocessed shea butter because the cinnamic acid content drastically reduces through processing.
Virgin Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is amazing for our skin as it is antifungal, antibacterial, and a great moisturiser. Again be careful not to use refined coconut oil as it can block your pores – especially when used on your face!
I opted for cacao butter because I love the smell. I actually don’t like the smell of shea butter much and can find it a little overbearing so adding in cacao butter makes it smell good enough to eat. Cacao butter reduces the visibility of stretch marks, something that I have had to come to terms with owning after giving birth to 3 hefty babylons. It’s also great as an anti-ageing treatment as it is packed full of antioxidants.
Extra Virgin Avocado Oil
Avocado oil is a little gem to have in your skincare arsenal. I opted for avocado oil as it contains omega-3 fatty acids making it a super effective moisturiser for dry skin but it is also great for mature skin too due to its high antioxidant and vitamin content, and yes now I find myself steering toward my mid 30’s I can definitely sense a difference in the texture of my skin. If you’ve got age spots that need a little TLC then you’ll be happy to know that avocado oil contains sterolin – this chemical will help to reduce the appearance of them as well as soften your skin!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Again olive oil is packed full of antioxidants making it perfect for ageing skin and it also helps to fight off free radicals from that pesky sun! Olive oil can help to boost exfoliation so next time you need a scrub grab a handful of this body butter and combine it with a handful of sea salt for a super smooth scrub!
Grapefruit and Mandarin Essential Oils
And no body butter would be complete without some gorgeous smelling essential oils of course! I added in quite a bit of grapefruit essential oil to help rejuvenate skin (due to its high vitamin C content) and tackle any stubborn spots of cellulite – grapefruit oil helps the lymphatic system get to work and eliminates toxins from the body. If you have particularly oily or acne prone skin then sit back and let grapefruit’s antibacterial properties come into play. Grapefruit essential oil is also great for tackling any aches and pains so if your body is in need of some major TLC get your significant other to give you a good massage with this body butter! Mandarin essential oil is brilliant for uplifting your mood whilst helping to diminish the look of scars and stretch marks, and keeping your skins moisture in balance.
Nourishing Grapefruit and Mandarin Body Butter
Yields: Roughly enough to fill a 380ml Mason Jar
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Preparation Time: 1 hour
125g unrefined raw shea butter
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
3 tbsp cacao butter
1 tbsp extra virgin avocado oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
60-80 drops grapefruit essential oil
40-60 drops mandarin essential oil
- Place your shea butter, coconut oil, and cacao butter into a heatproof bowl over a double boiler/bain marie on a low heat. Give it a good stir every now and then until the ingredients are fully melted. Remove from the heat and leave to cool for 5 minutes.
- Place the bowl into the freezer until the mixture solidifies, be sure to check on the mix and give it a good stir. This part of the process shouldn’t take too long at all – probably about 20-30 minutes.
- Remove the bowl and begin to break up the body butter using a spoon. Using an electric hand whisk start to beat the mixture on the lowest setting and gradually begin to increase the speed, whip your mixture until it turns into a smooth and fluffy butter. Add your essential oils and beat in until fully combined. Spoon into your airtight mason jar and store out of the way of direct sunlight for up to 3 months.