I’ve written about it before, and I’ll say it again: most commercial beauty products are extremely toxic and bad for you. Many of the popular lotions, shampoos, conditioners, deodorants, etc. we see on the shelves are loaded with parabens, phthalates, and other toxic chemicals. This controversial topic has seemed to generate a lot of buzz as of late, resulting in people wanting healthier alternatives.
Much of what we put on our skin is absorbed directly into the bloodstream, which is potentially worse than if you were to consume these chemicals. One particular study of 177 pregnant women who regularly use a variety of commercial beauty products measured the amount of parabens and phthalates in their urine. The results concluded that the amount of products these women used correlated with the levels of phthalates and parabens in their urine. The more you use, the more at risk you are to having high concentrations of parabens and other chemicals in your body. These chemicals can interfere with hormones in both men and women and are linked to diseases.
We should be just as mindful of what we put on our body as we are in regard to what we put in our body. Making small changes can reduce the amounts of toxins we are putting in and on our body. Making your own beauty products is the best way to ensure you are not putting anything toxic on your body because you know exactly what is in your products. For my DIY Natural Deodorant recipe, click here.
This natural body butter can be used after you shower or a hair mask if your hair is in need of a little TLC. I love using this as a lotion after I shower. I do warn you, it is oily but will leave your skin luxuriously soft! If your hair is on the dryer side or you simply want softer hair, apply this as a mask to dry hair prior to washing (leave on at least 30 min for best results).
There are 2 ways you can make this body butter. The first way involves melting the shea butter and coconut oil and refrigerating for 1 hour prior to whipping it. The second way does not involve any melting of the oils but requires a little more elbow grease when mixing. I have tried both methods and recommend melting the oils together first as the whipped consistency seems to last much longer this way. Check out my YouTube video to watch how I make my body butter.
This recipe only requires 1 or 2 ingredients. It can be made with either coconut oil and/or shea butter. I like to add vitamin E as a natural preservative and aloe for its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. Aloe is also known to promote hair growth. Lastly, I add my favorite essential oils for fragrance. My go-to oil is lavender, but for this recipe, I used lavender, sweet orange. and frankincense. If you are allergic to shea or coconut oil, you can swap out for cocoa butter.
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1 Tbsp aloe (optional)
- 1 Tsp vitamin E oil (optional)
- 15-20 drops essential oil (optional)
- Add coconut oil and shea butter to a heat resistant bowl. To melt, take a separate glass bowl and add boiling water. Place the coconut oil and shea butter over the bowl with boiling water and allow to melt completely. Once melted, give the oils a stir and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.
- After oils have cooled, begin blending with a hand blender. This is a pretty lengthy process so be prepared to blend for awhile (about 15 minutes). About halfway through blending, add aloe, vitamin E oil, and essential oils. Keep blending until oils whip. It will literally look like whipped cream.
- Once whipped, transfer the mixture to a sterilized mason jar or container and enjoy!
- Use as a hair mask 30 minutes prior to washing or as a body lotion/oil after your shower.