Making your own beauty care products is the healthiest, safest and most economical way to ensure that you are putting the most natural ingredients on your skin. It can be difficult to find time for this but there are some ways to squeeze some time in if you make it a hobby.
For example, one day each week you can have your kids join in and experiment with making homemade body care products at your kitchen table for yourselves or for gifts or have friends over and make enough natural bath and body products to last a month. Buy your ingredients in bulk and make enough to freeze them.
My favorite, easy Diy body butter recipe:
This body butter is made from just three ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oil. No crazy chemical ingredients, no drying alcohol, no parabens, just three ingredients!
Not only is coconut oil great for your health, but because it contains mostly fats, it acts as an emollient, softening and smoothing skin, even healing small wounds and scars. Coconut oil limits the amounts of microbes on the skin, cleaning up various conditions like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and many other skin infections. It also seeps deep into the skin eliminating dryness. It eliminates dead skin cells and reduces skin flakiness.
Cocoa butter provides deep hydration and is high in antioxidants, fighting free radicals which are the cause of skin aging.
Essential oils have their own benefits and depending on what your skin type is or what your skin concern is will determine which oil you should use. For example, carrot seed essential oil smooths skin and helps with skin regeneration. Lavender essential oil helps lighten age spots and scars, great for mature skin and why I chose to use this oil in the recipe. Tee tree, thyme, basil and eucalyptus oils can be used for acne prone skin. Learn more about essential oils and acne here.
- Measure out one cup of coconut oil and one cup of cocoa butter. The coconut oil should be soft and the coconut oil will be hard and will need to be cut up in chunks to fill one cup.
- Put the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a small to medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt the contents until completely liquid, and there are no longer any chunks. It usually takes 4-5 minutes.
- Transfer to a mixing bowl and refrigerate until the liquid becomes a soft solid, sometimes taking a few hours.
- Add your essential oil to your liking. For this batch, I used two cap-fulls of lavender essential oil.
- Mix with a stand mixer on high until light and fluffy, similar to whipped cream consistency.
- Fill jars and store at room temperature.