Smooth, soft, glowing, youthful…all terms I want to use to describe my skin! Scrubs and soaks help prep skin, but you have to complete your routine by locking in the moisture. Regular lotions are great, but there’s just something about using body butter that just tops it all off…try out the DIY Whipped Body Butter below!
Why? What’s the Difference?
Lotions are typically water-based which makes them very lightweight. They usually add moisture, but don’t tend to stay as long. If you have really dry skin, definitely use a good lotion or cream.
Body butter is thicker and therefore the scent is usually stronger. Most body butters don’t contain water and are made with a carrier oil, like coconut oil and essential fats and minerals found in natural ingredients, like cocoa butter.
Body butter isn’t used so much to hydrate as it sits more on top of your skin, but it helps prevent your skin from losing moisture. Try a light lotion all over and then follow it with a body butter in the areas you tend to get the driest. If you aren’t using a lotion beforehand, it’s recommended you use the body butter on pre-dampened skin.
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DIY Whipped Body Butter
- 3 oz. pure cocoa butter
- ¼ cup coconut oil (I use LouAna)
- 8-10 drops of an essential oil (of your choosing)
- 2+ drops of food coloring (optional)
*REMEMBER: Not all essential oils are the same, make sure yours are purely distilled, certified therapeutic-grade oils.
*Melt the coconut oil & cocoa butter together in a microwave safe bowl, then put it in the fridge for about 30-45 minutes until it’s cool, looks a little cloudy, and appears to be a pudding-like consistency.
(*Note: the time in the fridge may vary depending on the specific brands you used and how efficient your fridge is. You don’t want it to still be liquid, but you don’t want it solid again either.)
*Use a hand or stand mixer to whip it until it’s fluffy…almost a cool whip look.
*Add in the essential oil and food coloring and whip it all up
~Store it in an air-tight container
Remember, your coconut oil will be solid if it’s too cold and liquid if it’s too hot. So you want to store this at room temperature.
Pretty simple, right!? And it’s nice knowing what’s in my products whenever possible. You can’t go wrong with only 3 main ingredients! Plus, the cost savings is ridiculous, which ties in great with my motto… ‘I can totally make that for less!’ One of the least expensive body butters I found was still nearly $6 and was only 7 ounces….that would be gone, like, tomorrow! A little of this stuff, goes a long way; love me some body butter!
What are your thoughts? Are you a lotion, cream, or body butter person?
Until next time,