Update: I originally shared information about Vitamin E being used as a preservative, but in fact it isn't. It is an antioxidant that extends shelf life by preventing rancidity. DIY products that don't use water do not need a preservative; however, it is necessary that with this body butter and other recipes like these that you must use clean, dry fingers to prevent mold, yeast, bacteria, fungi, etc. In my quest for cleaner, safer products, I'm still learning the ins and outs. Other ingredients that prevent rancidity are rosemary oleoresin extract and grapefruit seed extract. (Information on rancidity was provided by Stacia of Tehacha-Bee Farm & Handcrafted Honey Bee in Tehachapi, CA. You can learn more about antioxidants vs. preservatives here.)
This post is inspired by Scratch Mommy. I asked her how I can make a DIY body butter using coconut oil as the main ingredient. She gave me some guidelines and this is what I came up with! It was my first time whipping coconut oil into a body butter and I have to admit, it came out well. Now, I must mention that I don't know how it will hold out in the warmer months but in the coolness of late Fall, it's perfect!
My body butter had a very light lavender scent. I will never tire of the scent of lavender. Can you relate?
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid) (like this)
1/2 T avocado oil (like this)
1 tsp Vitamin E (like this)
10 drops of lavender essential oil (EO)
In your mixer, whip the coconut oil until light and fluffy. It may take several minutes. As peaks form, drizzle in the avocado oil. Continue whipping for a minute or two then add in the vitamin E. Finally add the EO of your choice.
+ You can use any high quality skin oil like jojoba, almond, in place of the avocado oil.
+ The Vitamin E
Info on EOs
The EO pictured above is from an artisan I met at last year's Holiday Craft Bazaar in Ridgecrest, CA. Her handcrafted EO is superb! The 1 oz lavender is $20 plus shipping (pictured is the 1/3 bottle at $7). You can learn more by contacting her at email (remove spaces and parentheses): DanaClair (@) rocketmail.com. She lives in Bishop, CA.
Another place I've purchased EOs is Organic Infusions. They are also a small business and based in California.
In my next rendition, I am thinking of using cocoa butter and a smidgen of raw honey with the Vitamin E. Essential oil may not be needed since cocoa butter has a light chocolate scent. Though a peppermint EO may make me smell like a peppermint patty and that could be kind of refreshing in the winter months ahead. What EO would you pair with cocoa butter?
Share your favorite DIY body butter recipe or resource in the comments.
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