Commercial moisturizers are loaded with nothing but unstable vegetable oils and lots and lots of chemicals. You have hear it before and we are going to say it again, if you cannot eat it, it should not go on your skin. Below we are sharing with you one of our favorite DIY body butter combinations of delicious oils loaded with fabulous nutrients your skin would love to soak up!
Keep in mind there are a million and one variations you can make, its just a matter of what you like. Ie. Adding essential oils can be an amazing addition be it for a little aromatherapy or to soothe achy muscles and joints.
What is in our DIY Body Butter?
Cocoa Butter –
One of the most important qualities of cocoa butter is its high stability as compared to other less stable fats commonly found in lotions. This greatly reduces the chances of this oil becoming rancid.
One of the reasons that cocoa butter is so valuable is its high concentration of antioxidant compounds, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Although these are technically fatty acids, they are beneficial for the body, and help to neutralize free radicals throughout the body, particularly in the skin. By reducing the occurrence of oxidative stress, cocoa butter can help reduce the signs of aging, including wrinkles and age marks. Research has also shown cocoa butter to reduce the appearance of scars on the skin and help to boost overall skin health.
Cocoa butter is an amazing hair moisturizer and has also been linked to lower incidence of dandruff and healthier hair follicle beds therefore reducing hair loss.
Shea Butter –
Rich in vitamin A and vitamin E raw shea butter aids is extremely moisturizing and very hydrating and when applied to the skin provides immediate softness and smoothness. Even better, studies have shown shea butter constitutes a significant source of anti-inflammatory and anti tumor promoting compounds and is also shown to boost collagen production making it a perfect anti-aging cream. Similar to cocoa butter, shea butter is a very stable fat rich in stearic, oleic acids.
Yet another stable and saturated fat , coconut oil retains the moisture content of the skin as the fats eliminate moisture loss through the pores on the skin particularly when consumed but also when applied. Combine the two and you have a winning combination;) Coconut oil is also rich in capric, caprylic and lauric acids which hold strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. As a result, when applied to the skin, coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds.
Calendula comes from the marigold flower and is rich in a variety of organic compounds, including glycosides, saponins, and other powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. Calendula is super powerful in healing cuts, scrapes, bruises, insect bites and just about any skin irritation you may have partially due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, in addition to the unique antioxidant compounds found in this miraculous plant.
Aside from stimulating healing, calendula oil can significantly boost the appearance of your skin. It can affect blood flow to the skin cells, provide antioxidant protection that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and ages spots, and even the visibility of scars. If you want smooth, even-toned skin that glows with youthful vitality, the addition of organic calendula oil to your lotion is the perfect solution.
Vitamin E –
Vitamin e is a fat-soluble antioxidant that is essential for the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin E is normally provided to the skin through the sebum. Topical application can also supply the skin with vitamin E and may provide specific vitamin E forms that are not available from the diet. In addition, vitamin E can also absorb the energy from ultraviolet (UV) light. Thus, it plays important roles in photoprotection, preventing UV-induced free radical damage to skin.
After topical application, vitamin E accumulates not only in cell membranes but also in the extracellular lipid matrix of the stratum corneum, where vitamin E contributes to antioxidant defenses. However, much of a topically applied dose of vitamin E alone will be destroyed in the skin following exposure to UV light. This suggests that although vitamin E is working as an antioxidant, it is unstable on its own and easily lost from the skin making it a perfect addition to the more stable oils above!
Olive oil contains three major antioxidants: vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. Vitamin E partly accounts for the anti-aging benefits of olive oil because it helps restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light. Hydroxytyrosol, a rather rare compound found in olive oil, also prevents free radical damage to the skin. Unlike commercial moisturizers that can clog pores and exacerbate current skin conditions, olive oil penetrates deeply into the skin while providing a cleansing effect. In addition, when massaged gently into your face, olive oil helps to promote your skin’s elasticity.
What can body butter be used for:
- Diaper and other rashes
- Cuts and scrapes
- Hot oil treatment for hair
- Makeup remover (avoid getting into your eye)
- Stretch marks
- Oil cleansing
How to make body butter:
- 1/2 cup Coconut oil
- 1/2 cup Shea butter
- 1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/4 cup Olive oil
- 1/8 cup Calendula Oil
- 1/8 cup Vitamin E oil
- All ingredients come from Mountain Rose Herbs
In a double boiler, place cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil and let melt. Once melted remove from heat and place into a mixing bowl. Add calendula oil and vitamin e oil (*this would be the time to add any other ingredients you wish to include). Place in refrigerator until you notice it begin to harden but is still very soft. Finally, using a hand held blender or a stand mixer, mix it at a medium low until it reaches a consistency similar to whipping cream. Place in jar and voila, there you have it!
We are always looking for different variations so if you have any ideas or have found something you really love, please scroll down and share it with us!
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