After going on a bit of a beauty product cull earlier last year, I’ve since been looking for a good replacement moisturiser that’s healthy for your skin and doesn’t cost a $$$. I tried a few different brands. I tried organic, natural, store-bought, chemist-bought, naturopath clinic-bought. But generally struggled to find one I really liked that wasn’t making a huge dent in my bank account. I’ve got pretty sensitive skin so it unfortunately means finding something that doesn’t irritate can be difficult. Anything that has the word ‘organic’ plastered on it I’m mildly sceptical about, and it also means you’re paying upwards of $30 for a small-ish bottle.
Eventually, I stumbled upon a few different DIY healthcare and beauty blogs, and low and behold, it turns out making your own beauty products is as easy as pie. And cheap.
Here’s a recipe for one I made just last week. I bought the base items in bulk a little while ago, and I found they last a really long time and are so much more moisturising than anything else I’ve used. What I love about making your own is that you can cater to your preference for scents. It’s interesting because I think some essential oils work with some people’s natural scent, but not so well with others. Making your own means you know exactly what goes in it, and what will ultimately suit your natural scent. I seldom wear perfume any more, mainly because I find the essential oils in my moisturiser are enough and actually last throughout the day. At the moment I use lavender and rosemary but I’m keen to try out something different like sandalwood and sweet orange.
The general consensus on the beauty sites is that in order for it to be an effective consistency, a mix of about 70% solids and 30% oils is required. For body butters that I’ve made in the past I’ve used coconut oil as one of the oils. I didn’t have enough for this batch, so I just used more sweet almond oil.
Rosemary and Lavender Body Butter
1/4 Cup – Cacao Butter (I use less cacao than shea because I find the smell sometimes overwhelmingly chocolatey)
3/4 Cup – Shea Butter
1/2 Cup – Sweet Almond Oil
1 Tablespoon – Aloe Vera Juice (this is really good for sensitive skin)
2 Drops – Vitamin E (this oil makes it extra moisturising, and also acts as a natural preservative)
1 Sprig – Fresh Rosemary
1 Drop – Rosemary Essential Oil
2 Drops – Lavender Essential Oil
1 Drop – ‘Yemen’ Essential Oil (Grapefruit, Cinnamon Leaf, Sweet Orange & Moroccan Chamomile)
-Melt the cacao butter, shea butter, sweet almond oil and the sprig of rosemary over a low heat until fully melted.
-Once melted, add the aloe vera juice and other essential oils. Remove fresh rosemary.
-Leave the melted mixture in the freezer for 20 minutes or until mostly solid (but not too hard)
-Once the mixture has partially solidified remove from freezer and whip using electric beater or electric whisk. It may take a little time to reach the desired consistency.
Once the body butter has been whipped and it’s a light and fluffy consistency, put it in a sterilised jar and keep out of sunlight. Should generally last 6-9 months, but I’ve used some that’s been older and it’s been fine.
Next #homemade post I’ll be writing about homemade coffee body scrub.