Monday, January 21, 2013

3 Ingredient Body Butter

I so LOVE Bath and Body Work's candles.  They smell simply divine.  However, when I look at the ingredient list on their lotions, along with many other commercial lotions, and I don't like what I see.  A lot of ingredients that seem to come from a laboratory.

So, I went to Amazon and I decided to order some beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter, and almond oil. Why?  I thought it would be great to experiment with making some of my own health and beauty products.  This way, I know exactly what is in each one.

I found a recipe for Homemade Lotion that only had 3 ingredients.  In the video, the lotion is made using olive oil.  Well, I have extra virgin olive oil in my pantry but I didn't want to smell like an olive.  There was some extra  virgin coconut oil in the pantry.  I thought I'd give it a go.  Here's how it turned out.



3 Ingredient Body Butter

Ingredients:
1 cup of water or tea (I brewed a cup of white tea for the antioxidants)
3 Tbsp beeswax
3/4 cup coconut oil


If using tea, brew your cup of tea and set aside.

In a double boiler, add your beeswax and coconut oil.

You will see that the coconut oil will melt first.

It will take a few minutes but as you can see, the beeswax does melt.

Next, pour the beeswax/coconut oil mix into a measuring cup.  In a food processor fitted with the large blade, pour your tea (water).  Turn your food processor on.

While the food processor is mixing the tea (water), you want to VERY SLOWLY (I mean VERY VERY slowly) pour your oil mix into the food processor.  Why so slowly?  What you are doing is getting the oil to emulsify with the water (like making mayonnaise).

Look!  The water and oil are now a lotion!  You just need to transfer your body butter into a jar (I used  a Bath and Body Works Candle Jar...see how to prepare your candle jar here)

Pretty nifty, huh?

 Now, here is how it looks after the body butter has completely cooled.  It is softer than straight coconut oil but it is a bit harder than I was anticipating.  Still, it is amazing on my "crocodile winter legs".  There are no preservatives in this butter so be sure to use it within 3 months. (2/2/2013 I also shared my DIY Origins Smoothing Souffle Body Cream)

Update 2/1/2013

I have received many e-mails asking where you can obtain the beeswax and coconut oil.  These ingredients are available at most health food stores and online.  Below are links to amazon for your convenience.  There are 3 different links to beeswax that are all cosmetic grade...it's just personal preference regarding white or yellow or you grate your own or pellets.



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