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    I LOVE body butter.  As I age (ugh.  I really don’t like the sound of that reality) my skin gets drier and drier.  I cannot use enough lotion and body cream to (attempt to) stay ahead of crepey skin.  If you’re younger, just get in the habit of moisturizing NOW–trust me.  You won’t regret it.

    So I’ve spent a TON of money on shea butter products because I feel like they make the most difference these days.  Super creamy, it hydrates and gives a nice sheen to summer legs too.  Additionally, I’m tinkering in essential oils and their incredible health benefits.  They smell amazing and actually support your cells.  All good news!

    As I was about to spend about $80 on a new body butter, I thought I’d google to see how hard it would be to make my own.  Three ingredients seemed simple enough, so I figured what the heck.

    After a few minutes on Amazon, and under $25, I ordered organic coconut oil, a block of shea butter, and glass jars (must be glass–plastic will absorb the oils). These products can also be found at Whole Foods (which is sort of the same thing these days, isn’t it?) and many other grocery stores!

    All the goodies you need to make your body butter!

    Here’s your ingredients list:

    1 cup organic coconut oil

    1 cup organic solid shea butter (it’s a brick)

    15 drops of Essential Oils (I use Young Living Essential Oils.  If you’re interested check them out HERE and use Distributor number 3849069 for my resident expert, Debbie!!!

    I made a huge amount of shea butter and even have some for gifts!  One batch used Orange Oil and Clove oil.  I chose these because they have anti-inflammatory qualities (a huge issue with many of us these days) as well as Clove oil serving as both antiseptic and anesthetic (this is a great one for arthritis and post workout–trust me on this one).  Also, it smells AMAZING!!! My second flavor combo was Lemon Lavender.  This particular combination just relaxes and soothes me.  I like this for before bedtime.

    Here’s the skinny on HOW to make it:

    Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a deep pan over medium heat until clear.

    Pour into a glass or metal bowl and refrigerate for about 30-45 minutes until cooled but not solid again yet:

    When it is this consistency, add your chosen essential oils.

    Grab your hand mixer!

    whip it up on high speeds into a gorgeous whipped butter and scoop into jars.

    And VOILA!  You have a TON of amazing body butter for a fraction of the cost and not a whole lot of effort!

    Busted out sorority bubble lettering to label the jars! Great for gifts too!

    Hope you enjoy this little spa project.  Let me know what smell combos YOU create!

     

    xo,

     

    Sam