Our skin is our largest organ, and everything we apply to it is absorbed into our body. Beauty products can contain thousands of chemicals like formaldehyde, paragons, plasticizers, endocrine disrupters and carcinogenics (you can read about ten toxic beauty ingredients here). We need to be aware of what we put on our bodies as well as in them! That’s why one of my main goals this year is to replace my current home, health and beauty products with natural, nontoxic alternatives. Replacing everything at once seems a little overwhelming (and expensive). My plan is to replace one item a month with a natural alternative and share my findings with you!
This month I replaced my lotion with a homemade Lemon Whip Body Butter. This is a light and fluffy body cream that glides on beautifully and smells delicious! It does feel a little oily initially, but if you wait a minute or so before getting dressed, the butter absorbs nicely into the skin. I’ve also been applying this glorious cream on my face and neck at night with great success. My face looks hydrated and, dare I say, less wrinkly in the morning!
To make Lemon Whip Body Butter, I used a recipe from Beth at Unskinny Boppy. She includes a video with her recipe that is very helpful (plus she has the cutest Southern accent ever). You can watch her video tutorial here.
Let’s make Lemon Whip Body Butter!
- 1/2 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup unrefined shea butter
- 4 oz. of any carrier oil that is liquid at room temp (olive oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or fractionated coconut oil) I used olive oil and it gave my body butter a yellowish color
- 30-40 drops of essential oil (DoTerra or Young Living are great brands). For Lemon Whip, I used 15 drops of lemon oil and 15 drops of Wild Orange from DoTerra.
- Using a saucepan over low heat, melt the coconut oil and shea butter together until they are completely melted.
- Pour into a stainless steel bowl (I used my Kitchenaid mixing bowl) then put it into the fridge.
- Once the mixture begins to harden back up so that you can see your fingerprint in it (check every 30 minutes), start whipping using the beater attachment. If you don't have a Kitchenaid mixer, an immersion blender or handheld blender should also work.
- Whip for a few minutes with the mixer until it begins to look light and fluffy (like cake frosting). Slowly add the liquid carrier oil as it is whipping, along with the essential oils.
- Total whipping time is about 10 minutes. The final mixture should be the consistency of whipped cream and stay put when you hold the container upside down.
- This recipe makes about two to four cups of whipped body butter, depending on how much whipping you do.
I purchased the coconut oil from Costco, the Shea butter from Sprouts, and the oils from DoTerra.
Have fun experimenting with other essential oils such as peppermint, lavender, lime, citrus, Whisper, melaleuca, or Frankincense.
Are there any products you’d like to replace with a more natural alternative? Share your thoughts below and I just might try your suggestion next month!
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