There is nothing better than this luxurious whipped lavender body butter.
Seriously – it’s like smothering your skin in thick, rich whipped cream!
It’s very simple to make and only requires four ingredients!
ORGANIC SHEA BUTTER
ORGANIC UNREFINED COCONUT OIL
ORGANIC UNREFINED OLIVE OIL
PURE LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS
PLANT-BASED FOOD COLORING (OPTIONAL)
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Obviously, you don’t NEED to use organic ingredients, but part of the reason for making homemade beauty products is because you can be 100% certain that they don’t contain any harmful toxins! Purchasing organic ingredients ensures that you’re whipping up a quality product for yourself.
Also, it’s important to use unrefined products because the refining process can remove some of the beneficial properties of things like olive oil and coconut oil!
Now on to the benefits!
Shea is actually extracted from the nuts of shea trees. It’s full of fatty acids and vitamins (like vitamins A and E) that are super moisturizing! Shea butter is also known to work as an anti-inflammatory and may help to soothe skin irritation and redness!
Coconut oil is hailed as a remedy for just about everything skin and beauty related. Similar to shea butter, it has high concentrations of fatty acids such as lauric acid which in some studies has been found to help calm acne. Coconut oil is also known for its anti-bacterial properties!
Olive oil has been shown to work as an antioxidant and may help prevent skin damage and slow the aging process of the skin. Some research also suggests that it may help protect or repair the skin from sun damage!
Lavender essential oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties that can soothe the skin and heal irritation. The aromatic affects of lavender have a calming effect on the mind and can help to reduce stress and anxiety, while inducing better sleep.
On to the tutorial!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1/2 cup organic unrefined olive oil (see my recommendation here)
30 drops lavender essential oil (see my recommendation here)
Plant-based food coloring – optional (see my recommendation here)
You can use more or less essential oil but I find this is the perfect amount for aromatherapy benefits without being overpowering!
Here’s what to do:
Measure out your shea butter and chop it up as small as you can. The smaller it is, the faster it will melt!
You can use a double-boiler for this next part if you have one or you can simply place a large glass measuring cup or glass bowl into a shallow pot of water like this!
Measure out your olive oil and coconut oil and add it to your double-boiler or measuring cup/bowl along with the chopped shea butter!
Do not add the essential oils yet! Heat will kill the beneficial properties!
Bring the water to a boil and stir frequently until the ingredients have completely melted.
Melting the ingredients can take awhile depending on how small you have chopped your shea butter. For me, it takes about ten minutes.
Remove your ingredients from the stove and allow to cool for a few minutes.
Now it’s time to add the essential oils! Stir thoroughly.
Move the ingredients to the refrigerator for an hour or two, just until it begins to harden. You want to make sure that it’s still soft enough to whip though!
Once it’s ready, remove it from the refrigerator and scrape the mixture into a larger bowl so that you can whip it easily!
Now I love my KitchenAid stand mixer as much as the next girl but I’ve found that it just doesn’t work as well for this. For whipping body butter, I prefer to use a hand mixer.
You’ll need to whip it for about 10-15 minutes. It will get fluffier and more whipped-cream-like the longer you mix.
If desired, add your plant-based food coloring. I use equal amounts of red and blue to make a lavender hue! You can add more or less depending on your preference.
That’s it! Transfer your butter into mason jars or another glass container of your choice.
Shea butter can be stored for about 24 months at room temperature so you have plenty of time to enjoy your creamy, luxurious lavender body butter!