Simple, Unscented Homemade Body ButterMay 30, 2011
Using a ReadyMade tutorial we’ve had bookmarked for months, Danielle and I recently made a batch of homemade body moisturizer. It required only the ingredients pictured above (minus the essential oil, since we decided to make ours unscented), and it works like a dream. Now I know you guys are entirely capable of reading the tutorial yourselves, but we learned a few things along the way that the tutorial didn’t exactly explain, so I’ll give you a rundown of the supplies we used, preparations we made, and things we learned.
- Olive Oil-I’ve had a full bottle of organic olive oil lying around for a while now, so we chose to use that as our oil (over coconut, avocado, and almond).
- Filtered Water– I wanted so badly to use orange blossom water or cold brewed tea instead, but I couldn’t find the former and was too impatient to wait for the preparation of the latter. Maybe next time.
- Beeswax– Fortunately, Danielle had several blocks of filtered beeswax that she purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs for just such occasions.
- Eucalyptus Essential Oil– I love the scent of eucalyptus, and my initial plan was to add a few drops to the moisturizer. Danielle preferred having the unscented version, so I left out the oil to simplify the process.
- Glass Containers (to hold the moisturizer)–Danielle and I doubled the proportions, so we used 2 glass jars instead of the recommended 1. We picked ours up at Hobby Lobby for a little over $2 each.
As I’ve already mentioned, this moisturizer is fairly easy to make…so it doesn’t require much preparation. However, if you’re using block of beeswax like we did, you’ll need to either grate it (as the tutorial suggests) or chop it into tiny, easy to melt pieces (what we did). We decided to chop ours instead of grating it because a knife seemed like a much easier item to clean than a cheese grater. Fyi, melted beeswax is pretty hard to get rid of once it dries on an item. Since we used a knife, we simply dipped the knife in boiling water to remove the beeswax.
- Picking up a hot jar full of olive oil and melted beeswax with a pair of tongs isn’t necessarily a smart move. Use potholders to avoid splashing hot liquid on yourself or a loved one.
- If at all possible, clean beeswax off of the dish/tool is has covered before it dries. This will make life easier for you.
- I expected this moisturizer to be slightly runny like a lotion, but it’s much firmer like a body butter. I was actually pleased with the outcome, but if your heart’s set on lotion then this moisturizer might not be for you.
- Applying the body butter just after a shower, waiting 5 minutes or so for it to dry, and then patting your skin with a towel yields best results (i.e. the softest skin imaginable).
Here are couple of pictures of the finished product. It might look like mashed potatoes, but the similarities stop there. I promise.
We’ll likely cover the lids with pretty fabric, since we’ll be using these jars to house our future homemade moisturizers as well.
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