DIY Body Butter with Coconut Oil

DIY Body Butter with Coconut Oil
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SHEA BODY BUTTER

Yield: Makes about 1 pint

INGREDIENTS (use organic wherever possible)

1 cup raw shea butter (found here)

1/2 cup raw coconut oil, softened

1/4 cup almond oil (found at Wholefoods or online)

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (you can also use 2-3 Vitamin E capsules as well. Carefully split them open to drain oil)

Essential oil in your favorite scent, optional (about 40 drops, that may seem like a lot but the drops are tiny!)

DIRECTIONS

1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil together over medium-high heat. This will take about 10 minutes. Shea butter melts at a very high temperature so it will take longer than the coconut oil.

2. Let the melted mixture come to room temperature and add the almond oil, vitamin E oil and essential oil (if using). Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30min-1 hour, until it becomes opaque.

3. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium for 5 minutes or until thickened.

4. Keep body butter in a lidded container.

Note: While this cream does not need to be kept refrigerated, I prefer to because it keeps the body butter more firm (which I like).

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{BENEFITS}

SHEA BUTTER

  • Restores elasticity to the skin
  • Helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring
  • Minimizes stretch marks
  • Natural sun protector

COCONUT OIL

  • Moisturizes
  • Rich in antioxidants

ALMOND OIL

  • High in vitamins E & D
  • Moisturizes

VITAMIN E

  • Strong antioxidant
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Promotes healthy skin

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