During the winter months my skin can use all the moisturizing it can get! I’ve been wanting to try making my own lotion, or body butter, for a while now and since I’ve been on a homemade beauty product kick lately, now is the time! I thought I’d start really simple and easy, using only whipped coconut oil and essential oils. I’ve been using coconut oil as a makeup remover and occasionally as a moisturizer, but I hate trying to scrape the coconut oil out of the jar; so I thought I’d see if whipping it would change the texture enough to be more like a creamy lotion. Turns out, works great – I’ve got an easy to use, creamy body butter that smells amazing!You can use whatever essential oils you’d like – I chose ones that were good for my skin and that I enjoy the smell. I did find that the whipped coconut does still have a few teeny tiny “clumps” in it, but they disappear while rubbing it in. Also, a little goes a long way with this body butter, you don’t need very much when applying. (I don’t have any issues with it being too greasy, as long as you don’t use too much, it absorbs pretty quickly.)Homemade Body Butter
1 cup coconut oil (I recommend organic, virgin coconut oil – it needs to be in solid form)
6 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops grapefruit essential oil*
3 drops frankincense essential oil
glass jar with lid (I used this one; it’s quite large, but I like the wide mouth for being able to reach in easily)
Using an electric mixer fitted with whisk attachment, whip coconut oil on medium high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes. (If you’re working in a warm room, you may need to let your coconut oil sit in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to firm up, then try whipping). Add desired essential oils and mix well. Place in jar and use as needed.
*Citrus oils can increase your skin’s sensitivity to sunlight. Also, I’ve only used Young Living Essential Oils for this; please do your own research on essential oils and do what works for you, and always use caution!
If you’re curious about essentials oils, you can learn more here. And here’s a few other DIY beauty recipes we’ve tried that you might like: Homemade Facial Toner | Homemade Makeup Remover Pads | DIY Perfume.