Hi Everyone!!! After a few weeks of pure craziness, I am back here sharing a post on DIY Shea body butter. This stuff really protects the skin all year round but especially during these winter months.
To give a little update about our life recently…we are moving!! This has been in the works for a while and last week, it became official! As excited as I am to start this next chapter as a family, I must say there was a bit of sadness in my heart as I truly loved our first home. A lot of big things happened in that home, lots of big decisions were made and most of all, we brought Thomas Jackson home there!! I’m so happy we spent the time to take some final pictures there over the last few weeks. They are something we will cherish forever!
I realized while being outside a lot recently that there is no better time than now during these cold winter months, when our skin becomes super dry, to share this little concoction. If you think about how many chemicals, emulsifiers, penetration enhancers and preservatives are often found in store-bought lotions, you might consider ditching those ingredients and making this yourself. I spent years of my life buying beautiful scented lotions to moisturize my skin only to realize many of them didn’t actually moisturize at all!! I’ve always been a DIY girl and must admit, one of my favorite childhood memories was making homemade chapsticks with my mom… it was seriously the most fun thing ever and I still make them to this day in addition to anything else I can dream up! 😉
While I have always been passionate about health/fitness and mindful about what was going into my body, I became even more aware when I was pregnant and even now while nursing. Not only did I care about the food I was fueling my body with but I also cared about what I was absorbing through my skin. We have all heard about chemicals in beauty products but when you take a step back and really look at the labels of some of the ingredients you put on your body, it must bring some sort of speculation… it sure did for me. That is when I started making my own. This is more of a body butter verses a light pump lotion. I put this on at night before going to bed and wake up fully moisturized!
Definitely let me know if you make it!!
DIY Shea Body Butter
- 1/2 cup unrefined Shea butter
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp Argan oil
- a few drops of essential oil
In a double boiler, melt together the Shea butter and coconut oil until completely liquified.
Remove from the heat and stir in the Argan oil and a few drops of essential oil (if desired) into the melted butter, then place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 to 40 minutes, until you see it starts to solidify.
In a hand mixer to beat the mix until the lotion has a creamy whipped texture (5-7 minutes)
Transfer the lotion into a glass mason jar. The lotion should last about 6 months.