Monday, April 23, 2012

Lavender Body Butter

I got sunburned today while turning soil for my tomato bed. Since I finished my aloe moisturizer this morning, I realized I didn't have anything to sooth my sore skin. So, I "whipped up" this simple, relaxing, and rejuvenating lavender body butter.

Ingredients:
4 Tbsp Coconut oil
1.5 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp. Beeswax
1 Tsp. Honey
3 Tbsp. Aloe Vera gel
2 Tsp. Lanolin
1 Vitamin E capsule

Directions:
- In double boiler over medium-high, heat oils, beeswax and honey.
- In a separate double boiler over medium-high, heat aloe. Once melted, mix into beeswax mixture. Stir.
- Add lanolin & stir.
- Once mixture has melted, turn heat to low. Stir in Vitamin E and essential oil. Whip until smooth.
- Pour into small glass jars and let cool before covering.



23 comments:

  1. My skin is dry and very sensitive. I must make it tonight because its looking very natural...

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    1. You can leave the coconut oil out - use shea butter. Go online there are several great recipes to try and easy to do - I know the initial expense seems great but you'd be surprised how far a recipe will go...for a less expensive start - you can get the shea butter which has been refined not raw at Hobby Lobby. I melt it all together, then cool it until it is still pliable but not solid then use mixer to whip. I've made enough now of different varieties that some friends have bought some.

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  2. What can you use instead of coconut oil, I'm allergic!

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    1. I haven't tried this with anything else, but you could potentially play around different portions of shea butter or mango butter.

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    2. shea butter or cocoa butter are good alternatives

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  3. Thank you love this lavender body Butter.

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  4. IF you leave out the lanolin what should you increase?

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    1. Hi Sheryl. Depending on the reasons that you want to omit Lanolin, you have a variety of options. Here's a great "conversation" that gives information on lanolin alternatives:
      http://www.essentialdayspa.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=39662

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    2. Cocoa butter and palm oil are both good substitutes

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  5. When you say "small glass jars" how small are they? I would love to increase the recipe to make some for friends and family but need to know about how much it will make. Thanks!

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    1. I use 1/4 pint mason jars, or something equivalent.

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  6. I had to take the oils off the heat completely before they started coming together and actually whipping.

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    2. Coconut oil (if it's refined) has a natural shelf life of about 1.5 years, but the addition of other oils into the body butter recipe shortens its shelf life. If not used within six weeks, refrigerate the mixture, where it will keep for an additional two to four weeks.

      Mine has kept in the fridge for up to 5 months, but I won't recommend that to others!

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  8. I'm wondering if the caffeine could cause restless legs at night. *Rimshot!* I'm kidding, but SOMEONE was bound to express the same, just saying!

    I had seen on a talk show years ago coffee grounds being applied and rubbed to thighs for the reduction of cellulite. I'll try anything, seriously. Caffeine is good for dark under eye circles as well.

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  9. Hi, I have every thing except lanolin, can I just make the lotion without it.

    Thank you

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    1. You want to use a good emulsifier...you could try increasing the oil and beeswax. Some people use baking soda, which is a pH stabilizer and thickener, but not an emulsifier.

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    2. An emulsifier isn't needed; I melt the solid oils and beeswax, add liquid oil(s), take off the burner and using a stick blender emulsify in distilled aloe Vera; add some vit e (when I remember) and essential oils, pour into ziploc bags and pipe into jars (the ziploc bag gives a decent amount of control to fill small containers). If you use canning jars (the smallest ones) and put a lid on it while it's still quite warm, the jar will seal allowing a longer storage time. Also, I have had unsealed jars of lotion stay out on the counter for a year and it is fine.

      These are just my experiences. I've made several hundred jars of lotion for friends and family.

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  10. Is there a way to make this with raw shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, and bees wax?

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