Coconut oil is good for MANY things. You can cook with it, bake with it, polish wood, pop popcorn, condition your hair…the list goes on for days. My favorite way to use coconut oil is as a natural moisturizer. During these winter months, my skin takes a beating from the cold, the dryness, the constant heat being blown on me from a fireplace or furnace. All these things wreak havoc on skin which will become dry an cracked. I like to replace moisture in my skin with lotions, but many commercially available lotions are loaded with chemicals, some of which actually dry skin over time, thus causing you to have to constantly reapply and (you guessed it) buy more!
Did you also know that your skin is the largest organ in your body? Yup! Your skin is actually an organ, and it does absorb what is rubbed into it. So when you apply commercial lotions, whatever you is in it is being administered directly into your blood stream! Even if you’re not a “health nut” that’s a little scary. Do me a favor–go grab your favorite lotion out of your cabinet. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Now, read the ingredient label:
Now riddle me this: Would you eat a squirt of your regular lotion? Be honest. Would you feed it to your kid? Probably not. So why should you be putting it on your skin? The label says “for external use only” but think about it–everything that goes on your skin also goes IN your skin. Yuck-o!
Making this rich coconut oil body butter is SO easy. One simple step and you can also easily customize it to your liking. If you really want to keep it simple, just put a cup of coconut oil (it’s solid at room temperature) into a bowl and turn on your mixer (hand or stand it doesn’t matter) and whip for 3-4 minutes until it has a fluffy texture. You can also add a tablespoon of olive oil, a few drops of essential oils or extracts (vanilla or almond would be nice) but it’s not necessary. You can even use the solid state oil right from the jar, but when its whipped its easier to scoop as well as apply, plus it just has a nice soft feeling that I enjoy!
Just take your new body butter, and put it into a clean, airtight container. Voila. It’s that simple. You can use this on your hands, face, body, and even lips. You want to use only a teeny amount–a little goes a long way. It will just melt right onto your skin!
I like to put it on right before bed since it is a heavy duty moisturizer. In the morning your skin will feel so soft and supple you might just feel 20 years younger!
I suggest keeping it in a plastic container simply because it can get slippery and glass could break, but if you have issues with plastic (ie: potential for chemicals to leech into the butter) then glass is fine but proceed with caution. I have mine in a tiny mason jar and it works great! It will last a REALLY long time. Another tip: store in a cool place, because if you keep it in a steamy bathroom, it will melt. The butter will still be usable but will revert back to its solid (rather than whipped) state once it hardens again.
This is so easy and works so much better than conventional lotions that I don’t think I will ever buy lotion again. It would also make a lovely gift for someone who appreciates natural beauty products!
Do you make your own Coconut Oil Body Butter?
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