DIY Home Made Lotion with Shea Butter and Essential Oils
I have tried to recreate the recipe that I use for my home made lotion with Shea Butter. I have one disclaimer to make at the outset. While I do use measuring cups, I sometimes add a little more here or there to ensure that the consistency and/or scent are what I want. You can substitute any natural butters/oils in this recipe that you want. This is what works well for me and keeps my skin incredibly moist. One important tip: it is much less expensive than buying whipped products off the shelf.
1/2 cup shea butter
1/2 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup almond oil
1/4 cup vitamin E oil
10-15 drops your favorite essential oils (I have used Zum oil, tea tree oil, rosemary, lavender....choose the scent that best suits you)
Combine the solid butters in a microwave safe bowl
Microwave at 50% in 30 second increments until the butters start to soften and then for another 10 - 15 seconds after they liquify
Add the almond oil and essential oils
Transfer into a freezer safe mixing bowl
Place in freezer until oils start to re-solidify. Do not allow them to harden.
Remove from freezer and beat with a hand mixer or stand mixer. Continue mixing until the oils develop soft peaks (it will look a little like whipped cream)
Transfer to a air tight storage container. Note the date on the container (just a habit so you know how long your products last)
This recipe lasts about 6 months for me and I use it regularly. You don't need to use a lot. If you don't like to feel a little oily you won't like this recipe.
Unrefined Raw Shea Butter: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0155G2OAC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Caribbean cacao cocoa butter: https://www.amazon.com/Unrefined-Amazing-Quality-Dominican-Organically/dp/B00CIZ0DNO/ref=sr_1_1_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1471803664&sr=8-1&keywords=caribbean+cacao+cocoa+butter&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011
NOW Almond Oil: https://www.nowfoods.com/beauty-health/sweet-almond-oil
Indigo Wild Frankincense and Myrrh Oil: http://www.indigowild.com/zum-oil-frankincense-myrrh.html
Trader Joe's Vitamin E Oil: https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joess-Vitamin-Oil-Oz/dp/B013729ZY4/ref=sr_1_2_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1471803732&sr=8-2&keywords=trader+joes+vitamin+e+oil&refinements=p_72%3A2661618011
Just as a funny aside. It was nice and warm on my patio today so instead of melting the butters in the microwave I set them outside for a few hours. All natural :-)