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Make Shea & Lavender Body Butter

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Make Shea & Lavender Body Butter

I love using shea butter for skincare, but raw, unrefined shea butter is pretty dense on its own. I know some people like to take just a bit in their hands and melt it as they rub it on, but I decided to whip up a body butter by mixing some of my shea stash with coconut oil, jojoba oil, and lavender essential oil. Why shea? Raw, and unrefined shea butter contains vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that are awesome for your skin. Using shea is a centuries-old remedy for moisturizing and reducing skin inflammation.

Now, let me warn you…this stuff is oily! It’s much thicker than a body lotion, and I probably wouldn’t wear it in a hot or humid climate. However, it’s an excellent body butter for dry winter skin, especially for spot-treating ashy knees and elbows. I especially like using it on my legs. I made a small batch because a little goes a long way.

Here’s what I use to make shea and lavender body butter:

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Step #1: I put about an inch of water into the pan and begin heating it up on the stove using medium heat. While the water is heating up, I add the shea butter and coconut oil in the disposable aluminum tin (not the pan). Using a disposable tin is great because I can just throw it out with the recycling afterward.

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Step #2: I place the tin in the pan; the warm water will begin melting the shea butter and coconut oil. This is a double boiler. I remove the tin from the pan when the mixture is completely melted. (Below is a photo of what the “double boiler” method looks like. I took mine off of the stove for the photo.)

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Step #3: After a few minutes of cooling, I add the jojoba oil and lavender oil (if using for scent), stir, and dump the mixture into my glass bowl.

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Step #4: Now it’s time to chill. This is a very important step–if I don’t do it, I won’t get that “whipped” body butter look and feel. I put my bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes. I really just want the mixture to solidify to about the consistency of butter. If I let it get too cool, I just pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. I know what consistency I need because if it’s too hard, it just won’t whip.

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Step #5: I whip the cooled mixture using a hand mixer. Store in an air-tight container and enjoy!

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but your body heat will melt it as soon as I rub it on my skin:

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

Make Shea and Lavender Body Butter

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Dawn Henderson

Friday 15th of January 2016

Sounds easy to make but does it kind of separate later? How long are you beating it? I can't seem to get the consistency I'm wanting. Does putting it in the freezer first help with that? I want to use some white willow bark to make a pain cream/salve do you have any ideas on that? Thanks

Brittany Merth

Saturday 16th of January 2016

Hey Dawn! I experienced absolutely no separation and was storing it in room temperature. I can't remember how long I beat it for, but it wasn't longer than 20-30 seconds for a small batch. I'm going to make a new batch this week, so I'll note the beating time. If you want the whipped consistency that you see in these photos, it can't be too cold, so if you put it in the freezer, only give it a minute or so. I originally had mine in the freezer for too long, and it was very difficult to beat, so I popped it in the microwave for a few seconds until I achieved a beatable consistency. Unfortunately I haven't ever worked with white willow bark, but some of the recipes here look nice!

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