Over the weekend, inspired by my recent Girl’s Day of making bath products, I got out ingredients to make body butters. Using Pinterest as a resource, I decided the two recipes below. The Creamy Body Butter is a lighter consistency, the Whipped Body Butter is thicker and richer. Both are very moisturizing which is great for dry skin, especially in the winter. I did add essential oils to each of these for fragrance, only to find that the cocoa and shea butters seem to be the prominent scent. You can always take a scoop and use a couple drops of your favorite essential oil before applying to your skin.
Creamy Body Butter
1/4 c coconut oil
1/2 c shea butter
1/4 extra virgin olive oil
Using a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and shea butter until liquified. Remove from heat and stir in olive oil. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes until partially firm. Using a hand mixer, whip until it is the consistency of soft whipped cream. Scoop into jars and store in a cool place.
Whipped Body Butter
1 c cocoa butter
1/2 c coconut oil
1/2 c almond oil
Using a double boiler, gently melt cocoa butter and coconut oil until liquified. Remove from heat and stir in the almond oil. Place in the freezer for 20 minutes until partially firm. Using a hand mixer, whip until it forms white peaks. Scoop into jars and store in a cool place. (I added a drop of red gel food coloring to this one so that I could tell them apart plus it looks pretty)
Being a foodie, I have countless bottles of herbs and spices. The other day, having emptied a bottle of Trader Joe’s red pepper flakes, I soaked off the label and thought hmmmm….this could make a cute little bud vase.
With the holes in the plastic top, I arranged some of the short stemmed peonies from the garden – perfect.
Today, I replaced the spent peonies with the newest garden blooms, my sweetpeas. With their thin stems, the little holes hold them upright making a petite and pretty bouquet.
Let me start by saying I’ve never been particularly crafty. My creative outlets have been cooking, gardening and photography.
Retired and with an addiction to Pinterest, I’ve started to look for “recipes” in which I could make things using my essential oils.
For this project, I made these amazing shower disks. These can be placed on the bottom of the tub while showering, releasing the scent of the oils in the steam.
I plan to also drop them into baths. I love a good soak in the tub while reading, meditating or enjoying a glass or wine – or sipping a shot of liqueur.
Homemade Shower Disks – makes 6
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup water to start, be prepared to add more
essential oils – I choose eucalyptus, lavender and wintergreen
Mix baking soda and water until it’s thick like a paste. I used a silicone muffin pan (spritzed with olive oil) Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Turn the oven off. Remove and add your essential oils to each disk; I chose 3 drops eucalyptus, 2-3 drops lavender, 1-2 drops wintergreen onto each disk – it absorbs quickly. Put the pan back in the oven to let them “cure” or dry a bit longer from the residual heat.
The Michigan winter and forced air heat is drying and hard on our skin. I started using coconut oil on my skin and recently to condition my hair but always wished it smelled a bit better. I’d been given solid lotion bars as gifts before – solid until they melt against your skin. I’ve always wondered about making my own.
Fast forward to Pinterest where I discovered this “recipe”(courtesy of Thank Your Body). It’s bitterly cold in Michigan so today’s the day. I’d purchased organic beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and sweet orange essential oil as well as a silicone mold recently. Today, I dug out my trusty double boiler and am ready to roll – or melt.
1. In a double boiler, melt together the beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil until they become liquid.
2. Turn the heat off and add the olive oil, honey, and essential oil drops. I warmed my honey first – make sure that it’s fully melted into the mix as it is the thickest component.
3. Pour liquified mixture into the molds.
4. Allow to set in a cool place for 7 to 8 hours, or pop in the fridge to speed up the process.
Not feeling 100% confident as to how these will turn out, I cut the recipe in half except I did use the full amount of essential oil. It made 4 bars in the mold shown above, though I didn’t fill the molds to the very top. The orange fragrance is very subtle even though I used the amount for a full – not half recipe. Want a more scented bar? Simply increase the amount of essential oil.
To store these, keep them in little plastic containers in a cool place. When you’re ready to use, rub a bar between your palms to soften with body heat then massage into your skin.