Last weekend, I finally got around to making my homemade body butter. I pulled the recipe from a website. The recipe had two ingredients in it – raw shea butter and olive oil. I threw in a few drops of essential oil for a scent. It turned out simply awful. I’m not blaming the website because I screw up recipes often. The Hubs could write a book on this. I think it’s more a case of that maybe, I don’t, well perhaps, I may not, ahem, always follow directions. Because most of the time, I think I know more than the directions. So in defense of that website, chances are, the issue was me.
I had to find another body butter recipe because I still had 12 ounces of raw, organic, un-something-something shea butter leftover and truth be told, I’m not really sure what the hell shea butter is or what to do with it. So I found another recipe and tried again.
The new recipe involved the shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and my choice of essential oil for a scent. First off, you have to make this little double boiler thingy with a sauce pan. The author just put the ingredients directly into the saucepan but I had visions of myself starting a raw shea butter fire so I thought that I had better go the double boiler route. The first time that I did this, I picked a bowl the same circumference of the saucepan so I couldn’t get the bowl out of the saucepan without burning my fingers so lesson learned. Usually I don’t learn a lesson so I counted this is as a small, sweet victory. I put a large strainer inside the saucepan and then a bowl inside the strainer – so more like, a triple boiler. Safety first, what a concept.
I threw in the shea butter, coconut oil, then realized that my almond oil was not almond oil but apricot kernel oil. So I substituted that for the almond oil. After that, I then realized that the almond oil/apricot oil wasn’t supposed to go into the double boiler at all. I’m already thinking it’s a good thing that I still have 8 more ounces of shea butter to use because I’ve obviously already screwed this batch up too.
The recipe said that if it’s cold out, just stick the bowl outside to “set” for half an hour. So I did that. It did not work. I threw the bowl into the fridge for 40 minutes and that did the trick. I started whipping as instructed and wondered how fast my beaters go on high. Pretty darn fast, unfortunately this throws the beaters everywhere and I really don’t know how to use handheld mixers that well. Luckily, the body butter is supposed to end up with that whipped look. One thing that appealed to me about this recipe is that in the picture, it looks like whipped cream. And so did my finished product. And then I thought since all the products are indeed edible, does it taste like whipped cream? So I scooped some up with my finger and shoved it in my mouth. It does not taste like whipped cream. Maybe more of a bathtub caulk taste? Not that I’ve ever eaten bathtub caulk, at least, not intentionally.
I also added 6 drops of doTerra’s Citrus Bliss essential oil. (I later read that the author used 20 drops of oil. Truth be told, I just noticed that when I went to post the link to the article just now. Explains why mine still smells like shea butter.) It turned out great! I smeared it all over myself yesterday and couldn’t wait to dip into it again today! Also, supposedly you can use this for shaving but the last time that I used oil for shave cream, I ended up with a clogged razor and since razors aren’t cheap, I still used the clogged razor and had unevenly shaven armpits for about three weeks.
The whole point of making your own homemade body butter is to cut down on the amount of chemicals that we are putting into and onto our bodies. There are a lot of preservatives that go into most commercial lotions. Good health is not limited to what you are putting into your body but also what you are putting onto it.
Here is the link to the recipe that I used. Let me know if you decided to try it or have already made your own! And if it tasted better than mine:)