The other day I posted a luxurious body cream recipe containing water-based ingredients. It’s a little more involved that your typical body cream. Who has time for that! So, in the alternative, I wanted to give you another recipe that is simple, contains very few ingredients, and effective – AND NON-GREASY.
The other day I had to formulate a tummy tightening/stretch mark blend for one of my Aromatherapy course case studies, and I ended up loving the end product. I don’t yet know if it will tighten saggy skin, or lighten stretch marks (because there isn’t much out there that can do that!) – but it is super hydrating and velvety and will make the perfect every day moisturizer.
If you’re into DIY personal products, you’ve most likely seen a bazillion recipes for whipped body butters containing coconut oil. I’m sorry guys, but I’m soooo over that stuff… Really, it was a great discovery for me over 5 years ago, but I’ve moved on to something more sophisticated (i.e. LESS GREASY!!!!) – Babassu Oil. Yes, I do have a Silky Whipped Body Butter recipe that contains coconut oil, which is very good, but only before bedtime…under socks and pajamas. For years I brought that stuff to every “Make & Take” essential oils class that I taught. From this point forward, I’m using this newer, snazzier, simpler body butter recipe. And you may want to as well!
This recipe does not contain any water-based ingredients, such as aloe vera, hydrosols or distilled water. This means that no preservatives are needed! Raw oils and butters do not need preservatives and so your end product should last you a much longer time (12 months or more) if stored in a dark, cool area (Antarctica has nothing on my house! I just keep it on my nightstand). And if you add essential oils with antibacterial properties to it, it couldn’t hurt!
While water-based body creams soak in to your skin a tad quicker, I usually make up every excuse in the book NOT to make them because of the possibility of bacteria and all the stress of sanitizing everything with alcohol first. I also hate having to use up an expensive bottle of natural preservative before it expires. Ironically, natural preservatives don’t stay preserved very long…go figure.
This body butter has a light, fluffy, almost whipped cream-like texture. It soaks in pretty quickly, but is thick enough to create a great moisture barrier – keeping moisture inside where it belongs. It leaves my skin moisturized all day and incredibly velvety.
How is this possible? The Babassu Oil.
If you hadn’t read about Babassu Oil on my other blog, here are some of the benefits:
- It is light weight
- It doesn’t clog pores
- It soaks in faster than coconut oil
- It is less greasy/messy than coconut oil
- It has a very mild scent
- It mixes better with essential oils
- It helps heal damaged skin
- It reduces redness & inflammation
- It cools on contact
- It repairs, softens & shines hair
- It nourishes your scalp
- It promotes healthy nails & cuticles
- It locks in moisture
- It helps prevent body odor
- If you have the food grade, it’s a healthy alternative to other cooking oils
- It improves pet health
- It rejuvenates wooden surfaces
Read more about this oil’s benefits HERE
Just look at these photos. Doesn’t it look scrumptious? Like a white buttercream frosting?
So, let’s crack on already! (Sorry, I’ve been binge watching “Being British: Joel & Lia” YouTube videos lately, and am starting to use their slang!)
Easy Breezy, Non-Greasy Body Butter
(Makes just over 4 oz body butter)
2 Tbs (1 oz) sweet almond oil (substitutes w/ jojoba or apricot kernel oil)
6 Tbs (3 oz) raw mango butter (substitutes w/ raw shea or cocoa butter)
1 Tbs (1/2 oz) babassu oil (I found mine here)
120-180 drops of your favorite essential oils (it mays seem like a lot, but for body oils and butters, it’s the recommended amount)
Before you start, you will want to liquify the babassu oil. It’s a solid in cooler temps, but melts when you put the bottle in a hot water bath. So, fill a large bowl with hot water, and let your bottle of babassu sit inside it for a bit until you can get it to melt a bit.
In a double boiler (or a pot full of water, with a smaller pot sitting on top of the water), melt the raw butter and the babassu oils together. Add sweet almond oil and stir until fully melted together. Let sit to cool in the pot, or pour into a clean mixing bowl, until it’s thickened and no longer clear. You can refrigerate it, but make sure it’s cooled down first, so that it doesn’t create condensation on the lid.
If you refrigerated your mixture, let it sit out on the counter for about 30 minutes to soften it before mixing.
Add your essential oils to the cooled mixture. Beat the mixture for a few minutes with an electric mixer until white and fluffy.
SUGGESTIONS FOR USE:
- Hands, feet & elbows before bed (add Frankincense, Lavender & Tangerine)
- Moisturizer after shower (add Lavender, Jasmine & Bergamot)
- Hand cream at work or your kitchen/bathroom sink (add eucalyptus & orange)
- Hydrate aging/crepey skin (wrinkly) (add Cypress, Frankincense & Helichrysum)
- Massage a dab onto dry/split ends hair before bed. Wash out next day (add Lavender)
My favorite EO aroma combos:
Frankincense & Lavender
Tangerine & Bergamot
Clary Sage & Lavender
Clary Sage & Rose
Jasmine and Lavender
Cypress and Lavender
Rosemary & Peppermint
Litsea, Eucalyptus & Orange
Rosemary and Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus & Orange
Lemon & Lime
Patchouli & Lavender
Vetiver & Lavender
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