January. The coldest month of the year, at least here in the Northern hemisphere. And all that bitterly cold air means dry air, which means rough, dry skin. Wind-burned, chapped, cracking dry skin. But fear not, because I’m here to save your hide with this homemade body butter, made with moisturizing Shea butter and unrefined coconut oil.
What’s homemade body butter, you ask? Good question. I was wondering the same thing.
Lotion. It’s just a fancy name for lotion. I’m a guy, function over form, so I don’t understand the need to unnecessarily prettify something. But again, I’m not a woman, and if calling it body butter instead of lotion makes my wife feel more pampered, with all that she does to keep the household running, I won’t begrudge her that, even if I don’t get it 🙂
And truly, this homemade body butter does feel more luxurious than just a simple lotion – it’s whipped and creamy and smooth, and really does a number on your dry skin.
Note that the measurements don’t need to be exact. Since I was dealing with solid oils, I just eyeballed them rather than doing water displacement and all that. It won’t explode if the ratios aren’t perfect.
Note also that this is a little greasy when you first put it on, as it takes a minute to absorb, so don’t operate heavy machinery or perform dental surgery for at least a few minutes after application.
For a lighter version, try this non-greasy moisturizing lotion – just as easy to put together, but not quite so heavy!
To learn more about the amazing benefits of essential oils, see my Essential Oils page!
And don’t forget to exfoliate with this easy sugar scrub!
And don’t forget to pamper your lips too, with this 5-minute homemade lip balm!