I was inspired over the Christmas break to make my own body butter. I usually buy an unscented body lotion from a trusted aromatherapy supplier, Rae Dunphy but this time I thought I should try to make my own from scratch.
I started with a search on Pinterest and settled on a recipe from Creation Based Health entitled, “How to Make Your Own Coconut/Olive Oil Body Butter“. I took some artistic licence with this recipe and added a blend of essential oils.
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup jojoba oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
- 1/4 cup beeswax pellets (do not use if you are allergic to bees)
Assemble all your ingredients.
Sanitize all items including utensils that you will be using with witch hazel or rubbing alcohol. Store-bought products use chemicals to preserve ingredients. The addition of Vitamin E to this recipe helps to extend the shelf-life of this butter, but you still should try not to contaminate the ingredients. I cleaned all my utensils and then wiped again with a cotton pad dabbed in rubbing alcohol.
During my Pinterest search, one pinner suggested heating the ingredients in a Mason jar immersed in water instead of a double boiler to save on the mess of a double boiler. I didn’t have either item, so I improvised and used a stainless steel bowl on top of a pot of boiling water. Years of living aboard a boat requires that you figure out how to use items in different ways than they were intended.
Heat the lotion ingredients slowly and once completely melted, remove the bowl and beat with a handheld mixer. Did you sanitize the beaters first?
Put the bowl in the fridge to cool further. Remove from fridge and beat again. Repeat this step until the consistency of the butter is smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl each time.
Blend essential oils separately and add to mixture. Beat one last time.
- 10 drops Sweet Orange (Citrus sinesis)
- 10 drops Rose 10% (Rosa damascena)
- 10 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
- 5 drops Rosewood (Aniba rosaeodora)
Pour into prepared jars.
This butter is truly a “butter” and very little is required because it melts as soon as it touches the warmth of your body. It is very rich and nourishing to the skin and smells wonderful.
Here on the west coast of Canada, we are experiencing our third cold, damp spring in as many years. We are accustomed to mild, warm spring weather with early blossoms, so there is much whining to be heard in the streets of this fair city.
Here is a blend for your morning shower or bath to wake you up and put a bit of sunshine back in your life:
- 5 drops Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
- 3 drops Grapefruit (Citrus paradisil)
- 2 drops Frankincense (Boswellia carterii)
in 30 mls, unscented body wash.
Summer weather was delayed for western Canada this year, but now that it has arrived, I thought a blend to help replenish dry, sun-drenched skin would be appreciated.
I am not a big fan of sunscreen because I don’t trust the chemicals that it contains. Living on a boat and boating in general, exposes you to a lot of sun. I limit my exposure to the sun by covering up with clothing (this has not been a hardship this summer) and by avoiding being in the sun during the hottest part of the day. When I have to be in the sun for a long time, I wear sun protective clothing and only use sun screen when I have no other options available to me. I always wash the sunscreen off when I no longer need it – I hate the stuff.
Lavender is the essential oil of choice for burns to the skin and is therefore, an important ingredient in an after-sun aromatherapy blend.
- Lavender (Lavandula Augustifolia) – 4 drops
- Neroli (Citrus Aurantium Var. Amara) – 3 drops
- Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens) – 2 drops
- Roman Chamomile (Chamameleum Nobilis) – 2 drops
- Yarrow (Achillea Millefolium) – 2 drops
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca Alternifolia) – 1 drop
in 30 mls carrier oil, lotion or gel. If possible add aloe vera gel and/or calendula infused oil to the carrier oil.
Reference: The Complete Illustrated Guide to Aromatherapy by Julia Lawless; The Encyclopedia of Aromatherapy by Chrissie Wildwood; Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay.