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.
I was tweeting with @raincoaster last weekend about the pure indulgence of soaking in a bathtub. The pleasure of the bathtime ritual begins with planning the escape. Candles. Book. Glass of wine. Alone time. Quiet mind.
From that first toe dipping in the hot water to lowering your torso into the depths of the bath, you are aware of you and only you. Your breathing slows. The hot water envelops your body as you slip back into that familiar primordial rhythm bathed in water. It should not be so surprising that we are so comfortable in water. As a fetus, we spend nine months bathed in fluid and our bodies are comprised of 60-70% water. We are in familiar territory in the bathtub.
After my conversation with @raincoaster, I pined for a bath. It is true, that I am surrounded by water on this sailboat that we call home, but there isn’t a tub in sight. @raincoaster reminded me that some apartment dwellers also do not have tubs. Condo developers in their zest to squeeze in as many units as possible in a complex, erase the bathtub from the drawings. I suppose they take up too much space.
But we, the few without tubs, find ways to get a fix. Forget friends with benefits – we are looking for friends with tubs. Travel that involves hotel stays provides an opportunity to indulge in a soak. That workout in the morning is not so much about getting in shape, it is about the soak in the hot tub afterwards – a poor second to a bathtub, but the bathtubless resort to desperate measures.
So in honour of @raincoaster’s appreciation for the bath, I offer this aromatherapy blend. Blend the essential oils together first and then add them to 1 1/2 – 2 cups of epsom salts. We all know what happens when you mix water and oil, so add the essential oils to the salt first before adding to the bath.
@raincoaster Bath Blend
- 4 drops lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)
- 4 drops rose 10% (Rosa damascena)
- 2 drops jasmine 10% (Jasmine grandiflorum)
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups epsom salts
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.