What's the difference?
The difference between body butter and lotion is that body butter is usually made from natural shea butter and/or cocoa butter, along with other oils. You can find the
Since body butters are made from oils, they are thicker. They take longer for your skin to absorb than lotion, however, your skin will also stay moisturized longer. That’s good! The “greasy” feeling goes away once it is absorbed into the skin.
DIY Body Butter
The great thing about making your own body butter is that you can personalize it any way you want. Some recipes call for coconut oil, cocoa butter or olive oil. You can add your own scent using essential oils. If you don’t want to use essential oils. You can purchase a fragrance or perfume to add in. We don’t add fragrance or perfume to any of our products because of the dangerous toxins that are associated with artificial scents, so I’m not sure where to find these
products. You could even get creative and infuse it with natural herbs and spices. Some spices have anti-inflammatory properties that may be beneficial to a body butter. For example, Turmeric is a particularly well-known spice used in many food recipes for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Why not add it in to your body butter? (Recipe below)
The Many Uses
At home uses for body butter include, cuticle softener, foot cream, shaving cream, after shower moisturizer. First, if you’re giving yourself a manicure, rub a little on your cuticles before cleaning them up. It helps to soften your cuticles and make them look like you stepped out of the salon. I absolutely love the feeling of body butter on my feet. It makes them so soft and smooth that I can’t stop rubbing them together! All those unsightly rough areas that you hate having, gone!
There’s also something very relaxing about rubbing your feet together. Just sayin’. Even better, use it as a shave cream. Oh my, it’s so nice. For those of you still using soap to shave your legs, you really should give this
a whirl. Your legs will thank you! Just be extremely careful not to drop any in your shower or bath because it will be slippery. Use it after the shower to moisturize your entire body. The absolute best time to apply body butter is after a shower or bath. You could apply it while your skin is still damp, but I find that tricky and somewhat messy. Since this moisturizer is oil based, you might find it works better to apply to freshly showered dried skin. Now, a little trick I use, is applying it at bedtime. It feels great once I climb in between the covers and helps to relax me before bed. If I’ve had a shower before bed, that’s like getting the best of both! It’s like the cat’s meow!
How Often Should You Apply Body Butter?
How often should you use body butter? As much as possible! During the dry winter months, I would recommend using it at least once a day to moisturize and smooth rough skin. You may not find that you need it to use it daily in the summer. If so, maybe once a week would do the trick. If you love the smell and feel of it on your skin before bed and find it relaxing, then you’ll benefit using it daily no matter the season. How you use your body butter will determine how often you should use it. Please enjoy it! Love your skin!
DIY Body Butter Recipe
Here’s a recipe for body butter with Turmeric:
8oz of Shea butter
2oz of beeswax
2 oz of Carrier Oil (Coconut, Avocado, Olive or Almond oil)
2 Tbsp Arrowroot powder
1 Tbsp of Turmeric Root Oil
1. Using a hand mixer, whip Shea butter in a large bowl.
2. Melt beeswax in a double broiler.
3. Add in Coconut oil (or oil of your choice). Whip until mixed. (If using coconut oil, if may work better to melt it first).
4. Add in arrowroot powder. Whip until mixed. This will cut down on the “greasy” feeling.
5. Add in the melted beeswax. Whip until thoroughly mixed.
6. Add in turmeric root oil.
7. Place in fridge for 10 min, or until hard. Whip again until fluffy.
8. Store in glass jar. Keep for up to 6 months.