I’m one of those people that is “lucky” enough (sarcasm alert!) to have really dry skin. I always have to have a mini lotion in my purse or car or I will eventually freak out because I can literally feel the moisture being sucked out of my body into the air at all times. Well, that may be a tad dramatic, but you get the idea. I’ve been really into making my own nontoxic versions of as many beauty and home products as I can lately, so I thought I would give a homemade body butter a try and see how it dealt with my dry skin. As it turns out, it’s probably one of the best things I’ve ever used! Wanna make your own and give it a try too?
The heat from the water will melt all the ingredients together, so just give the jar a gentle shake or swirl every few minutes to mix the ingredients together. Once the ingredients are melted, pour the liquid into your glass jar container and allow the body butter to cool. As it cools, the mixture will go from a liquid oil to a thick and luxurious butter consistency.
There’s nothing like the relaxing smell of lavender and vanilla, am I right?? The reason that body butter is supposed to keep skin hydrated longer than lotion is that it creates a barrier on top of the skin and traps all the moisture beneath it. I will definitely say that I noticed a difference the first day I used it! I put some on my arms at lunch time, and my arms still felt soft and hydrated by midnight. Actually, another great use is to slather a thick layer on your feet, put on some old socks, and let the butter soak in for a few hours (or overnight). Whether you have dry skin issues too or just love a good beauty DIY, I think you’ll have fun making your own lotion too! xo. Laura
Credits//Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman.