Is this cold weather wrecking havoc on anyone else’s skin? My skin is usually pretty sensitive and on the drier side, but these recent freezing temps in Seattle are leaving my hands more chapped than ever! The solution? DIY whipped lavender coconut body butter!
In the past, I’ve had several attempts at making my own body butters and to be honest, I wasn’t a fan. Every recipe I’ve tried was either too light (and ineffective as a moisturizer) or, was too oily and just left my skin feeling greasy.
A few months ago I picked up a copy of Lauren Cox’s book (EcoBeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends) and instantly became obsessed with her chocolate massage butter recipe (it’s sooo good!!).
After playing around with a couple of other body butter recipes in her book, I finally settled on a version that’s just right: heavily moisturizing with a relaxing scent, while not feeling overly greasy. Plus, since it’s the holiday season, you should definitely make a double or triple batch because this makes an awesome DIY gift for friends and family!
The main bulk of this recipe comes from coconut oil and water, with lavender essential oil added for scent (omit or substitute another essential oil of choice if desired), while borax and beeswax act as emulsifiers (so the mixture won’t separate). Note: if you don’t have a food processor, you can use a blender to mix the cream.
Recipe adapted from EcoBeauty.
- ½ cup water
- ¼ teaspoon borax
- 1 cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup grated beeswax
- 5 - 10 drops lavender essential oil (or more if preferred)
- Boil the water, then add the water to a small bowl and mix in the borax. Set aside.
- Add the coconut oil and beeswax to a double boiler, or to a microwave-safe bowl and heat until beeswax is completely melted. Mix in the essential oil.
- Pour the oil and beeswax mixture into a food processor and process, adding the hot water mixture in a slow steady stream. Continue processing until well-incorporated. (Mixture should look like a white fluffy cream.) Let cool, then store in a clean container with a lid.
- To use: massage onto skin, particularly on rough patches like dry cuticles, elbows, knees, and feet.