Diy Body Butter – Orange Grapefruit
Having a routine is pretty important to keeping your skin hydrated and silky. And this body lotion is definitely part of mine! I adore making my own products (like my favorite lip chap!). Not only does it make sense financially but I love knowing what exactly I’m putting on my skin and being able to customize the scent of the product.
This is one of my go-to diy body butter recipes because it’s simple, hydrating and keeps my skin smooth. Since my skin has adjusted to natural products I find that traditional products only dry it out. Those products contain harsher ingredients than my skin is used to and thus they don’t work as well. And since our skin absorbs what it comes into contact with, I strive to make sure it encounters the best possible ingredients.
This lotion is based off of both my favorite butters and oils (check out the necessities for homemade products here)! All of them have hydrating properties and coconut oil especially has been shown to have healing and anti-bacterial benefits.
Cocoa butter is easily one of my all time favorite products because it smells so good! I truthfully think I could just sit and sniff the butter out of the bag for unlimited amounts of time 😀
Beeswax is another product that smells amazing but it also helps keep the lotion together and firm and (and adds a bit of a honey scent!). One tip is to make sure you purchase beeswax pellets (like these ones) to make your life easier. I got the bright idea to buy blocks of beeswax… do you know how hard it is to cut beeswax?! I have to freeze it, hammer it and then use it. Save yourself the trouble haha
Infusing the oil with grapefruit and orange keeps this butter refreshing, uplifting and perfect for summer. When possible I like to use the real product, so the rinds in this case. However essential oils work also!
Note: if using essential oils, do not use this lotion and head outside. It’s been shown that citrus oils on the skin can cause burns in the sunlight.
I find this diy body butter works best on legs. It’s a bit oily for my face but that’s what makes it perfect on my arms and legs. After you apply, let it sit on your skin for a couple of minutes before putting on clothes. This gives it time to absorb into your skin instead of any garments and means it won’t stain your clothing either!
Ingredients in the orange grapefruit diy body butter
- 1/2 cup Almond Oil
- 4 tablespoons Coconut oil
- 4 tablespoons Beeswax Pellets
- 2 tablespoons Cocoa butter
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest
Option: instead of the actual rind you can use 15 drops each of orange or grapefruit essential oil
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How To Make Diy Body Butter
In a double boiler, combine all ingredients (except oils if using). Bring to a rolling boil and let simmer for fifteen minutes.
Stir frequently with a mini whisk until all ingredients are combined. Let boil for another two to three minutes so make sure the beeswax won’t leave any chunks.
Pour the mixture through a small mesh sieve into two small mason jars. If using essential oils, add in the oils and whisk to combine.
Let sit on the counter for twenty for hours to set.
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If you’re looking for a hydrating, uplifting and easy to make diy body butter- this is it! The orange and grapefruit scents make you feel refreshed and content while the lotion itself keeps your skin silky, smooth and soft. This lotion is simple to make and perfect for any pampering!
What’s your favorite lotion scent- I’m always looking for ideas!