Extra rich body butter is perfect to remedy dry skin in autumn and winter. The base for this beauty DIY is made with cacao butter and shea butter that help to keep the skin moisturised and protect it from drying out. Apricot kernel oil, which is rich in vitamins A and E and said to have positive effects on skin ageing, and jojoba oil, which can reduce acne, eczema and sunburns, further boost the nourishing effect. The body butter is ideal to smooth rough elbows, knees, or even feet. You can use it on the entire body, but we recommend to skip the face. And if you’re looking for a thoughtful homemade gift for your girlfriends, fill the body butter into small jars and gift them decorated with our free printable labels, which you can download at the end of this post.
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Extra Rich Body Butter
Stir 1 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch) into the body butter for a silkier consistency.
For the body butter
- 65 g (1/3 cup) pure shea butter
- 30 g (2 tbsp) cacao butter
- 15 ml (1 tbsp) apricot kernel oil
- 5 ml (1 tsp) jojoba oil
- up to 20 drops of an essential oil of your choice (optional – We used lavender essential oil.)
For gift giving
- small jars
- printable labels (download below)
1) Melt the shea and cacao butter
Fill a saucepan 1/3 with water and bring to a mild simmer. Add the shea butter, cocoa butter, apricot kernel oil, and jojoba oil into a heatproof bowl and place on top of the saucepan. The water shouldn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Stir constantly until the mixture has completely melted and no lumps of shea butter remain.
2) Freeze the mixture
Once melted, set the mixture aside for ten minutes to cool while stirring constantly. Then put the body butter into the freezer for 15 minutes.
3) Whip the body butter
Using an electric mixer or whisk, whip the cold mixture until fluffy and almost doubled in volume. Lastly, stir in the essential oil and cornflour (cornstarch).
Materials: shea butter, cocoa butter, essential oils
How to use the rich body butter
It’s best to use body butter at room temperature. Apply a small amount of body butter to any part of your body and gently rub into your skin in circular motions. As the body butter is so rich, even a small amount goes a long way.
Storage and shelf life
Store the extra rich body butter in an airtight container in a cool place or the fridge. The body butter can be kept for up to 6 months.
Print the gift labels
Print the labels on DIN A4 or letter size sticker paper or self-adhesive paper and cut out along the grey outline. Remove the backing of the paper and adhere to the designated lid or container. The labels come in different size giving you many options when choosing a jar or container.
Free Printable Gift Labels
Click on the button to download your free printable labels to gift this rich body butter in style!
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