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Every time I go to the store to buy beauty products like lotions, body butters and the, I am disappointed at the number of products that have harsh or in some cases, dangerous, chemicals in them. Armed with that information, I decided I would like to try my hand at making a few of my own. Fortunately, I recently received some raw shea butter from Nami Naturals in exchange for my honest opinion, so I had somewhere to start with this project!
What did I think of the raw shea butter from Nami Naturals?
It is important when you make your own beauty products to make sure you have great ingredients that are pure. This raw shea butter is 100% natural and free of additives and dyes. It has a beautiful, natural ivory color that is perfect when you are making your body butters and lotions. I have always been a big fan of shea butter-based beauty products since shea butter is an incredible moisturizer and contains natural healing properties. While I decided to mix this raw shea butter with other ingredients to create a body butter to defeat all other body butters (seriously, you will love this stuff!), you can use it in its raw form as a way to treat minor scrapes and burns, soothe bug bites or rashes and as a natural buffer for wind (a little rubbed on your little ones nose and cheeks will go a long way to reduce wind burn in the winter!).
Before I share my body butter recipe, I want to tell you that I love, love, LOVE this raw shea butter! It really does have a wonderful consistency that is easy to work with and leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth. Nami Naturals raw shea butter is available on Amazon for just $15 (check prices before you checkout as they change rapidly on Amazon!) and comes with a free ebook with natural beauty product recipes! You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out about upcoming deals!
Whipped Body Butter Recipe
-1 C. Raw Shea Butter (solid)
-1/2 C. Coconut Oil (solid) or Cocoa Butter
-1/2 C. Liquid Oil of your choice (Jojoba, Almond, Sunflower, Avocado, etc – even olive oil would work)
-Essential Oils 10-25 drops depending on the type of oil and the scent you are looking to achieve. I recommend Lavender and Vanilla for a relaxing scent that can double as a perfume!
What do you do now?
In a double boiler, melt the solid raw shea butter and coconut oil (or cocoa butter) until liquefied. In a glass bowl, mix the melted butter/oil combo with the liquid oil and essential oils. Now you need to exercise some patience (and I speak from experience here – I will be making a new batch soon since I was a bit overzealous on this one and pulled it too early – the body butter works great, but doens't look as nice as it could!). Place the bowl into your refrigerator and WALK AWAY. You need to let the butter/oil mixture solidify again. Check in on the mixture every 15-20 minutes because you want to pull it out for the next step when it is solid, but still pliable. When you reach that consistency, using a hand mixer, hand whisk (bless your strong arms!) or stand mixer with the whisk attachment and which like you have never whisked before. You will want to whip this mixture until you get a fluffy consistency that is somewhat cloud-like in nature. You can then spoon the mixture into clean containers (I like the half-pint mason jars) and they will keep for a long time! I will be mixing up larger batches of this for the holidays this year and making labels for my jars – I love giving homemade holiday gifts!