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How to make a luscious, creamy Shea Butter Body Balm to moisturize dry winter skin, tame locks, soothe cracked lips, and condition dry hands and feet. Made with simple all-natural ingredients, scented with your choice of essential oils. A fun kitchen DIY project, perfect for gifts or self-care.
Here’s a fun little DIY kitchen project to make while we are all holed up at home this holiday season. I’ve been enjoying playing around with different scents and I’m finding that being creative in the kitchen, really does help with cabin fever.
The Shea Butter Body Balm is creamy and luscious and can be scented with your choice of essential oils. I’ve been using it on my dry skin, lips and even on my hair – a wild hair tamer for sure!
This time of year citrus scents are so uplifting, so most of my batches contain some sort of citrus blend. Depending on what you are after, you can create the scent that suits your needs best.
The best part is, this takes just 15 minutes of hands-on time- very simple and easy! This would be fun to make with kids, letting them pick their own personal scents and create their own labels.
What you’ll need to make creamy Body Balm:
- Shea Butter – anti-inflammatory, hypo-allergenic, anti-oxidant, moisturizing, skin-plumping, heals scars.
- Beeswax– reduces Psoriasis and Eczema, soothes and calms the skin, hydrating, softening, protective, smoothing, collagen-enhancing, conditions brittle hair.
- Coconut Oil– reduces inflammation, moisturizing, wound healing, antimicrobial
- Jojoba Oil– is anti-oxidant, moisturizing, anti-bacterial, soothing, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, speeds up wound healing, minimizes scars
- Vitamin E Oil– powerful anti-oxidant, reduces psoriasis, soothes eczema, anti-aging.
- small pourable milk pot
- Essential Oils for scent
- 2-ounce jars and optional labels
It starts with melting the shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil over a very low flame.
You can also use a double boiler.
Stir in the Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E oil.
Add 10-20 drops of essential oils to the individual jar, creating your blend. I usually pick 2-3 oils but you can also keep it simple and stick with one.
Essential Oil Ideas:
- black pepper
For example, you could pick out a couple of individual oils and blend them yourself, or there are also handy sets of organic essential oils on Amazon. (Affiliate link). Or go with ultra-pure Doterra. Here is another one: Organic Essential Oil Set that has some nice options. While you are at it, you can also use the oils in a diffuser- here is my favorite one: Diffuser with Oils.
Pour the melted balm into the jar with the essential oil.
This recipe will perfectly fill a 2-ounce jar. These are the jars I used. (Affiliate link)
Let it cool until opaque.
Then label the jars giving them your own personal spin or name.
I used these labels.
Seal up the Shea Butter Body Balms and give them away as gifts, or keep them for yourself- a little self-love. 😉
I have one by my bedside table, one in the bathroom for wild flyaway hair, and one in the car for lips.
A fun little kitchen project to help fend off any winter blues. I personally find adding citrus essential oils to the balms, really uplifts the spirit.
Have fun, and enjoy.
Happy holidays friends -wishing you beautiful moments of joy, speckled with laughter, sparkling with love and packaged up in warm, cozy hugs (virtual, of course).
How to make a luscious, creamy Shea Butter Body Balm to soothe dry winter skin, tame locks, heal cracked lips, and moisturize dry hands and feet. Made with simple all-natural ingredients, scented with your choice of essential oils.
- 3 tablespoons organic Shea Butter
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons Jojoba Oil
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E Oil
- 10–20 drops of Essential Oils or Doterra
The recipe makes one 2-ounce jar, so feel free to multiply.
Place shea butter, beeswax and coconut oil in a small pourable pot over very low heat, and stir until melted into a liquid. Remove from heat. Stir in jojoba oil and vitamin e oil.
Add your choice of essential oils (10-20 drops) to the 2-ounce jar and pour in the warm balm, stirring with a toothpick or chopstick. Let cool completely until opaque, about 1-2 hours.
Seal and label, giving it your own personal style.
Use on skin, hands, feet, lips or on dry hair.
I prefer adding the essential oil to the jars themselves so I can make different scents. If making more than one jar, but with all the same scent, feel free to add the essential oils to the pot after you remove it from heat.
Shea butter can have a tendency to crystalize. One thing that helps is to cool it down quickly by putting the jars in the fridge after you pour them. (If it does crystalize, the crystals will melt once they are rubbed in to your skin, but it doesn’t look as smooth.)
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