I’m delighted to share my very first personal care product that I have made on my own. I made them for Christmas gifts, and was pleasantly surprised that they turned out well! I didn’t have too high of expectations because I know there is a science to cosmetic formulations. I tested the recipe out well enough in advance of Christmas just in case I had to change plans.
This recipe is from Wellness Mama, my favourite lifestyle blogger. I was happy to see that it contains beeswax, since I have a lot of beeswax around lately for making my own candles.
She calls it a lotion, but I’m calling it a body butter, since to me the consistency is like butter. Here is the formula I used, the most basic one. You can also add a couple tablespoons of Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter and/or Vitamin E oil if you want.
Homemade Body Butter
Put all the ingredients together in a double boiler, or glass jar. Once they are all melted, stir, then pour into small jars. This will be enough for two 8 ounce mason jars. If you are using essential oils, add them after you pour the melted mixture into a jar.
I put about 10-12 drops of essential oils in mine. Some of them I used Sweet Orange, and another batch I blended peppermint (about 4 drops) with lavender (about 6 drops).
This formulation feels a little bit greasy at first, but my skin absorbs it well after a bit of time. I’m looking forward to playing around with this recipe, and hopefully finding some different versions without the coconut oil which can be bothersome to some skin types.
Because of the coconut oil and the essential oils in the formulation, I would just use this as a body moisturizer and not for the face.
While the cost of the ingredients may add up to a lot at first, this is a much more affordable natural lotion option than buying an organic/natural moisturizer.
Since there is no water in this formulation, apparently there is no need to worry about a preservative. To be on the safe side, I will use mine up in a couple months.
About The Ingredients
Beeswax is a healing, natural skincare ingredient. It is said to be beneficial since it has anti-inflammatory and bacteria fighting properties. It also protects the skin by forming a barrier, locking in moisture and protecting from environmental threats. It also has a low comedogenic rating, meaning it won’t further aggravate acne-prone skin.
Coconut oil is good for some and bad for others. Apparently, coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating making it irritable for acne-prone skin. Otherwise, for those who do not have this issue, raw and unrefined coconut oil can be healing for the skin with it’s antimicrobial properties, antioxidants and fatty acids.
Grapeseed oil is known to treat a variety of skin conditions and it also has antioxidant properties, minimizing damage caused by free radicals. It is known to treat sun spots and wrinkles, and to be non-irritant to acne prone skin. It is also a low comedogenic oil.