Some months ago I decided that I would start making my own health and beauty products. My plan was to make homemade body butter, deodorant, and toothpaste. I came up with my ingredient list. I even purchased the ingredients. Then life got in the way. Well I finally got around to my first trial. This is how it went.
I decided I would attempt body butter first. The ingredient list was simple. I would use natural shea butter as my base. I would add an oil to loosen the texture and an essential oil for scent. I decided to try castor oil and lavender for this first go round.
I started by boiling water. I would use the boiling water to loosen the shea butter. That way it would be easier to mix. Since it was my first attempt I decided to only make a little. I scooped four large tablespoons of shea butter into a glass jar and placed the jar in the boiling water. Be careful not to leave it to long like I did. I left it for three minutes. It turned into oil.
No worries though. I added one large tablespoon of castor oil to the shea butter and three drops of lavender essential oil. Then I mixed the ingredients and waited for them to solidify. Of course I couldn’t wait. I put some oil on my skin immediately and it felt glorious. It still feels glorious and the scent is so relaxing. This is so easy. Why did I ever pay $20 for body butter with mystery ingredients. From now on, I will be making my body butter at home.
It took about a half hour for the consistency to change from an oil to a butter.