Nourishing Body Butter
This week Blank Slate is bringing you a Nourishing Body Butter. When most people think of a healthy lifestyle, we focus on our diets. Too often, we forget that the skin is the largest organ and deserves to be treated with the same care and love. All-natural and organic skin products work harmoniously with our bodies, allowing them to heal and mend themselves naturally. Most conventional skin products contain perfumes, stabilizers, and additives that can cause damage to our hormones, immune systems, and reproductive organs. Making the switch to natural skincare doesn’t have to be time-consuming or expensive. Start with ingredients that you know work for you, and take your time making changes. If you’re looking for somewhere to start, read on the learn about a few of our favourite natural skincare ingredients.
Coconut oil is a magical ingredient that should be a staple in everyone’s pantry. Did you know it is just at potent when used topically? Coconut oil is mainly comprised of medium-chain fatty acids, a type of fat that is packed with antimicrobial properties. Applying this oil directly to your skin can help balance out the skin microbiome, aka the microorganisms that grow on our skin. This can help with fungal overgrowth, like athlete's foot or diaper rash.
Cocoa butter is a less common ingredient in North America but commonplace in tropical regions worldwide. It is a rich source of phytochemicals, plant compounds that help prevent aging by protecting us from UV damage. It is so nourishing that it is often used to help reduce scarring, minimize the appearance of stretch marks, and can help heal rashes like eczema and dermatitis.
Shea butter is similar to cocoa butter but with some additional benefits. Namely, its anti-inflammatory properties. This is an excellent topical to minimize irritation, making it perfect for supporting extremely dry skin in the winter months. Technically shea butter is from a tree nut, but it is not likely to cause an allergic reaction. While it is essential to exercise caution, shea butter is very low in the proteins that often cause an allergic reaction.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is an excellent source of vitamin E. Vitamin E has been thoroughly studied for its ability to fight free-radical damage, such as UV radiation from the sun. It provides moisture and protection while improving skin complexion and tone.
Nourishing Body Butter
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup cocoa butter
- ⅓ cup shea butter
- ⅓ cup sweet almond oil
- 1 tsp essential oil - optional
- Combine all ingredients, except the essential oil, in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can use a heat-proof bowl on top of a large pot with near-boiling water.
- Once the ingredients are melted, remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Place bowl in the fridge to cool for 45-60 minutes. The mix should be slightly hardened but still soft.
- Using an immersion blender or hand mixer, whip the butter until fluffy, about 10 minutes. If it doesn’t whip, try putting it back in the fridge for another 5-10 minutes.
- If using essential oils, add them in now and whip it again.
- Store in glass containers at room temperature.
The winter months can be tough on us in many ways, especially when it comes to staying hydrated. Our juice has your back when it comes to hydrating from the inside out, but this recipe had you covered when it comes to hydrating from the outside in.
As always, let us know if you give this recipe a try! We are here to answer any and all questions that might come up.
- Dani C.N.P