Body butter is a rich and moisturizing skincare product that’s generally made with skincare butters, like shea butter and cocoa butter. Body butter can be used as an alternative to lotion, since its primary job is to moisturize the skin.
The beauty of body butter is that once you have a simple formula/recipe, it’s easy to customize a butter to your liking.
Homemade body butter starts with butter. Shea butter is the perfect base butter, since it’s soft and easy to work with. The Summertime formula calls for a 1/4 cup of shea butter as the base butter.
From there, it’s up to you, the maker, to customize the body butter. You’ll need a total of 1/2 cup butter, so you can either double the shea (for a total of 1/2 cup), or mix the shea with a different butter: 1/4 cup of cocoa butter or1/4 cup of mango butter.
Place a glass or metal bowl over the top of a pot of boiling water-double boiler.
Add your cocoa butter, shea butter, and almond oil to the bowl and allow to completely melt.
Place in the fridge for a couple of hours until firm.
Using a mixer, whip the butter with the essential oil until it is fluffy liked whipped cream.
Store in a glass jar.
The Difference Between Body Butter and Body Lotion
Body lotion and butter work the same way...they hydrate the skin. The difference between the two are the ingredients.
Body lotion contains more water, some are made up of 70% water. While body lotion provides ample moisture, it does so temporarily. This means you have to apply the product several times in order to prevent dryness.
Body butter is composed of essential oils and nut butter. The ingredients are humectants which are emollient substances that trap and lock in moisture, condition, and nourish the skin. The texture itself is much thicker than lotion. When used regularly, body butter will hydrate the skin like nothing else.
From a do-it-yourself standpoint, homemade body butter will last for months without the use of a preservative. Homemade lotion needs to be used within a short time frame or a preservative should be used (thanks to the water), and it requires an emulsifier to properly blend the oil and water together.
Benefits of Body Butter
When applied, the body butter will form a protective barrier between the skin and the elements. This traps moisture in, keeping irritants out. It keeps the skin hydrated no matter what weather conditions you are under. Most lotions are drying because they promote the dissipation of water in the skin. The creamy, nourishing texture of body butter is the perfect solution for extremely dry skin!
Softens the Skin
Slather body butter after showering! The richness of essential oils and nut butter will soften and moisturize parched skin. Slather the butter at night and you will wake up to unbelievably soft, glowing skin.
Protects from the Elements
Body butter does double duty as a skin protector. It’s made from seed oils and nut butter. These ingredients will trap moisture, keep out external toxins while softening the skin. Some body butters contain essential fatty acids or vitamin A, C and E. These kinds of body butter will protect the skin from the elements while keeping it silky smooth.
Callous and Corn Remover
You can also use body butter as callous or corn remover. After bathing, pat the feet dry. Then, apply a generous amount of body butter. Massage the product in, especially on the affected area. Put on a pair of thick socks. In the morning, use a callous scraper to gently remove dry skin. Do this routine until calluses are gone.