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.
Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Body Butter
1/4 Cup Cocoa Butter
1/4 Cup Shea Butter
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
2 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
2 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil
2 Drops Orange Essential Oil
2 Drops Lime Essential Oil
- 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.
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.