You’d think DIY isn’t for the lazy. But, as a lazy girl who often doesn’t in fact like to “do it herself” I am here to challenge that idea.
I don’t DIY just to DIY. I’ll only do do it myself if it’s less expensive for me to make, and does not require a whole lot of effort or crazy, hard-to-find materials.
I can be a bit lazy and impatient on projects, and I’m naturally frugal as a person, so while I’d love the idea of handmade everything, it’s just not feasible for me.
I came to love it when I was pregnant with my second child, and I had to moisturize like a madwoman for fear of getting more stretch marks.
During one of my Amazon shopping binges, I bought this block bar of all-natural Shea because it had amazing reviews. I quickly discovered that Shea is pretty thick, and doesn’t easily spread. So, I decided to make my own whipped butter out of it with only 3 ingredients! AND I LOVE IT.
If you’re familiar with body butter, you know that it has a thicker consistency than lotion, which makes it great for the winter, when you need to keep moisturized. If you’ve never used body butter, it’ll take getting used to, but you’ll be amazed at how good it feels to have skin that isn’t thirsty.
- Super easy. I use the no heat method, and no fancy equipment is necessary! The no heat also helps maintain all the benefits of shea.
- All-natural. No crazy ingredients or toxic chemicals being absorbed into your skin.
- Feels lovely. It goes smooth on the skin, and the moisture makes my skin glow.
- Pretty amazing benefits. Shea has anti-inflammatory agents, helps fade stretch marks, wrinkles, and fine lines, and protects skin. Coconut oil deeply conditions and is used for its anti-aging properties. Lavender essential oil has many health benefits such as relieving stress and anxiety, and treating eczema.
Okay, now here’s the recipe:
[DIY] 3-Ingredient Whipped Shea Body Butter
- 4 oz. Shea Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
- You'll also need: a medium mixing bowl, fork and spoon.
- Place your shea butter in the bowl and use the fork to mash it and soften it up.
- Once the shea is softened, add the coconut oil.
- Now, you'll use the fork to make fast circles and whip the shea and oil together.
- Whip by hand vigorously for about 12 minutes (you can take breaks like I did!). Or, if you have a hand mixer, whip it together.
- About halfway through whipping, add your essential oil drops and continue whipping.
- Once the body butter is whipped to your desired consistency, scoop it into a clean container using the spoon.
It'll be thicker than regular lotion. Apply it after a shower and make sure it's all rubbed in. Wash your hands after, or they'll be slippery.
Shea can have a distinct scent. If you don't care for the shea scent, add more essential oil, or experiment with different scents (peppermint essential oil is a good one to add!).
Always test ingredients on skin before use, especially if it's your first time using them. Some individuals should avoid lavender oil, so please check with your doctor before use!