As winter starts, our skin often bears the brunt of the seasonal shift, becoming dry, flaky, and craving extra care. And one of the best things we can do to combat it is use the transformative power of natural butters—such as cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter—because they can be the secret to restoring your skin’s vitality during the colder months.
Winter’s chill isn’t the only culprit behind our skin’s dryness; a combination of harsh winds, low humidity, and indoor heating can strip away the skin’s natural moisture, leaving it parched and vulnerable. Understanding the science behind this seasonal assault is key to unlocking the remedy. That’s where the magic of natural butters comes into play.
Cocoa butter, shea butter, and mango butter are rich in nutrients and essential fatty acids that our skin craves for repair and rejuvenation. These natural ingredeints act as potent emollients, sealing in moisture and creating a protective barrier against the harsh winter elements. Daily moisturizing with these butters not only alleviates dryness but also enhances the skin’s elasticity, leaving it supple and radiant.
Making your own body butter is easy, and one of the best ways to ensure your skin stays healthy and resilient during the winter.
DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe for Holiday Gifts
Here is my favorite DIY whipped body butter recipe. It’s really easy and super luxurious plus it makes a great holiday gift. Body butters are a great alternative to body oils, and can leave the skin feeling soft and deeply nourished and hydrated. They tend to be less greasy than body oils, and are loaded with some powerful nutrients that have been known to restore the skin’s elasticity, strength and vibrancy.
What you will need:
- Small metal or glass bowl
- Glass beaker or measuring cup
- Stirrers, either metal or glass
- Electric Mixer, like a Kitchenaid, or a hand-held mixer.
- Digital Scale
- Silicone spatula
- 2 (2 oz / 50 gram) glass jars with tight fitting lids
- Blank Labels
- Parchment Paper
- 50 grams if Shea Butter
- 10 grams (2 tsp) of Rosehip Oil
- 10 grams (2 tsp) of Argan Oil
- 1 gram (20 drops) of Vitamin E Oil
- 4 drops of Ylang Ylang
- 8 drops of Cedarwood
- 7 drops of Sweet Orange
- Before starting to make the recipe make sure the area where you will be blending is very clean. That means wiping down counter spaces with rubbing alcohol and putting away any food items and extra clutter. Once your counter space, or table top is clean, line the area with some parchment paper, pull your hair back and thoroughly wash your hands.
- Set out your digital scale and all other blending tools so they are easy to grab when needed.
- Bring out all of your ingredients so they are accessible.
- Using your small digital scale, and measuring spoons, start measuring out each ingredient separately into their own beaker or measuring cup, until you have every ingredient laid out in front of you.
- Pour together all the carrier oils and essential oils into a beaker and mix thoroughly and set aside.
- Add the Shea Butter to the medium size mixing bowl and start whipping it with your mixer until the butter is light and fluffy.
- Once the Shea Butter reaches this consistency, slowly start drizzling in your blended carrier oils and essential oils, making sure to scrape down the sides until the butter is velvety and creamed.
- Using your spatula, portion out the butter into your 2 glass jars and cap tightly
- Create a name for your butter and write the name and the ingredients on your label and affix to your jars.
- Use as often as needed.
What’s the difference between butter and carrier oil?
Both Carrier Oils and Butters are extracted from the seeds of different plants. They both contain a similar arrangement of molecules that include essential fatty acids and trace amounts of vitamins, sterols and minerals that have been shown to improve the elasticity and resiliency of the skin. What makes them different is that the kind of essential fatty acids that are pressed out of some seeds looks and feels thicker and heavier, yielding a butter-like consistency; Shea Butter, or Cocoa Butter, or Mango Butter are great examples because the extract pressed from these plants is thick and solid-feeling.
Whereas the extract that is pressed from Argan nuts, or Jojoba Seeds, is liquidy and runny, and feels oily to the touch. Although they look and feel different, butters and oils both nourish, soften and soothe the skin in similar ways and can be used interchangeably if you are looking to hydrate dull, dry winter skin.
What are the aromatherapeutic properties of the essential oils we are using?
I chose Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange and Cedarwood for this recipe because we wanted to create a sensual aromatic experience that felt both grounding and comforting. All 3 of these essential oils have properties that are protective and calming, and can promote skin health and wellbeing, and reduce the appearance of skin discoloration, fine lines and wrinkles.
Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil is squeezed from the peels of the orange. It’s fresh, sweet, bright and orange-y aroma offers an experience of joy and positivity. Its powerfully uplifting aroma cuts through stress and a negative mindset, especially when we are feeling overwhelmed.
Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) Essential Oil is steam distilled from the flowers of a tree that is native to the south pacific. These blooms have an intoxicating sweet and calming aroma that can have an instant calming effect when we are feeling anxious and overwhelmed.
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) – steam distilled from the wood of a tall, majestic Cedar tree that is native to the middle east. Rich with history and used for centuries as an incense to connect us to the divine, Cedarwood can stir deep feelings, and open our hearts to more honestly connect with others.
In the quest for soft, nourished skin, creating your own DIY body butter is a great solution. Armed with natural ingredients shea butter, carrier oils and essential oils, you’ve unlocked the secret to a personalized winter skincare remedy. The journey from ingredients to a velvety concoction mirrors the care you’ve invested in self-love. As you use your handmade body butter, remember that winter’s chill is no match for the warmth and radiance you’ve infused into your skin.