I’ve been trying some different combinations for a homemade beeswax body butter.
This one has shea butter and beeswax along with almond oil, and olive oil. I’m really liking it. It feels smooth. Plus —
- Shea butter has some great qualities — it’s an anti-inflammatory (see research) and studies have shown that it improves Atopic dermatitis (see research).
- Almond oil has been shown to reduce scarring post-operatively, as well as smooth and rejuvenate skin (research). It is a good emollient and improves skin tone (research). Studies have shown that almond oil provides a protective layer only into the outermost layers of stratum corneum (research).
Homemade Body Butter with Beeswax and Shea Butter
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup beeswax (try the pastilles for easy melting)
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup olive oil (I use the extra light olive oil because it is lighter in color and scent)
10 drops Essential oil of your choice: Lavendar or Lemon or Peppermint
Start with a clean Mason type jar (canning jars). This is the jar that you will make it in and keep it in. No mess. Set the jar in a pan of water over the stove. (This acts like a double boiler). Add the shea butter (I prefer the creamy ones, less grainy. These vary in color and grainy feel). Measure the almond oil, olive oil and beeswax and pour them into the jar. Turn on the stove, and keep an eye on it while all of the ingredients melt together. Stir.
Take off the heat, let it cool a little, and when you can lift the jar out of the water, do so, setting it in the refrigerator to cool more (set it on a small towel.) As it begins to cool, place the lid on the jar, tighten and shake it. Continue to shake the jar about every 15 minutes until it is close to solid. That’s it. you’ve got a homemade body butter with beeswax and shea butter. The shea butter should not get grainy if you have let it cool and set-up in the refrigerator.
If you have allergies to any of the liquid oils, feel free to substitute.