With autumn approaching, your skin might need some extra attention. This home-made body butter will nourish your skin and turn it silky smooth. And with the warm smell of cinnamon, it is perfect for cold, windy autumn days.
I love making my own beauty products. Especially things like body butter, as they are so easy to make and do such a great job in keeping your skin happy.
And for me the biggest advantage is that you know exactly what you put on/in your body. It’s rather crazy how many (synthetic) ingredients most body lotions and butters have, while you actually only need a few to get the same effect. My basic recipe for body butter (this one), only uses three ingredients, nothing more. How’s that for a change?
If you are wondering about the shelf-life of this body butter, rest assured. I have been making this for a few years now and never has the body butter gone bad, even after sitting in a cupboard for almost half a year. I’m not sure if something can happen to it, but I do know that you will have used it all up, long before it gets the chance!
Home-made cinnamon body butter
- 4 heaping “tablespoon-scoops” of (semi-)solid coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of castor oil (or any other liquid, plant-based oil, like almond)
- 4 – 5 drops of cinnamon essential oil
Put the coconut oil and castor oil in a small saucepan. Use some form of heat source to warm it, but only just enough to make the coconut oil melt. Keep stirring to speed up the process.
- When most of the coconut oil is melted, immediately remove from the heat.
- Carefully test the temperature of the oils with your finger. If it feels only slightly warm, add in four or five drops of the cinnamon essential oil. Stir.
- Transfer the mixture to a glass jar. Let it rest at room temperature with the lid off for about fifteen minutes.
- When the jar doesn’t feel warm to the touch any more, tighten the lid and transfer to the fridge.
- Leave to set in the fridge for four to eight hours. When the body butter has become opaque and white, you can take it out and from then on store it at room temperature.
- For using the body butter, take out small bits with your finger and let it melt on your skin. Once melted, massage it into your skin.
Have a great week!