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How to make high quality natural body butters, creams and lotions at home in a few simple steps.


How to make natural body butters, face creams and lotion, handmade cream.

How to make homemade natural body butters, face creams and lotion

The very best way of ensuring that your body creams are nourishing to your skin is to make them yourself. Fortunately, this can be done very easily. In ancient India, they say that “When you touch your skin, you touch your mind.” So beautiful and very true. Bear this in mind when administering your hand made creams – administer with love.

Ingredients for homemade natural cream

So let’s go ahead and look at why we might consider making our own.

is often used in mass produced body lotions and creams for the hydrating appearance it has on the skin. However, it’s a refined derivative of crude oil (a byproduct of the oil—gasoline industry) where some of the petrochemicals removed during the refining process are carcinogenic in some cases.

It’s easy to overlook the Potentially Harmful Effects Of Petroleum (and other listed chemical ingredients) found in most commercial body butters and face creams—but there are many other natural alternatives that offer nourishing, healing and hydrating affects—so why settle for less? You can easily make your own high quality organic natural skincare products from the comfort of your own home—in under 10 minutes! 

Our skin is very likely to absorb anything that we rub into it, so we should consider our skincare options carefully.

Base Oil Considerations

Shea ButterAs well as being a moisturiser, Shea Butter is used for its anti-aging and anti-free radical properties. It’s commonly used to heal stretch marks, blemishes, acne, sensitive and inflamed skin.

Cocoa Butter: High in fatty acids, Cocoa Butter is commonly used for its ability to hydrate the skin while adding elasticity. It can aid the healing of skin blemishes and scars as well as providing protection from the sun’s harmful rays. 

Unrefined Shea Butter

Beeswax: Like honey, beeswax has many health benefits. Its natural anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory properties can help soothe irritated skin making it an excellent choice for healing conditions like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis and other irritable skin complaints.

Coconut Oil: Well known for being a superfood, it also contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Packed with nutrients (such as vitamin E and A), Coconut Oil helps keep your skin feeling smooth (while preventing aging). The cleansing properties of this light oil can support the healing of eczema, psoriasis, acne and other irritable skin complaints.

Olive OilFull of antioxidants, Olive oil can provide an anti-aging effect on the skin as well as helping to dissolve superficial scar tissue. It’s anti-inflammatory properties are great for soothing skin irritations and damage caused by UV rays.

How To Make A Pure Body Butter

  1. Start by preparing a suitably sized glass jar that’ll hold around 300–400g of cream. You can recycle a good sized glass jars from home, but be sure to clean it  thoroughly or sterilise it using boiled water before use.
  2. Add 6 heaped Tbsp of Raw Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter or melted Beeswax into the jar.
Blend the combined oils into a smooth velvety paste

3. Add 4 Tsp of Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Raw Coconut Oil (depending on what you have available or prefer). This will lighten the heaviness of the thick base oil. Mix gently until nicely blended into a smooth velvety paste.

4. Slowly (and carefully) add 4 Tbls of (preferably distilled) water to the mix. Be mindful to add just 1 spoonful of water at a time and mix thoroughly (until the water is no longer visible) before adding the next.

Now for the fun part!

5.  You can choose approx. 1-3 high quality aromatherapy oils (that suit your skin type and scent preference). Stir in 2-3 drops of each (approx. 6-9 drops in total) and mix well in.

…And that’s all there is too it!

Just seal with a screw tight lid and store at room temperature. So simple and so good for your skin (hair and scalp!).

Selecting Aromatherapy Oils

Aromatherapy oils are a great way to support the health of your skin using their broad range of healing properties. However there’s such a huge variety of oils to choose from that it can be difficult to select just a few! Here’s a small selection of great aromatherapy oils that support the health of your skin and wellbeing:

Lavender Oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which could be a great soother for those suffering with eczema, psoriasis or other irritable skin complaints. This popular oil is calming for both mind and body.

Chamomile Oil is well known for its calming properties and can be used to sooth irritated or sensitive skin. This oil will also have a soothing effect on your physical tension and emotions—a popular choice for use on children.

Tea Tree Oil can help aid dry infected skin/scalp. It helps combat a whole host of bacterial, viral and fungal skin complaints while leaving you feeling invigorated. This highly popular remedial  oil is a must have in any home.

Vetiver Oil has a powerful calming—Grounding quality. With its strong ‘earthy aroma’, it can be used to support soothing calm throughout the day. This grounding oil will leave you feeling well balanced in no time at all—perfect for use at bedtime.

Neal’s Yard Aromatherapy Oils

Geranium Oil has anti-inflammatory properties as well as being used to overcome feelings of Stress, anxiety, fatigue and muscle tension. This oil will balance your hormones, emotions and general mood.

Rose Oil is an excellent emollient as well as containing anti-inflammatory properties—great for soothing dry irritated skin. This sweet floral fragrant oil will help to maintain the balance of your emotions and mood.

Creating Face Creams and Lotions

Adding water to create a lighter lotion

It’s a good idea to make up an extra lighter batch of cream for use on your face and other sensitive or irritated areas of skin.

You can also create a smaller jar of light cream or lotion from the main batch (adapting it to a less buttery version). It’s useful to have a smaller jar to carry around with you.

Take around 1 rounded Tbsp of the mix and place in a smaller jar. Add a few more drops of Water or olive oil and mix well. Alternatively, you can create a lighter version using just coconut oil and enough water to create your preferred constancy—nicely scented with a few drops of aromatherapy oil.

Getting Creative

Seal and stored at room temperature

Once you’ve made your own body butters, creams or lotion, you’ll begin to feel experienced and confident enough to create your very own versions—adding more or less of this and that without the need to measure much at all! It’s all a matter of personal preference. You can choose to use a single base oil or combine a few of your chosen oils together to create something perfectly suited to your skin requirements.

Your very own hand made cream to nourish both body and mind. It really couldn’t be any more simple! 💜


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Kelly Mckay

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