Is the winter leaving your skin dry and itchy, so much that your body lotion is not enough to combat the dryness? Or are you worried about all the chemicals that go into your body lotion and want a natural alternative to it? If yes, then you will find the natural alternatives to fight extreme dry skin here. In bitter winters, what your body needs is intensive moisture, the kind that comes from a thick body butter and not body lotion. We give you here recipes for homemade body butter that will help give you soft and smooth skin.
The base for the body butter is virgin coconut oil or cocoa butter or shea butter, all of which you can get from your local chemist or beauty products retailer. The butters do not have any preservatives, hence need to be stored in a cool and dry place. The best workaround for the preservation issue is to make small batches of these that get used up within a week.
Coconut oil, Honey and Citrus Body Butter
When coconut oil and honey combine, can it be anything less that elixir for the skin? To make this butter, whip together half a cup of coconut oil that was refrigerated for an hour with two tsp of honey. It starts lathering up into a nice thick cream. To this, add a few shavings of lemon or orange rind and whip again. You have your very own citrus fragrance body butter with the goodness of coconut oil and honey. Use it on your elbows and knees to get rid of rough skin and all over your body for soft and nourished skin that smells of citrus fruits.
Coconut oil, Shea butter, Beeswax Body butter
Both shea butter and beeswax are natural intensive moisturizers that are solid at room temperature and need to be melted in a double boiler. Combine them with coconut oil and they will have a wonderful creamy texture. Also, the beeswax has a subtle scent of honey which makes this body butter really fragrant. To make this, take 1 cup of shea butter. Add to this, 1/2 cup coconut oil and 3 tbs of beeswax. You can also add some almond oil if you want to kick in some Vitamin E into this. In a double boiler, melt the solid butters and then add the oils. Let the mixture cool. Now, refrigerate for two hours. Remove the mixture after two hours and whip using a blender. You have a nice and fluffy body butter that will help you get rid of dry skin.
Vanilla Cocoa Body Butter
Isn’t the vanilla cocoa combination drool worthy? How about we make a body butter with that same combo? Take 1 cup of cocoa butter, 1/2 cup almond oil and 1/2 cup coconut oil. Melt the cocoa butter first in a double boiler. Add to it the oils and a few drops of pure vanilla extract and refrigerate for two hours. Now whip it till it forms clouds. Spoon out the butter in a jar and slather away on the skin. It smells so good that you would want to eat it!