Carrot Seed and Rose Body Butter
by Kate Bello of Salt & Ritual
Body butters are some of my favorite DIY projects to make at home. They’re super easy to create, yet still feel luxurious. And all you need is a couple of ingredients.
One of my favorite beauty products I used to buy were body butters at The Body Shop. I loved the texture and consistency, and their scents were always amazing. I would buy one and be done with it within about four days! This wasn’t very conducive to being on a budget in my 20s (they weren’t cheap), so I had to forego this little luxury until I entered the world of DIY beauty.
Once I started making my own skincare products, I happily realized that I could make my own body butter! I started by trying to make a body butter with cocoa butter, which was one of my favorite scents. It was a messy process and the butter ended up hardening. Then I tried it with shea butter, which worked much better, but at the same time was also messy to make and ruined some of my kitchen utensils.
Lastly I tried making it with coconut oil, which by far has been the easiest process for me. Plus I don’t have to order coconut oil online and then wait for it to ship. If I need it quick, I can just run over to Trader Joe’s or my local health food store and grab some. I also don’t need to melt it (if anything, it’s the opposite) and it’s easy on my utensils.
Carrot Seed and Rose Body Butter
This Carrot Seed and Rose Body Butter can be made in about 5-10 minutes and you only need 4 ingredients. It will last about a month, but if you’re anything like me, it will gone in less than a week.
• 4 oz of coconut oil
• 1/4 teaspoon of sea buckthorn oil
• 5 drops of carrot seed essential oil
• 5 drops of rose essential oil – note: look for ‘rose absolute’ that is only lightly diluted in carrier oils
• Mixing bowl
• 4 oz mason jar
Step 1. Coconut oil consistency
The first step is to look at the consistency of the coconut oil. We’re just on the tail end of summer, so your coconut oil might be more on the melty side. To make the consistency solid quickly, fill the 4 oz mason jar with the oil and pop it in the fridge for about 10 minutes.
If you’re starting out with coconut that is already hard as a rock, place the jar in a pot of hot water so it can soften. It should still look white and a bit hard when it’s ready, but you should be able to easily stick a knife or a fork in it.
Step 2. Mixing
Transfer the coconut oil to a mixing bowl and simply mix it with a fork or a spoon. For me a fork works best. At this point, you’re whipping the oil into a butter, so it should be pretty soft and easy to mix. If it’s still too hard, just let it sit out for a bit longer.
Step 3. Sea Buckthorn oil
Once the oil has the consistency of a body butter, add the sea buckthorn oil to give it that beautiful amber color. Sea buckthorn oil is orange and a little goes a long way! This oil is also renowned for it’s anti-aging properties and essential fatty acids.
Step 4. Essential oils
Step 5. Storage
Transfer the butter back to the mason jar and store in a cool dry place when not in use or in the fridge during the warmer seasons.
Step 6. Usage
Use after a shower or bath on semi damp skin.
Kate Bello is a writer and photographer who’s grown up on the coast of southern California. She’s a beach girl at heart and for the last ten years or so, a health nut too. On her blog Salt & Ritual he shares lifestyle tips she’s learned over the years in natural beauty and plant-based wellness.
Kate Bello is also hosting a Free 21-Day Clean Beauty Challenge starting October 1st on her blog, Salt and Ritual. The challenge will show participants how to transition to a simple and complete natural skincare routine with just 5 recipes and 6 ingredients