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How to make nourishing and all-natural body butter at home. This recipe for carrot seed and rose body butter can be made in about 5-10 minutes, and you only need 4 ingredients, including sea buckthorn oil, rose, and carrot essential oils.
Body butters are some of my favorite DIY projects to make at home, and they don’t take much time or expertise to make! They’re a super easy DIY skincare product yet still feel luxurious and nourish your skin as much as any expensive brand. What’s especially exciting about making body butter, though, is that all you need is a couple of ingredients and about 5-10 minutes.
One of my favorite beauty products I used to buy was body butter 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.
Easily Make Body Butter at Home
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 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 can last about a month, but if you’re anything like me, it will gone in less than a week.
Body Butter Ingredients:
- 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 the Body Butter
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 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 its anti-aging properties and essential fatty acids.
Step 4. Essential oils
Step 5. Storage and Usage
Transfer the butter back to the mason jar and store it in a cool, dry place when not in use or in the fridge during the warmer seasons. Use after a shower or bath on semi-damp skin. Take a scoop from the container and massage it into your skin as desired.
Recipe from Kate Bello, 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. Kate shares lifestyle tips learned over the years in natural beauty and plant-based wellness.