You may have twigged by now that I’m a fan of natural, non-toxic, organic beauty products (quite the mouthful!). I’ve always been a bit of a beauty junkie and am forever seeking out new ideas for natural beauty solutions for several reasons:
- There is a heap of rubbish in our beauty products these days - think toxic chemicals, skin irritants, carcinogens, and heavy metals - even in many ‘natural’ brands.
- We absorb 60-80% of that crap into our blood stream… in 26 seconds! (Yes- I am employing terror tactics here).
- Conventional solutions tend to be temporary quick-fixes and just end up making matters worse in the long-run. It took me about 2 years to realise that Vaseline was drying out my lips.
- Acne creams that bleach your tops…. they bleach your tops!
Phew! Scary, huh? On a more upbeat note, there are loads of natural solutions to all your beauty woes. Beauty really starts from the inside out (good diet, healthy gut, lots of sleep, less stress etc…) but there are most definitely plenty of external remedies to supercharge your glow.
I’ve been using coconut oil as my moisturiser/body butter, amongst other things, for over 4 years now. It’s seriously versatile and means that I only need to take a few products with me when I travel (pure aloe vera being another essential, sunburn saviour that it is). It’s also cheaper than most of the moisturisers on the shop shelf.
But sometimes I fancy something a little more special/less crumbly. Whilst it’s all too easy to be tempted to splash out on a fancy organic body lotion, there is really no need when you can whip up (literally) a wholesome and delicious-smelling concoction yourself. Key Lime Pie anybody?
Did I mention it’s easy and cheap (in the best possible way). Well it is.
And simple, and yummy, and quick, and good for you, and non-toxic, and skin-kind, and versatile, and… oh just give it a crack!
Natural Whipped Body Butter
1 cup organic organic cold-pressed virgin coconut oil (room temperature – unmelted)
1 tsp jojoba oil/vitamin E oil/argan oil
1-2 tsp essential oil of choice*
- Make sure that your coconut oil is the right consistency before you begin - a soft solid. If it’s hard and crumbly then you’ll need to put it somewhere warm for about 10 minutes (try the airing cupboard for instance). If it’s a liquid then pop it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes until it is slightly firm.
- Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using an electric blender, mix on high for 7-8 minutes or until light, airy and forming soft peaks. I used a hand-held mixer, but let me tell you: it’s a serious arm work out. If you have one to hand, use a freestanding mixer so you can leave it running whist it emulsifies.
- Transfer the whipped body butter into a glass jar, knocking out any air by gently hitting the side of the jar as you go. Put a lid on the jar and store in a cool area (or the fridge if you live somewhere warm).
* You can use any combination of oils you like but keep in mind that there will be an undertone of coconut. Grapefruit, lemon, lemongrass, peppermint and lavender all work really well. I combined tea tree oil and lime oil for a yummy key lime pie creation.