I absolutely love making my own body butters and face creams in the winter.
My skin, especially in Colorado, needs to drink up more moisture than unrefined organic coconut oil alone can provide, which is what I use most of the year (this one in particular is my favorite).
But in winter, I notice that no matter how much coconut oil I put on, I still get rough patches particularly on my upper arms.
When this happens, I gleefully pull out all my essential oils, carrier oils and butters and fill up my kitchen counter with them.
(You may remember me doing this a bunch during my 30-Day Making Challenge last winter, when I made various delicious body butters and sugar scrubs on Days 6, 7, 10 and 24.)
Here’s my latest facial butter, designed specifically to:
- moisturize my face more deeply with shea/cacao butters instead of coconut oil
- heal and nourish my skin with Vitamin E
- keep my skin acne-free with Tea Tree oil
- purify and protect my skin with carrot seed oil (which is also anti-carcinogenic)
- balance skin tone and reduce blemishes with rosemary oil
Peppermint Cacao Balancing Face Butter (w/ Vit. E and Tea Tree oil)
Makes 4 ounces.
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 2 tbsps jojoba oil
- 3 drops tea tree
- 4 drops lavender
- 1/4 tsp vitamin E
- 3 drops rosemary
- 5 drops carrot seed
- 2 drops vanilla
- 3 drops peppermint
Melt the shea, cacao and jojoba together in a clean pot on the stove on low-medium heat.
When everything is melted (don’t do a lot of coaxing, let it melt naturally), turn the heat off and remove the pot from the burner. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir lightly with a spoon.
Pour into a 4 oz. jar and refrigerate (you are also welcome to whip it with a mixer as well, though I don’t have one, and the consistency is just fine without doing so).
Then, when the pot is sufficiently cooled down but still warm, dive headfirst into it and rub the warm oil all over your body, or offer to give your partner a warm foot massage with it like I did and win brownie points forever.
Take the container out of the fridge in the morning before your shower, then afterwards… voila! Instant happy.