Close examination of the ingredient labels on body creams on the counters of a drug store usually reveals several foreign-looking, difficult-to-pronounce product names. A preference for a more natural product with fewer chemicals may prompt you to consider making your own body cream. But a lack of “know-how” could leave you discouraged to attempt it. Find out how easy it is to mix your own body cream once you have the right ingredients.
Things You'll Need
Use a wooden tongue depressor to put ½ cup of shea or cocoa butter into a small glass bowl. Select the butter that is appropriate for your skin type and condition. Shea butter, rich in vitamin A, smooths skin blemishes and wrinkles. It also contains vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant and is good for anti-aging. Cocoa butter helps treat dermatitis and eczema. People commonly use it to remedy and prevent stretch marks and skin discolorations.
Boil water in a pot on the stove top and pour it into the larger glass bowl. You may also heat the water to a boil in the microwave. Place the smaller bowl containing the butter into the larger bowl to allow the butter to soften.
Spoon the softened butter into a food processor. Turn the food processor on medium speed. Add 1 tbsp. of each oil, mixing them into the butter one at a time. Turn the food processor off periodically. Use a plastic spatula to scrape the mixture from the edge of the bowl. Continue to add the oils until the mixture becomes the consistency you desire.
Add several drops of your desired essential oil to the mixture. Not only will it add fragrance, but essential oils also have healing properties. Adding peppermint gives the cream a stimulating effect. The citrus fruits (lemon and orange) have antiseptic qualities and benefit circulation. Add sandalwood essential oil to a cream that you plan to use before bedtime, since it releases melatonin, which enhances sleep.
Scoop the mixture into a plastic container using the wooden tongue depressor. Put the top on and store it in a cool, dry place.
When adding essential oils to your body cream, consider making a custom blend of essential oils. The sweet smell of ylang ylang enhances the earthy fragrance of patchouli. Vanilla balances the sometimes pungent fragrance of citrus. You can try several blends to find one you like.
Make small batches of the body cream. Since the cream does not contain preservatives, it will have a short shelf life.
References and ResourcesVitamin Stuff: Cocoa Butter
American Shea Butter Institute: What is Shea Butter?
Wellness Directory of Minnesota: Essential Oils-Their Properties