This is an easy recipe for making your own soothing body butter with your favorite essential oils. Feel free to play around with the ingredients and try various oils and essential oils. I opt for organic and food grade ingredients that I can find at the local health food store.
2 part shea butter
1 part coconut oil
1 part almond or avocado oil
In a small sauce pan, melt the shea butter and coconut oil. Add the almond or avocado oil and stir. (I prefer avocado oil, but it is more expensive.)
Add the essential oils of your choice. Some of my favorites are lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood oils. Use anywhere from 20-30 drops total per cup of shea butter. Feel free to mix essential oils. Siberian fir and orange oils make a nice winter scent, for example.
Let the mixture cool until it is a creamy, almost solid state. If I am in a hurry, I put it in the refrigerator to cool for a short time. Do not let the mixture completely solidify. Mix well with a stand mixer or handheld mixer until fluffy and white, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally. If you mix the butter too long and it gets too hard, simply heat the ingredients until melted and begin again with the cooling process.
Spoon butter into glass jars for storage. You can store the body butter in the refrigerator to extend the shelf life. The butter will go on more easily if it is at room temperature, however. The body butter absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling silky and smooth.
Optional: Add CDB oil along with the essential oils for an anti-inflammatory rub. It works wonders on sore joints and muscles.