April 14, 2015

Creamsicle Body Butter - Photo by Merissa Alink (HobbyFarms.com) 

Summer is almost here, and that means it’s time to break out the lotions and body butters to prepare our chapped winter skin for the warm summer heat. In the spring, when I’m trying to rejuvenate my skin back to its healthier state, I prefer to use body butter because it’s thicker and tends to be more moisturizing.

This spring, I’ve been making this fun Creamsicle Body Butter. It’s thick and soothing and has a fun invigorating scent. It will put you in the mood for warmer days!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 T. aloe vera gel
  • 5 drops sweet orange essential oil

Preparation

Creamsicle Body Butter - Photo by Merissa Alink (HobbyFarms.com) 

In a double boiler over low heat, melt the shea butter and the coconut oil together. Set in the fridge or on the counter in a bowl until they return to a solid state. Once solid, add in the aloe vera gel and sweet orange essential oil. Use an electric hand mixer to whip the body butter until it becomes light and fluffy, about 2 to 3 minutes. Place into a container and use, as needed.

Word of Caution

Creamsicle Body Butter - Photo by Merissa Alink (HobbyFarms.com) 

Make sure the essential oil you use in this recipe is sweet orange. All other orange or citrus essential oils are phototoxic, meaning they make your skin sensitive to light. If you don’t have any sweet orange essential oil, you can also squeeze some fresh orange juice and add about a tablespoon to your body butter. Just keep in mind that this will shorten the shelf life of the body butter, and it should be stored in the fridge if fresh juice is added.

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About Merissa Alink
Merissa Alink believes in making the most with what you have. She blogs about simple living, modern homesteading, and from-scratch recipes at Little House Living and joins us each month on The Craft Hub with sewing projects you can incorporate into your own home. 

 

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