Homemade Body Butter

I’ve been using coconut oil as a body moisturizer for awhile now. I would grab some straight from the jar and let it melt a little before spreading it onto my skin. It smells good and feels great but it would leave my skin greasy until it was fully absorbed, hours later.
I recently discovered that you can whip solid coconut oil into a rich and luxurious homemade body butter. Since coconut oil in body butter form spreads much easier, I find that I use less which leaves my skin soft and moisturized without feeling so greasy.

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Whipped coconut oil can be used on its own or you can add your favorite essential oils to the mix for the added aroma and benefits.
For my first batch of homemade body butter, I added grapefruit essential oil. Grapefruit oils’ many benefits include: an invigorating scent that can aid in uplifting the mood, having increased energy, dissolving headaches and boosting the immune system. It’s also known to help with water retention and cellulite.

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*Use caution if you use the body butter on your feet or in the shower/tub as it is oil-based and can make surfaces slippery.
Where can you buy coconut oil?
Coconut oil can be purchased online or at your local health food store and some grocery stores also carry organic coconut oil.
Personally, I use Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It’s unrefined, non-hydrogenated, cold-pressed coconut oil. Nutiva Coconut Oil is also gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, USDA Organic and Fair Trade certified.
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Coconut Oil: Not just for the skin!

Coconut oil not only makes an awesome homemade body butter but it’s also great to use for cooking and baking. I’ve used it in place of butter in some of my recipes (Butternut Squash Muffins, Chocolate Lava Cakes) and have had great results. I actually prefer the slight coconut taste, especially when paired with chocolate!
Homemade Body Butter
A rich and luxurious homemade body butter. This DIY body butter is made with whipped coconut oil and grapefruit oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (measured in solid form)
  2. 25 Drops Grapefruit Essential Oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Add coconut and essential oils to a mixer.
  2. Whip together until the oil holds peaks, about 5 minutes.
  3. Store in a covered container.
Notes
  1. *Only solid coconut oil will whip.
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Cleansing with Oil – The Oil Cleansing Method

Oils for Skin - Oil Cleansing Method

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting article that uses oil to clean your face. I had previously been using Cetaphil face wash and Coconut Oil as a moisturizer. Even though Cetaphil is a “gentle” cleanser my face still felt dry and tight after using the face wash and I was getting pretty bad cystic acne. The theory behind the oil cleansing method is based in chemistry’s principle that like dissolves like. By cleansing your face with natural oils it helps to restore balance to your body’s natural oil production and can lead to healthier looking skin.
Whether this theory holds true or not is up for debate but I decided to give it a try. After using this method for a few weeks now I’m happy to say I have seen an improvement in my skin. I haven’t used it every night so I would like to give it more time to see if there is even more improvement. I did have a few blemishes pop up this week but they seem to last for a much shorter time and haven’t been as bad as they previously have been. Apparently there may be an adjustment period where the skin gets worse before it gets better as it it getting rid of all the gunk and build-up.
There are different oils you can choose from but the two I currently am using are Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil.
Beneficial Botanicals has a list of different oils and their comedogenic rank. I really love the smell of the Coconut Oil but with a comedogenic rank of 4, I realize it’s not the best choice for my face. I do still use Coconut Oil on the rest of my body for a luxurious moisturizer. I have really sensitive and dry skin so I chose the Jojoba Oil which ranks a 2 and is supposed to be good for sensitive skin. Once I use up the Jojoba Oil I want to try Shea Oil which is a 0.
Castor Oil - Oil Cleansing MethodSo far, the Castor Oil mixed with the Jojoba Oil seem to be doing well for my skin. Even my husband commented that my face was clearing up, so I know it’s working!
The oil cleansing method involves mixing a base oil such as Castor Oil with another carrier oil like Jojoba and then massaging it into the skin and applying a hot washcloth to steam your face and help open up the pores.
The types and amounts of oil you use will vary based on your skin type and you will have to experiment to see what works best for your skin but here is a general guideline:
Dry Skin: 10% or less of Base Oil to 90% Carrier Oil
Combination Skin: 20% Base Oil to 80% Carrier Oil
Oily Skin: 30% Base Oil to 70% Carrier Oil
The Oil Cleaning Method
Step 1 – Pour desired amounts of Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil into the palm of your hand and mix together.
Step 2 – Apply the oil mixture to your face with your fingertips and massage gently into skin using circular motions.
Step 3 – Place a washcloth under hot water and wring out. Apply the hot cloth to the face and allow it to steam face until it cools. Repeat 3-4 times and then rinse and wring the washcloth and gently wipe any remaining oil.
*If your face still feels dry you can apply a little more Jojoba Oil to moisturize.
*I use a clean washcloth every time to prevent spreading any bacteria.
In a few more weeks I will do a follow up post to see if there are any more changes/improvements to my skin!
What method do you use to clean your face? Have you tried the OCM?
More Information on the Oil Cleansing Method:
Crunchy Betty – The Nitty Gritty on the Oil Cleansing Method

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Clean Makeup Brushes – DIY Cleaner

diy makeup brush cleaner

Before my wedding I went to the MAC store so they could help me choose a foundation that matched my skin tone. While I was at the MAC store they of course tried to sell me brushes and brush cleaner and all of their other products. I wish I had the money to buy all of that but it adds up quickly! I had some old makeup brushes from a Bare Minerals kit I bought years ago and also a cheap set I bought from Walmart. I had enough different kinds of brushes to do the job so I figured I would save the money there and I was sure I could clean them with some household ingredients.

Here’s a simple DIY Makeup Brush Cleaner Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baby Shampoo
  • 2 Tablespoons Rubbing Alcohol

I cleaned out an old contact solution container I had and added this homemade cleaner to it. Now after using my brushes I just squirt this on and run them against a paper towel and voila they are clean. They dry fairly quickly too which makes this great to use after every application. I love things that are quick and easy!

Once a month, it’s a good idea to soak the brushes in vinegar and water and then deep clean them with baby shampoo. This will help prevent bacteria and build-up and will keep your brushes in good shape.