Salve yourself: A DIY body butter to please your senses and save your skin this winter

Your at-home spa just got extra-luxurious — and just in time!

Your at-home spa just got extra-luxurious — and just in time!


It's cold. Like, really cold. And not to freak you out, but this winter is expected to be even colder than last year's.

And if you're looking for a way spare your skin from the elements, look no further than this incredibly luscious and nourishing body butter that you can make with just a few ingredients.

This DIY starts with coconut oil, almond oil and shea butter, which get infused with essential oils to give you a distinct and personalized aspect to your body butter. Opt for sweet, floral or earthy, but with so many different essential oils on the market you can add in any of your favourites and get a completely different experience!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Double boiler & water
  • 230g or about 1 cup coconut oil
  • 113g or about 1/2 cup almond oil
  • 230g or about 1 cup shea butter
  • Essential oils: vanilla, sweet orange, lavender, neroli, jasmine, sandalwood, patchouli
  • Small storage jars
  • Lavender stems
  • Orange
  • Mint leaves
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Here's how to do it:

In a double boiler, melt 240 mL coconut oil. Add 120 mL almond oil and 240 mL shea butter, stirring until completely melted.

Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let cool for 15-20 minutes. Once cooled, separate the mixture equally into three bowls.

For the sweet essential oil blend, add 10 drops vanilla and 10 drops sweet orange essential oil. For the floral blend, add 7 drops lavender oil, 7 drops neroli, and 7 drops jasmine oil. For an earthy essential oil blend, add 10 drops patchouli oil and 10 drops sandalwood. Pop all 3 blends into the fridge and chill for an hour.

After chilling the body butter, use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until fluffy, about 8-10 minutes.

Spoon the whipped body butter into small jars, smoothing out the top.

Denote which scent each jar holds by placing a natural element on top. For our lotions, we used fresh mint leaves for "earthy", orange peel for "sweet", and lavender for "florals".

And there's your recipe for a simple and easy homemade body butter that not will smell amazing, but it will also feel fantastic and leave your skin smooth and hydrated. Added bonus? Any jars of body butter you have left over make excellent gifts for any of your friends and family. Enjoy!