Before the new year, I made a resolution to try not to blow my money on needless skin care items. I have an abundance of lotions, lip glosses, and more, and felt that I really needed to take stock of what I am putting on and in my body.
After spending an afternoon gutting my bathroom, I saved a few skin care items from each category, and even added in a DIY or two for something a little more natural! It's easier than you think to create body butters, scrubs, and balms, and you probably have almost all of the ingredients in your pantry so why not give one of these recipes a try!
Whipped Body Butter Recipe
First up, the most delicious and moisturizing body butter made from 3 ingredients. It stays solid while stored, and immediately melts when it comes into contact with your skin. Some body butters can leave you feeling oily, but this absorbs right into the skin leaving behind a supple feel and nice sheen!
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup macadamia nut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
Combine the butter and oils in a microwave safe bowl. Either melt everything in the microwave or place the bowl in a pot of boiling water.
Once everything has melted, place the bowl in the freezer for 20 minutes to allow it to cool and partially solidify. Remove the bowl from the freezer and beat with a hand-mixer for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is nice and fluffy. It will also take on a nice white color! If you'd like to add in vanilla, do it just before mixing to give the body butter a sweeter scent!
Place the butter in a jar or container and keep in your bathroom to apply right after a shower!
The cocoa butter creates a chocolate-y smell so there's no need to add any additional scent if you don't want!
This also makes a perfect gift for friends and loved ones!
Diy Grapefruit Floral Lip Balm
This lip balm smells delicious and sets up so quickly you can make it in an afternoon! I think it's every bit as good as anything you could buy from EOS or Burt's Bees. It's made with coconut oil, so it's best to keep in a lip pot rather than in a tube.
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 1 tablespoon mango butter
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
- chopped flower petals (optional)
Place all the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30-40 seconds. Stir to mix everything well and immediately pour into a lip pot. Place additional lip petals on top if you like and wait for the balm to set.
Once it's set, carry in your purse, pocket, or keep a pot in a drawer in your kitchen or office for those dry-lip situations!
Grapefruit Pastel Bath Bombs
You've probably seen the internet popularity that is the bath bomb. These fun little bath accessories fizz when they come in contact with water and create an explosion of color and a delicious smell. My homemade lush bath bombs take about 24-48 hours to set up, but are worth the wait!
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup cream of tartar
- 2 tablespoons macadamia nut oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- purple & orange gel food coloring
- edible disco dust
How to make bath bombs:
Start by combining all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine the wet ingredients and slowly add to the dry ingredients. Mix continuously with a whisk and your hands. Be sure to add the ingredients slowly so the dry mixture doesn't fizz out of control.
Once you've incorporated the wet and dry ingredients, you should be able to squeeze the mixture into a solid shape and it will hold. It's time to add some color!
Separate the mixture into two bowls and add some of the food coloring. Mix it well with your hands until the color is completely mixed in.
Purple and orange look so good together!
Sprinkle the mixture into silicone molds in a cupcake tin. Alternate the colors until the molds are full. Firm things up by pressing down with your fingers to pack the molds tightly. Sprinkle the disco dust on top and press firmly with your fingers.
Allow the bath bombs to dry for a day or two and then keep them on hand when you need a colorful bath!
Citrus Coconut Sugar Scrub Recipe
This sugar scrub is a great exfoliant and the grapefruit coconut smells delightful. Keep a jar of this in the shower to reveal your best skin daily.
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon grapefruit essential oil
How to make homemade sugar scrub:
Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar and place in a pot of boiling water. It will melt fairly quickly.
Stir everything well. Place the lid on and let it set. To speed things up, place the jar in the refrigerator.
I keep a jar in my shower and just reach in and scoop some out with my fingers when I'm ready to use it.
The sugar dissolves and washes away. You'll have to fight the urge to eat this because it smells so amazing!
All of these products make excellent gifts and you can rest easy knowing that these were created with all-natural ingredients!