Although we make and sell our own body lotion and body butter, we encourage you to experiment and develop your own recipes because there is no “one size fits all” when you take into consideration all of the factors involved when it comes to skin care: heredity, skin type, diet, environment, age, allergies, lifestyle etc.
Many natural body lotion or butters can be made with ingredients that might already be in your kitchen or medicine cabinet and here is a basic formula to get you started:
• 1/4 cup almond or olive oil
• 1/8 cup coconut oil
• 1/8 cup beeswax
• Optional: 1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
• Optional: 1 tablespoon Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
• Optional: Essential oils or natural extracts
Combine all ingredients except the optional natural extract, Vitamin E or essential oil in a suitable glass jar or Pyrex measuring cup and place in a pot of simmering water.
When everything is melted, remove from heat and let cool for 5 -10 minutes then stir in the optional natural extract, Vitamin E or essential oil.
Stir occasionally until mixture starts to solidify then pour into small containers or allow it to solidify in glass jar.
This is a basic body lotion or body butter recipe: feel free to edit and adjust to preferences.
More ideas for body butter or body lotion recipes can be found by typing the following search phrases into your favorite search engine:
“DIY natural body butter”
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“organic body butter recipe”
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About Body Butter, Body Lotion and the Differences Between Them
Body butter is a type of moisturizer that is heavier than creams and lotions, and is made with little to no water so there are no preservatives needed. Most body butters use seed or nut oils as their base and can be made with as few as 2 ingredients. Some common seeds and nuts used in body butters include shea nuts, cocoa beans, mango seeds, and kukui nuts.
It’s uses are nearly endless when it comes to skin care. Use it for hand & foot care, on dry patches, as a face moisturizer and lip balm, as a make-up remover, cuticle softener, neck moisturizer, for massages, or apply to legs after shaving.
Except for the general rule that there be no false labeling and product claims, there really are no standards for companies when it comes to labeling their products.
Body Butters contain lubricating ingredients and natural oils which work to create a layer that seals in moisture and keeps out damaging environmental factors. Lotions on the other hand preserve the skin’s natural moisture and brings that moisture from it’s deeper layers to the surface.
Body butters made using only natural ingredients, have higher levels of emollients, form a protective layer over the skin, and increases skin’s suppleness. Body butters have an oily, sticky, and greasy feeling until they absorb into the skin so it’s typical for users to apply body butter just before bed.
Your skin type really dictates which variety of moisturizer to use or how frequently to use each. Naturally oily skin may be a bad choice to apply body butters to, or you may need to only apply 1-3 times per week OR simply find a less-thick, greasy body butter to use and use a light lotion for daily applications.
We are in the process of redesigning the packaging for our handmade, natural Body Butter and will update this page when we re-launch.
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Mohawk Valley Trading Co.
901 Broad St, 3rd Floor
Utica, NY 13501