Vanilla And Vitamin E Body Butter

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We’ve all read the articles that solidify our concerns  about additives in cosmetics and skin care products. While this is disturbing to some, to others, so long as it’s not being ingested, the skin will provide a suitable barrier. What people forget is that harsh chemicals can still be absorbed through the skin, and with that in mind we set about making a natural soothing body butter.

The result is made with shea butter, coconut oil, Vanilla oil and Vitamin E.

Here’s why we used it: 
Incredibly moisturizing. Shea butter is known for its ability to be quickly absorbed into the skin, deeply restoring moisture content and elasticity. It’s also good to protect against sun and harsh air. Ideal for those with sensitive skin.
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Anti Aging. Again very, very moisturizing but also contains anti fungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Has similar effects on the skin to an antioxidant.
Relaxing. Vanilla oil is a well known antioxidant, helping to rid skin of  free radicals. It’s a great overall muscle relaxer and it’s similar to lavender in this respect.
Scar healing. Vitamin E is known to really good at reducing scar tissue, acne and skin blemishes. It’s why it’s in popular scar and acne ‘over the counter’ treatments. Additionally, the oil helps hold this solution together.
Ingredient measurements:
– 1/2 cup of Shea butter (where on earth do I get that!?)
– 1/4 cup of coconut oil
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla oil
– Tablespoon of vitamin E oil (same question!)
Method:
  1. Place the shea butter into a mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and add this to the bowl (Please note: Coconut oil solidifies at room temp, so you’ll need to melt it, placing in bowl of warm water works.)
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  3. Add in the Vitamin E and Vanilla.
  4. Freeze the mixture for 10 minutes, then whip with a fork for a better consistency.
  5. Add the contents to a air tight, sealed container.

That’s it – Enjoy!

Need something to put this Body butter in?

Glass-jars

We use these retro looking glass jars that seal for freshness! In fact, they’re pretty good for anything and cheap too, but we use them just because it doesn’t clutter our cupboards and it makes body butters look far better! I don’t think we’d make it if it had to go in a bowl with kitchen foil and the like! What else could we put our body butter in!

I want a cool glass jar too!
If you’ve enjoyed this body butter recipe, you may want to read our article on coconut oil for shiny hair. Please share this on facebook and Pin the picture at the top of the page!
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