Winter skin deserves extra love – whether it’s prepping for a day at the beach here in California (sorry, East Coasters – it really is beautiful here!) or suffering through seasonal storms pretty much anywhere else. Either way, these luxurious DIY body butter bars make even the driest knees and elbows silky smooth.
Whip them up in just a few minutes and pair them with your favorite exfoliating scrub for the softest skin of your life. I love how easy and mess-free body butter bars are to apply, not to mention how pretty they look – especially brushed with a layer of edible gold dust!
I should warn those of you in the “I-want-my-lotion-to-immediately-disappear-into-my-skin-without-leaving-a-trace” camp: these are a bit on the oily side (which makes them super hydrating – very much worth it, in my opinion). I like to use them before bed to wake up with my skin ready to face the day. You could also try using them in the shower so that any oil not immediately absorbed into your skin will be rinsed off.
DIY Body Butter Bars
Adapted from Wellness Mama
- 1 cup beeswax
- 1 cup coconut oil
- 3/4 cup cocoa butter,
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- Optional: 1 tbsp vitamin E oil
- Optional: 2 tbsp castor oil
- Optional: essential oil
- Optional: edible gold dust or body shimmer powder
- If using solid beeswax and/or cocoa butter, grate or chop it to measure and aid in melting. I find it’s easiest to use a cheese grater.
- Combine beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a double boiler (or makeshift double boiler) over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until all ingredients are fully melted and combined (should be a clear, honey colored liquid).
- Optional: Stir in vitamin E oil, castor oil, and/or essential oil, if using.
- Optional: If you’d like your body butter bars to be shimmery, dissolve gold dust or shimmer powder in a few drops of oil in a small bowl to prevent clumping, then add it to mixture. If you just want some gold on top for decorative purposes (like I did), you can skip this step and brush it on the finished bars instead.
- Pour mixture into silicone molds (I used these these hexagon ones).
- Allow body butter bars to cool completely before popping them out of the mold. I actually chose to leave mine in the mold and pop them out as I use them, but you can also store them in a jar, a baggy, or wrapped in wax paper. In case you’re wondering, those are rosemary flowers on top, but I just added them for decor!
Note: You can play around with the types and quantities of oils/butters you use, as long as you keep the ratios around 1 part beeswax to 2 parts oil/butter, and the majority of your oil/butter portion is solid at room temperature.