This deeply nourishing shea butter lotion recipe is perfect for dry, cracked or irritated skin. It's great in winter for wind-chapped skin, and in summer it can help soothe and heal burned, peeling skin.
This lotion bar recipe makes a solid bar, much like a soap bar, which melts as you rub it into your skin. It's easy to make - just follow the basic instructions on how to make body butter outlined below.
The secret to maximizing the benefits of a lotion bar recipe like this one is to apply it to damp skin - it seals the moisture into your skin while also nourishing with vitamins and such.
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Cocoa butter
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Shea Butter
3/4 cup (4.5oz) unrefined Coconut oil or other carrier oil (see below for ideas)
3/4 cup (4.5oz) Beeswax
1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)
5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract
30 drops essential oil - see below for blends
Here's some suggestions for scenting your shea butter lotion recipe:
8 drops each grapefruit, orange and bergamot, 2 drops each geranium and ylang ylang.
12 drops each lavender and orange, 2 drops each chamomile and cedarwood OR ylang ylang.
8 drops each lavender, palmarosa and rose, 3 drops each clary sage and geranium.
10 drops sandalwood, 8 drops patchouli, 8 drops orange 1 drop each cinnamon, ginger, vetiver and ylang ylang.
You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total shea butter lotion bar recipe.
I don't recommend putting your aromatherapy body butter bars into the freezer to harden as some recipes suggest - I find it reduces the scent, and it can also cause the bars to crack.
Replace some or all of the coconut oil with other carrier oils specific for your skin type such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil. Browse through the aromatherapy carrier oils page to see which oils suit your skin the best.
To make a softer lotion bar recipe, reduce the beeswax by half.
My favorite supplier for aromatherapy body butter ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are good, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their quality is excellent. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this shea butter lotion recipe...
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