Why not give a more personal and luxurious gift to friends, family, or secret Santas on your holiday list?† Hereís a rich body butter thatís perfect for the drying effects of winter weather.† Unlike store-bought versions, it is totally free of synthetic chemicals, colors, and artificial fragrances, making it perfect for sensitive skin or anyone whoís trying to avoid these less-than-desirables.† Plus, itís easy to make.
What you need:
A blender (preferably an older blender since the body butter can leave a residue)
A small- to medium-size glass bowl
A small saucepan
Nice-looking jars to hold the body butter
Make sure all tools are sterilized before beginning.
See page 2 to get started…
1 cup of sweet almond oil (you can use a different type of oil, but this one doesnít leave a greasy film)
2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax (available in most health food storesóuse an unscented beeswax tealight free of colors if you canít find plain beeswax)
1 cup distilled water or rose water (the latter is available in most health food stores)
22 drops ylang ylang essential oil
8 drops rose essential oil (if you canít find a pure rose oil or it is too expensive, substitute orange essential oil or just use more ylang ylang oil).
In a small saucepan, shave 2 Tablespoons of beeswax.† Add the sweet almond oil and heat over low heat until the beeswax is melted and remove from heat.† Pour into a blender and slowly add the water or rose water until it emulsifies.† Add the essential oils (ylang ylang, rose and/or orange) and blend until well mixed.† Pour into the glass jars and store in the fridge for about 6 months.
Stay posted for more Healthy†Homemade Holiday gift ideas and instructions over the coming weeks.
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