Healthy Homemade Holidays: Rose Body Butter
Why not give a more personal and luxurious gift to friends, family, or secret Santas on your holiday list? Here’s a rich body butter that’s 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 who’s trying to avoid these less-than-desirables. Plus, it’s easy to make.
- A blender (preferably an older blender since the body butter can leave a residue)
- A small- to medium-size glass bowl
- A small saucepan
- A spatula
- Nice-looking jars to hold the body butter
*Make sure all tools are sterilized before beginning.
- 1 cup of sweet almond oil (you can use a different type of oil, but this one doesn’t leave a greasy film)
- 2 Tablespoons of shaved beeswax (available in most health food stores—use an unscented beeswax tealight free of colors if you can’t 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 can’t 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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