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DIY// Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

Coconut oil is having a moment right now, you guys. Suddenly it’s used by everyone for everything. And rightly so, because it’s apparently pretty amazing. It’s full of vitamin E, antioxidants and healthy fats, and can be used in countless different ways. I’ve used coconut oil in hair masks, lip scrubs, cookie and cake recipes, body scrubs, and I’ve recently been experimenting with using coconut oil for oil pulling (so far so good) and makeup removal. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy recipe for Whipped Coconut Oil Body Lotion.

DIY Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

This stuff can be whipped up (ha ha) in minutes, smells great, and is super moisturizing on dry skin. Also, a little goes a long way, so although this recipe doesn’t make a ton of lotion, it will last. I tend to concentrate it on spots where my skin is dryest – my elbows, and knees, specifically, then rub the excess wherever else I need a little more moisture. In addition to the coconut oil, this body butter also aloe vera gel which makes it extra soothing, a bit of olive oil for added moisture and to aid in producing the smooth consistency, and a few drops of lemongrass essential oil. The lemongrass oil gives the body butter a great scent, and lemongrass comes with its own long list of health benefits as well.

Recipe:

  • 1 Cup Organic Unrefined (or Virgin) Coconut Oil (do NOT melt it first, it must be in its solid state!)
  • 2 Tbsp Organic Aloe Vera Gel (I use Lily of the Desert brand)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 5(or so) drops Lemongrass Essential Oil (or any essential oil of your choice, really). This step is optional.

Directions:

Add the ingredients to a mixing bowl. Use a hand- or stand-mixer to whip the ingredients on high for 7 or so minutes until they’ve reached a whipped, airy consistency. Remove you lotion from the bowl and store it in a glass container at room temperature. Apply it after a shower for supple, moisturized skin.

Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter

I really have to recommend using only organic, unrefined coconut oil for just about all of the topical things you plan to use coconut oil for (this includes oil pulling). Refined coconut oil can have “other” things in it that you might not want to be absorbed into your body through your skin.

I’m thinking Key Lime Coconut Oil Body Butter next!

kimberly

Recipe adapted from Healthy Homemakers.
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DIY Lip Scrub with Coconut Oil, Brown Sugar and Vitamin E

 DIY Lip Scrub

Even as the winter weather has disappeared and we are experiencing some 70 degree days here in the Northeast, my lips still get a bit dry and chapped. Thankfully, I found that it’s pretty easy to make your own lip scrub at home, to help slough off any dead or dry skin and reveal softer smoother lips underneath. Hallelujah! I used a mixture of brown sugar (to exfoliate) and coconut oil and vitamin E oil (to moisturize and provide some antioxidants and extra lip protection!)

 Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil (substitute olive oil if you don’t have vitamin E oil)

To Make:

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until the coconut oil softens and all ingredients are well blended. Store your scrub in a small jar and keep it in the refrigerator. Should last a few weeks.

I basically played with the proportions until I got a consistency that I liked. So, play around and see what you like best! I only had a tiny jar to fill, but if you want to make more, just increase the amounts of each ingredient. You could also include some essential oils or other vitamins.

To Use:

Take a dab of the scrub on your finger and rub it on your lips in a circular motion to exfoliate. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Then, remove any excess with a damp cloth (…or you could just lick it off…). Then, apply a moisturizing lip balm or some Vaseline to your lips to lock in moisture.¬† Then, enjoy your softer, smoother lips!

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Coconut Ginger + Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Coconut Ginger and Oatmeal Sugar Scrub

Despite how much I love fall and cooler weather, it’s also during this time of year that my dry, itchy skin reappears. So, to combat the cooler-weather dryness while sticking to my budget (it’s the “don’t-spend-money-on-anything-unless-its-wedding-related” budget. It’s a very unrealistic budget) I set out to make a sugar scrub with ingredients I already had in my kitchen. This scrub uses both brown and white sugar, coconut oil, grated ginger and oatmeal, and is totally nourishing.

Sugar Scrub Ingredients

Let’s break it down:

  • White and Brown Sugars:¬† Natural exfoliates. Exfoliating is an important part of helping skin retain moisture. It helps remove any buildup of old, dry skin sells so that you can then moisturize the new cells underneath. Brown sugar is much gentler than white.
  • Coconut Oil: The benefits of coconut oil are almost countless. Not only can you use it as a healthy oil replacement in recipes, but also for lip balms or hair treatments, and as a massage oil. Rich in vitamin E and protein, coconut oil helps to soften and moisturize skin.
  • Oatmeal: Like coconut oil, oatmeal has a smoothing and soothing effect on the skin. It contains polysaccharides which help to protect skin from dryness.
  • Ginger: A natural antioxidant, ginger fights free radicals and can also help improve skin tone.

Put them all together and you’ve got a pretty awesome and natural skin treatment! Here’s how to mix ’em.

Ingredients in Food Processor

Ingredients:

  • 1/4c Oatmeal*
  • 1/4c White Sugar**
  • 1/4c Brown Sugar
  • 1/4c Coconut Oil (warmed to liquid consistency)
  • 1tblsp Grated ginger

*adding the oatmeal is entirely optional.

** As exfoliating goes, brown sugar is gentler than white. You can replace one for the other, if you like. Use all brown sugar, or all white, or both, up to you!

You will also need a jar to keep the sugar scrub in. I used this canning jar because I had it on hand. I doubled the recipe to make enough to fill my far.

Directions:

Add Oatmeal to food processor. Process until the oatmeal is ground down into a fine, sand-like texture. Add sugars and ginger and pulse a few times to mix. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place into your scrub jar. Put the coconut oil in the microwave (in a microwave safe container) to liquify it, about 20 seconds. Add the liquid coconut oil to your oatmeal and sugar mixture and stir to combine. Now, go take a shower and enjoy your scrub!

Coconut Sugar Scrub

Because the coconut oil tends to solidify, sometimes it’s best to warm it before use. You can either use a spoon to remove some of the mixture and warm it with your hands as you scrub, or run the jar (with lid on) under hot water for a few seconds before using it.

If you use the scrub once a week, you’ll see a big difference in how your skin looks and feels!