Thursday, April 8, 2010


Homemade can be better than store-bought lotion when it comes to dry skin. Body butters are commonly used to prevent stretch marks and ease out signs of aging such as wrinkles.

They provide intensive moisturizing. The butter usually contains shea butter and cocoa butter to make the skin feel smooth and silky to touch. Some use mango butter or Kukui nut butter, although the latter can be obtained from Kukui trees found mostly in Hawaii.

Body butters are less expensive compared to high-end creams. Many prefer to use scented body butters to scented lotions because the aroma usually lasts for a longer period.

Things You'll Need:

3 or more essential oils of your choice
1 small glass jar with an airtight lid
3 cotton swabs or eye droppers (or any glass droppers)
Small notebook


1.  Play around with the scents and even mix two or more scents to create your own preference, before you start blending. Your scent must have three notes in it. It needs a top, middle and base note. The top note is the first flush of scent that you smell but is highly volatile. It doesn't linger too long. The middle note takes a little longer to notice and provides the body to the scent blend. Base notes last the longest. They are slow to evaporate, rich and heavy, and act as a fixative in the blend.

2.    Dip a clean cotton swab or use a glass dropper to retrieve a small amount of essential oil. If you're using a cotton swab, squeeze any excess oils on the lip of the bottle.

3.  Place the swab or squeeze the contents of the dropper into the glass jar.

4.  Repeat for each scent that you want to add to the blend.

5.  Write down the oils you included. Make sure to get equal amounts of each essential oil, especially when you're using a cotton swab.

6.  Cover the jar and leave for a few minutes.

7.  Come back and gently sniff the air above the jar. Take down notes on the smell in its early stage of development.

8.  Put the lid back and leave in a cool, dark place for a few hours. Open the jar and smell it again. Take further notes on the "matured" smell.

9.  Put the lid back on and leave for 48 hours. After 48 hours, uncover the lid and gently smell the blend. Make some corrections on your blend, and add additional amounts of the scent you'd like. Try to find the perfect combination.

10.  After you find the perfect blend, add a few drops of the mixture to your body butter and mix.

Tips & Warnings

Sniff coffee beans, ground coffee or your own body scent to cleanse your scent receptors.

Use a clean cotton swab or dropper for each essential oil to prevent contamination of essential oils.

Essential oils are flammable

Never apply essential oils directly to the skin. It can cause an allergic reaction or sensitization.

Keep essential oils in a secure place away from children.

Essential oils should not be taken internally.



Vernita said...

Thank you! This explains why my scented body butters smell different a few days after being made than on the day they were made. Who knew the scent had to mature? :)

zainab1 said...

Vernita: Yes, I am actually starting to really enjoy my butter recipes and this article has helped me , so much. I am so glad to hear that it has helped you as well. Thanks a bunch for stopping by! Take care

ChocolateOrchid said...

Thank you for sharing this information. I'd definitely incorporate this next time I miss a butter.