It’s only December, and everyone reassures me that the worst of winter is still to come. My skin was fine in the summer with just coconut oil as a moisturiser, but since the cold weather has kicked in I’ve discovered that I needed to step things up a bit.
I’d experimented a little with shea butter, almond oil and beeswax combinations, but this time I decided to actually write down my quantities and keep mixing things up until I got it right.
First, I gathered some ingredients:
I won’t go into details about all the back-and-forth, weighing out ingredients, testing, adding more this or that that I went through. Long story short is that I ended up with about 200ml of body butter, the main ingredient of which is shea butter. The ingredients go like this:
150g Pure Unrefined Shea Butter
70g Virgin Coconut Oil
45g Sweet Almond Oil
1g Vitamin E Oil
20g Beeswax Pellets
30 Drops Sweet Orange Oil
60 Drops Vanilla Extract Oil
Bring a small pot of water to simmer. Add a heatproof bowl over the top, and add all ingredients except for the vanilla, orange and vitamin E oils. Let melt (it takes a few minutes). Once melted, take the bowl off the heat and set aside. When it starts to cool a little and looks clouded, add the oils. Mix well and continue to mix as the mixture cools. Take a drop and test it on your skin, and add more scented oil if you wish. You could also make this unscented, or with other flavours like lavender or rosemary.
Pour into airtight jars and use on freshly-showered skin – or whenever you like! I have a little jar at my desk at work to put on my hands whenever they feel dry, as well as my at-home stash. I find it perfect on my hands and face as well as as a general body moisturiser.
Let me know what you think! Do you have any other tricks to keep winter out of your skin?