Caring for oily skin especially if you are acne prone is tricky and identifying the right moisturizer can be a tough ask. Want to try a Body Butter recipe to pamper, moisturize and nourish your skin without triggering an acne-breakout?
Shea Butter – 1 Cup
Argan Oil – ½ Cup
Apricot Oil – ½ Cup
Geranium Essential Oil – 10 Drops
In a double boiler, melt the oils and butter together. You don’t have to add essential oil while melting.
When the oils and butter is melted and blended together, remove from heat and set aside.
After a few minutes, add in the essential oil and mix using a spatula. I prefer adding essential oil when the temperature drops to get the most of them.
Now, let the mixture cool down by refrigerating it. I usually use the freezer to make it faster and it takes 15 – 20 minutes for the mixture to solidify but not fully. Also, cooling the mixture ensures the doesn’t get too heated up during the whipping process.
Now, remove from the freezer and add the contents to your blender or just use your hand blender to whip the ingredients. If you are planning to whip it manually, it is going to take a lot of time and efforts! Use a blender for saving you from that pain! You should whip in medium or medium high for 8 – 10 minutes for the right consistency, though it could take longer or lesser depending on your blender.
When the mixture is thoroughly whipped and you get a soft fluffy consistency, you can stop whipping and transfer the contents to a sterilized jar.
How to Use it?
Slather on to pamper and nourish your skin! I prefer applying this right after a shower to replenish moisture or before hitting the bed so it can work its magic at night.
Why These Ingredients?
Shea Butter doesn’t clog pores or trigger acne breakouts and suits oily or acne-prone skin, unlike Cocoa Butter. I have chosen two light oils that work well for oily skin and help curb issues like blemishes that are common with acne-prone skin. Besides, these ingredients nourish skin and promote healthy and younger looking skin. Last but not the least, Geranium Essential Oil, helps regulate skin sebum levels and soothes your skin. It also curbs blemishes.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
You can choose butters that suit all skin types instead of Shea Butter, like Macadamia Nut Butter, Kukui Nut Butter, Mango Butter or Kokum Butter. Jojoba Butter is ideal for those with Oily skin.
You can choose other carrier oils instead of the ones given above. Grapeseed Oil and Jojoba Oil work well for acne-prone skin. Neem is ideal, though many find the smell off-putting and it is not possible to use it post shower or before heading out, as a result! I chose Apricot Oil because it is light and suits me well. Argan Oil on the other hand is light, curbs acne breakout, boosts collagen levels and also reduces blemishes. So, pick the oils or ingredients that work for you – that’s why you have a DIY-er. Isn’t it?
As for essential oils, Lavender Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, Citrus Essential Oils, Vetiver Essential Oil and even Chamomile are good choices. Tea Tree or Rosemary Essential Oils are good if you are prone to acne.
You don’t have to refrigerate the Body Butter since it only includes oils and butters, so would last longer. I usually prepare a batch every 6 – 8 months, though you can go ahead with the shelf life of the ingredients you use to get an idea of how long it will last.
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