This recipe is just like store-bought body lotions, only this one doesn’t contain unnecessary ingredients. Technically, it is more akin to body butter, because it is a thick, moisturizing cream. Whatever name you choose for this recipe, one thing is for certain: it is great for the entire body and all skin types.
There are three primary ingredients in this recipe: shea butter, jojoba oil, and arrowroot flour. The last ingredient helps to make this lotion non-greasy, and also works to rejuvenate and soften the skin. Arrowroot flour is a much healthier version of talcum powder, in case you didn’t know there was an alternative. Keep in mind that you can include or omit essential oils for this recipe. The combination of them will depend on what scent you want to get out of the lotion.
The great thing about shea butter is that it is safe for all skin types. It is free of chemical irritants that are known to dry out skin and it doesn’t clog pores, which is sometimes the case for coconut oil. Shea butter is typically used for moisturizing because it has a high fatty acid content. It contains stearic, palmitic, linoleic, and oleic acids, all of which are rapidly absorbed into the skin after application. These fatty acids act as “refatting” agents, helping restore the barrier between the skin and the environment. Ultimately, shea butter works to protect your skin and keep it hydrated.
Arrowroot flour or powder acts as an excellent substitute for talcum powder or cornstarch in cosmetic formulations. In fact, it has a finer texture than cornstarch and doesn’t have the negative connotations associated with cornstarch. Arrowroot also contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, including zinc, iron, vitamin B6, and potassium. Additionally, it has been known to provide relief from a variety of skin irritations, such as skin sores, rashes, acne, and general inflammation. It may improve skin texture and reduce the risk of oiliness, bringing about a natural glow to your complexion.
Jojoba oil is deeply hydrating and tends to be much lighter than other oils. Not only does it easily penetrate the skin for optimal absorption, but it also provides an excellent moisturizing effect and healthy glow. Jojoba oil contains chromium, Vitamins E and B, zinc, and copper, all of which nourish the skin. In addition to providing long-lasting moisture and antioxidants, jojoba oil can slow down the appearance of aging. Consistent use may help fade fine lines and wrinkles. Dermatologists explain that jojoba oil may help increase the skin’s suppleness.
Essential oils exhibit powerful properties that can help benefit the skin in numerous ways. Some offer anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may reduce inflammatory skin problems and balance the skin’s oils. Others may improve the appearance of fine lines and optimize the skin’s moisture content. The main thing to remember when using essential oils on the skin is that you should always dilute essential oils in carrier oils prior to applying them to the skin.
DIY Non-Greasy Shea Butter Lotion
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1 teaspoon arrowroot flour
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 5 drops lavender essential oil (optional)
- 5 drops rosemary essential oil (optional)
- 3 drops carrot seed essential oil (optional)
- 2 drops tea tree essential oil (optional)
- Melt the shea butter in the top of a double boiler over medium heat. Make sure that there is about an inch or two of water in the bottom and that it is boiling before you put the shea butter in the top part.
- Stir throughout the melting process and once it is fully melted, remove from heat.
- Pour the melted shea butter into a heat-safe glass bowl and then add the arrowroot flour and jojoba oil. Stir to combine and then also the mixture time to cool (about five minutes).
- Place the mixture into the fridge so that it can solidify (about 30 minutes).
- Once the mixture is opaque and firm, remove it from the fridge and add the essential oils, provided you are using them.
- Use an electric mixer, hand mixer, or fork to whisk the mixture until it appears whipped. This shouldn’t take very long.
- Spoon the mixture into a glass jar and label it desired. Store in a cool, dry place for up to six months and use as needed.