May 23, 2012

homemade body butters

recently, i've been doing something very indulgent and naughty... buying products from the store lush. i decided to try out something called buffy, an exfoliating body butter. it's $13 for one bar, which lasts about 2 weeks. unfortunately, i sort of loved it.

so i took a look at the ingredients, and decided i could make one of my own. it's mainly cocoa butter, shae butter, ground rice and almonds. i got shae butter from a beauty supply store around the corner, and shelled out for cocoa butter at whole foods.

cocoa butter & shae butter


i did my best at dividing up 1 oz each of the butters...

the shea was easy to portion, but the cocoa butter was very hard. i ended up breaking the tip of the knife that i was using to chop it with... beware! i almost had razorblade surprise butter. i'd suggest heating it slightly first...


after they were divvied, i:

~melted the butters in the microwave
~ cooled them in the fridge/ freezer so they would harden faster.
~ poured in the ground rice and almonds (which i used the magic bullet to chop with.)
~ note- if the mixture is too hot, the exfoliants will sink to the bottom, so you've got to keep a close eye on how fast it's hardening.


ingredients
i used wild rice instead of regular rice :)


i then poured them into little heart molds.

...but was too impatient to wait for them to harden all the way. so i got one cracked heart, and one with a hole in it. sounds kind of like my life :P

homemade body butter


next time i'll use less shae butter in my mixture... it was a little greasier than i'd like. other than that, i love! i i've been using it in the shower on the lower half of my body (ahem, legs & butt), and on my hands. it's sort of magic.

i'll make these again fo sho.


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20 comments

  1. ooh, that's cool! I bet it'd make a really cute gift as well :) I wonder if it can be dyed?

    Rose Eva
    Silhouetted

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  2. They are really cool :)

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  3. rose~ probably! although the shae butter was VERY yellow, and would probably affect the coloring (see the first pic.) i think there are different kinds of shae butters that are less yellow, though. i also thought about adding some scents/ essential oils, but was too cheap/ impatient to pick up an extra ingredient :P

    hannah~ thanks!

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  4. Um, I'LL make these again f'sho. Wait. I mean I'll try making these for the first time, f'sho!

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  5. Oh, it looks great! Good for you for making it yourself ;).

    Happy midweek!

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  6. I need to try this.

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  7. As a fellow Lush addict with a burning hole in my wallet thanks to said addiction - THANK YOU!!! I can't wait to give this a go :)
    Luvluv,
    Sway xxxx

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  8. Love!!! I want to start doing this!!!

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  9. OH wow I've never thought about making my own. Thanks for the idea. ♥

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  10. Very cool! I love Buffy too, but unfortunately I also love saving money;) Will have to give this a go as well!

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  11. i love this! I just made some hand exfoliator with olive oil, sugar and lavender then i saw it in a store for $55. I will try your recipe for sure!

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  12. just listened to some of your music - your voice is beautiful and the songs are like butter.=)

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  13. Pure shea butter is my favorite! I don't mind the greasiness of it at first, b/c it always soaks into the skin and makes for the most silky feeling. These are so pretty. Definitely want to experiment with it more now.

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  14. how fun!

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  15. You are so bad ass! I love that you just went for it, you make the body butter industry sound so easy to break in to :)

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  16. This seems so neat! I've recently been into making my own face masks but never soap. I think I will have to give this a try. Is it cheaper than buy a bar of soap?

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  17. wow these are so cute!! clever lady! xx

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  18. Oh my gosh, this is the cutest idea! I'm TOTALLY going to try it :)

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