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Spring may have finally arrived, but my skin is still feeling the effects of the dry, harsh winter.

I’ve been experimenting with lotion bars that you can use in the shower to no good results so far.  I’m on the verge of giving up.  They either melt way too fast, or don’t melt enough and leave you covered in a thick layer of goo.  I’ll keep trying, but in the meantime, my skin needs hydration.

Pinterest to the rescue.  I found this recipe for Whipped Body Butter on One Good Thing by Jillee.  It looks so good, I want to eat it.  (Don’t actually eat it.  It won’t kill you, but it certainly won’t taste good).

Whipped body butter

Whipped Body Butter:

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup castor oil*
  • 1/2 shea butter
  • 15 – 20 drop essential oil of your choice

Melt the coconut oil and the shea butter in a double boiler.  (I used a glass measuring cup in a pot of water).  Once melted, stir in castor oil and essential oils (I used 10 drops of vanilla and 5 drops of peppermint – vanilla mint – my fave!)  Let the mixture cool for about half an hour.  I put mine in the fridge.  The mixture should be opaque and semi-solid.  Now whip it.  Whip it good.  It takes a couple of minutes, but it’ll soon become white and fluffy, like whipped cream.  Scoop it into a jam jar.

*I used castor oil because that’s what I had on hand.  You could also use almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil.

When you first put it on, it’s going to melt from your body temperature, but almost immediately, it’ll soak in and your skin will be lovely smooth and moisturized.  Ahhhh.  No more waking up in the middle of the night to scratch the skin off my dry, itchy legs.  Hurrah!