Now you might not think that skin moisturizer falls into the food category…but this one does! And it is the most hydrating, nourishing oil you could ever find – let alone make. Using pure coconut oil and a powerful kitchen mixer, this is your best shield against the harsh elements of the seasons.
Did you know the skin is the largest organ of our body? And everything we put on top of it goes right inside. So, it makes sense like other foods we carefully consider ‘chemical-free’ when purchasing, we also choose the same for our skin. Raw virgin coconut oil is not only healthy for cooking, it’s also fantastic for the skin and hair. I like to buy a gallon at a time which I split between the kitchen and the shower. My favorite brand is Nutiva and they always offer a discount when buying large quantities.
Talk about saving money…this recipe for DIY moisturizer is about 1/3 of the price you’ll find retail. And it also is free of fillers and any potential allergens. It comes by way of a fantastic website: The Nourished Life and not only contains 2 ingredients; it will only take 7 minutes to make!
Homemade Coconut Body “Butter”
I always whip up extra this time of year because I slather it on pretty heavily. It also makes a great gift.
1-2 cups coconut oil
3-4 drops any essential oil for additional fragrance (I’ve used lavender, but the natural coconut scent is great, too)
1. Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.
2. Mix on high speed with a wire whisk for 6-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency.
3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.
Tip: An electric hand mixer will work, but a KitchenAid mixer works best. A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up.
Note: Your whipped coconut oil should stay relatively soft, even at colder temperatures. If it’s really cold, it will become a little more solid, but not rock hard like it normally does. It will melt on your skin once applied.