I’ve been making my family’s lotion for a few years now and I think it’s safe to say I’ll never return to store bought versions. I love knowing these homemade products are not only safe but also nourishing to my kids sensitive and growing bodies.
Body butter is quite a bit heavier than standard lotions and is great for winter skin or for those with particularly dry constitutions, like myself. It’s solid at room temp but melts upon contact. You can apply it any time, although I like it best on warmed skin after a shower. Within a few minutes the butters will have absorbed into your skin – I promise you won’t stay oily forever!
This hibiscus rose body butter recipe is seriously divine! Whipping the butter mixture creates the heavenly cloud-like appeal. For real, it takes all you have not to pop a little into your mouth! Not that it would harm you… but I can’t imagine it tastes nearly as great as it feels! It’s fluffy yet rich and powerfully nourishing…
I’m pretty big on infusing my life with love these days and rose is a seemingly natural fit with its iconic representation of love and heart fulfilling qualities. Rose is a great mood enhancer but it’s also a wonderful application for beautifying your skin with its high anti-oxidants and vitamins A & C. Hibiscus flower is something I intuitively grab when creating an uplifting tea blend. Come to find out it also has great properties for your skin (and hair) as well. It has a tonic effect with its alphahydroxy and amino acids – exfoliating, renewing, and rejuvenating your skin!
Both of these flowers are absolutely beautiful and fragrant in their living form. Although the light aroma from the infused oil will not quite make it through in this mixture, I love knowing that I’ve captured their beauty – their essence – their vibe – and of course their nutrients into an oil I can so easily and happily use! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE plants and all they selflessly offer?
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- 2 oz hibiscus & rose infused avocado oil – see instructions below
- 2 oz coconut oil
- 4 oz shea butter
- 3 tsp rose hip seed oil
- 4 tsp beeswax
- 1/2 tsp vitamin E
- 20-25 drops essential oil of choice – If you happen to have rose essential oil on hand, go right ahead, this butter is worth it! I chose (5-10 drops) ylang ylang, (10 drops) lavender, and (5 drops) patchouli
- Combine the rose oil, coconut oil, shea butter, rose hip seed oil, and beeswax into a heat safe bowl that can be used as a make-shift double boiler. I used my Kitchen Aide mixing bowl (since this is how I’m whipping my butter) to reduce the amount of oily dishes I’ll have to wash.
- Place the bowl into a pot of water and heat until the butter mix has just melted.
- Remove the mixture from heat and place into a freezer for quick cooling. Check on your butter every few minutes – you don’t want it to be completely frozen, but you do want it firm. Don’t worry if you freeze it! Just let it warm back up to room temp. As you can see in the picture above, this butter mix was not quite ready – back into the freezer!
- Once firm add your essential oils and vitamin E.
- Whip at full speed until light and fluffy! Whipping by hand is totally doable… it just takes a little more effort!
Hibiscus Rose Infused Oil
- avocado oil
- organic dried rose petals
- dried hibiscus
- alkanet root powder (optional – creates the rosy pink color)
- use 1 teaspoon per cup of oil used
- Fill a small jar about half way with equal parts dried rose & hibiscus. Add the alkanet root powder if you wish – measurements don’t need to be exact – about 1 teaspoon per cup creates a beautifully rosy pink! Fill the remainder of the jar with avocado oil.
- I love setting intentions for my oils and allowing them to infuse for 4-6 weeks. However, if you’re short on time, place your oil into a double boiler and heat very gently between 95 and 110 degrees for an hour. Your oil should smell like roses & hibiscus when finished.
- If you used alkanet root powder, strain your oil through multiple layers of cheesecloth to remove all of the sediment.