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After being caught with ineffective body lotions last winter that left my skin looking akin to an alligator despite the amount of lotion potion I slathered on, I thought this year, I would go into winter more prepared by making my own cocoa butter body moisturizer.  Although it appears that we might end up with a very mild winter this year seeing that it's been unusually warm for December, I'm sure at some point the weather's unpredictable nature will surprise us. And I know I will need a good moisturizer to keep my skin perfectly moisturized and glowy without feeling like a greasy eeky mess. Here is the DIY recipe that I use to make this easy all natural-chemical-free body moisturizer:

Ingredients: {Yiels 6.8 oz.}

1/2 cup raw shea butter
2 tsp. vitamin E oil
2 tsp. lavender oil (or a favorite fragrance)


Place all the ingredients in a small pan over low heat, until all ingredients melt completely.

Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator. Once completely cool, the mixture will form a soft solid.

Scoop the mixture into a stand mixer and whip on high for about 7-10 minutes scraping the sides every now and then. The mixture will turn into a white fluffy cream.

Spoon the cream into a clean container of choice. I upcycled a previous body butter jar I had on hand. And voila!

I can't tell you how much I'm loving this homemade body moisturizer!  Its light and fluffy texture make it perfect for massaging into my damp skin after a bath or shower. It is easily absorbed, leaving my skin feeling super soft and radiant. Oh, and it smells great too!

Imagine the possibilities of how divinely scented this moisturizer can be using a favorite great smelling essential oil, or a combination of a few (think, rose petalJasminelemon grass). I'm thinking of adding these top 14 essential oils for future body moisturizing batches.

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