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DIY Whipped Calming Magnesium Shea and Cocoa Body Butter

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


So many brands of skincare products are full of harsh chemicals, toxic ingredients, artificial colors, and more. Even so-called natural skincare brands may contain questionable ingredients that you wouldn’t want on your skin. 

Would you like to look up the safety of your skincare products? Check out Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s Skin Deep Database. It has the list of ingredients and potential toxins of more than 68,000 personal care products..

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This is just one more reason I like to make own skincare products. Today, I’ll share my new DIY Whipped Calming Magnesium Shea and Cocoa Body Butter. I added the magnesium to the recipe because stress depletes magnesium in the cells, causing all kinds of symptoms like anxiety, fatigue, headaches, and insomnia. 

Applying magnesium directly to the skin (lotion or bath soak) is one of the fastest and easiest ways to up your daily magnesium intake.

DIY Whipped Calming Magnesium Shea and Cocoa Body Butter

(makes approximately 2 cups)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1 cup cacao butter
  • 3 tablespoons jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons magnesium oil (optional)
  • 60 drops 100% pure Essential Oils (CPTG); I use doTERRA
  • 30 drops Sandalwood (yes, it’s a lot of Sandalwood, but your skin will thank you!)
  • 15 drops Wild Orange
  • 15 drops Frankincense
  • 2 drops Cinnamon Bark

Directions

Fill a small saucepan with water until approximately ¼ full. Bring it to a simmer on the stove.
 
Meanwhile, measure out the hard oils (like coconut, cacao, and shea). Just do the best you can with your cup measure; close enough is near enough for this recipe! 

Put these oils into a glass jar, and then immerse the jar into the simmering water in the saucepan, allowing them to melt gently, stirring on occasion. It may take 15 or so minutes to melt. 

As soon as all the oils have melted, remove from the heat. If quite hot, allow the oil to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before adding in the rest of your oils, including the essential oils.

Combine well and place in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes or until it achieves a soft-butter consistency. Don't get impatient here! Otherwise, you'll be putting it back in when it doesn't whip as it should. 

I choose to stir mine a couple of times during this time so it doesn't simply harden around the edges.
 
Remove from the freezer and, using a hand beater, beat until it holds its shape or soft peaks form. In the absence of a hand beater, you can use a whisk, but be warned that you'll need energy and elbow grease because it's pretty firm to start with! 

You will know you are on the right path when it changes to a pale colour.

If the mixture won't hold its shape or keeps melting, it simply means it isn't chilled enough. Just pop it back into the freezer and try again. Once whipped, put your mixture into glass jars. 

If you have trouble doing this without making a mess on the outside of your jars, put the mixture into a zip-lock bag and cut a corner of the bag to squeeze out the contents neatly.  

Store the body butter in a cool place. If it loses its shape, just whip it back to its usual consistency. Obviously, in the winter it will be quite firm; the opposite will be true in the summer.

Frankincense can help promote youthful, radiant-looking skin and slow the signs of aging by reducing the appearance of skin imperfections. Dab with 1 drop of a carrier oil to trouble areas.

Sandalwood is high in antioxidants that can help reduce damage caused by free radicals, which promote aging. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory.According to a scientific review entitled “Sandalwood Album Oil as a Botanical Therapeutic in Dermatology,” published in 2017, clinical trials reveal Sandalwood oil’s ability to help naturally improve acne, eczema, psoriasis, and common warts.

Orange oil is good for the skin, too. Citrus fruits are known to provide high levels of vitamin C that help protect and heal skin, making oranges one of the best vitamin C foods around. Orange oil, like other citrus oils, comes from the peel of the fruit. 

Research shows that orange peel contains even higher levels of vitamin C than the fruit itself! This means that Orange essential oil is also very beneficial for fighting signs of aging—like wrinkles and dark spots—since its high vitamin C content means it can help to promote the production of collagen.

Cinnamon oil has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can be an effective natural remedy for inflammatory skin concerns, like rashes and acne. You can mix Cinnamon essential oil with a carrier oil (like coconut oil) and apply it to the skin to take advantage of its antimicrobial properties. 

*Magnesium oil benefits so many aspects of our health, from muscle aches and pains to migraine relief, and even bone health. It can help calm the brain and promote relaxation. This includes gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) that helps to reduce anxiety.

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