I am always seeking for ways to nourish my body in a natural and simple way. So a few weeks back, when we finally ran out of our massive bottle of store-bought body lotion, I turned the opportunity into a little project. An old glass jar, three ingredients and thirty minutes is all you need for happy and healthy skin.
Saucepan | Bowl | Whisk | Old glass jar (I used an old candle jar with lid) | freezer
120g organic, unrefined shea butter
60ml organic apricot kernel oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
Clean and dry your glass jar thoroughly and cut the shea butter into chunks. Place the bowl in a saucepan with water over medium heat and add the shea butter once the water starts to simmer. Stir occasionally until the butter is fully melted (approx. 5 minutes). Take off the heat, cover and chill in the freezer for about 20 minutes or until it solidifies slightly (consistency should remind of softened butter). Take out the freezer, add the oils and whisk for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Spoon into the old glass jar and apply.
Shea butter | High concentration of fatty acids and vitamins (A, E, F) that help retain skin moisture and elasticity and promote circulation and skin cell growth. Anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Mild SPF properties (about SPF 6).
Apricot kernel oil | Contains high levels of vitamin A, B, E and oleic acid which absorbs easily into and moisturises the skin. Anti-inflammatory properties.