My hands always get so dry in winter. It’s awful- they get cut from the smallest things just because of the dryness. I know I’m not alone in that. Having a good moisturizing body butter makes all the difference. This peppermint body butter is perfect for winter, and it feels so luxurious and amazing. I can’t get enough of it. Best of all, it only costs $6 to make.
Usually a lotion this luxurious feeling costs so much more than that- often upwards of $25. And you can’t always trust their ingredients. Most lotions you can get in the store are mostly water- so they don’t do much for moisturizing and you have to use them multiple times a day. And that’s not even considering all the preservatives and unhealthy ingredients they usually have.
This amazing moisturizing peppermint body butter works so well all you have to do is put some on at night and you’re golden. And every ingredient is healthy, natural, and good for your skin.
- Cocoa butter: high in antioxidants, great emollient (prevents loss of moisture), high concentrations of nutrients our skin needs
- Coconut oil: moisturizes skin more efficiently than water or petroleum based lotions, naturally antibacterial
- Almond oil: deep moisturizer, soothes irritation
- Beeswax: locks in moisture, protects skin against damaging elements, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory
- Peppermint essential oil: for scent
- Beetroot powder (optional): naturally gives the lotion its pink color in the stripe
- A double boiler, real or makeshift (I just use a small pot placed over a saucepan)
- Two small mixing bowls (I love my mix and measure bowls)
- A hand mixer, or a whisk and a persistent arm
- Heaping 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons almond oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon beeswax
- 10-20 drops peppermint essential oil
- 1/4 teaspoon beetroot powder
- Melt your cocoa butter, almond oil, coconut oil, and beeswax over medium heat in a double boiler, or a pot placed on top of a saucepan with a few inches of water
- Once melted, pour half the mixture into a mixing bowl, and place in the fridge. If you don’t want to add color to your lotion, skip steps 3-4.
- Add the beetroot powder to the remaining oil mixture on the double boiler. Let simmer, mixing occasionally, for about 5 minutes. You can leave it on longer for a stronger color.
- Once the mixture starts to turn pink, turn off the heat. The beetroot powder will settle on the bottom of your pot. Carefully pour into a mixing bowl, stopping before you pour in the beetroot powder leftovers. Dispose of the extra mixture from the pot.
- Place both mixing bowls in the fridge for 15-30 minutes
- Once the mixtures have hardened but are not completely solid, remove from the fridge and whip with a hand mixer, adding 5-10 drops of peppermint oil per mixing bowl as you mix.
- Add the lotions to two separate ziplock bags, one for white and one for pink. Snip the corners.
- Use the ziplock bags to place the lotion in an airtight jar. Alternate white and pink for a striped effect.
- Store in a cool, dry, place, and use on your dry skin!
I love this homemade lotion! My favorite part about body butters that are mostly cocoa butter is how they just melt on your skin. They are so easy to rub in and absorb. And this lotion is really a great moisturizer.
Do you love the smell of peppermint as much as I do? Because I really just can’t get enough of this awesome peppermint body butter! I love it so much I made some for 14 family members this year for Christmas! The house smelled so great that day.
And really, there’s nothing cuter than that pink stripe!
Let me know how making your own peppermint body butter goes for you!