This DIY bedtime body butter recipe is fun to make and is beneficial for both your skin and your sleep.
What's great about this recipe is that you can create a luxurious product that doesn't cost a lot of money, and you'll know exactly what ingredients are in it.
This bedtime body butter smells amazing due to the essential oils in it. Not only that, but the aromatherapy benefits of the essential oils can help you relax and unwind at night.
This is a great item to add to your bedtime ritual and help signal your brain and body that it's time to sleep. Gently massage this body butter into your skin at bedtime while inhaling deeply.
The Basic Body Butter Recipe
Below is a basic DIY Body butter recipe that I use and swap out the essential oils depending on what I’m making the body butter for.
You can swap out some of the ingredients for different oils and butters, but keep in mind that we haven't tested other formulations and can't guarantee the texture with other oils. Just remember to swap out the butters and oils for ones with a similar texture. For example, if you have a nut allergy, almond oil can easily be swapped for sunflower seed oil or jojoba oil.
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1/4 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup almond oil
- 15-25 drops essential oil
- Gently melt the cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil on low heat in a pot or in the microwave, stirring to combine. Let sit and cool (or pop in the freezer).
- When the mixture is partially set and opaque, add in your essential oils. Whip with a hand or stand mixer until stiff peaks formed (like a meringue).
- Store in an airtight container. If you live in a warm climate, store your body butter in the fridge to keep it from melting and losing its fluffiness.
Always spot test a new recipe on one patch of skin first before applying it to your whole body.
The Essential Oils
The classic bedtime essential oil is lavender. It's well known for it's calming and relaxing properties, making it a perfect addition to your bedtime routine.
Peppermint doesn't specifically aid in sleep, but it can help open up your airways, especially when rubbed on your chest. This can make it easier to fall asleep.
Some other great essential oils for this recipe are:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Vetiver Essential Oil
- Frankincense Essential Oil
- Chamomile Essential Oil
- Peppermint Essential Oil (keep in mind this one will be tingly)
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