These three recipes are incredibly easy to make – especially for people like me who have only recently started making skincare products for personal use – as all of them use the same (very straightforward) method and only require a handful of ingredients. What I also love about these creams is that they are super gentle on your skin which is why they can be used on babies and children too.

All three recipes contain either:

  • shea butter – my favourite raw ingredient which I use on its own as well; it naturally contains vitamin A (important for improving skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis) and vitamin E (which is an anti-ageing ingredient protecting our skin); it can also be used to treat burns, cuts and small skin wounds – therefore can be used as a nappy rash cream!
  • coconut oil – it is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, plus it is an excellent moisturiser as it can penetrate skin better than other oils; 
  • cocoa butter – also containing vitamin E; it is an excellent skin protectant and emollient; plus it has a nice natural chocolatey smell,
  • sweet almond oil – also naturally endowed with highly-potent antioxidant vitamin E; it is a mild and hypoallergenic oil, well tolerated by all skin types which is why it makes a wonderful baby massage oil.

In two of my recipes, I also used essential oils for a hint of fragrance but if you prefer not to use them (if making a cream for your children to use), then that’s absolutely fine – you can simply not use them at all. Finally, these body creams don’t contain water so they have a shelf life of around six months.

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 BODY CREAM #1

This cream has a light and silky texture.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 35g cocoa butter 
  • 35g coconut oil
  • 25ml sweet almond oil
  • a double boiler (i.e. heat-proof bowl over a pan of hot water)
  • a spoon
  • electric handheld whisk
  • 1x 120-150ml jar/ pot to store your cream – you don’t need to buy a new one, you can simply use a pot from a previous cream that you had

METHOD:

  1. Place all ingredients in the double boiler.
  2. Mix them with a spoon until they melt and then allow to cool down.
  3. Place the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours or alternatively in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until the mixture is solid.
  4. Using a handheld whisk on the highest setting, whip the mixture for at least 5 minutes until it gains a creamy consistency. 
  5. Put the mixture into your jar/pot and label it with the date you made the cream.


BODY CREAM #2

Another light consistency cream, with an optional hint of fragrance.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 20g shea butter
  • 20g cocoa butter 
  • 20g coconut oil
  • 20g sweet almond oil
  • (optional) 20 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice (e.g. lavender, geranium, ylang ylang) – you can mix up a couple of oils if you wish
  • a double boiler (i.e. heat-proof bowl over a pan of hot water)
  • a spoon
  • electric handheld whisk
  • 2 x 120ml jars/ pots to store your cream

METHOD:

  1. Place all ingredients in the double boiler.
  2. Mix them with a spoon until they melt and then allow to cool down.
  3. Place the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours or alternatively in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until the mixture is solid.
  4. Using a handheld whisk on the highest setting, whip the mixture for at least 5 minutes until it gains a creamy consistency.
  5. Add essential oil(s) and whisk again.
  6. Put the mixture into jars/pots and label them with the date you made them.


BODY CREAM #3

This one has a heavier consistency and feels more like a body butter.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 70g shea butter
  • 30ml mixture of 10ml jojoba oil10ml avocado oil and 10ml sweet almond oil (you can also use sunflower oil instead of any of the oils if you haven’t got them)
  • (optional) 20 drops of essential oil(s) of your choice (e.g. lavender, geranium, ylang ylang) – you can mix up a couple of oils if you wish
  • a double boiler (i.e. heat-proof bowl over a pan of hot water)
  • a spoon
  • electric handheld whisk
  • 2x 120ml jars/ pots to store your cream – you don’t need to buy a new one, you can simply use a pot from a previous cream that you had

METHOD:

  1. Place all ingredients in the double boiler.
  2. Mix them with a spoon until they melt and then allow to cool down.
  3. Place the mixture in the fridge for a couple of hours or alternatively in the freezer for about 30 minutes, until the mixture is solid.
  4. Using a handheld whisk on the highest setting, whip the mixture for at least 5 minutes until it gains a creamy consistency.
  5. Add essential oil(s) and then whisk again.
  6. Put the mixture into jars/pots and label them with the date you made them.


Hope you enjoy these DIY body creams and let me know how you get on with them!


You Baby Me Mummy
ethannevelyn.com

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