Almost Homemade: Customizing a Great Product to Meet Your Personal Needs

With my dry, itchy skin, I adore body butter. Winter makes the itching worse, so I’ve tried countless lotions, creams, and potions in search of something that keeps my thirsty skin hydrated.

Enter body butter. I’ve tried several brands and have made several versions of my own. What I settled on is a hybrid. I take a fabulous product and customize it for my personal taste.

The product I love is Trillium Organic’s Organic Shea Butter. It comes in several scents, but my favorite is Pink Grapefruit/Refreshing. I guess there’s no denying my Florida heritage and love for all things citrus 

This product is a very firm butter with a delicious fragrance that requires warming in the hands to apply. Personally, I prefer a whipped butter that melts readily and glides effortlessly onto wet skin. Since Trillium does not offer a whipped butter, I transform their’s into my own creation.

Starting with an 8 ounce tub of shea butter, transfer the butter from the container into a ceramic bowl. First heat the bowl over a water bath and melt the butter. Once melted, let it cool until it starts to set up again. At this point add some vitamin E oil (available in your drug store) and organic coconut oil (I keep a jar in my pantry for cooking too). The last time I did this, I didnt’ measure, I just started adding a stream of vitamin E oil and then a stream of coconut oil until I got the consistency I wanted. Then I beat the mixture on high speed with a hand mixer and set it in the refrigerator to firm up.

When the butter began to take on a firm texture, I pulled it out of the refrigerator and whipped it some more with the hand mixer. After doing this two times and adding a bit more vitamin E oil, I ended up with a wonderful whipped body butter that glides on at the end of my shower – its just heavenly. For those of you out there looking to be a bit more frugal, this approach also doubled the quantity of body butter. By applying the body butter to dripping wet skin at the end of your shower or bath, it seals in a layer of moisture and gives you soft, fragrant skin that lasts all day. And no more winter itchies. With my whipped treatment, an 8 ounce tub of shea butter lasts me about 2 months.

Trillium also has a wonderful assortment of body polishes if you want to purchase rather than make your own handmade skin care product.

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