I started puttering around with DIY beauty one winter a few years ago when my dry skin had me burning through tubes of Eucerin cream every few weeks. It was getting pricey and I was becoming more conscious of what I put into (and on to) my body. Economics and curiosity combined to encourage me to explore alternatives.

My initial experiments yielded heavy, gritty, funky-smelling “body butters”. I have since played with a variety of ingredients. My favorite and most successful combination is a Shea butter/coconut oil/jojoba oil blend. I use 1:1 Shea and coconut oil, and a healthy squeeze or two of jojoba oil. Since natural Shea butter has an earthy, nutty smell that I’m not too keen about, I add 10 – 20 drops of my favorite essential oils.

The trick, for me, has been whipping the butter blend with a handheld mixer. After blending it on medium speed for a few minutes, the mixture starts to take on a light, fluffy consistency. As long as it’s stored somewhere cool, the fluffiness lasts and lasts!

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It also depends on the quality of ingredients. Right now I’m using Mountain Rose Herbs, and I’m pretty happy with the products.
I found a recipe for DIY deodorant not too long ago! I may give that a whirl one of these days soon.