As much as I love living in New England there are some things I miss about living in Florida. Great moisturized skin being one of them. The humidity does the body good. Wondrous good. I don’t remember ever having dry flaky skin, until I moved here. The winter months are incredibly harsh on my skin, not to mention the environmental toxins. I spend every winter re-hydrating with a plethora of lotions to cure my ailment, while clinging to that old “Hope in a Jar” theory.
Well, I think I’ve found it. My very own “Hope in Jar”. In this jar!
Growing up in South Florida you would find coconuts in your backyard, on the beach or in your local grocery store. We would chop, drill, shred and sometimes smash the coconut shell on the ground, just to get inside to it’s precious liquid and meat. A staple in many local restaurant menus, served within the main course, with a decadent dessert or as the main ingredient in a shake-your-booty tropical drink. I grew up loving and consuming this nourishing fruit.
I had never thought of putting coconut oil on my skin. Even knowing the healing properties in this magical fruit have been around for centuries, it’s only recently that I have begun to apply the raw unrefined coconut oil to my skin as a super moisturizer.
Although, I did find the coconut oil was a little to greasy for my liking, so I began testing ways to make my very own body butter and I am grateful I did.
I made the initial base of whipped body butter, then adding in the essential oils for fragrance. Making 3 separate body butters, by mixing into each separate batch, a tablespoon of rosewater, a tablespoon of orange and tablespoon of lavender into the base formula.
Whip it Good Body Butter (the base)
Here’s what you ‘ll need:
2 cups raw unrefined coconut oil (I used Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil)
1/3 cup raw unrefined shea butter (chopped into small 1/2 inch pieces)
1 tablespoon vitamin E oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond
*Add 1 tablespoon of your favorite oil to the whipped body butter for fragrance (examples: rosewater, orange, lavender)
In a small saucepan, melt the shea butter, set aside and allow to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. In an electric mixer, add the coconut oil, shea butter, vitamin e, sweet almond oil and whip for 8 minutes. Add essential oils and whip for another 2 minutes. Place in clean jar. Keep in a cool place.
I plan on making some these coconut recipes next time!
The winner of the Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil is…. drum roll please.
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In honor of Earth Day and to celebrate how grateful I am for our beautiful planet and the awesome fruits she provides us with, I’m hosting a giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a jar of Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil.
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One winner will be selected at random and announced on the evening of Wednesday, April 25th.
* Disclaimer: The kind folks at Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review and giveaway. All the opinions here are my own. I think this product rocks!