sustainable efforts /// body butter

A few days ago, I wrote about my first world midlife crisis. It is going strong in my heart - and I am holding on to this motivation for dear life. I love love LOVE caring about this.

Result: I made body butter!

whipping the butter after it’s melted.

whipping the butter after it’s melted.

Part of my issue was continuous purchase of body lotion. I didn’t use much of it back in Dallas, but Bay Area weather is a piece of work. Cold every morning, warms up every afternoon, and cools off again every evening. My skin is a hot mess of ashy spots, so lotion has been my bestie best each night.

I’ve been leaning more towards natural body lotions as I’m eating a more plant based diet. I’m taking care of my body from the inside, how weird would it be if I fuck up the outside? Do you know how much all natural body lotion and body butters cost? Too. Damn. Much. Plus, there is a lot of surface area to cover.

Since there are so many DIY lotion recipes out there, I thought this could be my first attempt at sustainable skincare.

We went to our regular natural grocery store and found everything easily. The toughest part in creating this was choosing the right combination of essential oils. Since I am putting it on my body and going to bed with it, it is very important that I don’t smell like a hippie.

The end result is hippie adjacent - BUT I AM HAPPY WITH IT.

Being able to make this opened my eyes to how simple it is to create skincare. This body butter starts off a bit oily, but sinks in to make my skin dreamy. I hope to keep up with this as this is incredibly affordable. Bonus points that I can stop purchasing single use plastic pump bottles and make new batches (and many different scents) in minutes!

I keep this jar in the bathroom. It is self stable, but who cares because one batch creates a cup of body butter. I foresee using this up in a few weeks.

I keep this jar in the bathroom. It is self stable, but who cares because one batch creates a cup of body butter. I foresee using this up in a few weeks.

Sincerely, Tania