This DIY vegan baobab body butter is super moisturising for dry skin. It should leave your skin feeling soft and hydrated without the greasy feel.
I can’t believe I’m posting a beauty recipe finally! I’ve been sitting on this for so long because I wanted to make sure everything was right before I started adding recipes. I am so excited to introduce you to my other hobby, and I hope you’ll enjoy this variety of ‘cooking’ with me!
That’s right, making beauty products is practically identical to cooking food. You need to be precise when measuring your ingredients, but the same techniques apply. Once you know what exactly you’re trying to achieve, you need to select the correct components to give the desired end product.
It sounds easy, it is easy, but nothing ever works out right the first time! You may need to keep tweaking things until you achieve the product you desire. Don’t despair if it doesn’t work after a few attempts. Practice, practice, practice and in no time, you’ll be sailing! Plus the feeling of accomplishment you get when you make something you love and others love too is worth all the initial failed attempts. Haha!
There is a lot of ‘basic’ information that I’ll need to cover before you get the hang of this, but those posts will have to come over time. It is impossible to attempt to do that in this post, but I’m going to try to add snippets of relevant information here.
I asked you on Instagram what recipe you wanted to see first, and 68% of you voted for a body butter for dry skin. That’s the only reason I’m kicking off with this! I’m so glad you chose this because body butters are my favourite products to make.
My kids have dry skin while I have oily skin. It was a struggle initially to find something that worked for all of us, but I have been able to develop multiple recipes that address our skin issues. With this particular recipe, their skin stays moisturised for most of the day, and mine never gets too greasy.
I am going to share one of the recipes I use for all of us with you today. But first, if you haven’t already, please read this blog post to find out the equipment you need.
Most of the skin care products you see at beauty stores are emulsions; a combination of water and oils or waxes (and in most cases lots of chemicals, yikes!). If you’ve ever tried mixing water and oil, you’ll already know its futile. The water always floats on top of the oil. Emulsifiers are what keep water and oils together in creams, lotions, conditioners and any product that contains water and oil.
Manufacturers choose to use different types of emulsifiers in their products. Some of them are easier to use than others. Some of them contain a lot of toxic contaminants that you’re better staying away from, while others contain a lot of skin and hair-loving ones that you want to choose. Once again, this is an extensive topic that I’ll need to cover in a subsequent post.
The type of emulsifier you choose to use in a product depends on a lot of factors, an important one being the type of product that you’re attempting to create. For this particular recipe, I have chosen an emulsifier that contains minimal toxins, and I’ve included oils that are super nourishing, penetrating and lubricating to the skin.
As with all of the recipes I will share with you, there are no silicones, phthalates, parabens and many of the other chemicals that are associated with cancer or hormone disruption. More to come on this…
My go-to oils when it comes to moisturising body (and hair) products are baobab, avocado and olive oil. While oils don’t moisturise (they don’t contain water), some of them can penetrate the skin and act as a barrier to prevent moisture loss.
Avocado and olive oils have this penetrative ability with nourishing properties as they contain appreciable quantities of omega-3 fats, vitamin A and vitamin E. I’m pretty sure that you’re already familiar with avocado and olive oil, but you may not know much about baobab oil.
Baobab oil is a golden-coloured oil native to Africa. It is extracted from the seeds of the Baobab tree, also known as the upside-down tree. The oil is rich in vitamins A, D, and E as well as omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Baobab oil contains double the amount of omega-3 fats found in Argan oil. It is rich in antioxidants with considerable anti-ageing and regenerative properties.
Baobab oil is quite expensive, but its effect on the skin is so worth the cost.
Good practices to keep in mind
Before you start making products, make sure the area you’ll be working in is sterilised. You should also sterilise all of the equipment you’ll be using. I usually use isopropyl alcohol to clean surfaces and sterilise my equipment before each use. Ideally, you’ll also have separate bowls for cooking and product making.[left]
*Please not that regular tap water is not suitable for making cosmetic products.
Step 1: Put all of the ingredients in the oil phase (oils and waxes) in a bain-marie and allow to melt until all is liquid. Unrefined avocado and olive oil are green in colour hence the green-looking liquid.
Step 2: Heat up distilled or deionised water and glycerin in another bain-marie (not pictured). You want to heat the oil phase and the water phase until they both reach a temperature of 75-80ºC
Step 3: Once both phases have reached the desired temperature, take them out the saucepan of water. Place a milk frother (or stick blender) into the water phase then pour the oil phase into the water phase in a steady stream while continuously blending with the milk frother. Keep blending until the mixture thickens.
Step 4: Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the preservative, vitamin E and essential oils then spoon into a jar.
And that’s it, your body butter is done! I would love to get some feedback on this body butter recipe if you do try it.