Raise your hand if your skin gets extra dry over the winter. I'm seeing a lot of hands, right? I've often thought I should invest in a body care company for all the creams and lotions my family slathers on our bodies. Instead, I started making my own body cream.
This shea butter body cream recipe from my book is super easy to make and it only has 3 ingredients - shea butter, sweet almond oil and essential oils for fragrance. It's rich enough to stand up to a Minnesota winter - so I'm guessing it will work for you too. :)
My local coop sells unrefined shea butter and sweet almond oil in bulk so I can buy just what I need. If you can't find these things where you live, Mountain Rose Herbs is a popular online resource. Here's what unrefined shea butter looks like, in case you haven't seen it before:
Melt the shea butter in the top of a double boiler. Then add the sweet almond oil. (Note: If you're feeling fancy, try substituting a couple tablespoons of Vitamin E oil, carrot seed oil or evening primrose oil at this stage.) Finally, remove pan from heat and add the essential oils. The blend in the recipe is one of my faves but use any combination of essential oils you prefer. (BTW - I usually make a double batch - enough for about an 8-oz jar of cream)
Homemade shea butter cream makes a great gift but be sure to keep some for yourself! And if you're on a DIY roll, try my homemade lip balm with shea butter too!