Nourishing, bronzing body butter

Do you ever have those EUREKA moments when you discover something accidentally? Well, I had one of those recently. Let me share…

Now, my skin has recently been very dry and I have no idea why. I have never had this problem before. I can actually see how dry it is. Not good. I looked at the products I use and couldn’t really find any culprit as I haven’t changed any products recently. I tried using my usual body butter more generously, using coconut oil instead but to no avail. So what would someone like me do? Research, of course and then make my own product.

It was not intended to be a bronzing butter. It happened accidentally just because of the ingredients I had on hand.

Anyway. The first thing I did was some research. I wanted to find out which oils or butters would be the most beneficials for my dry skin and then see what I actually had in my cupboard.

Oils and butters beneficial for dry skin

  1. Cocoa butter – it’s rich in fatty acids which make it very hydrating for the skin.
  2. Kokum butter – helps to regenerate skin and prevent it from drying. Softens the skin and makes it more flexible.
  3. Mango butter – softening and moisturising.
  4. Shea butter – very moisturising and nourishing thanks to the vitamins and fatty acids it contains.
  5. Coconut oil – very good moisturiser.
  6. Argan oil – light oil, contains vitamins E and A which make it moisturising.
  7. Rosehip oil – excellent moisturiser due to the high content of fatty acids.
  8. Shea oil – moisturises and softens the skin.
  9. Sweet almond oil – very good moisturiser.
  10. Vitamin E oil – reduces dryness and flakiness of the skin, exactly what I’m suffering from.

Obviously there are many more natural ingredients out there that are beneficial for dry skin but I used the ones mentioned above to make my beautifully nourishing and bronzing body butter.

Nourishing, bronzing body butter

Ingredients:

50g coconut oil

40g shea butter

40g dark cocoa butter

10g kokum butter

10g mango butter

15 ml each:

5 ml vitamin E oil

6 drops geranium essential oil

9 drops lavender essential oil

12 drops lime essential oil

You will also need: a glass bowl, measuring spoons, a spoon, a digital scale, an electric mixer (don’t use the one I use for food though), double boiler or just a pot so that the glass bowl can sit on top of for the butters to melt.

LET’S START!

Boil half a pot of water and keep it boiling. Place all the butters in the glass bowl and sit the bowl on top of the boiling water so all the ingredients can melt.

Once melted, take it off the pot, add all the oils but vitamin E and essential oils and let it cool.

Once it is cool place it in the fridge until it thickens. When the consistency is like the one pictured below it is ready to mix.

At this stage add the vitamin E oil and the essential oils and then mix until light and fluffy. It won’t be perfectly smooth because of the consistency of some of the butters but it’s perfectly fine.

Once light and fluffy, transfer into a pot and start using. It will moisturise your skin and give it a natural tanned colour. Make sure you spread it evenly though! One of the things I love about it is that it does not stain like fake tanning products, plus you can see the effect straight away so you can correct any mistakes if needed there and then.

Let me know what you think about it 🙂

P.S. This post contains some affiliate links which means I earn a small commission on the products bought through these links. However, I would never recommend anything I don’t love using myself.

Everything that’s wrong with the cosmetic industry

We, as women, love cosmetics, don’t we? Some of us more than others (hint!) but I personally don’t know a woman that wouldn’t be using absolutely anything. My grandma was loyal to just one cream and used it for everything but that was more to do with the fact that nothing else was available and then, when it was, she still stuck with what she knew best and worked for her. I have to admit that for a woman her age her skin looked amazing.

As I briefly mentioned in this post, I have noticed a long time ago that majority of the mainstream cosmetics contain a lot of chemicals  and even if they claim to be “eco”, “natural” or contain natural ingredients those are usually at the very end of the ingredients list. Lots of the chemicals that are used in the mainstream cosmetics aren’t beneficial for our skin and quite a few of them are actually harmful. So today I will touch on that. To mention absolutely everything that is wrong with the cosmetic industry would probably need hundreds and hundreds of posts but let us at least begin. After all, one of the main reasons behind me making my own cosmetics is trying to avoid harmful ingredients.

USA v. Canada/ Europe

Those of you who live in the USA are probably well aware that there are a lot of food and cosmetic ingredients that are allowed in the USA but banned in Canada or Europe because they are proven to be harmful. I never quite understood that and I think I never will. WHY? Why would a developed country such as the USA allow harmful ingredients to be used? Funny enough, I remember watching a documentary in which they showed community shops in the USA being shut down because they sold raw milk and FDA found it “dangerous” for human consumption. REALLY? I mean REALLY? If any of you reading this post understand the logic behind it, please help me because I don’t. And to be blunt, I am so grateful I was born in Europe!

But now let’s cut to the chase and try and see what’s wrong with the cosmetic industry in Europe. So…

Everything that’s wrong with the cosmetic industry

If you do a quick internet search for harmful ingredients you will discover different length lists: 10, 12, 17, 20 harmful ingredients so surely I won’t be able to cover them all here but I hope that my post will inspire you to discover the truth for yourself and dig in a bit deeper. There is lots of research out there, some more believable than other and some more independent than other, therefore the results might be different. But if you look at the resources online there are some harmful ingredients that get mentioned over and over again.

  1. FORMALDEHYDE

Found in: nail polish, nail products, eyelash glue, body and hair products.

Why harmful: it is considered to be a human carcinogen, irritant, might be harmful to the immune system and cause allergin skin reactions.

2. SLS (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate)

Found in: foaming products such as body washes, face washes, shampoos, toothpaste

Why harmful: irritates skin, disrupts natural skin balance, may cause eye damage.

3. BHA

Found in: exfoliants, perfume

Why harmful: possibly carcinogen, can cause skin depigmentation, interferes with hormone function

4. Triclosan

Found in: antibacterial products, toothpaste, deodorant

Why harmful: skin irritant, may cause hormonal disruptions, bacteria resistance, cause allergies

5. Oxybenzone

Found in: chemical sunscreens

Why harmful: may disrupt the hormone system, acts like estrogen in the body, is linked to endometriosis in women

6. Fragrance

Found in: perfume, skin and body care, hair products, makeup

Why harmful: fragrance isn’t just one ingredient but even up to 100 ingredients hidden behind “fragrance” label. Some of those are linked to cancer, hormone disruption, allergies, respiratory problems, asthma.

(And I always loved beautifully smelling comsetics!)

7. Mineral oil/ petroleum/ paraffin

Found in: skin care, hair care, mascara

Why harmful: possibly carcinogen, impairs skin ability to remove toxins

8. PEGs – Polyethylene glycol

Found in: body wash, scrubs, toothpaste, makeup

Why harmful: skin irritant, often contaminated with ethylene oxide and 1,4-dioxane which are known carcinogens. It is also harmful to marine life – all those tiny exfoliating plastic beads made from polyethylene once washed down the pipes find their way into rivers and seas and are consumed by fish and marine animals.

9. And everyone’s favourite PARABENS

Found in: parabens are used as preservatives therefore they are found in majority of products

Why harmful: linked to cancer, hormone disruption, may also cause reproductive problems

I am going to stop here. Yes, I could go on for much longer but this surely gives you an idea on the mainstream cosmetic industry. I would suggest to take just one tub/ jar/ bottle of a cosmetic you normally use that isn’t really natural or organic and do a little research of the ingredients on the list. I bet you are going to be surprised.

If you would like a little bit more info I suggest you read this article by one of my favourite bloggers.

And if you aren’t already doing it, from now on keep checking the ingredients lists of the products you buy. And for your own sake try and avoid the harmful ingredients as much as you can.