Today’s post is a slightly different one – it’s another Pinspiration, but this time it involves using food for other health benefits (you know, other than eating). I recently bought some coconut oil (you can find it at Holland & Barrett) to use for my hair and the odd bit of cooking. My hair lately has not been in the best of conditions, so I wanted to give it a bit of a helping hand and condition the hell out of it. I usually put it on all over my hair the night before, tie it all up and then the next day, wash it all out. I have been leaving my hair to dry naturally 99% of the time, but I have noticed a difference into how much more tamed my frizziness is as well as how much more glossy and healthy my locks look and feel.
I love browsing through Pinterest to get some more ideas on how to utilise my coconut oil more and stumbled upon a few posts of making my own whipped coconut oil body butter (sounds yummy enough to eat!) – so I thought I would give it a go, and it couldn’t have been more simple!
A few drops of your favourite essential oil for fragrance (optional)
I actually skipped out adding the essential oil bit because I really love the smell of coconut oil, as its wonderfully tropical, but you only need a few drops if you do. The Vitamin E oil I bought was a slightly cheaper one, as it’s not one you can consume (but if you want to go for a more expensive one that’s cool too!) and I wasn’t planning on eating my body butter (even if it sounds LUSH). The added bonus is, that the Dr Organic range is against testing on animals – yay!
*Before you start, you need to make sure your coconut oil is in a solid state and NOT melted otherwise you won’t be able to whip it!
- I started by scooping two tablespoons worth of coconut oil into a clean bowl.
- I then added a teaspoon of Vitamin E oil to the bowl.
- Then, I used my electric hand whisk (a free-standing one is also fine) to whip up the ingredients, until it was soft and creamy.
- I then scooped out my body butter and put it into a clean glass jam jar (you can use whatever you want, but I think glass jars are pretty and a great way to recycle).
And TA-DA! There’s your own homemade body butter! I absolutely love applying this all over my body after I’ve showered, and really working it into the skin. And with the added benefits of Vitamin E oil, which helps with dry, uneven skin and helps reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks; I am noticing a huge difference in my skin! I also apply it to my face in the night as well. I think this would be a perfect gift idea to give to someone as it’s so quick and easy to make.
*Please be sure to do a patch test of all the ingredients first, in case you are sensitive to any of it – but so far I haven’t had any issues.
I also used some of my coconut oil to make these delicious flourless pancakes – a healthier alternative packed full of yummy goodness!
Have you tried to make your own homemade health and beauty products before? Do share your ideas in the comments below! And if you liked this post then don’t forget to give it a like and a follow using the links 🙂
Until next time! x