Winter essentials-DIY Body oil

Even if you are not a DIY fan, putting together this magical oil will be a huge favour to your and your children’s skin this winter.

‘Organic and pure’- two terms used much often yet so difficult to find!

But when you whip up something on your own, sourcing the best ingredients and being fully sure about what goes in them, the word organic starts to make sense.

What’s in it ?

Shea Butter

The benefits of shea butter come from its chemical makeup. Apart from being a great moisterizer and safe for all skin types it is also an anti-fungal, anti bacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It even offers added sun-protection and doesn’t feel oily at all!

Coconut oil

This is another magical ingredient with countless benefits. Its intense moisterizing properties help relieve eczema. It is anti bacterial, antifungal and antiviral. Great at reducing inflammation, coconut oil also promotes wound healing.

Sweet Almond Oil

The four most important nutrients found in Almond oil are Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Hence apart from moisterizing, it also helps in improving skin complexion.

Glycerin

Glycerin is the most common ingredient used in skin care products. It is due to it humectant properties, glycerin hydrates skin and gives a smooth glow. It heals and protects skin.

HOW TO WHIP IT ALL UP ?

We are handling oils, hence it is really important to ensure the correct temperature since we don’t want to damage any properties due to heat.

We will require:

  1. A double boiler
  2. Shea butter – 1/2 cup
  3. Virgin coconut oil 1/2 cup
  4. Almond oil – 1/4 cup
  5. Glycerin – 2 Tbsp

Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Once it is completely melted, add almond oil and remove from heat.

Once it is cooled down, add glycerin.

This oil has a nutty fragrance, in case you want to add an essential oil, feel free to add a few drops.

The original recipe doesn’t include essential oils because they have been known to trigger asthma symptoms. Even when they are diluted, they can cause skin irritation and sun sensitivity.

DIY’s can be a bit of an effort but this one will hardly take any time. Make sure you source the ingredients from a trusted place.

(P.S I have been using this oil for a month now and trust me it’s non greasy, smells great and skin feels so good!)

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