I’ve mentioned before that I have seriously intense dry skin. It is so extreme that I go through several bottles/jars of lotion a month and I still scratch my skin in my sleep until it bleeds. Last week, I decided to try something different. I’ve been doing the barrels of lotion thing for years without relief. I think I’ve tried every brand on the market and even tried prescription lotions. Someone last year suggested I try body butter. I’d never heard of that so I began investigating it. From what I could tell body butter was just thicker lotion with an outrageous price tag. Then I started searching for all natural body butter brands… and wow, the all natural body butters are not just thicker lotion, they are thickened oils such as shea, mango, avocado, and cocoa. I bit the bullet and tried one that was shea butter based and $24 for 5 ounces.
Five ounces won’t do my entire body and I need it from the ears to the tips of my toes. It did give some relief to the shoulders which is all the 5 ounces covered. I read the ingredients and it was shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado butter, beeswax, and a few other things that acted as emulsifiers, preservatives, and thickeners, plus a fragrance oil. Wait, really? I paid $24 for this? I can make this and it will only cost me about ten cents an ounce. Over the weekend, I decided to make some using shea butter, avocado oil, grape seed oil, olive oil, beeswax, a touch of coconut oil, and my own fun essential oils (for scent), plus aloe and vitamin E. I had a little trouble getting it to its (semi) solid state, which is why I added about two tablespoons of coconut oil. But Saturday night, it was a solid and I was able to put it in jars.
Sunday afternoon, I needed a shower which I dread especially during the winter. When I got out, I tried out my new body butter. It was a bit greasier than the commercial product (but not as greasy as just rubbing straight oil on my skin – which I have done before), but it did melt to oil with body heat, and I was able to slather my entire body in it. I applied generously and waited. Lotion dries faster, which I knew and expected, but I wasn’t so greasy and oily that I couldn’t get dressed. I dressed and waited. Usually a few minutes after the lotion dries, I start to have dry skin itches all over. A half hour passed and I still didn’t itch. I didn’t itch at all Sunday evening.
Then came the real test: overnight. I can’t count the number of times I’ve awoken the morning after a shower with either long red scratch marks on my leg or worse, blood on my sheets (from my toenails gouging furrows in my legs). When I awoke Monday morning I had no new scratches. My legs were not irritated or red and it didn’t appear I had scratched my legs at all in my sleep. Wow. I don’t think that has ever happened during the winter. Now, as I write this, I’ve got a dry skin itch in the middle of my back, but it’s been 18 hours or so since I applied my homemade body butter.
I’m going to create a page on my blog with the recipe so that all my fellow dry skin sufferers can have the recipe, because I am seriously impressed with how well it has worked. And it is super easy to make. Also, I bought my avocado, grape seed, extra virgin olive oil, and organic coconut oil at Aldi’s, making them super cheap (the avocado oil was 50% less at Aldi’s than Kroger and 75% cheaper than at HyVee and Moser’s). The bottles I bought of these (16 ounces each) will make at least 4 batches of this body butter (I made a double batch that turned out to be a quadruple batch because I can’t do math).