The Tale Of A Batch Of Body Butter

Anytime I tell someone that I make my skincare products myself, the next question that usually follows is, ‘when are you releasing a skincare line?’ Like it’s that easy.

Before I make recommendations, I go through a series of trial and error until I get it right. Which is also why I’ve decided to get certified. That way, I have more knowledge and make accurate formulations. But since the exchange rate is not favourable at the moment, I’d be sticking to my kitchen.

I currently got some new oils which I had been itching to use for the longest time. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I toss my coconut oil out and just try new things. Naturally, the first thing is to make a body butter. If it doesn’t work for your skin, you relegate them to your hair stash.

The last body butter I made was mixed with equal quantities of Jojoba Oil, Palm Kernel Oil and Vitamin E oil. Three oils packed with all the yummy goodness for the skin right? Of course. I made a large batch because I had to give some to my brothers who were already in love. So, instead of making two batches, I made just one large one batch to cater to all three of us. My mum still resents the smell of shea butter. Oh well. I can’t help that.

As I said earlier, I couldn’t wait to make it so I got all my tools ready and went ahead with it. I even put up a couple of instastories to demonstrate the process. When I was done, I had a nice shower and went to bed. When I woke up in the morning, I checked my skin and it was as DRY as HELL and the dry scales were so obvious. This was the first time in a long time that this had happened. But I knew what exactly went wrong.

  1. I didn’t use Glycerine which is my holy grail humectant. All of the oils were lightweight so my dry thirsty skin absorbed every single one and left nothing behind.

Sigh. I had to fix it. I wasn’t going to go around with an ashy skin so I re-whipped it with some glycerine. Thereafter, I mentally went over all the oils I’ve used in the past because as far as I was concerned I was going to stick to one recipe. At the end of the day, I chose to go back to my Coconut Oil and Glycerine and maybe try Castor Oil because it’s really thick and might work better.

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