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DIY Skin Care with Oleum Vera: Body Butter Recipe

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Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend and lots of eating! Today I’m sharing a not-so-typical beauty post. Are you familiar with the concept of DIY skin care? I certainly was not and was so intrigued when a new beauty line called Oleum Vera reached out to me. Oleum Vera features organic, DIY kits to make your own face, body, and hair products. The concept is similar to homemade natural recipes, but with the convenience of a kit complete with organic oils, butters, and essential extracts. I love the idea of  customized skin care and being able to control what ingredients you put into your products. I decided to go with the Do-It-Yourself Organic Body Care Kit, and boy was it an adventure!

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First let’s talk about the packaging of this kit – how cute are all the bottles filled with oils and the containers for your finished products?! The body care kit comes with essential oils, plant-based oils, and various butters and wax to make 3 body butters, 4 body scrubs and 3 lotion bars. For $74.95 for a kit, this is a pretty good deal considering how many products you can make. It also comes with a recipe book to make all the products. So I have to admit I felt a bit overwhelmed as I flipped through the recipes. I did not realize that it was essentially like cooking, as many of the recipes require you to melt things over the stove. As I am a bit challenged when it comes to the cooking department, I was apprehensive on whether this would work out. Additionally, in looking through the recipes, some of them require you to use ingredients not included in the kit, such as lemons and ground coffee. Perhaps for people who cook a lot they might have this lying around in their kitchen, but for me I certainly did not.

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I finally settled on the Gentle & Kind Body Butter recipe which did not require any additional ingredients not provided in the kit. But wait, something else stumped me! The first sentence of the recipe says to “Melt the butters, beeswax and first three oils over a bain-marie“. A what?! What is a bain-marie??? I seriously thought it was a typo when I first read it because I have never heard of such a thing. A quick Google search showed that it is a specific type of pot used in cooking that is essentially used to heat things up gently without burning. Again, maybe for people who cook a lot they have this in their kitchen or know what this is, but I was at a loss. After consulting with my boyfriend (the more domestic one), he gave me the idea to just use two pots, and put the small pot over a big pot filled with water. So with that, I was on my way to making this body butter.

Gentle & Kind Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbs (30 ml) organic aloe vera butter
  • 1 tbs (15 ml) organic beeswax
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) organic cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) organic avocado oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) organic grapeseed oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) organic kukui nut oil
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) non-GMO vitamin E oil
  • 20 drops organic vanilla essential oil

Melt the butters, beeswax and first three oils over a bain-marie. Don’t go anywhere: it takes under a minute! Once melted, remove from heat immediately and let cool for two to three minutes on the counter. Mix in the vitamin E oil and vanilla essential oil. Let cool for two minutes, then, using a spoon or your fingers, mash into a soft butter.

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Once I figured out the bain-marie situation, the rest of the process was actually pretty easy. I portioned out all the ingredients while waiting for the water to boil, and combined all the oils. Once the water was ready, I simply melted the oils, butters, and beeswax in my makeshift bain-marie. Confession: I did not read the instructions closely enough and melted vitamin E as well, however this oil is supposed to be mixed in afterwards along with the vanilla extract. Whoops! Thankfully, it seemed to not be a big deal as the mixture hardened to the right consistency, and before I knew I had made a body butter!

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The end result! Not bad right? The consistency was on-par with what body butter should be like, and it smelled delicious like cocoa. The body butter itself is pretty strong so I would recommend using only a little at a time. It definitely does the job of moisturizing your skin, but I may put less cocoa butter in next time as the smell can be overpowering. Once I was done, I felt quite accomplished and pleased with myself, but in retrospect I may not be the right audience for DIY skin care. I value convenience above all else and this whole process was a lot, but I do think for those of your who love to cook and DIY, this would be a fun way to mix up your skin care routine. The ingredients themselves are great, and there are so many different products you could make. I may venture and make a body bar next on a rainy Sunday. I hope you’ve found this post interesting! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below, and you can check out Oleum Vera’s site for all of their product offerings and recipes.

Thanks for reading,

Mary

*This post is in collaboration with Oleum Vera. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own.

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17 responses to “DIY Skin Care with Oleum Vera: Body Butter Recipe”

  1. I make most of my own skincare but having a DIY kit would be so much easier!

  2. Whoa!! This sounds amazing!! I want to try now!! Great post love!! XO

  3. Laura says:

    This stuff sounds awesome! I love that it is all organic! The kit makes it so much simpler and convenient to make my own products.

  4. Morgan says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Body Butters! Thank you for this!!

  5. This looked like fun! I try to do all my masks from natural products I have at home but I agree that it could be a lot. Either way great job!!

    xoxo

    Lourdes
    http://www.plsdotell.com

  6. Gail says:

    This is so cool! I love DIY skincare and though this one seems involved, it looks amazing. I love the packaging too! Never heard of a Bain Marie either but now I know what it is. Hehe. Great job girl! Xoxo

  7. Besides some DIY facial masks, I never really tried DIY skincare, but that DIY kit makes it looks easy and fun!

  8. Deb says:

    These are all great tips on these products 🙂 Thanks for sharing

  9. This sounds amazing! I haven’t DIY’ed a mask in forever and think I am going to try this one now!

  10. This is so fun! I have never heard of it, but of course have tried my own DIY skincare via pinterest haha.

    xx nicole
    http://www.nicoleparise.com

  11. Husna says:

    I love making my own skincare products but the idea of a DIY kit is really interesting! I also love the packaging!

  12. Ali Rost says:

    I love this idea! Thank-you so much .. I’ve never thought about making my own before and now I think I’ve been officially inspired 🙂

  13. Kat says:

    Love this post! Your pictures make me want to go to a spa. The products sound divine! 😀

  14. Taislany Gomes says:

    Wow, thats great! I should try it!

    Hope you have a lovely Wednesday!
    BLOG | TAISLANY

  15. Lisa Autumn says:

    OMG how cool is this! I really need to try it myself… love little beauty DIYs

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  16. I never knew that they made DIY kits! I usually just make my beauty stuff from scratch, but I love the look of this kit! Those bottles are adorable!

  17. I’ve never heard of this, but I totally want to try it now! I love DIY anything. This looks like so much fun to make! I’m going to check them out now! Thank you!