Lately, my inner hippie has been coming out to play. She’s always been in there, but she goes through waves of tree-hugging, crunchy-granola totting extremes. Currently I am in my SUPER hippie phase.
The essentials for any modern-day hippie consist of 4 things: apple cider vinegar, baking soda, coconut oil and essential oils. You can pretty much clean your entire body and home with these four ingredients. I feel awesome knowing exactly what I am putting on my body (or all over my home), it’s way more affordable and you’d be shocked at how easy it is to make the transition to a relatively chemical-free lifestyle.
Today I wanted to start with the basic of the basics, body butter. Especially now that winter is right around the corner (so depressed ugh), your skin is probably dying for some moisture. Ever wonder why you find yourself slathering your whole body in moisturizer only to have it dry out 10 minutes later? That’s because 90% of commercial moisturizers out there are made up of water and chemicals.
In order to keep your skin hydrated you need to a) drink lots of water and b) cover your skin in a moisturizer which will keep this water in. Cue entrance of my favorite moisture sealer-inner (roll with it…): coconut oil.
I’ve put putting coconut oil on my skin for years, but admittedly I’m not the biggest fan of smelling like a coconut and sticking your hand into the jar of coconut oil is not ideal. I’ve found the solution in this 2-ingredient peppermint body butter. All you have to do is whip the coconut oil with some peppermint essential oil, put it in a jar and you’ve got yourself an all-purpose moisturizer for the winter that smells like amazing. Yes, it really is that simple…
*I buy mine from the health food shop.
1. Put your coconut oil in a large metal bowl and place in the freezer for 5 minutes. Do not skip this step or leave any longer than 5 minutes. You want the coconut oil to be hardened but not frozen.
2. Remove from freezer and begin whipping with your electric mixer for about 3 minutes. Coconut oil should begin to soften and have a “whipped” consistency. Stop if coconut oil becomes too liquid.
3. Add in peppermint essential oil and whip for 1 more minute.
4. Scoop into a glass jar and keep at room temperature indefinitely.
Use as you would any body butter/moisturizer. I would not recommend putting this on your face though.