Body Butter

Author: Katie Wellness Mama Recipe
½ cup Shea Butter
½ cup Cocoa Butter or Mango Butter
½ cup Coconut Oil
½ cup light oil like almond, olive or jajoba
Optional: Essential Oils for scent¬ I like using 10¬-30 drops depending on the essential oils used. Peppermint and Citrus/Lavender and favorites at our house.
1. In a double boiler or glass bowl, combine all ingredients except essential oils.
2. Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
3. Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
4. Move to fridge and let cool another 1 hour or until starting to harden but still somewhat soft.
5. Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
6. Return to fridge for 10-¬15 minutes to set.
7. Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter.
If your home stays above 75 degrees, it may soften and need to be kept at the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that.

Harmful Chemicals in Skincare & Sunscreen

Harmful chemicals to look for in skincare & Beauty products. Please note the most harmful toxic chemicals in skin care products today and check your labels:
• Butyl paraben
• Isopropyl alcohol
• DEA (Diethanolamine)
• MEA (monoethanolamine)
• TEA (triethanolamine)
• DMDM Hydantion
• Urea (Imidazolidinyl)
• FD&C Color Pigments
• Fragrances
• Methyl Paraben
• Mineral oil
• Paraben
• Phthalates
• Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)
• Butylene Glycol
• Sodium Laurel Sulfate
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
• Triclosan (used in anti-bacterial products – VERY bad. Use grapefruit seed extract and essential oils instead)
• Othoxalation (this is a process, not an ingredient so it is not on the labels. It is used in cleansing products and very carcinogenic)
Source: Hoffman, Susan, herbalist. Skin Care Fact Sheet.

Harmful Chemicals in Sunscreen
• Retinyl Palmitate
• Para amino benzoic acid
• Octyl salicyclate
• Oxybenzone
• Cinoxate
• Dioxybenzone
• Phenylbenzimidazole
• Homosalate
• Menthyl anthranilate
• Octocrylene
• Methoxycinnamate
• Parabens
• Vitamin A – as it may speed up the development of skin cancer
Look for a mineral based sunscreen, zinc oxide or titanium oxide.

Natural Mint Toothpaste

¼ C Bentonite Clay
2 Tbs Coconut Oil
½ tsp Real salt
6 drops peppermint essential oil CPTG
3 drops Melaleuca essential oil CPTG
Add Water to right consistency that you like for toothpaste.
Melt Coconut oil in double broiler or hot water. Add all ingredients except essential oils and mix well.
When it reaches the consistency you like add oils. You can also add wintergreen or other flavors you like.

Orange Vanilla Lip Balm

3 Tbsp Bees wax
4 Tbsp coconut oil
7 drops wild orange essential oil
½ tsp vanilla
2 drops Vitamin E
1. In a small pot over medium low heat melt beeswax, coconut oil, and vitamin E. Use chopstick or other small, long stick to stir.
2. Remove from heat and add essential oils. Whisk well with chopstick and try to distribute oil throughout the mixture – this is tricky
3. Pour quickly into tins, tubes or jars. Let cool on counter till hard

Rosemary Mint Shampoo

6 oz Aloe Vera Gel
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
10 Tbsp Baking Soda
20 drops Rosemary Oil
10 drops Peppermint Oil
BPA free plastic dispenser bottles

1. Mix all ingredients together. Store in an 8oz glass or plastic bottle.

Coconut Oil Face Wash

1 cup coconut oil
1 Tbsp baking soda or Bentonite clay
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
Glass Jar
(if acne prone, replace frankincense and lemon oils with 10 drops of tea tree essential oil)
1. Melt the coconut oil in a pan over low heat
2. Once melted, remove from heat and add in the remaining ingredients.
3. Store in wash dispenser or air tight jar and keep it in a cool place

Deodorant Recipe

2 TBS Cocoa Butter
2 TBS Coconut Oil
2 oz Baking Soda
1.5 oz Arrow Root
½ tsp of Vitamin E
10 Drops of Essential oils-my favorites are cypress, melaleuca, lavender
I have also added probiotics approx 2 capsules.

If you live in a warmer environment you can add 1 TBS of emulsifying wax or bees wax to make it harder.

Sunburn Relief Spray

1/2 cup water
1/3 cup Aloe Vera Gel
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops frankincense essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Blue Glass spray bottle
1. Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together
2. Transfer to a spray bottle. Shake well before each us.

Natural Mineral Sunscreen

1/2 cup olive oil (take the 2 Tbs out of this amount)
1/4 cup Coconut Oil or fractionated coconut oil if a more lotion is desired.
1/4 cup beeswax
2 tablespoons zinc oxide
1 teaspoon vitamin E
2 tablespoons shea butter
6 drops Helichrysum essential oil
6 drops of lavender essential oil

Mix zinc and 2 Tbs of olive oil-make a paste and set aside until very end. Make sure you get the lumps out.
Add everything except zinc oxide paste, Helichrysum & Lavender essential oil in a medium sized glass mixing bowl.
– Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat. Place the glass bowl on top of the saucepan so that the saucepan is cradling the bowl.
As the ingredients start to melt, stir occasionally to mix.
TIP: Use a popsicle stick to help stir for an easier cleanup.
Add the zinc oxide paste, Lavender & Helichrysum essential oil and stir well to mix. Using the immersion blender works best
Note: Adding additional zinc oxide will increase the SPF factor. 1 TBS equals approx 10 SPF

Mango Pinapple Lime Smoothie

2 mangos, peeled and pitted
2 Cups of chopped Pineapple
Juice of 2 medium limes
16 ounces of sparkling spring water

Blend all ingredients together until smooth & Chill