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Homemade gifts during the holiday season come straight from the heart. If you looking to give the gift of self-care this holiday season, this homemade pine body butter makes the perfect gift. The natural woodsy aroma of the pine smells amazing and pine itself brings antioxidant and antimicrobial properties that soothe and nourish the skin. I love making this for myself and giving it as a gift to others. The best part about making homemade body butter? You get the choice of the ingredients and the sourcing, knowing that you won’t get any toxins or harsh chemicals in your final product. Trust me, your skin will thank you!
What Is Body Butter?
Body butter is like a lighter, whipped lotion. It has a fluffy texture, applies very smoothly, and provides essential nourishment and hydration to your skin. If you’ve never used a body butter before, use it in the same fashion as you would a lotion. The best time to apply body butter is right after a shower or a bath. This will allow the body butter to work efficiently to prevent moisture loss. The best part about body butter? It’s easy to make!
For this body butter, we used a pine (evergreen) infused herbal oil, shea butter, mango butter, and a few drops of evergreen essential oil. There are only a few ingredients that make up this homemade body butter. The most important ingredient is the pine. We will discuss foraging techniques in the next section.
Pine Infused Herbal Oil
For the herbal oil, I used pine-infused organic olive oil. I recommend using an organic oil. The goal of making your own skincare is to use quality, toxin-free ingredients that nourish your skin. You could also use grapeseed, sunflower, sweet almond, apricot kernel, or jojoba oil for this recipe. Just make sure the oil is organic and well-sourced!
The recommended time to infuse an oil is 4-6 weeks. You simply place your foraged pine in a mason jar along with the oil of your choice. Close the lid, set it in a dark spot, and come back a few weeks later to a freshly infused oil. Make sure to shake the container a few times throughout the resting period.
If you are in a rush and don’t have the time to let the oil infuse naturally, try a Magical Butter Machine. They are worth it! The Magical Butter machine provides an excellent substitute in only a fraction of the time. I’m talking hours instead of weeks!
Shea Butter and Mango Butter
The combination of shea butter and mango butter contributes to the nourishing qualities of this homemade body butter. Most importantly, they allow the recipe to become a body butter. This recipe combines the melted butters with the infused oil. You will process this mixture with an immersion blender. When processing the mixture, the shea and mango butter will become fluffy and perfect for applying to your skin!
The essential oils for the pine homemade body butter add a little bit of benefit and a whole bunch of aromatics! They are what make this body butter smell amazing! Since the recipe uses a pine-infused oil, I’d recommend using evergreen essential oils such as spruce, cedar, or another variant of pine. The aroma will be heavenly!
Foraging for Pine
You can find Pine practically anywhere! Pine has been used medicinally for years and has a wide variety of benefits. Taken internally, Pine can help soothe coughs, calm colds, and remedy sinus infections. When applied to skin (like with this body butter), it can help with arthritic conditions and infections.
Pine is a part of the conifer family. You can find conifer trees all over the country. Since it’s so abundant, it’s a great plant to begin foraging for. However, like any time you forage, it’s good to know sustainable practices and safety measures. There are a few toxic variants you should be aware of such as the Yew.
Luckily, Colleen from Grow Forage Cook Ferment has an amazing post on how to forage for pine. In her post, she discusses the safety measures you should take when deciding which species of conifer you should use for your recipe.
During the Holiday season, it might even be easier to forage for Pine. If you have a Holiday tree that came from a good source (not doused in chemicals), you can re-purpose some of the needs for your body butter!
How to Make Body Butter
Now that we have all the ingredients, let’s make our homemade body butter! Making homemade body butter has a couple of steps. First, we begin by melting our shea butter and mango butter in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, use a heat-safe bowl over a pan with a little water.
Once the butters have melted, mix in the pine-infused oil and turn off the heat. You will have to let the mixture cool for a little more than 10 minutes. Once it’s still slightly warm, transfer the mixture to the refrigerator. Let the mixture sit for an hour. After an hour, it should no longer be liquid.
Remove the mixture from the refrigerator. Using an electric mixer or immersion blender, mix on high for around five minutes. This is where the magic happens and the body butter takes its shape! You will see the mixture become soft and fluffy. Add the essential oils once the body butter has formed. Thoroughly mix the essential oils. You want them evenly distributed.
That’s it! Store the homemade body butter in a cool dark place until you are ready to use or gift!
More Homemade Skin Care
I love to make homemade skincare! Making homemade skin care is fun, and creative, and I can be in full control of the ingredients I put on my skin. Check out a few of my other skincare recipes:
- Rose Hip Facial Oil for Nourished Skin
- How to Make Homemade Flower Lotion Bars
- Rose Exfoliating Face Mask with Jojoba
Learn to Make Your Own Homemade Skin Care
With the knowledge gained from studying with Herbal Academy, I have become very comfortable in making my own homemade skin care. I was called to learn how to make homemade skincare because I wanted to be in control of the ingredients I put on my body. By studying with Herbal Academy, I am comfortable making these products for myself and others.
I recommend taking The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skin Care course (my favorite) and then moving to their Introductory Herbal Course and Intermediate Herbal Course. This is the exact route that I took.
Along the way, I picked up Herbal Academy’s books that supplement their course. Using their books, allowed me to practice tried and true recipes while learning the basics. This homemade body butter was inspired by The Herbal Academy’s Botanical Skincare Recipe Book. By combining The Herbal Academy’s books and the courses, you will develop a solid foundation and confidence in making your homemade skin care.
From now December 25th until January 3rd, 2023 The Herbal Academy is offering 25% of their courses. The courses are the best way to get started with herbalism and homemade skincare.
- Make the pine-infused herbal oil by pouring pine needles into a glass mason jar, pour olive oil over the pine, and share well. Add the lid and steep for 4-6 weeks.
- If you need the oil to be infused quickly, I highly recommend using The Magical Butter Machine for faster oil infusion. The second option is to use straight olive oil and use essential oils for the scent.
- Note that 1/2 cup is the amount of finished herbal oil to include in the recipe--therefore you may need to start with more olive oil when making the pine-infused oil, as the herbs will soak up some of the oil. (If you forget this, just top off with some plain oil as needed for this recipe).
- Gently heat shea butter and mango butter in a double boiler (or glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water) until melted. Add the pine-infused olive oil, stir the mixture until melted and consistent, and turn off the heat.
- Let cool for about 10 minutes, and once it is still warm but not hot to the touch, cover and transfer to the refrigerator for approximately 1 hour, or until there is no longer a semi-liquid center.
- Using an immersion blender or electric mixer, whip the mixture on high for 5 minutes, or until it changes color and looks fluffy. You may need to periodically scrape the mixture from the sides of the bowl.
- Add essential oil & arrowroot powder, if desired, and mix.
- Label, and store in a cool, dark place. This recipe will keep for up to 1 year.