Updated on January 27, 2016
I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of clean beauty. Over the years, as I’ve become more conscious of what I put on my body, I’ve learned a bit about what the mainstream media claims to be good for you, and what is actually good for you. This awakening has led to a bit of disenchantment with finding high-quality, environmentally safe personal care products. Even in the Whole Foods-era where there is an abundance of “natural” products, everything seems to be greenwashed and products that claim to be all-natural boast a long list of incomprehensible ingredients. Fed up with the options available, I set out on a journey to make my own beauty and personal care products at home (I know, scary, right?!). That is why I’m excited to share with you how to make your own multi-purpose whipped body butter!
Benefits of DIY Beauty Products
There are a multitude of benefits that come along with making your own products. For one, you save a ton of money while completely streamlining your beauty routine. And, when you make your own products, you aren’t beholden to the planned obsolescence of the beauty industry, who’s primary goal is to make you feel like you always need the next best thing! As I’ve become more comfortable in the DIY landscape, I’ve experimented with making a wide-range of products, from facial astringents and deodorant to leave-in moisturizing hair sprays, and I’m currently working on a mouthwash. Out of all my experiments, though, this whipped body butter has literally changed my life (I’m not being dramatic, I swear!).
Not only is it an amazing all-over skin moisturizer, including your face, but it also serves as an extremely effective hair butter for afro-textured hair like my own (my twist-outs have been incredible!). The days of buying name-brand body butter are long gone because this recipe is so easy to make, not to mention loads cheaper than the store-bought brands.
If you’re super low-maintenance like myself, making your own products may be the way to go. The added bonus is that you control the ingredients, which can be bought at your local natural foods store or online, resulting in an environmentally friendly, sustainable beauty product that you can be proud of.
With all that said, If you’re up for a fun experiment, check out the recipe below and let me know how it goes in the comments!
Here are the things you’ll need to get started:
- A hand mixer (a cheap one will do. I got mine for $6 at Curacao)
- A double-boiler or two different sized pots
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl with lid
- Glass container(s) with lid
Pretty Fat DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe
- ½ C. Raw Shea Butter
- ¼ C. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Real Aloe Vera Gel
- 40 Drops of Essential Lavender Oil (or essential oil or fragrance of choice)
This recipe yields about 1 ¼ C. of body butter
First, add the shea butter and coconut oil to the double boiler over low heat (If you don’t have a double boiler, learn how to create a makeshift version like l did). Stir occasionally until fully melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Once the mixture is cooled down, pour into a mixing bowl (preferably one with a lid) and add the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel and lavender oil. Stir ingredients (any utensil will do) until they are blended together. Place in freezer with lid for 15-20 minutes. The mixture needs to become mildly solid or the consistency of a thick liquid (think condensed milk). Once the mixture has cooled and begins to settle, remove from freezer and use the mixer to whip. Please note that the mixture will not whip properly if it is not in a semi-hardened, thick liquid state. Mix ingredients for 2-3 minutes or until you get a soft, whipped texture. Transfer to glass container with lid and store in a cool dry place.
That’s it! I hope you all enjoy the amazingness that is homemade body butter. My life has changed and I hope yours does too. Forget store-bought products!
Damn the man and make your own!
This recipe was adapted from Rawmazing. She’s an amazing blogger with a ton of all-natural recipes, tips and tricks. I absolutely recommend checking out some of her other beauty and food recipes. Note, I do not have any affiliation, I just love high-quality information!
Posted on January 26, 2016
Welcome to Pretty Fat Stats, a weekly round-up of my weight loss and health wins and defeats, and other random acts of rebellion. This week’s update will be brief as I don’t have much to report, but in an attempt to keep my promises to myself, I thought a short post was better than none! I’m planning on expanding my blog to encompass more topics beyond my health updates, so the more consistent and brief I am with these, the more I can focus on other types of posts!
Pretty Fat Stats: SW: 257 | CW: 252
This past week has been pretty awesome in the life department. I’ve finally come out of hibernation mode and have been enjoying time with friends, old and new, and taking care of some long overdue personal tasks that align with my goals for the year. On the health front, I could’ve done better, but honestly, I’m just happy to finally feel like myself again. The healthy habits are coming along slowly but surely. I’m down 2 pounds so that’s definitely a win! I didn’t meet my workout goals last week but I definitely kept to eating mostly real foods and didn’t eat out too much, although some occasions required it. One of those occasions included a date! I don’t want to really blog about my romantic life on here, but a little mention here and there never hurt nobody. Needless say, I ate well and drank well last week, but was still able to maintain the habit of cooking my own food. This included sweet potato hash over fried eggs for breakfast, homemade butternut squash chili for lunch and lazy dinners consisting of sandwiches and Trader Joe’s soups, which in my defense is better than the burger I really wanted to have! I’ll be doing a food post next week on my favorite meals I cooked in January with photos and recipes!
The Week Ahead
I’m still working up to my goal of working out four times a week. It’s been hard trying to get back to moving more, but since what I’ve been doing hasn’t been working, I’m switching up my routine and going to do two workouts during the week and two during the weekend. Working out during the week is the toughest for me because I get home late and just want to veg out, but I’m determined to develop this habit dammit!
The month is almost over, so time isn’t waiting for me, and it sure isn’t going to wait for you, so lets get to it! 2016 is officially upon us!
Updated on January 18, 2016
In 2015, I naively thought that starting this blog would be a panacea for my health and weight loss goals. Unfortunately, when you have deep rooted issues with food and have struggled with creating lasting healthy habits for decades, the answer rarely comes in the form of a cure-all, but rather an undulating series of stumbles and triumphs and downfalls and wins.
Typically, I get so excited about an idea and run with it without taking a step back and asking if it is sustainable. This time around, though, was a bit different in that I actually set a plan for myself and applied the new concepts that I learned in regards to goal setting and personal development to make them come to life. But in the immortal words of Thom Yorke, “Nobody said it was easy; no one ever said it would be so hard.” Read More
Updated on January 10, 2016
There are so many things to be excited about this holiday season. Christmas cookies, spiked eggnog, snuggling up next to bae (or a bottle of Trader Joe’s Rebel Yell whiskey for the chronically single like myself), and stealing the best present at your offices’ white elephant gift exchange. But for me, one of my favorite holiday traditions is binge watching the corniest made for TV Christmas movie romances I can find. I am not ashamed. I’ve always had a penchant for corny romantic films, but there’s something especially intriguing about awful acting + cheesy lines + C-list celebrities of the past that just screams holiday spirit!
This year, I’ve decided to share my love of these cinematic outcasts and give you my list of Top 6 Made for TV Christmas Movie Romances. If you’re in need of a break from the family festivities or just want to lose yourself in saccharine sweet corniness for a night, check these holiday delights out! The majority of these can be found on Netflix or Hulu, or a quick Google search will lead you to some watch links!
Now, these aren’t by any means my favorite Christmas movies. That’s a whole different list which would definitely include Scrooged, Elf and countless others, but I feel this category doesn’t get enough play, so to channel Champagne Papi, or Drake as most of you know him, you can thank me (or hate me) later. Enjoy!
Girl get’s stuck in an elevator with a handsome stranger, sparks fly, tongues swap and chaos ensues when girl finds out it’s her Devil Wears Prada-type boss’ fiance!
Think Groundhog Day but from a woman’s perspective and on Christmas. Bonus points for Zach Morris aka Mark Paul Gosselaar as the love interest.
Christina Millian stars as a woman who adores Christmas but is stuck in a family full of grinches. When she receives a snow globe in the mail and is magically transported into the utopic holiday world inside, she starts seeing the world from a different perspective.
Although the main character lacks major personality, this movie stuck with me. Perhaps it was Mathew Lawrence’s charm as a mall Santa that captured my heart strings! Anyway, this is a story about a woman who carries bad memories of Christmas and her son who desperately wants his mother to feel the Christmas spirit. When her son is promised a gift that’s been sold out for months, her confrontation with Santa leads to some unexpected feelings.
Kelly from 90210 plays a corporate workholic who gets transported into an alternate universe where she is married to her high school sweetheart. The time warp makes her realize what’s really important.
Another Christina Millian Christmas “classic”, this one is a rendition of A Christmas Carol. A beautiful, successful, self absorbed workaholic get’s confronted with her unsavory ways through visits from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Chad Michael Murray is eye candy in this too!
That’s all for now folks!
Posted on December 22, 2015
So, remember when I said that December was going to be big for me? Well, that rang true, but unfortunately not in ways that I expected. On December 1, my closest uncle passed away. The effect on my family was devastating and it would be an understatement to say that the past couple of weeks have been one of my most challenging to date.
Being thrown into an intense family situation is difficult. As a person who tends to keep to myself, the energy of all the clashing personalities in my family combined with me taking on a large part of the funeral planning responsibilities took its toll on my mind and body. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family, but I purposefully choose to distance myself from the drama that goes on within it. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the circumstances, I was unable to remove myself (or runaway if I’m being honest) and had to figure out how to deal. All I can say is hallelujah for bourbon and holiday treats! They both goth me through! I’m not too proud of that, but sometimes desperate times…well you know the rest.
It was no surprise that weight loss and healthy living fell to the bottom of my priorities list this month. Being the mediator and peace keeper in the family is draining and thinking about meal planning, workouts and even this blog was the last thing on my mind. Needless to say, I didn’t gain nor lose since the last time I weighed in which was on November 30. That, I suppose, is a win if I’m being lenient with myself.
Pretty Fat Stats: SW: 253 CW: 257
Finishing What I Started
Now that the intensity of the past couple of weeks is finally winding down and my body is recovering from from the emotional and physical strain I put on it, I’m finally able to reflect and realize how thankful I am for time. The time to be with my family even through a difficult circumstance, and now the time to heal and look ahead. Now that I’ve finally escaped the eye of the storm, I can begin to see my goals clearly again.
Although December didn’t go as planned, I intend to end the year with my original goals in tact and a strong determination to work towards them. Since I’m not going on a winter vacation this year (bummer!), I can reacquaint myself with healthy habits, such as meal planning, moving my body and resetting my mind.
I’ll admit that looking at all the things I wanted to accomplish but didn’t achieve this month is highly disappointing. Although I have more than enough reason to have fallen off track, I really wished I could have been more steadfast with my health goals. But alas, life happens and it will continue to happen. I just have to keep learning how to push forward through the inevitable storms.
To end on a high note, I have two weeks off from work and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to reset and renenergize my spirit. I’m more excited than I’ve ever been about my ability to reach my goals and I’m looking forward to writing and connecting with more people on a similar path. Here’s to closing out the year with grace and gratitude!
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy
P.S. If you’re looking for Pretty Fat Stats week five and six, they don’t exist! I’m working on being more consistent, but life keeps playing games with me!