herbal-infused body oil

hi crunchies! i hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead.

today let’s blend up 8 ounces of a silky, soothing, fast-absorbing body oil that contains skin-supporting herbs.

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before you order or bring out your ingredients, please note this will require an herbal solar infusion lasting 6 weeks. if you don’t have that kind of patience, this isn’t the DIY for you. i do have other body oil blends you can check out, though. just use the search bar 🙂 i promise the wait is oh-so-worth-it!

the base oil i suggest for this herbal body oil blend is marula. it’s pricey, and nearly any carrier of your choice will do. just be mindful of its oxidative stability. for example, argan oil and hempseed oil would unfortunately be poor choices for herbal infusions, whereas jojoba oil would be a good one.

ok, so why marula?

marula oil is very high in oleic acid* (~76%), deeply moisturizing, super fast-absorbing, and is one of the only oils that remains stable when exposed to light for extended periods of time. that will come in handy when we infuse our herbs in sunlight.

if you use another carrier oil, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it – please keep doing what you know and enjoy. after all, mixing up other people’s DIYs is more than half the fun!

for our skin-supporting herbs, we’ll be blending in calendula and chickweed, as both are soothing and anti-inflammatory. aka, perfect for cooler weather when you may get a little dry and itchy.

i’ve also chosen these 2 herbs because their constituents are fat-soluble. solubility is incredibly important in herbalism. if someone working with plants does not understand solubility, the end product could be ineffective. for example, an oil infused with horsetail will never help your skin and hair, because silica needs to be extracted in vinegar. as another example, marshmallow root is fantastic, but since the constituents you want for skin and hair are mucilaginous, it can only be extracted into hydrous bases. does that make sense? i wrote more on it before here.

INGREDIENTS:

other:

  • 16 ounce mason jar for steeping
  • cheesecloth or nut milk bag (what i prefer) to strain oil
  • 8 ounce pump bottle to store oil when finished

HOW TO:

the typical ratio of herbal infusions is 1 part dried herb to 10 parts oil. in this case, due to small batch amount, we will use 2 tablespoons dried herbs** to 8 ounces oil. remember the herbs will swell as they steep, so you want to avoid overfilling the jar with dried herbs.

in your sterilized mason jar, add your 2 tbs of dried herbs, and top with 8 ounces carrier oil. gently tap to release air bubbles and make sure the herbs are completely covered in oil to reduce risk of mold growth.

sit in sun for 6 weeks, very gently “stirring” the jar every day.

strain after 6 weeks. bottle in airtight, UV-protecting bottle.

enjoy all over body, particularly on dampened skin.

happy blending!

XO, ALEXRAYE

*=not suitable for the face for most people
**= must be dried, not fresh, to avoid mold growth in oil infusion

cold weather body & hair butter DIY

before i start this post, i will say please do not put this on your face. it has a high comedogenic rating, but it’s great post-shower during cold months when your skin needs help staying moisturized.

here is a body butter that is purchase-worthy, but easy enough to make in your own home. it’s a true THICK whipped butter product.

this body butter works best if applied on damp skin from shoulders to toes, like after a shower. PS – it also dupes as a bomb hair butter, so you can also run the tiniest, tiniest bit through the ends of your hair, if it needs some cold weather repair.

body butters, depending on the types of butters and oils use, range in ratios from 70% butters/30% oils to 50/50.

as with any of my recipes, you can use your favorite carrier oils in place of the 2 carrier oils that i’ve chosen. if you also choose to substitute the butters, i can’t promise consistency or recipe ratios. please share your versions if you do!

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pic: VegaVert / RECIPE MINE

mango butter

  • deeply moisturizng emollient
  • antioxidant and revitalizing, leaving a glow
  • rich in omega-9 and vitamins C and A

cupuacu butter

  • soft and nourishing emollient
  • high water absorption capacity, protecting skin from moisture loss and restoring skin elasticity
  • rich in phytosterols, making it anti-inflammatory
  • rich in fatty acids omega-3 and -6, and vitamins C and A

marula oil

  • healing and moisturizing, improving the overall look and feel of your skin
  • absorbs instantly; completely non-greasy, “dry” oil
  • rich in omega-6 and -9

hemp seed oil

  • deeply healing and moisturizing
  • absorbs quickly
  • suitable for sensitive skin
  • contains omega-3/6/9

 

HOW TO:

this recipe makes 6 ounces.

  • 2 ounces mango butter
  • 1 ounce cupuacu butter
  • 2 ounces marula oil
  • 1 ounce hemp seed oil

in a double boiler, slightly heat the two butters until liquid. remove from heat. add marula and hempseed oils and stir with a spoon, and then allow the oils to cool. once closer to room temperature, blend with a hand mixer until whipped and smooth. if you want to add essential oils, now is the time. try starting with 6 to 8 drops, increasing little by little if you need to. the end result will look like a thick body butter lotion-type product.

store in an airtight jar, away from direct light and heat.

use sparingly after a shower on damp skin and hair, making sure to avoid the face and neck area.

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WHERE TO BUY

here are some links to help you source the ingredients. none are affiliates. i gain nothing; the links are only provided to help guide you.

it’s more cost-effective to buy double what’s needed, but the links provided are for 1 body butter mix (except for the hemp, because 4 ounces is the smallest they carry).

  • mango butter – 2 ounces for $8
  • cupuacu butter – 1 ounce for $4
  • marula oil – 2 ounces for $11
  • hemp seed oil – 4 ounces for $11
  • 200 mL sturdy glass containers – 1 for $19; this has a really wide opening, best for scooping out of; can be reused many times
    • if you get the 3 pack for $39, you get a free 15 mL screw top jar, perfect for traveling or another DIY. this is just on their website banner in plain sight – it has literally nothing to do with me nor do i benefit from your purchase.
    • here’s a 100 mL option. it’s technically 3.38 ounces, but i won’t tell you to just put a blank sticker label on it saying 3.28 ounces and take it through airport security… because that would be wrong… and i’ve definitely never done that…

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COST ANALYSIS

  • 1st 6 ounce finished product – $41
  • after 1st 6 ounce finished product, when the cost of the jar is no longer allocated – $22

if you want to purchase a body butter, 100% Pure sells some ‘okay’ ones in 3.4 ounce containers (half the size of your DIY) for $26.

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looks pretty good to me from all sides! what do you think?

do you have any favorite butter d.i.y’s or ‘buys’? please share with our community!

XO, ALEXRAYE

lightweight luxe body and hair oil (d.i.y.)

i’m a firm believer that you can d.i.y. beauty products for results that rival high-end quality products.  this d.i.y. is a perfect example of that — simple, stunning, body and hair care magic right here.

this is a very lightweight body AND hair oil, made with fatty and hydrating, yet extremely fast-absorbing oils. the recipe is intended for a 3 ounce bottle, but can be tailored to any amount you desire.

3 base ingredients. 10 minutes of your time. silky smooth skin and hair to follow.

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this blend is exactly what’s currently in my bathroom for my post-shower body oil. i’ve added rose, jasmine, and lavender EOs for a soft floral scent that lingers for hours.

while this oil is intended for use post-shower on wet skin, it will still absorb quickly into dry skin.

keep in mind that buying in bulk can be cheaper, and you can make more body/hair oil, or anything else you want with what’s leftover. this recipe is definitely on the splurge end, but is cheaper than buying a really nice quality body oil over time, and you can control precisely what’s in it.

what you need:

  • 100 mL pump bottle
  • organic chia seed oil
  • chia seed co2 extract
  • marula oil

how-to (my favorite blend):

  • 1.5 ounces chia seed co2 extract
  • 1 ounce marula oil
  • 0.5 ounce chia seed oil
  • 10-15 drops EOs, as desired

how-to (saves a little money):

  • 1.5 ounces chia seed oil
  • 1 ounce chia seed co2 extract
  • 0.5 ounce marula oil
  • 10-15 drops EOs, as desired

where to purchase (no affiliates whatsoever – just what i use):

if you try this recipe, please share your experience below.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE D.I.Y. BODY/HAIR OIL BLEND?

XO, ALEXRAYE

*please do not take this recipe and sell it – i made it up in my own little brain and that would just be rude. spread the crunchy love and link back/credit where it is due. love!