There are tons of nasty ingredients in all sorts of products today. It's hard to avoid them all, but I am finding it really important to try to avoid toxic ingredients in my hygiene and beauty products. There are a few companies out there that provide both non-toxic and zero (or limited) waste options, but I have found it pretty fun to try making my own. If you're not interested in making your own body butter/lotion, check out Plaine Products. They sell a line of non-toxic essentials sold in stainless steel containers that are recyclable, but can also be returned and refilled! I've been using there lotion for the last few months and really like it. They also offer a subscription service, sending you refills every 2, 3, 4 or 6 months. If you're willing to give DIY a chance keep reading. This lotion recipe is fluffy, rich, and luxurious. It's a little greasy feeling because of the oils, so I like to use it sparingly. It's great on dry hands that are suffering from exposure to MN winters.
1/4 cup cocoa butter
1/4 cup shea butter
1/4 cup sweet almond oil
1/4 cup coconut oil
Combine all the ingredients in a glass bowl. Place the glass bowl over a double boiler to melt the ingredients. You'll want to use a somewhat low heat. This process can take a little while. Be sure to stir the mixture as it melts together. Once the ingredients are melted and mixed, place the bowl in the refrigerator until the contents are solid. Make sure you don't damage your refrigerator with the hot bowl (I placed mine on a thick towel before setting it on the shelf). Once the ingredients are solid (about 1 hour or sometimes more), remove it from the refrigerator and blend the ingredients with an immersion blender or handheld mixer. Blend until it is light and fluffy and looks like thick whipped cream. Then place the contents in a jar or other container for storage. You can also add essential oils to the lotion to give it a specific scent, but the cocoa and shea butter give it a nice scent on their own.