The rains have begun, which on the wet coast only means one thing - winter is coming! No giant wall of ice holding back the threat of the evil walking dead here (sorry been dying to use that Game of Thrones reference). Nope! Just dry itchy flaky winter skin.

I have sensitive skin. And so does my son. During his massive sun allergy skin rash attack last spring we took to using Coconut Oil on his skin. It was one of the few things that helped him (we were using olive oil for a while but that turned his skin yellow). But man was it messy to put on. And it continually confused my husband why the coconut oil was in the bathroom.

So a few weeks ago, when I saw a DIY Coconut Oil Body Butter recipe on Pinterest, I knew I had to try to make my own. And WOW it was so easy.  I have lost the link to the original article - clearly I did not pin it when I saw it. But I was able to recreate the recipe from memory when I made it.

The Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe

Ingredients: Room temperature Coconut Oil (if it is straight from the fridge it will be hard which will make it difficult to beat, and if it is too hot it will be oily and again hard to beat)

diy coconut butter

Beat the coconut oil with your mixer (I used my hand mixer). I had to beat mine for about 10 minutes. But I think the time would be less if you have a fancy standing mixer. I also probably beat it longer than necessary as I waiting for it to get to some sort of merengue type "peak" consistency, but it never did. In the end, it didn't need to. The creamy consistency seen in the picture worked just fine.

diy coconut butter

Then I put the coconut oil body butter into little screw top containers. It was convenient that I had a few empty deodorant jars looking for something to do. These jars will keep the body butter airtight.

DIY Coconut Butter

I will admit I was nervous that if left out in the heat that it would melt down like regular coconut oil does. But it has maintained its nice creamy butter consistency throughout an unseasonably warm September.

The coconut oil body butter is now easy to spread onto my (or my son's) skin.  I have a jar in the bathroom, in my son's room and in my room.  The one thing that doesn't change is that rather oily residue left behind. But I love that I know exactly what is going on my skin. So I can get past that little negative thing.

I have heard that the Coconut Oil can make a great deep conditioner for hair or a dry scalp. Will report back once I have tried it.

Do you have any DIY skin care or beauty items that you love? If yes, please share!!