Thursday, June 4, 2015

DIY Body Cream { Guest Post: Justine @ Little Dove Creations }

Hello Girl Talk readers! My name is Justine and I blog over at Little Dove Creations, where I talk a little bit about DIY, a little bit about recipes, a little about my business, and a little about my family. I have been married for nearly 8 years to my handsome hubby Mike, and we have three (soon to be four!!) little rapscallions.

My life obviously revolves around my children at the moment, long gone are the days when I had "free" time and could spend an hour soaking in the bathtub and pampering myself.
Yes, I did that often. Those were the days.
I still like to spoil myself whenever I get a chance, and my love of DIY has inspired a lot my own bath and body products. I love making my own because I know exactly what goes in them, and I know I can use them on even my little loves' sensitive skin!

Dry winter skin troubles might be far behind you, but I suffer from dry skin all year-long, especially when I'm pregnant! So today I'm sharing with you a lavender peppermint body cream, guaranteed to hydrate thirsty skin in no time!

Lavender Peppermint Body Cream
- 3/4 cup of shea butter
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 1 tsp. of peanut, olive, or other oil of your choice
- 20 drops of lavender essential oil
- 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

  1. Combine Shea butter and coconut oil in food processor or mixer and combine well, scraping sides as necessary. 
  2. Add peanut (or other oil) and essential oils, then mix again. Continue blending until smooth. If desired, whip with a stand or hand mixer.

This mixture works wonders on dry problem areas, like my hands and elbows (and stomach when I'm pregnant!). Give it a try and let me know what you think!

(Note, if making this as gifts or for children, use a different type of oil other than peanut. Peanut oil has some great benefits, but there are some opinions that prolonged use on your skin can lead to peanut allergies. There is currently not a lot of scientific evidence to back that up. Any oil can serve as an alternative, such as grape seed oil or olive oil.)

Thanks for having me today Ashley!