Last month I wrote a post on the difference between aromatherapy butters, lotions and creams. Today I thought that I would follow that up with the start of a mini-series :How to Use….”, as it recently occurred to me that not everyone is familiar with how to use some of the less familiar aromatherapy skincare products! So, let’s start with aromatherapy body butters.
What is an Aromatherapy Body Butter?
Aromatherapy body butters are quite popular in the United States. However, there are different types of aromatherapy butters; for example, whipped body butters are becoming a personal favorite of mine! (more on that in subsequent posts!) In this post we will look at a basic aromatherapy body butter.
The base ingredients of an aromatherapy butter usually contain some variation of a “butter” (for example, cocoa butter), vegetable oil, essential oils and/or beeswax. Aromatherapy butters, in their basic context, are usually quite hard – the consistency can be changed from varying the amount and type of butters/vegetable oils used in the recipe. The consistency can also be changed from how you prepare the butter (as in the case of whipped body butter) but here we are just looking at a basic body butter.
Tips for Using an Aromatherapy Body Butter
If you are not familiar with aromatherapy butters, you might find them a little hard to use at first – literally! Where you store your aromatherapy butter will also affect the ease in which you can use the butter; for example, colder weather/storage will keep your butter hard and more difficult to get out of the container. Warmer weather naturally “softens” the body butter to some extent but make sure that you don’t leave your butter out in the heat of the midday sun – you might end up with a melted mess!
You can use aromatherapy butters on all parts of your body – including your face, although personally I prefer to use something lighter on my face. Everyone is different, so experiment! If you have dry skin, body butters are great for moisturizing.
The ingredients of a body butter vary – with different properties – so make sure you know what’s in your aromatherapy butter, and what it is recommended for, before using it. If it contains essential oils, check that there are no oils in there that are contra-indicated for a particular condition that you might have.
Body butters are richer and more luxurious than regular lotions and creams – and usually contain all natural ingredients! I find that they are a great treat for your skin!
If you are interested in whipped body butters – I will posting on that soon, so check back later 😉
If you are interested in making your own body butters, check out the Sedona Aromatherapie Aromatherapy Body Butter Making Kit in the webstore at $24.95 each (plus shipping).
Or for a more indepth look at aromatherapy and product making, watch out for the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy scheduled for a late Spring 2012 launch date!