Body Butter. It is music to my ears. Body butters are crucial to the anti-dry skin arsenal that must be vigorously deployed in dry winter months. It also helps nourish overly sun-kissed skin in warm months. For my skin type, it is a staple item all year round. Some may only need it during the colder, dryer months.
I recommend applying body butters at night, after a shower or bath. For maximum absorption, I will apply when my skin is still damp from the shower, and pores are open and receptive to the rich, creamy layer. This is why I gravitate toward Lavender and Vanilla scents in my body butter, I find it so peaceful and soothing before bed.
Making your own body butter is surprisingly easy too! Essentially, it boils down to this: 75% Butter and 25% Liquid Oil. Most common butters used are Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Mango Butter or Coconut Oil (it works here, because it is solid at a liquid state). Typical oils used are Olive Oil, Argon Oil, Macadamia Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Avocado Oil. Some like Castor Oil in their mixture as well.
Body Butters typically have a lovely natural scent, particularly if you use cocoa butter which has a rich, chocolaty scent. I personally love the natural scent of coconut oil too. Essential Oils are great way to fragrance your Body Butter, I favor Lavender Essential Oil, but there are many to choose from.
Here is a sample recipe that you can try in your own kitchen