In her previous career, Erin Shriver created and sold hand-made soaps and lotions. Today she is the owner of Effie Coe Designs, and now spends her days producing artisan textile designs and luxury island-life home decor. We asked for her favorite dry-skin remedy to share with FEMME ROUGE readers.
Waterless Whipped Body Butter
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup almond oil (may substitute another light oil, such as jojoba or grape seed)
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- Essential oil of your choice (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a glass measuring cup. Melt in the microwave in short, 30-second bursts, taking it out to stir as it becomes liquid. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler, if you prefer. CAUTION: The oils will get very hot!
Once melted, place the glass container in the refrigerator to cool until it begins to harden slightly and becomes somewhat opaque.
Remove from refrigerator, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (or leave it fragrance free if you have sensitive skin), and whip until fluffy using an electric mixer. This can take 10-15 minutes depending on the temperature when you started. The cooler it is, the less time it will take.
When the butter is thick and fluffy, place it back into the refrigerator to set for about 10 minutes.
Remove and store in an airtight container. The butter should keep for several months.
No Time? Buy & Try these FEMME ROUGE FAVS:
Body: Acure Body Lotion
Ultra Hydrating Cocoa Butter + CoQ10 Fragrance free, this lotion is rich without being oily and an excellent choice for all skin types. We tried it and love it for legs post shave or wax. The lotion prevents flaky dryness with a complex of fair-trade organic olive oil, cocoa butter, evening primrose, and CoQ10 (a natural antioxidant). $10; Wild Ginger Apothecary
Starflower Body Milk Emollient, light, and silky, these decadent Body Milks come in three scents: Neroli (Orange Blossom), Rose Gold, and French Lavender. We loved the lavender as a before bedtime treat for our hands. Chamomile, comfrey root, chickweed, and essential oils blend to deliver a healing experience with each application. $29; Starflower Organic Spathecary
Feet: Baby Foot Deep Skin Exfoliation
An innovative foot mask formulated with seventeen types of natural extracts, Baby Foot exfoliates your feet gently and naturally. The one-hour, at-home treatment was very effective for most of us, although tougher cases may require two applications. We saw our rough, dry, cracked soles transformed into baby soft skin. $25; Ana Culver’s Nail Suite at Embody Fitness & Wellness Studio
TIPS for the TAKING:
◗ Bathe with lukewarm water rather than hot.
◗ Add a humidifier during the months when heat is used in the home.
◗ Shower immediately following your workout or swim, using only mild glycerin soap.
◗ Always coat the body, hands, and feet with a quality moisturizer immediately following a shower or hand washing.