Just because you like to get your hands dirty sometimes, doesn’t mean you don’t like to treat yourself, too – right? I, personally, enjoy visiting construction sites and spas in equal measure. And I also love to garden.
Growing food for friends and my family is important to me because I appreciate knowing exactly what has gone into the meals I prepare. This year it occurred to me: How great would it be to know exactly what was going into my skincare products as well? So I took a few of my bumper crops and started creating my very own sun-dried sundries. Check out my video on HGTV Gardens about how to make silky smooth cucumber body butter. And here’s the recipe below.
Laurie’s Cucumber Body Butter
4 TBSP Fresh Cucumber Juice
15 TBSP Beeswax
5 TBSP Coconut Oil
4 TBSP Shea Butter
2 TBSP Almond Oil
2-3 Drops of Essential Oil (Optional)
- Juice a fresh cucumber until you have 4 TBSP (1/4 c.) of cucumber juice. Set aside.
- In a microwave-safe bowl, combine beeswax, shea butter and coconut oil.
- Microwave these ingredients until fully melted (approximately 2 minutes).
- Let the mixture cool.
- Once the mixture has cooled, add the almond oil and the fresh cucumber juice and whisk.
- Add a few drops of essential oils if desired.
- Freeze the mixture for approximately 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and whisk again for smoothness.
- Spoon into individual airtight containers. Mixture must be kept in the refrigerator and lasts approximately 1 month.
- Apply this cooling mixture directly from the fridge for deliciously smooth skin!
And now … I am completely addicted. Especially in the upcoming season of sunburns and air conditioning, I plan to keep this stuff at the ready to sooth my dry skin.
Cucumbers continue to grow as long as they are harvested consistently, so once you have a good batch – it’s easy to keep them coming. Cucumbers contain many of the same healing properties as aloe, making this body butter my new summer staple.
It can also be an amazing baby shower gift or wedding shower favor. Keep your eyes peeled for cute containers that can be recycled and reused. I’m also a big fan of saving grosgrain ribbon, charms or any other fancy looking gift wrap so that I can reuse it when I DIY my gifts to others.
And I’m on a roll! Stay tuned for even more of my very veggie potions and lotions. Do you have a favorite garden-variety product you love?