I think I'll try formulating a very thick, rich anhydrous butter to help with Raymond's itchy legs and dry winter skin! I know I said yesterday he wasn't a fan of having greasy hands, so perhaps I could apply it for him (he does like wifely attention!) or he could learn to love the greasiness when he knows how wonderful it will make his legs feel!
Any of the butters will do for this application - all help moisturize, form an occlusive layer, and increase moisturize retention, flexibility in skin, and skin damage repair. I like mango butter or shea butter in a whipped butter the most, and I do have a lot of shea butter around, so I'll choose that as the base.
Because I'm no longer worried about greasiness and heaviness, I'm not limited by the oils I will use. I'll start with the thought of using 60% shea butter, and work from there. Shea is a great choice here as it is occlusive and contains a ton of great phytosterols to help with inflammation and itching, as well as allantoin to help with healing those wounds.
Coconut oil would be a great option here. With a two year life span, the lauric acid makes it a moisturizing and softening oil, and the ferulic acid offers anti-inflammatory and anti-itching properties. It also melts nicely, so he doesn't have to drag the butter over his legs. (Virgin coconut oil would be great, but I don't have any at the moment...)
Sesame seed oil would be a great addition, although it will reduce the shelf life to 9 to 12 months. It contains a ton of Vitamin E (700 ppm) and amazing levels of phytosterols to help with inflammation and itching. It is non-staining - which is mostly irrelevant as the other oils are staining -and very moisturizing. The linoleic acid will help with his skin's barrier repair.
I still want to include some evening primrose oil for the GLA, which helps with skin barrier repair, decreases transepidermal water loss, increases skin hydration and flexibility. Gallic acid is a wound healer, and I need something for the scratches on his legs!
And olive oil! The phytosterols are anti-inflammatory and anti-itching, and it's a humectant! Plus is contains squalene, which is nice for softening and moisturizing.
I could go with the oils I used yesterday, but I wanted to try something new!
WHIPPED BUTTER INTENDED TO HELP WITH DRY, ITCHY LEGS (but I'm not making any claims)
60% shea butter
10% coconut oil
10% sesame seed oil
10% evening primrose
10% olive oil
Melt the shea and coconut oils slightly. Remove from heat, add other oils, and whip. You can add 1% fragrance or essential oils if you want.
Let's take a look at other oil combinations in whipped butters in part 2!