11 Homemade Body Butter Recipes
For Luscious, Silky Skin

Homemade Body Butter

Making homemade body butter lets you control the ingredients you're putting on your skin. Enjoy these 10 body butter recipes.

First, some tips for making whipped body butter:

  • Make sure your tools and storage jars are clean, preferably sterile.
  • If the mixture won’t whip or stay whipped, chill it longer.
  • If the whipped mixture is lumpy, let it soften and then whip again.
  • If you don't have a double boiler, use a glass or metal bowl over a pan of hot water.
  • Store your body butter in a cool place. If your home regularly gets above 75°F, you may want to store the butter in the refrigerator.

Recommended essential oils for your homemade body butter recipes.

 1. Simple Peppermint Body Butter

Makes about 1 cup of homemade body butter.

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa butter
  • Peppermint essential oil to your desired strength (or try other scents by using  essential oils such as lavender or rosemary)
  1. In a double boiler, melt the coconut oil and cocoa butter. 
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and then refrigerate until the mixture appears opaque.
  3. Remove from refrigerator.
  4. Whip using a mixer until the oils are creamy.
  5. Refrigerate for 5 minutes.
  6. Whip again.
  7. Add essential oil, and then whip until you get stiff peaks.
  8. Store in a clean glass container.

Source: My Frugal Adventures

Here are links to supplies to
make body butter:

Cocoa butter
Coconut oil
Glass container
Jojoba oil
Mango butter
Selection of carrier oils
Shea butter
Vitamin E oil
Essential oils


2. Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Makes 2-1/2 to 3 cups of homemade body butter.

  • 1-3/4 cups shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 25 to 40 drops essential oils of choice (see suggested blends)
  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double broiler over low heat, stirring constantly until completely melted.
  2. Remove from heat. Let cool about 30 minutes.
  3. Stir in the grapeseed oil and essential oils.
  4. Cover the mixture and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, until the mixture has a consistency like soft wax or softened butter.
  5. Place the mixture in a mixing bowl and whip with a mixer until soft and fluffy.
  6. Spoon the mixture into a clean glass jar. Use as desired.

Essential oil suggestions:

  • Balancing and grounding: 15 drops patchouli, 5 drops cedarwood, 5 drops ylang ylang
  • Calming and soothing: 20 drops lavender, 10 drops vetiver, 5 drops sandalwood or marjoram
  • Comforting and warming: 20 drops bergamot, 10 drops Roman chamomile, 5 drops cassia
  • Cooling and energizing: 20 drops grapefruit (may make skin sensitive to sun), 5 drops peppermint, 5 drops wintergreen
  • Rejuvenating: 20 drops frankincense, 10 drops cedarwood, 10 drops white fir
  • Uplifting: 20 drops orange, 10 drops lemon, 5 drops peppermint (don't wear this blend in the sun)

Source: Mama Dweeb

3. Whipped Body Butter Recipe With Olive Oil

Makes about 2-1/2 cups of homemade body butter.

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 40 to 50 drops essential oil(s) of choice
  1. Place shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and olive oil in a double boiler on low heat. Whisk the mixture until melted.
  2. Remove from heat. Place the mixture in the refrigerator for one hour or until firm.
  3. Remove from refrigerator.
  4. Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture until it is light and creamy.
  5. Add the essential oils and then whip again.
  6. Spoon the body butter into glass jars. If the mixture seems a little moist, it will firm up after a few minutes.

Source: Lia Griffith

4. Whipped Body Butter Recipe With Jojoba Oil

Makes about 1 cup of homemade body butter.

  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 5 to 15 drops essential oil of choice
  1. Place shea butter, coconut oil, and jojoba oil in a double boiler.
  2. Over medium-low heat, whisk the oils until they are melted and combined. Mixture will be semi-clear when ready.
  3. Refrigerate melted oils for an hour or until white and solid.
  4. Use a mixer to beat the oils until they are fluffy like whipped cream.
  5. Mix in the essential oil.
  6. Place the whipped body butter in a clean container and then refrigerate one hour.

Source: Healthy Living How To

5. Whipped Sandalwood Homemade Body Butter

Makes about 1-1/4 cups of homemade body butter.

  1. Combine mango butter, shea nut oil, and pomegranate seed oil in a double boiler. Heat on medium and stir until completely melted.
  2. Remove the mixture from the heat and then stir in the vitamin E oil and essential oil.
  3. Place the mixture in the refrigerator until it starts to thicken, about 20 to 40 minutes.
  4. Use a handheld mixer to whip the mixture until it is fluffy. (If you whipped too soon and the mixture doesn't become fluffy as desired, put it back in the refrigerator to cool more, and then whip it again.)
  5. Place your whipped butter into containers.

Source: Mountain Rose

6. DIY Moisturizing Whipped Body Butter

Makes almost 2-1/2 cups of homemade body butter.

  • 1/2 cup mango butter
  • 1/2 cup shea or cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup liquid oil (such as almond, grapeseed, or olive)
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot powder (optional, for a less greasy feeling)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional, but acts as preservative)
  • Essential oils of choice (optional)
  1. Place the butters and coconut oil in a double boiler and melt over low heat.
  2. When the mixture is completely melted, let it remain on the heat for 20 minutes.
  3. Just before the 20 minutes is up, prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and water.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat.
  5. Pour the mixture into a bowl and then place the bowl in the ice bath.
  6. In a another small container, combine the liquid oil, vitamin E, and arrowroot powder.
  7. When the mixture sitting in the ice bath is about half hardened, meaning it still has a small pool of liquid on top, pour the mixture into the bowl with the liquid oil/arrowroot powder.
  8. Use an electric hand mixer to blend the mixture until it is smooth, with no remaining chunks. Note: If you added the liquid oil too soon and the mixture doesn't become acceptably solid, return the bowl of body butter mixture to the ice bath for a minute or two, and then blend the mixture with it in the ice bath.
  9. Spoon the butter into glass storage containers.
  10. If you're adding essential oils, stir them into the butter. If you're using multiple small jars, you can use different essential oils in each one.
  11. Let the butter set overnight. Store tightly covered. Use as desired.

Source: The Hippy Homemaker

7. Honey Homemade Body Butter and Shaving Cream

You can also use this recipe as a shaving cream.

  • 3/4 cup coconut oil, measured as solid
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • A few drops of grapefruit or other citrus essential oil

Mix all ingredients together until combined and smooth. Transfer to a container,  and store covered tightly in a cool dry place. Use within one week or store in refrigerator. Remember, most citrus oils make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

Adapted from She Wears Many Hats

8. White Chocolate Peppermint Body Butter

Makes almost 1 cup of homemade body butter.

  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup avocado oil
  • 1 teaspoon red raspberry seed oil
  • 10 to 15 drops peppermint essential oil
  1. In a double boiler over low heat, melt cocoa butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil, stirring gently.
  2. Remove from heat and then let cool for a few minutes.
  3. Stir in the red raspberry seed oil.
  4. Place the pan to the refrigerator or freezer. Let cool until the liquid just starts to set but is still soft enough to whip (you’ll see the oils start to thicken and become a whitish color). In the refrigerator, this will take an hour or more, but in the freezer will take only about 20 to 30 minutes. 
  5. Remove from refrigerator or freezer.
  6. Add peppermint essential oil.
  7. Use a mixer to whip the mixture until light and fluffy. This may take a few minutes. If the body butter doesn’t whip, it may not be cool enough, so put it back in the refrigerator or freezer and let it chill a little longer.
  8. Store in an airtight container. This body butter is shelf-stable, so it can be stored at room temperature.

Source: Delicious Obsessions

9. Natural Body Butter Recipe With Almond Oil

Makes just over 1 cup.

  • 1/4 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 to 20 drops essential oil of choice
  1. Combine the shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, and almond oil in a double boiler.
  2. Melt over medium-low heat, stirring gently, until the mixture is liquid.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and let it partially set (until putting a finger in it leaves an indentation).
  4. Add the essential oils, and then whip with a mixer until the body butter is fluffy and stiff peaks have formed.

Source: The Prairie Homestead

10. Bronzing DIY Body Butter

Makes about 2-1/4 cups of homemade body butter.

  • 1 cup shea butter or cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup olive oil (or almond or jojoba oil)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder (depending on your skin tone and how much of a bronzing effect you want)
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil (optional, but the butter will last longer if it contains vitamin E oil)
  • 5 to 10 drops essential oil of choice
  1. Using a double boiler, completely melt the shea/cocoa butter and coconut oil on low heat.
  2. Remove from heat. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Mix in the olive oil, cocoa powder (and cinnamon if desired), vitamin E oil, and essential oil.
  4. Place the mixture in the freezer until it is partially solidified.
  5. Remove from freezer.
  6. Whip the mixture until peaks form. (The consistency will be like whipped butter!)
  7. Scoop into a clean, glass jar.
  8. Let cool and then cover with airtight lid. You can store bronzing body butter at room temperature, unless it’s very hot. In hotter climates, store in the refrigerator.

Source: The Sprouting Seed

11. Creamy Body Butter

This recipe, adapted from EcoBeauty, makes a creamy body butter:

  • 1/4 cup grated cocoa butter
  • 2 tablespoon light sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
  • 5 to 15 drops essential oil(s) of your choice
  • Clean, dark glass jar with lid
  1. Melt the ingredients, except for essential oil, in a double boiler, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat as soon as melted.
  3. Stir in essential oil and stir mixture until well mixed.
  4. Pour the hot liquid into the jar.
  5. Let cool completely and then stir again.
  6. Place lid on jar and store in a cool, dry location. (It'll keep for 4 to 6 weeks.) Use as desired.







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