Let’s talk about body butter! We’ll cover the basics, I’ll tell you how to make body butter, and you can have a look at some divine and gorgeous DIY body butter recipes below.
Are you ready to dive into the beautiful creamy world of decadent body butters you can start whipping up today?
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The body butter is probably one of the first things you learn to make when you get into homemade skincare. It was the same for me.
After all, body butters are great because:
- You can whip them up in no time
- You don’t need many ingredients to make them gorgeous
- They’re easy to make
- You can pretty them up with essential oils and micas (color pigments) if you want to
- Perfect entertainment for a girl’s night in
WE'LL TALK ABOUT...
- How to make Body butter?
- How to make whipped body butter?
- How to make body butter less greasy?
- How do you keep body butter from hardening?
- How long does whipped body butter last?
- How to use body butter?
- Can you use body butter on your face?
- Is body butter lotion? What’s the difference between body butter and lotion?
- Homemade body butter recipes
- Before you leave…
How to make Body butter?
Making body conditioner (as I like to call it) is easy. Seriously. You need a few butters, a few oils and you’re good to go.
The process involves melting the butters, combining them with the oils and whipping the blend until it’s soft, creamy, and it resembles frosting. It’s a thing you’ll want to dive head-on into because it’s oh so gorgeous. See below for decadent homemade recipes.
1. First of all, choose your butters.
While some of the butters are already very popular, you don’t have to limit yourself to those. Feel free to test new butters and see how you like them. That’s how I discovered mango butter and haven’t been able to take my hands off it ever since! You can choose from:
- Shea butter
- Mango butter
- Cocoa butter
- Murumuru butter
- Tucuma butter
- Kokum butter
- Babassu buttter
- Ilipe butter
- Cupuacu butter
- Olive butter
You can use only one butter in your product, but I love to make a blend; that way you get different nutrients and effects on the skin.
What I like to do is take notes of each butter/oil I have. I write down whether I like it or not, how it feels, how fast does it soak in, and stuff like that. Believe me, after a few months, you won’t remember which butter gave you a silky skin feel, and which one made your jeans oh-so-greasy.
2. Second of all, choose your oils to go with the butters
Again, you can choose any that you like the most. There are numerous carrier oils out there, so I won’t list all of them. I would recommend you use oils that are affordable and not too luxurious, though. You may be tempted to add rosehip oil into your butter, but save it for the facial lotion. Use almond, grapeseed, apricot kernel oil and similar instead.
3. Thirdly, essential oils
You can add essential oils to your creamy moisturizer as well. There are dozens of essential oil brands out there, a sea of essential oil options, so choose what suits your nose best.
4. Micas, dyes, pigments
And last, to spice things up a bit, you can choose a color for your butter. Micas are a great option when it comes to adding color and you can mix more of them in one product. Some people add food coloring to butters, I prefer to use micas since I always have some lying around.
How to make lavender body butter?
Easily. Use your preferred blend of oils and butters. To get a lavender version of it, simply add lavender essential oil into the mix. You can also add a bit of purple mica color into the butter to make it resemble the color of lavender more.
How to make peppermint body butter?
Same as above, use peppermint essential oil when adding scent to your DIY body butter. Add a bit of green mica into the butter to make it look like peppermint.
How to make whipped body butter?
Well, you combined all the ingredients in a heat-resistant cup. And you melted them. You’ve combined the oils, essential oils, and micas. Now what you do is very easy.
- Take out a hand mixer
- Place it into the cup with melted oils
- Whisk until fluffy and creamy
For best effects, you’ll want to place the cup with melted butters into the fridge for a few minutes on several occasions. I describe the process in my recipes, you can find more information there.
Now, some of you were asking how to make whipped coconut body butter. The process is the same as with any other butter recipe: you melt, you whip, you slather it on!
How long does it take to whip body butter?
Not long. After I take it from the fridge, I normally whip it for a few minutes (about two) and then repeat the procedure (2 minutes in the fridge, 2 minutes whipping) 2 or 3 more times to get the loveliest creamiest fluffiest consistency. But if you’re feeling lazy or if your coffee’s getting cold, you can easily reduce that to only two whippings.
How to make body butter less greasy?
Whipped or not whipped, body conditioner is based on oils and oils alone. It is greasy and there’s only little you can do about it.
But, there is a small trick that can help you reduce the feeling of greasiness: add tapioca starch or arrowroot powder into the recipe. I have tried it in my Shimmering conditioner (recipe below) and I’m pleased to say that it works. The best part about it is that you probably already have one or the other in your kitchen. Easy, right?
The only thing you should know is that by adding one of these ingredients into the mix, it might make the butter less creamy-fluffy. Once you try it, you’ll know what I mean. If making it less greasy is your #1 priority, I think it won’t bother you. I’m very content with it!
How do you keep body butter from hardening?
That’s one single problem I haven’t been able to resolve yet. Since it’s all butters and oils, they act like butters and oils and there hasn’t been much I could do about it.
Some claim that whipping the butter long enough should prevent it from hardening, but I found that not to be true. In winter, it’ll harden no matter what I do.
Optionally, you can choose softer butters and add more liquid oils into the mix. Cocoa butter will cause the mix to harden faster in winter, while shea and mango may still remain softer. It depends on your climate, your house temperature, and many other factors. If you find a solution to the problem, please share it with us below!
How long does whipped body butter last?
I believe it’s safe to say that at least 6 months. None of my butters actually lasted that long (I use them quickly), but I’ve even found info online that you can store them up to 8 or even 10 months. I prefer to make a smaller batch and use it faster than making a huge pot of butter and then using it forever.
But it’s up to you. You can help it live longer if you only use dry and clean hands when taking it from the container. Also, store and close it properly every time and don’t let any water get into the jar as that will shorten its life-span.
How to use body butter?
Apply it on your skin, your legs, tummy, hands, heels, anywhere you want. Since it’s greasy, I’d recommend you use it before you go to bed and let the combo of oils do their magic during the night. Your skin will feel soft, smooth, nourished, and very pleasant to the touch and look!
You can also apply it on damp skin and massage the butter into your skin; that way you can boost the circulation, mix it with water to make the skin even softer, and enable it to soak up some water while the oils lock in moisture.
Can you use body butter on your face?
You could, even though I don’t recommend it. These products are greasy in nature and not necessarily the best for the skin on your face. They’re quite heavy and some of the oils and butters are comedogenic. While you can use these on your body, you’d risk a breakout on your face.
Is body butter lotion? What’s the difference between body butter and lotion?
There is an important difference between the two:
Body butter is based on butters, oils, and oils. It doesn’t contain any water-based products and it also doesn’t need a preservative, as the product will easily last 6 months. It’s greasy by nature and it’s meant to lock in moisture while nourishing the skin with its nutrients. If your skin is very dry (dehydrated), using this type of product won’t be enough, as it also needs to get water.
Body lotion is a blend of water- and oil-based products. It’s lighter, it’s absorbed into the skin more easily. But making a body lotion takes some skill, as the formulations normally require an emulsifier (an agent that helps to combine oil and water) and a preservative (that prevents your product from going bad). There are other ingredients required for the formulation as well: oils, hydrosols, active ingredients, plant extracts, powders, and many more.
Homemade body butter recipes
I’ve published a few recipes that you can find on the blog:
Before you leave…
As you can see, body conditioners are very easy to make. Also, I love them because they’re versatile and very beginner-friendly as well. You don’t need many ingredients, which makes them budget-friendly, and the oils are very nourishing, which makes them effective as well!
You have many creative options when it comes to whipping your own creamy fluffy piece of heaven and you can easily play around with essential oils, micas, and dyes. Who’s ever said that body butter has to be boring? Go, have fun, and experiment! It’s a perfect rainy day project to share with your girlfriends!
If you happen to be taking photos, feel free to tag #wildfornature, I’d love to see what you’re making!
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