Want to learn how to make body butter? Today, we’re looking at an easy recipe for a creamy deliciousness you can make even if you’re a complete beginner. Winter is around the corner and this DIY whipped body butter recipe will easily nourish your skin through the cold months!
You’ll need only 3 ingredients to make it and a few essential oils to make it completely yours.
Ready to get whippy? Let’s get to it!
I’m not a fan of greasy skincare, but body butters are a must. My skin needs them and it regularly reminds me of that fact when it gets dry and flaky.
I mean, we’ve all seen photos of fluffy body butter all over Pinterest, gorgeous photos of creamy decadent recipes that look like the perfect cake frosting. But here’s the funny thing: they look gorgeous but are very easy to make! Yes, body butter recipes are something you can start making at home today and save money right away!
This recipe is also great for a girls’ night in as you can test different oils and customize it to your preferences. It’s awesome because it
Made with all-natural ingredients
Healthy and safe
Comes together quickly
Requires 3 ingredients
Creamy and nourishing
How to make your own creamy whipped body butter
So here’s how we’ll make this whipped goodness:
- prepare the oils
- melt the oils
- whip the oils
And that’s about it! Now, you can see a more detailed guide on how to make body butter here. In the article, you’ll find ideas on different butters and oils you can use, plus many useful tips on how to whip, how to color your body butters, and a little trick on how to make it non-greasy.
Now, let’a have a look at the ingredients you’ll use in this homemade whipped body butter!
Okay, I know. Coconut oil everyone’s favorite oil. The reason I used it in this beginner’s recipe is because it’s versatile, cheap, and you can get it from pretty much everywhere.
Coconut oil contains tons of benefits for our bodies and our skin and hair. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties. What’s more, it boosts skin recovery, healing and it nurtures and hydrates the skin. It is a natural remedy for many a thing, so if you want to know more, have a look at how to use coconut oil as a hair mask and how to use coconut oil for better dental health with oil pulling.
This one has been a staple ingredient for dozens of DIY skincare recipes (lip balms, body butters, hand lotions, body scrubs, you name it!). It’s healing, nourishing, and it gives products a creamy texture.
With its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, shea butter is pretty much a must in anyone’s pantry. It protects the skin, nourishes it and moisturizes it. It can be also used as a mild SPF or extra help with wrinkles and stretch marks. In case you have problems with dry and itchy scalp, have a look at the benefits of shea butter for damaged hair.
One note on shea butter: the unrefined option has a strong nutty scent that you may or may not like. If you think there’s too much nuttiness in the shea smell, choose a refined option instead. It’s odorless and you can pair it with any essential oil that you want.
If you want to know more about avocado oil benefits, go here. It’s very beneficial for the skin, it is a great moisturizer, and a great help with various skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. Moreover, avocado oil boosts collagen, removes dark circles and it is a natural remedy for dry scalp.
Essential oils for body butter
When it comes to choosing the best essential oils for body butter, I only have one tip for you:
- follow your nose: choose EOs that you love the scent of and combine them to your preference. That’s how you can customize the DIY homemade whipped body butter to your tastes exactly. That way, you can save time and avoid smelling endless butters in the shop, looking for the one that will have the best ingredients and the best smell!
In this recipe, I used sweet orange as it’s one of my favorite essential oils. I also noticed that it goes great with an unrefined shea butter scent. It completes it nicely and it adds that deliciously citrus yet sweet tone to the nutty shea scent. They make a lovely autumn-scent combo.
The other reason, why I like a sweet orange essential oil, is because of its anti-inflammatory properties. It also boosts circulation, aids with oily skin, reduces dark spots, acne and has anti-aging effects. And, it can be used as a natural perfume.
Homemade Whipped Body Butter
This creamy, delicious and gorgeous whipped body butter soaks right it. There was no grease, nothing heavy and sticky. It soaks right in and it leaves the skin feeling soft and smooth.
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ½ cup shea butter
- ¼ cup avocado oil
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil
- a few drops vitamin E oil
- Prepare a water bath: add 3cm/1” of water to a wide pan. Bring the water to simmer (low-medium heat).
- Add shea butter and coconut oil to a heat-resistant glass measuring cup
- Melt the ingredients until fully liquid
- Remove from heat and let it cool slightly
- Set in the freezer for 5-10 minutes, so that the ingredients solidify (a bit)
- Once the mixture is solid, take it from the freezer and add avocado oil. Stir well with a spatula
- Then, whip the mixture using a hand mixer. Here’s what you do: mix the ingredients for 2 minutes. Place the mixture into the fridge for 2 minutes. Mix for 2 minutes, freeze for another 2 minutes.
- Then, add essential oils and mix for another 2 minutes. Your body butter should resemble frosting; you should see the peaks and the texture is creamy and fluffy.
- Spoon your freshly whipped body butter into a clean and dry container
- Slather it on!
- you can use a different oil instead of avocado. I’d recommend using something budget-friendly, like apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil.
- vitamin E oil helps to prolong the shelf life of oils
- To use this butter: scoop it from the container with dry and clean hands. This recipe is preservative-free and can start growing bacteria if you splash it with water.
- Feel free to add your own essential oil blend, but make sure to use high-quality essential oil brands that provide clean and pure products without nasty ingredients and fillers.
Homemade whipped body butter recipe: a recap
Making your own body butter at home is a great option for those, who want to save money, have control over their ingredients, and have fun.
This recipe is easy to make, perfect for beginners, and it allows a lot of space to get creative and adjust it to your preferences and needs!
How do you like your whipped body butter?
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Hey, for how long can we store this body butter? Will the essential oil serve as a preservative too? How can we gauge the best before period for these diy skincare or cosmetics?
Hey Siddhi, if you work with clean and desinfected equipment, the body butter should last up to 6 months. But, since it’s all homemade, it’s very difficult to know the exact time of DIY skincare unless you test it in a lab. Essential oils aren’t preservatives, I wrote a blog post on what products need preservatives and which ones you can use. Feel free to have a look at it here. Body butters are normally oil based so you can add a few drops of vitamin E oil to prolong their shelf-life. Hope this helps!
If I make this whipped body butter will it solidify too much to go in a bottle with a pump top?
Hi Rebecca, this butter (and any other on the blog) isn’t apropriate for the pump top bottle, it’s too thick. I’d suggest storing it in a jar or a container with a wide mouth for easy use. Hope this helps. Happy crafting ?
Hi, at what point do you add the arrowroot powder to make it less greasy?
Thank you so much for your recipes and tricks!
This will be my first time making body butter, wish me luck:)
Hey Tanya, thank you :). Well, you can add it right at the beginning with oils and butters; it won’t melt but it’ll be easier to whip everything afterwards. Hope this helps! Happy crafting and good luck! Be sure to report how it went for you! 🙂
I love your stuff! Trying this first recipe- my oil didn’t solidify after 10min in freezer, I know step 5. Says “so it solidifies a bit” step 6. Says “once mix is solid”- after over 30min my mixture was a brick! What’s the texture/consistency I’m going for here before whipping? Is it thinker but not quite solid? Thank you 🙏
Hey Renee, thank you so much for your lovely comment :). Here’s the thing – I have done solid mix and whipped it and it worked beautifully. The most important thing is that the mix isn’t runny at all and quite cool. If it’s runny, it’ll not make the gooey whipped cream consistency, no matter how hard you whip it. Please let me know how it worked for you in the end – I have tried whipping runny, semi- and solid base, and the last one usually worked the best. Hope that helps.