My Best DIY Body Butter Recipes – Whipped or Solid

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I love a well-made lotion. They nourish our skin and keep us looking younger for longer. But what about DIY body butter recipes? I’ve experimented with them in the past, but this week I decided to make it my mission to become an expert!

I’m always a sucker for good diy skin care and I just had to share what I’ve found with you.

DIY body butter

I absolutely LOVE the consistency of the whipped body butter recipe. It’s like slathering your body with clouds! Beating air into the mixture at various intervals creates tiny air pockets, giving it an exceptionally light and an almost marshmallow-like consistency. It’s a lot like whisking up some whipped cream for sweet desserts

Two Types Of Homemade Body Butters

So there are two types of body butter, whipped and unwhipped. Both are excellent at nourishing your body with vitamins and skin softening properties that will keep your skin healthy and youthful for so much longer than anything you can buy.

Better yet, if the thought of adding a preservative to a lotion puts you off, this is the product for you, because my homemade body butter doesn’t call for any preservative at all!

First up we have a whipped body butter recipe

The first recipe you will see below is the whipped body butter. It’s exceptionally light, almost grease-free, and scented with 3 different essential oils that will impart powerful benefits to our skin. I now use this daily, and I don’t think I’ll ever go back!

Your homemade body butter should be light and fluffy

But what about the unwhipped?

Well, my mango butter is intensely hydrating and great for targeted moisturizing for dry skin. I’ll use this on my elbows, knees, and anywhere that likes to dry out like a prune in 100-degree weather. Like the whipped, this is full of good stuff, such as essential oils that are specifically chosen to soothe and hydrate dry skin.

Don’t like or don’t have some of the ingredients for this recipe? That’s totally cool because these recipes can be customized. The whipped is a little more difficult to get right, but with some experimentation, you can get your personalized homemade body butter tuned perfectly to your own unique skin!


The butters and oils in my recipe below have been carefully chosen in order to maintain a fluffy texture to the finished product. But let’s take a look at some choices you can make with this gorgeous whipped body butter.

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  • Using anything other than refined shea butter in this recipe may give you a different texture, but you absolutely can experiment. I’ve used mango before, which worked quite well. I’ve also tried avocado, which had a wonderfully light, fluffy feel to it but for some reason was also a little grainy (although these ‘grains’ melt very quickly when applied to the skin).
  • Do not use cocoa butter as a like for like cosmetic butter substitution, as it is much too hard.
  • The sweet almond oil can be substituted for whatever lightweight oil you prefer. I have used grapeseed, safflower, and sunflower before and they have all worked out great. The key is lightweight, so we can maintain that fluffy consistency.
  • If you want to use a heavier oil, perhaps consider the second recipe on this page, as it is much more forgiving.
  • Neroli and Rose absolute can be a bit expensive and so they can easily be substituted for Sweet Orange and another floral essential oil that is less expensive.
  • But you can use whatever essential oils you like or have lying around. As we only use small amounts, changing these to say Lavender will not change the consistency. If you want to substitute these, take a look at our essential oil use chart for some inspiration.
  • The isopropyl myristate can be substituted for a very lightweight oil. However, this ingredient is an ester and stops your recipe from being greasy on the skin, so this should be anticipated when substituting.
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Whipped DIY Body Butter Recipe With Shea Butter

I absolutely LOVE the consistency of this whipped body butter recipe. It's like slathering your body with clouds! Beating air into the mixture at various intervals creates tiny air pockets, giving it an exceptionally light and an almost marshmallow-like consistency. It's a lot like whisking up some whipped cream for sweet desserts
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Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield (adjustable): 150 g
Author: Angela Wills
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  • Weigh out and place the refined shea butter into a glass, aluminum or PET plastic bowl. Then, using the electric hand blender, whisk the butter so that it is light and fluffy. This should take 2-5 minutes, but this can vary.
    using the electric hand blender, whisk the butter
  • Add the isopropyl myristate and blend once more until the mixture has fully combined.
    Add the isopropyl myristate
  • Add the sweet almond oil and once again blend until nice and fluffy.
    Add the vitamin e oil and the essential oils
  • Add the vitamin e oil,
    Add the vitamin e oil and the essential oils
  • Add the essential oils and give it one final blend. The end product should be light, fluffy and somewhat marshmallowy in texture (sort of like fluff).
    Add the essential oils and give it one final blend
  • If your mixture is too runny, check your measurements once more and try again. Also, be careful not to over whip your butter. If your mixture is too hard, it is likely that you've managed to add far too much shea butter.
    If your mixture is too hard, it is likely that you've managed to add far too much shea butter
  • Spoon into a sterile container
    Spoon into a sterile container
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Angela Wills
Angela Wills
Hi, I’m Angela, I make most of the homemade things here at Savvy Homemade. I'm an experienced soap maker, skincare formulator, author, busy Mom of 3 and recently a Grandma! Welcome to SavvyHomemade, it's my true passion.

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10 thoughts on “My Best DIY Body Butter Recipes – Whipped or Solid”

Discussion (10 Comments)

  1. Hi Angela,
    I think your mom had an intuition that you would grow up an Angel. Hence the appropriate name “Angela”. Soooooo apt.
    Thanks again a million times for sharing.

  2. if your using the body butters for retail, can you add a preserve in case for bacteria, mold etc? In case of anything, and if so what would you recommend?

    • Hi Maritza,

      Ordinarily, a body butter wouldn’t need a preservative. However, if you are concerned about your consumer putting wet fingers in the product, you may wish to make use of one. If you’re looking for a natural preservative, Preservative Eco is pretty good and widely available. Otherwise, I have used Phenoxyethanol before and thought that it was quite good.

      Hope this helps!

  3. Hi Angela. Just finished your body butter recipe and the texture of the finished product was absolutely wonderful. I didn’t have any refined Shea butter on hand so used the unrefined. I also used ylang ylang, bergamot and lavender, again because I had them on hand. The finished product was a bit of a disappointment only in the fragrance. I wondered why you used the refined Shea butter and then I realized that all of my butters smell about the same when I use the unrefined Shea. Is that why you use the refined instead? I did some checking and the consensus seems to be that the refined Shea butter doesn’t have the same beneficial qualities so now I’m wondering what else I can do. I did increase the amount of essential oils and that did help some but the Shea smell seems to overpower. Any ideas?

    • Hi Mimi,

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the texture of the body butter. It really is like spreading clouds across your skin! As for the smell, I have a strong feeling your shea may be masking some of the fresh scents of your essential oils. I also use refined in this context simply because the butter is easier to whip, although you can get a similar texture from unrefined if you do it just right (which you must have done, so good on you!). I actually have the same problem with unrefined cocoa butter, it smells much too chocolately for my floral fragrances and essential oils.

      My suggestion would be to swap out the unrefined for the refined. While I do agree that unrefined is better, it’s not really a big gap between the two (as much as some people want to tell you). But if you prefer the unrefined, you could try using a fragrance oil instead of or in combination with your essential oils. While I’m not always a fan of fragrance oils due to their synthetic origins, they should be safe in a formulation that isn’t used on the face. There’s only so much essential oil you can use before it starts to irritate your skin; fragrance oils don’t have the same problem (although try not to overdo it, as again they’re artificial products).

      Other than that, not a lot springs to mind, unfortunately. If you find a solution, do let me know!

      Hope this helps!

      • Thanks again, Angela. I decided to give it one more try and split the butter quantities to half unrefined Shea and half Mango. It looked great and the fragrance was better but it was grainy. Was that the Mango butter not being melted, do you think? The following day it was even grainier. Rather than toss it out I melted it down, let it cool in the fridge until it just started to set, whipped it and it was pretty much perfect in texture. I surprised myself. I still got that Shea fragrance a bit so broke down and bought some refined Shea Butter and will use it for my next batch. This recipe is a keeper in any case. Thanks so much for your help. I’m glad I persevered!

        • Hi Mimi,

          Yeah, I’ve definitely had a grainy texture to my whipped body butter before, although never with refined shea. I especially experienced a lot of graininess when using unrefined avocado butter (although the ‘grains’ would melt very quickly between my fingers and in general the formulation was actually quite nice).

          I think the problem really is the unrefined nature of some cosmetic butters, but I couldn’t really tell you any more about it as I’m not all that sure myself. It’s interesting to see that you managed to reduce the graininess by melting it down and whipping it again. It’s a good troubleshooting tip for when things don’t go quite right.

          At any rate, I’m so glad you persevered as well. While I do agree unrefined is best, perhaps it’s not always suitable in all formulations. It’s good to have both on hand, for various different applications.


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