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.
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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. 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!
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 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.
- 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.
Whipped DIY Body Butter Recipe With Shea Butter
- 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.
- Add the isopropyl myristate and blend once more until the mixture has fully combined.
- Add the sweet almond oil and once again blend until nice and fluffy.
- Add the vitamin e oil,
- 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).
- 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.
- Spoon into a sterile container