I love a well-made lotion, they nourish our skin and keep us looking younger for longer. But what about a DIY body butter recipe? 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 skincare and I just had to make and share the recipes I’ve found.
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Two DIY 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!
The Whipped Body Butter
The first recipe you will see below is the whipped body butter with Shea 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!
I absolutely LOVE the consistency of this homemade whipped body butter. 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 almost marshmallow-like consistency.
It’s a lot like whisking up some whipped cream for sweet desserts!
The Unwhipped Body Butter
Well, my harder mango body 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 the recipes?
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!
Whipped Body Butter 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
The butters and oils 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 homemade 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.
The Harder Mango Body Butter For Dry Skin
So, here’s the skinny. While this mango body butter includes lots of the same ingredients as the homemade whipped body butter, it’s actually quite different.
Because we’re not whipping air into the butter, it’s not as light. In fact, it’s actually quite a dense, solid moisturizer.
But that’s okay because sometimes that’s what you need.
This body 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.
I find this body butter to be intensely hydrating, albeit a little greasier, and longer-lasting than a whipped body butter.
It kind of resembles a waxless balm and may require you to scoop some out with your fingernail to get it out of the pot. Don’t worry though, it’ll quickly melt between your fingers.
When I use solid body butter, it’s because I have areas of skin that need targeted hydration. If you wanna use it for this purpose also, you can tailor the ingredients for your own unique skin.
Whipped body butter, if you’ll remember, requires only very light oils in order for it to whip properly. With this solid body butter, you can use whatever oils you like, regardless of weight and density.
As I use this body butter for intense hydration, I prefer to exclusively use beneficial essential oils for this, as some of them have powerful abilities to help soothe and hydrate dry and chapped skin. However, fragrance oil will work just fine also, I just like essential oils in my homemade body butter.
Unwhipped Mango Body Butter Recipe
- Glass or Metal Bowl (large enough to accommodate the mixing bowl)
- First, you’ll want to set up your water bath. To do this, fill a saucepan with a couple of inches of water and allow to reach a simmering temperature, then turn off the heat.Next, weigh out the mango butter and place it into your pyrex/heatproof bowl, and place the bowl on the saucepan to melt. If you find your butter is melting, turn the heat back on to the lowest level.While the butter is melting, let’s use this time to set up our water bath. Fill your second bowl with ice and cold water. Set to one side while your butter finishes up melting in the water bath.Now that our mango butter has melted, remove from the water bath. Now, mix in our two carrier oils. I’m using avocado and argan oils. Then, lower the bowl into the ice water bath. At this point, stir thoroughly with a spoon continuously for about a minute.
- Now that the mixture has cooled, we can add the essential oils. EOs have to be added at a cooler temperature because their beneficial properties are highly susceptible to degradation at high temperatures. Once added, mix thoroughly.
- Now we’ve added all of our ingredients, stir thoroughly until the mixture reaches a light trace (similar to trace in soap making). This is when the mixture is stiff enough to support itself. You should be able to pick some of the mixture up with a spoon and drizzle it back onto its surface without it immediately sinking in.
- When it’s at this stage, transfer to your chosen container, and you’re all finished with this DIY body butter!
The advantage of making this recipe over the homemade whipped body butter is how forgiving it is of substitutions. You really can make this one your own, so experiment and see what works best for you!
- You can substitute the mango butter for anything other than cocoa butter. Shea, Olive, and Illipe are all excellent alternatives.
- If you really want to make use of cocoa butter, you may want to increase the liquid oil and reduce the amount of butter. You could also experiment with splitting the quantity of cosmetic butter between cocoa and a softer butter. Either way, it will require some experimentation.
- As previously stated, this recipe is very forgiving, and so you can make use of your heavier oils in this one. Although I would avoid using anything that won’t fully absorb into your skin (i.e. castor oil) as this recipe is already a bit greasier than it’s whipped sister. Take a look at our guide to carrier oils for more information on various oils.
- Like with the homemade whipped body butter, you’re free to play around with essential oils. As I’ve said, I prefer not to use fragrance oils in this recipe, but you absolutely can if you want to. Check out our essential oil use chart for a detailed guide on their various properties and benefits.
2 More Body Butter Recipes
Winter Skin Carrot Infused Body Butter
Raspberry Whipped Body Butter Recipe
So there we have it, 2 DIY body butters to keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing all year round!
While the homemade whipped body butter recipe can be a bit more difficult to crack than the unwhipped, you definitely should keep at it. Once you get the technique down, you absolutely won’t regret the early mishaps and mistakes. I know I don’t.
While you definitely can head into a store like Lush and pick up a commercially produced alternative, I just think making your own just… well, makes sense. Who knows what’s in those, and they just cost way more than I’m willing to part. Homemade body butter is the way to go, and it makes an amazing gift too!
I love how customizable these can be, too. An example of this is my winter body butter that is infused with carrot oil.
Don’t forget to be careful with your choices for the homemade whipped body butter, as you may find it fails to whip if choose something a little too heavy.
The mango body butter is the way to go if you want complete freedom with substitutions, but why not have both!? I do! I’m sure that’s not too excessive… I think.
There’s nothing quite like a homemade body lotion recipe with shea butter. It’s the way it glides across the skin, or perhaps it’s the gorgeous aromas of essential oils that does it for me.
I keep a bottle of this magical formula topped up as often as I can. And you can too. Learn how to make body lotion recipes…