Here’s how to make a homemade body butter recipe that can be varied to provide whipped body butter, a cream or a solid bar. These are amazingly moisturizing, they quickly melt and absorb into your skin, and are often referred to as the ultimate moisturizers.
Making DIY body butter is one of my favorite all time bath and body recipes. One of the best things about it is that you only need two ingredients to make it, oil and butter!
Of course, you may want to add a fragrance or essential oil to make it smell absolutely gorgeous, but that’s optional. The Shea butter leaves your skin feeling really soft and smooth. It contains both vitamins A and E and has been known to fade stretch marks. (suitable for all skin types).
Ok, Let’s Make Body Butter
Whipped Homemade Body Butter Cream
This homemade body butter recipe needs no preservatives and will last as long as the shelf life stated on the ingredient you are using to make it.
I’ve given the average shelf life of the oils bellow, and with the Shea butter having about an 18-month lifespan, as long as you know where to buy your oils from a reputable supplier you should have a shelf life of 8 to 12 months on this homemade Whipped body butter. You won’t need that long, as this lovely cream can be a very addictive!
This will make 2 pots about 7 to 8 fl oz:
- Shea Butter 3½oz (152 grams)
- Oil (chosen from bellow) 1½oz (46 grams if adding a fragrance, or 48 grams if not)
- essential oil or fragrance oil ½ teaspoon (2 grams)
- Jars or Pots
All of these oils have been chosen for their life span, lightness and quick absorption to give maximum moisturizing without too much greasiness.
- Apricot Kernel Oil (dry or chapped skin) – Has a shelf life of 1 year; contains softening and regenerating properties.
- Coconut Oil (all skin types) – Has a 2-year shelf life its moisturizing properties are second to none and is extremely light on the skin.
- Hazelnut Oil (greasy skin) – has a shelf life of 1 year (as long as it’s been stored in a cool dark place) hazelnut oil is full of vitamin E, it’s a very dry oil so if you are looking for a none greasy body butter this one’s for you.
- Jojoba Oil (greasy skin) – A very dry oil with a 2-year shelf life, that contains anti-inflammatory properties and is said to help improve water retention and flexibility of the skin.
- Sweet Almond Oil (dry and itchy skin) – Similar to apricot Kernel but has a 2-year shelf life, it contains softening and regenerating properties
- Place the Shea butter and oil into a heatproof bowl or jug and microwave on a low setting until just melted. Or in a bowl that’s been placed on top of a pan of simmering water.
- Once melted give the butter a quick whisk with a hand whisk, then place it into the freezer for about 4 minutes. Remove from the freezer and give it another good blast to try and incorporate some air into it.
- Place the mixture back into the freezer for another 4 minutes, then take it out and add any fragrance if using.
- Start to whisk the butter mixture again, if it starts to thicken continue whisking until you have soft cream like peeks. If the mixture is still too thin and runny replace in the freezer for a few more minutes and whisk again.
- Spoon the diy body butter into jars or pots and leave overnight to harden and become less greasy. Hopefully, you won’t create quite so much mess as I did.. lol
A Harder DIY Body Butter Recipe
This homemade body butter is amazingly moisturizing, and the ingredients are so good for your skin. The Cocoa butter has often been called the ultimate moisturizer. It quickly melts and absorbs into the skin, and its really good for anyone suffering with eczema or dermatitis.
- 3 oz (75g) of Cocoa Butter
- 6 oz (150g) of Shea Butter
- 3 oz (75g) of Jojoba Oil or any other liquid carrier oil
- Cosmetic jars or any containers with lids (for this one I rinsed out some old skin cream pots and reused them)
- To make this body butter you first you need to blend all the ingredients together, and then gently melt them. You can either melt them in a double boiler or in a microwave oven.
- Once all the ingredient is melted, give it a quick whisk with an electric hand blender. Then pop it into the freezer for five minutes to cool ( if you can’t fit it in your freezer you can put it into a bowl full of ice to cool it.)
- Take your mixture out of the freezer, and if you want to add any fragrance add a few drops of essential oils at this point( this is optional it smells pretty good on its own)
- Give it another good whisk so you get lots of air into it.
- Put it back into the freezer/bowl for five more minutes, take it out and whip again, repeat the process once more until your body butter begins to make little peaks (like whipping frosting).
- Once you are happy with its consistency, spoon it into cosmetic jars or containers and leave to set for 24 hours before using.
If you prefer to make a softer body butter cream, next time you make this add a little more liquid oil. If you prefer a harder body butter cream, next time add a little more cocoa butter or beeswax like in the recipe below.
How To Make A Solid Body Butter Bar
I’ve recently been making a a body butter bar that seems to be going down well with everyone who’s tried it, and it’s a good place to start if you think you would like to have a go at making your own body creams.
- First you need to melt all your solid ingredients. You can do this by gently heating in the microwave or on the stove top.
- Once it’s all melted you can stir in the liquid oil, if you want to you can also add a little fragrance or essential oil to make some really nice perfumed bars. Although the cocoa butter and the bees wax does have lovely natural scent of its own, so it’s not essential.
- Pour the melted oils into molds (I use soap or flexi cup cake molds) then allow to cool and harden.
- All you need to do now is gently remove the harden bars from their molds and your home made solid body butter bars are now ready for use.
I’ve been making my own diy beauty recipes now for about five years and my skin has never felt so good. I honestly don’t think that I could go back to using the processed store creams any more.
When you first start making skin creams and homemade lotions it does cost a little more to start with, but once your natural ingredients begin to grow they work out at a fraction of the cost of store bought ones and the rewards are so much greater.
By the way, if you love cocoa butter, take a look at making these wonderful cocoa butter bath treats.
Did you make your own body butter recipe? How did you get on, what ingredients did you use?