So, here’s the skinny. While this recipe includes lots of the same ingredients as the whipped body butter recipe, 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.
I find this homemade body butter recipe 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 recipe, 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 DIY body butter recipe.
- The advantage of making this recipe over the whipped body butter recipe 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 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.
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 recipe!
Final Thoughts On The Body Butter Recipes
So there we have it, 2 DIY body butter recipes to keep your skin soft, smooth and glowing all year round! While the 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. DIY body butter recipes made at home are the way to go, and they make amazing gifts 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 whipped body butter recipe, as you may find it fails to whip if choose something a little too heavy. My mango body butter recipe 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.