There is nothing more luxurious than a homemade whipped body butter that is all natural and organic, smells delicious, and melts on your skin! This homemade body butter is incredibly easy to make. Simply combine and melt the ingredients in a bowl over steam, chill in your fridge, and then whip into body butter bliss.
Who doesn’t love soft, moisturized, and healthy skin? What of fluffy whipped body butter? Organic body butters and natural oils combined and whipped to perfection for the ultimate DIY body butter. It looks like frosting and feels luxurious on the skin.
Want to understand exactly why?
When a Body Butter is applied to the skin, it melts on your skin the instant you apply it — like butter on a hot pan, and creates a velvety feeling barrier that locks in moisture and prevents water from evaporating through the pores and surface of the skin, leaving your skin nourished and velvety soft!
It’s no secret that Body Butters excel at rejuvenating dry skin. Let me just declare here that I cannot live without my body butter. I am totally obsessed with it; and totally dedicated to making my own whipped butters. It has been an absolute game changer for my highly problematic and extremely dry skin (as well as the perfect sealing cream for my 4C natural hair). The principal ingredients – butter and oil, that make up a body butter, make it super moisturizing and healing for all skin types especially if you have dry skin. So whether you decide to use it all over your body, or only on problem patches such as elbows, knees or cracked heels, a body butter made from rich, organic ingredients is a magic cure for all that ails your skin.
Now, before delving into all the benefits of a homemade body butter, it’s important to understand that the skin is the largest organ of the body, and anything you put on your skin can absorb right into your body. So it is goes without saying that we pay close attention to what we decide to put on it. However, store-bought lotions and moisturizers can be expensive, and usually contain chemicals (fragrances, parabens, colour additives, etc.) that are less than desirable for your skin and health in general. With DIY Body Butters there’s no need to worry about “strange” chemicals. All the ingredients are pure enough to eat. And because body butters do not contain water or other fillers, there is no need to add a preservative to prolong their shelf life. They are characterized by a rich “butter-like” consistency and high viscosity, making them a luxurious and more intense product that their cousin — the body lotion. And that is how my skin fell in love with my homemade body butter.
Generally I prefer making my own skincare products as opposed to buying them in a store, not only because I can be sure the ingredients are all-natural, but also because I really enjoy the process. For someone like myself who’s skin requires intense moisture, making my own whipped cocoa body butter has been an absolute lifesaver. It’s so much more nourishing and hydrating than any lotion I’ve ever used. When using naturally sourced and organic ingredients, this DIY Body Butter is suitable for all skin types, kid-friendly and could be used as a pregnancy belly balm as well. I also use mine for my natural hair as well, as a creamy leave-in conditioner. My hair, like my skin loves it!
If you love making DIY bath and body products for friends and family, this one is a sure hit! It only requires two natural ingredients (natural body butter and nourishing (carrier) oils), and you have the option to further customize the final product by adding any essential or fragrance oils according to your personal preference. Once finished, label your body butter and lather up! If you’re concerned about the final product feeling too greasy to apply all over the body, the good news is that there’s a simple solution for this…arrowroot flour/starch. The arrowroot cuts through the greasy feel that’s often associated with body butter. A small amount of arrowroot flour/starch added to the liquid mixture before putting it in the fridge will take care of this issue.
Some of the most popular natural body butters are shea butter, cocoa butter and mango butter. They are obtained from the seeds or nuts of the respective plants/trees. Cocoa Butter is a preference for me because it is an incredible skin moisturizer which hydrates my skin deeply therefore is excellent for my severe skin dryness. Cocoa Butter can also help improve skin elasticity and tone, has fabulous anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and is great in attenuating the appearance of scars and stretch marks. And as a huge bonus, it has a distinct nutty, chocolate scent – so yes, it makes me smell… delicious…I love it!
Shea Butter and Mango Butter have similar properties and are great alternatives to Cocoa Butter. Combining 2 or 3 of these butters for a body butter recipe will work wonders for your skin. As a word of caution, when deciding on which butter to use, if you have any allergies to chocolate, mangoes, or anything else from which these butters are derived, it is best to use another product. There are many other not so common butters (Kokum, Cupuacu, Coffee, Tamanu etc) on the market, so you may want to check out each one individually to see which may be best for you. However, these butters are often interchangeable in DIY recipes, so do not be afraid to experiment.
HOW TO CHOOSE YOUR CARRIER (NOURISHING) OIL
Most DIY Body Butter recipes use coconut oil as their main carrier oil. But if you don’t have coconut oil on hand or your skin doesn’t tolerate coconut oil for any reason whatsoever, there are several other carrier oils you can use in its place. I have a preference for lightweight oils which easily penetrate and don’t feel as greasy on my skin. My top picks are sweet almond oil, apricot oil and argan oil. Some carrier oil ideas according to skin type include:
Sensitive Skin — Safflower Oil or Sunflower Seed Oil
Patchy, Itchy / Irritated Skin — Sweet Almond Oil
Normal / Combination Skin — Grape Seed Oil, Jojoba Oil or Olive Oil
Dry /Cracked or Aging Skin — Avocado Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, or Macadamia Nut Oil
Whatever oil you decide to use, just make sure it is cold-pressed, virgin and unrefined, to make sure that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are intact.
When making my body butter, I love to use a combination of either 2 or 3 unrefined organic (shea, cocoa or mango) butters and 2 or 3 carrier oils. Body Butters are typically ¾ part solid oil or butter to ¼ part liquid oils. You can adjust to your preferences from here, but remember the more liquid oil you use, the softer the body butter will be. This will make application quite easy, although it will also make your recipe more likely to melt in warm temperatures.
♦ Combine all of the solid butters in a double boiler. You want it to melt over steam, rather than direct heat. I just melt down my butter(s) in a bain-marie, a hot water bath. I use a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water.
♦ Gently heat over medium low heat and stir constantly until everything is melted.
♦ Once the butters have melted, remove from heat and let the mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before adding in your chosen carrier oil(s). I also love to add 2-3 tablespoons of Vitamin E oil at this stage.
If you wish to add arrowroot starch to your butter, now is the time to do so – a teaspoon or two of arrowroot starch will make it less greasy
♦ Place the mixture in the fridge for an hour and allow it to harden just slightly; mixture should be opaque, but still somewhat soft.
TIP: Make sure to cover the container in the fridge (with a lid or towel) so that no condensation drips into your butter!
♦ Remove from fridge and (optional) add 30 – 40 drops of the desired essential oil(s). Use a stand or hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy and stiff peaks have formed and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the bowl as you mix.
♦ Spoon or pipe your homemade body butter in a wide-mouth glass jar with a lid and place in a cool (<23ᵒC /75ᵒF) area. If the body butter melts due to heat, you can place it back into the freezer for a few minutes and then whip it up again.
When stored in a clean and air tight container, this homemade body butter will last 3-6 months, and using a spoon or spatula to dip into the butter rather than your fingers will extend the life of the body butter. Massage into skin using gentle circular motions after taking a bath, while your skin is still damp so the butter is absorbed more quickly, leaving you with beautifully moisturized, soft, supple and gorgeously smelling skin. Mmmmm!!!
Another reason why I love making this homemade whipped body butter? It is an easy do-it-yourself gift idea perfect for mother’s day, Christmas or as party favours at a baby shower. Just use some cute jars and add some colourful twines or ribbons on the jars, and you’ll have a unique present for friends and family! One thing to be mindful of is that like normal butter, body butter is very susceptible to temperature changes. I live in the tropics which means warmer weather, and as a result, the butter melts and can lose its whipped fluffy consistency fairly quickly. I personally don’t mind either form because it’s still very easy to apply and moisturises my skin the same way. But when I make several batches, I keep the other containers in the fridge until when I am ready to use them. So if you’re planning to gift someone with it, this is something to keep in mind.
You know how sometimes you see a recipe and think… oh yeah, that sounds nice… but then never actually make it? Please don’t do that with this one. This homemade whipped body butter is pure gold – and honestly – I think you’re going to love what it does for your skin!
Featuring all natural ingredients, this whipped moisturizing body butter will pamper you and your loved ones like nothing else. It is so smooth, soft, luxurious feeling and SMELLS AMAZING. While many people love to change up the scent and therapeutic properties of their body butters with essential oils, it’s important to note that not all essential oils are skin friendly or child friendly, so make sure you do your research before adding any essential oil(s) in your body butter. If you use citrus oils please be aware that they can cause photosensitivity, so don’t plan on being out in direct sun soon after a topical application. This recipe works very well on its own, so I like to keep my body butter free of essential oils so that I can use it with whomever I choose – from a 10-month-old to an 80-year-old.
Bottom line, when you start with quality ingredients, you save money making your own body butters which is healthier for your body than store bought ones which have harmful additives. A little dollop of this stuff goes a long way – super easy to make and organic! So lather up!