Homemade body butter is waaaayyyy better than lotion — because it lasts longer.
And it can be better for your skin depending on how you make it.
And no, this body butter is not frosting, but it does look good enough to eat, doesn't it?
While I love my tallow balm and tallow bars, I was looking for a spreadable all-over-body lotion, something thick and rich that would stay in place while nourishing the skin — and using just a few ingredients, including essential oils.
Hello, body butter!
I remembered hearing about body butter, so I looked around online for ideas. Most were more complicated than I wanted them to be (i.e. lots of ingredients or steps). Then I saw where my friend Renee blogged about making a body butter with the same ingredients I was hoping to use: shea butter and coconut oil.
I wrote to Renee for more information. Like always, she was so helpful. She pointed me to the Full Body Conditioner recipe in her eBook, My Buttered Life: Summer Edition. (A recipe I have been meaning to try for ages…) That was the push I needed. I tried it and loved it. My whole family does, too!
And the best part? She's given me permission to share the recipe with you. Her eBook also includes 4 other recipes: sunscreen, tan enhancer, bug repellent bar, and foot protector bar.
Whipped Homemade Body Butter
Why body butter? It’s scoopable and rich and easy to spread on your skin — all over. It doesn’t wear off or wash off easily like lotion. It works well in summer or winter. I usually double the recipe because you can’t have enough of this stuff! Used with permission from Renee Harris’ My Buttered Life: Summer Edition.
- Makes 1 quart (depending on how much you whip it).
- Weigh and place shea butter and coconut oil in a medium sized bowl.
- Melt in double boiler and stir with a wooden skewer.
- Refrigerate until hardened, 2 to 3 hours.
- Whip using stand up mixer, occasionally scraping down the sides. (This takes 10 to 15 minutes.) When the mixture is fully whipped to your desired feel, whip in essential oil(s).
- Scoop into jar(s).
Melt first. The melting stage is essential so you don't have little solid bits of shea butter in your finished product. Don't skip it. 🙂Storage. I put my body butter in wide mouth half pint jars for our own use. They're easy to hold and it's easy to dip your fingers inside. Or, I use the tiny (and cute) 4-ounce quilted jelly jars for gifting.Whipping. If your mixture is too cold, whipping is hard. Give it 5 minutes to soften at room temperature and try again. Conversely, if it doesn't whip, it's not cold enough -- so chill it more.
Essential Oil “Flavor” Ideas
- Wardee's butter (I looooveeee this) — add 20 drops cedarwood, 13 drops sandalwood, 7 drops ylang ylang, and 4 drops patchouli
- Citrus — add 12+ drops of your favorite citrus or citrus blend
- Lavender — add 12+ drops lavender
- Chocolate Mint — use organic cocoa butter instead of organic shea butter, add 12+ drops peppermint essential oil
Made body butter before? If not, I hope you'll give this a try! What are your favorite “flavors”?
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