This DIY whipped body butter recipe with cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil smells delicious and melts on your skin!
Salves and creams are great and all, but there’s nothing like a whipped body butter. Aside from my calendula comfrey all-purpose salve, I make it a point to have this whipped body butter in our house most of the time.
One batch of this whipped body butter recipe fills two small mason jelly jars, and they both will last you quite a long time. Or, if you love making DIY bath and body products for friends and family, this one is a sure hit! You can customize it with different essential oils to match the scent your going for, or to experience different benefits.
How Is Whipped Body Butter Different Than Salves and Creams?
Body butter melts on your skin, and the whipped, fluffy texture is to die for. It’s light and fluffy, making it easy to apply, and it’s super hydrating.
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 because I enjoy the process.
But there is a downside that you’ll need to know if you don’t typically make your own creams and body butters – It takes a while to soak into your skin.
So, Why Make Your Own Whipped Body Butter?
Many skincare products contain alcohol, and there’s been an ongoing debate regarding whether or not it’s unsafe to use on your skin. Personally, I just don’t care to have any unnecessary ingredients in my products whatsoever.
Whether it’s unsafe or not, alcohol can dry your skin out. It’s usually found in store-bought lotions and creams because it helps it absorb into your skin and dry quickly. So while some may complain that homemade body butters take a long time to absorb into their skin, just know that it’s worth the wait.
It’s much more nourishing and hydrating, especially during the Winter months when we’re all more prone to experiencing dry skin.
DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Ingredients For Whipped Body Butter:
- 1/3 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/3 cup Shea Butter
- 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/3 cup Infused Almond Oil (mine was infused with a variety of healing flowers)
- Optional: 7 drops Essential Oil of your choice
How To Make Whipped Body Butter:
1. Combine Ingredients In A Double Boiler
Combine all of the ingredients, except for the essential oils in a double boiler.
2. Heat All Ingredients Over Medium Low Heat
Gently heat the ingredients until the mixture is a liquid.
3. Remove From Heat And Allow To Partially Set In The Fridge
It usually takes about an hour in the fridge. You’ll know it’s ready when the edges are beginning to harden. You don’t want it to get too cold and settled. It should still be soft and even a little bit liquid-y.
4. Add Essential Oils
I wait until this point to add the essential oils. Adding them while the mixture is still hot defeats the purpose. Besides, there’s no need to worry about them not being mixed in. They have plenty of time to be whipped in.
5. Using A Hand Mixer, Whip For At Least 10 Minutes
Unless you have arms of steel, you’ll want the hand mixer, trust me. It needs to be whipped continuously for at least 10 minutes. There may come a point right before it starts to become body butter, where you’ll feel like giving up. It stays the same consistency up until right before the time is up. Whip, whip, and whip some more!
Once it’s fluffy and stiff peaks form, you’ll know your body butter is done!
6. Add The Body Butter To Jars and Enjoy!
And you’re done! You can keep it in the fridge if you like, but I never do.
Notes About DIY Body Butter:
Is It Greasy?
I wouldn’t say greasy, but it is slick. It can become overwhelming if you try to apply a huge glob to a small area of skin. For the best, non-greasy results, use a very small amount and understand that it’s not like your typical lotion. It will take a little while to absorb into your skin, and I wouldn’t suggest putting clothes on over the area immediately after applying.
Many recipes claim to be “non-greasy,” when it’s actually pretty darn greasy depending on who you ask. Like I mentioned above, it’s well worth the wait to let it absorb into your skin. You won’t need to apply it every day, or even every other day because it’s so hydrating.
Give it a few minutes, and it will lose that oily or greasy feeling.
Can I Use A Different Carrier Oil?
Absolutely! Some great alternatives include jojoba oil or grapeseed oil. Any other light carrier oil would work.
Does The Carrier Oil Have To Be Infused?
Nope! I almost always suggest using an infused oil in my recipes, because it’s a great way to create a cream, salve, or butter that is jam packed with herbal, nourishing, healing goodness! I can’t bring myself to use carrier oil that hasn’t been infused at this point, because it feels like a wasted opportunity.
If you have the time to infuse your oil with some calendula or another healing flower, I highly suggest it, but it is not necessary!
Do I Have To Use Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter?
The cocoa and shea butter are interchangeable in this recipe, and you can even substitute either of them with mango butter if you like. Cocoa butter smells like chocolate, so it’s a must for me. If you don’t like the scent, that’s okay, just leave it out and substitute it with shea butter or mango butter.
Shea butter is the bomb diggity. It’s the ultimate moisturizer, and even though it’s a butter, it won’t clog your pores. However, it has a distinct nutty scent that some people can’t stand. That’s where mango butter comes into play. It has no scent whatsoever!
My personal opinion? Though mango butter is a great alternative for anyone that’s sensitive to smells, it’s not quite as good as unrefined shea butter. Shea butter is more nutrient-rich, and it whips better than mango butter, which will save you money. You’ll see a higher yield when using shea butter than you will with mango.
How Long Is This Whipped Body Butter Good For?
When sealed in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry area, this whipped body butter should last up to 8 or 9 months.
Did you follow this whipped body butter recipe? Let me know how it went in the comments below, or tag me in a picture on Instagram! I’d love to see!
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