Homemade Body Butter

DSC_4636My mom sent me the best handmade body butter for Mother’s Day. Made from all organic ingredients and whipped up to a light and fluffy butter that melts when it hits your skin. Not too oily and not so absorbent that it just soaks right in. Just the right amount to keep me moisturized. I was so intrigued by it that I did a bit of research and figured out that it is absolutely simple and fun to make my own.

I am a lotion fanatic. I typically have dry skin, although moving to a more humid climate has helped, I lotion from head to toe usually twice a day. I cannot stand that irritating crinkly feeling of dry skin!


Uplifting Peppermint Body Butter

Once you have the basics on hand, the essential oil scents you can add are endless. You can even add essential oils that act as a natural summer bug repellent, sleep aids, oils to perk you up, oils for muscle fatigue and headaches, etc.

Here’s a list of aromatherapy recipes I found on the internet that you can experiment with.

There are numerous carrier oils you can use as well. But if you’re going to focus on the body butter, make sure you use at least two types of oils that solidify at room temperature or you won’t be able to whip it into a body butter.


Calming Lavender Body Butter ~ Place it next to your bedside so you can rub it into hands, elbows, and feet

What You Will Need To Make My Body Butter:

16 oz. Organic Raw Unrefined Filtered Shea Butter

8 oz. Organic Virgin Unrefined Coconut Oil

8 oz. Organic Cold Pressed Pure Jojoba Oil

Pure Organic Essential Oils Of Your Choice

(I did lavender – 10 drops, lemongrass 15 drops & Eucalyptus Globulus 15 drops, & Peppermint 15 drops)

Kitchen Scale

Double Broiler (Or large pot & glass bowl)

4 Cup Glass Measuring Cup

3 Glass Bowls, such as cereal or soup bowls

Stand Mixer

Paper Towels

Containers to store body butter

*Store containers that aren’t being used in the refrigerator for use later.

Bring double broiler or pan and glass bowl water to a boil and reduce temperature to very slow simmer. Measure shea butter and coconut oil on kitchen scale and add. Do not allow any water to come in contact with the oils.

Stir occasionally until the shea butter and coconut oil are completely melted. Do not allow to boil. The warmed water under the glass bowl is sufficient for melting.


Remove bowl/broiler  from water/heat and set aside. Allow to cool on the counter to room temperature.

When completely cooled, add the jojoba oil and stir to combine. Pour oil into the glass measuring cup and distribute evenly among the glass bowls.

Add the essential oils (several drops will be enough!) to each bowl. I did different oils in each bowl, to make three types of body butter. Cover with plastic wrap, and place in freezer for 30 minutes.


Remove the bowls from the freezer. They will be mostly solidified.


  Attach the whip to your mixer and beat one bowl of oil at a time until light in color and fluffy stopping the mixer and scraping down the sides often. In between bowls, wipe down the whisk and bowl with paper towels.



Spoon or pipe into containers of choice. If you choose to pipe the body butter, oil the inside of the piping bag with a pastry brush first with a little jojoba oil.

If you’re going to make body butter for gifts, look for fancy jars and containers in discount stores and craft stores such as Ross, TJ Maxx, and Michael’s. I made these for my own use so I just spooned mine into simple canning jars and did a basic decorated label with ribbon. You can find really neat printable labels, tags, and ribbon in most craft stores if you plan to give them to friends and family. Get creative and have fun!


Natural bug & tick repellent with Lemongrass & Eucalyptus Globulus

22 Comments on “Homemade Body Butter

  1. Wow! Now I want to go and make my own body butters. These look very good and yes, they’d make excellent gifts. Great that you know what goes into these as well – nothing harmful! xx


  2. This looks absolutely decadent and wonderful. And this would be a perfect for a wedding shower gift. I will be forwarding your link to my good friend. Love this


  3. April, this is one of the most expensive luxuries to buy if you are looking for a good and pure product. The last time I purchased a jar it was $35.00. Now I can make it for myself at a fraction of the cost, and it looks easy to do. Thank you!


    • You’re very welcome! The initial purchase is a bit pricey but it will make at least 6 months, maybe even a years worth of body butter. Buy the 32 ounce shea butter and make small batches as you need it. 🙂


  4. This looks fantastic. I have a quick question though. Would I achieve the same results if I used a combination of cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, and the essential oils? I don’t have any coconut oil or jojoba oil on hand.


    • Hi and thank you for stopping by! I don’t see why not. As long as your ratio of liquid oil isn’t too high. Otherwise, it may nit whip up properly. Let me know how it goes, your combinations sound wonderful! 🙂


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  7. I was wondering how much lotion this made? I want to make sure I make enough for Christmas presents 🙂 thanks!


    • Hi! I believe I was able to get four 6 ounce jars and one 16 ounce jar out of that batch. Quite a bit! I think a 6 ounce jar is a great gift size, the lotion is very rich and thick. I like to slather myself with it in the AM and PM because I can’t stand to have dry skin. But I would guess that most people would rather use it at night. Let me know how it goes! Thank you for stopping by! 🙂


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  9. I just made this for Christmas presents, it is wonderful!!!!! My batch made two 12oz jars and 6 4 oz jars. Mine smells like an Almond Joy…I put in peppermint essential oil. Thank you for sharing I also used half Shea butter, half coco butter. Omgosh good.


    • Hi Laura!

      Well, that’s a tough one. Body “butter” is just that really. A very rich lotion meant to be very dense and moisturizing. I would bet if you did a little research on Pinterest, you may be able to find a regular body lotion that may suit your needs. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂


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