homemade body butter recipe

I have been looking around for an ideal body butter recipe… I generally have dry skin (on top of living in Colorado) and I definitely lather on extra body butter during pregnancy.

While making your own body butter is a bit of an initial investment, it’s worth being able to make a BIG batch.  The shelf life of this recipe is good as long as the jar you use is completely clean & DRY when you store the body butter in it.

The original recipe came from the Rawmazing blog and included coconut oil.  In the past, I have adored using coconut oil for body care and cooking, but I developed a sensitivity to it this pregnancy.

So I came up with this combo to make my own:

  • 2 cups (or 1 pound) 100% Pure Unrefined Raw shea butter  ($6.25 on Amazon)
  • 1 cup almond oil (around $8 at Vitamin Cottage – equates to 1/2 the bottle I purchased)
  • 1 cup grapeseed oil (around $8 at Vitamin Cottage – equates to 1/2 the bottle I purchased)
  • 10 drops* Serenity essential oil by dōTERRA (each 15ml bottle has approximately 250 drops in it: $40 retail, $30 wholesale)                                 *you can use more, I just like to have a very lightly scented body butter… I chose Serenity because it is calming and smells great. One of my favorite oils! You can order your own at my dōTERRA store.

All together, this recipe cost $15.45 to make… One large jar & 6 small gift jars.  SO much better than paying $10 for a single “gift-sized” jar at the store.

Ok, so you can’t just throw it all together and expect it to work… you need to follow these instructions!

1. scrape out the shea butter into a glass boil that fits on top of a saucepan… fill the bottom of the saucepan with 1-2 inches of water so that when it boils, the water does NOT touch the glass boil.  Melt the shea butter with this double boiler method.

2. set aside and let it cool for about 30 minutes

3. pour in the almond oil, grapeseed oil and Serenity essential oil. Stir.

4. allow it to chill in the FREEZER for about an hour

5. use the whipping beater on a stand-mixer to WHIP the mixture… it will soon turn white and fluffy…

6. MAKE SURE to scrape the sides of the bowl with a stiff spatula or spoon because the sides won’t automatically fall into the body butter.  You’ll know it’s done when it’s all white & fluffy:)

7. scoop into a clean & DRY glass jar.  As long as it is dry and there’s no water able to get into the jar, the shelf life is a few months.


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Sindy - September 28, 2013 - 10:12 pm

I love coconut oil, but I’m always willing to try new things! I have eczema, and I can’t use any perfumes or dyes. This will be another body butter for me to try! Thanks for posting!!!

Kasia - October 8, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Yay! I might make some when my coconut oil body butter runs out. I love it!

Fay Baldwin - November 16, 2013 - 7:17 am

Love this,I am going to try.

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