Flower Infused Whipped Body Butter

This nourishing whipped body butter recipe is perfect for softening and soothing dry hands and body!

It features a trio of herbal flowers: dandelion, sunflower, and calendula, that help repair and condition chapped skin.

This nourishing whipped body butter recipe is perfect for softening and soothing dry skin! It features a trio of herbal flowers: dandelions, sunflowers, and calendula, that help repair and condition your skin.

Today I’m excited to share a recipe that was inspired by my friend Colleen’s brand new book, Healing Herbal Infusions.

If you love making useful projects with flowers and herbs from your garden, this is a must have for your home library!

book cover that says Healing Herbal Infusions

Isn’t the cover gorgeous!?

The inside is just as beautiful – filled with full color photos and a lovely botanical design. (Use the “look inside” feature at Amazon and check it out!)

Healing Herbal Infusions Book with jar of flower infused whipped body butter and small bowl of dried calendula flowers

Ingredients You’ll Need

For the Flower Infused Oil

(Note: For my version, I used dandelions & sunflower petals instead of lavender & elderflowers. I used a combination of rice bran oil and grapeseed oil for the oil portion.)

  • 1/4 cup dried calendula
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender
  • 2 tbsp dried elderflowers
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/4 cup apricot kernel oil
  • 1 tbsp castor oil

For the Body Butter

  • 4 oz shea butter
  • 1/2 cup of the flower infused oil from above
  • 5 to 10 drops lavender essential oil, optional

How to Make Flower Infused Body Butter

First, make the flower infused oil:

  1. Combine the dried flowers and oils in a half-pint jar.
  2. Cover with a lid and shake to mix well.
  3. Put the jar in a cool dark place to infuse for 4 to 6 weeks.
  4. You could also use the quick infusing method as detailed in my 10 Things to Make with Calendula article.
  5. Once infused, strain the flowers from the oil and proceed with the recipe.

Next, make the whipped body butter:

  1. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler over low heat.
  2. Add the flower infused oil.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Place in the refrigerator about 1 hour, until beginning to solidify.
  5. Use a hand mixer to beat until fluffy.
  6. Add the lavender essential oil.
  7. Mix until incorporated.
  8. Spoon into jars or tins.

This filled about 2 1/2 of the 4 ounce small canning jars shown.

We recently started back the wood stove for winter and my skin was feeling dry.

I’ve been applying this body butter at night over the last few weeks and it leaves my skin feeling softer and smoother.

Jan
 

Jan Berry is a writer, herbalist, soapmaker, and bestselling author of The Big Book of Homemade Products, Simple & Natural Soapmaking, and Easy Homemade Melt & Pour Soaps. She lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her family and a menagerie of animals, where she enjoys brainstorming creative things to make with the flowers and weeds that grow around her.

  • Shima says:

    This looks great. Wondering if I need to add a natural preservative.

  • Marion Strodike says:

    Hi, thank you for the recipe. What is the shelf life of the body butter?

    • Hi Marion! The body butter should last a nice long time, at least 1 year, though it will deflate a little bit over time. It won’t spoil or mold, but the oils will eventually go rancid. If it starts smelling like old oil, then you know it’s past its prime. :)

  • Lauren Beacham says:

    I’m so excited to try some of your recipes! I’ve foraged quite a bit in anticipation :) I know I harvested more than I will need for a few recipes, so I am wondering how long dried flowers (IE dandelions especially) will keep? And the best way to store them until I need to make more of something? TIA!

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