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Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Learn how to make DIY whipped body butter with natural ingredients + recipes, troubleshooting tips, plus grab a free printable guide with bonus info & recipes!
Keyword body butter, free printable guide, non-greasy
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 7.5 ounces

Equipment

  • a kitchen scale that measures in ounces or grams
  • a wide-mouth pint canning jar or other heatproof container for melting the butter and oil together
  • a small saucepan or pot to place the melting jar/container in
  • a 4-cup pyrex measuring pitcher, or other heatproof tall narrow mixing container or bowl
  • a hand mixer (or stand mixer)
  • 2 or 3 four-ounce jars

Ingredients

  • 5 oz (142 g) mango butter or shea butter
  • 2.5 oz (71 g) liquid carrier oils of your choice (choose mostly light, non-greasy oils)
  • extra oil, if needed to mix in to make a softer texture
  • 45 drops essential oil, optional (1% dilution rate, or use less for a softer scent)

Instructions

  • Weigh the butter and oils into a heatproof jar.
  • Set the jar into a pan containing several inches of water, forming a double boiler setup.
  • Place the pan over a medium low burner until the butter completely melts.
  • Remove the jar from the heat and pour the hot mixture into a tall narrow mixing container, like a 4-cup Pyrex measuring pitcher.
  • Place in the refrigerator to cool, about 35 to 55 minutes, or until it turns opaque and develops a solid layer on top.
  • You want the chilled mixture to be on the more solid side, but not rock hard.
  • Using a hand mixer, beat for a minute, then add essential oils, if using.
  • Continue whipping until light and fluffy.
  • If the butter seems too stiff while mixing, blend in more oil, about 1/4 ounce (7 g) at a time.
  • You can scoop into containers right away, but for a fluffier butter – cover the butter and let it sit overnight and rewhip it with your mixer the next day, adding more oil if needed to make it a lighter consistency, then fill into containers.
  • Some mixers will make a fluffier and lighter product than others, but this recipe should fill about 2 to 3 four-ounce jars.

Notes

Recipe Variation Ideas:

Calendula Butter: Use calendula infused oil for the oil portion. Optionally add 15 drops of lavender essential oil when mixing. Leave out the essential oil and it can be used on all ages, even pets (ie: for hot spots).
Zinc Oxide ‘Cream’: Add 2 to 4 grams (1/2 to 1 teaspoon) zinc oxide powder to the melted mixture before chilling. Proceed and mix according to directions.
Rosehip Waterless Cream: Replace 0.4 oz (11 g) of the oils with rosehip seed oil. Since it’s heat sensitive, wait to add the rosehip oil until after you removed the melted mixture from the heat. Optional essential oils: 10 drops rose absolute, 10 drops lavender, 1 drop frankincense
Lightly tinted body butter: Try adding 1/4 to 1/2 tsp rose clay or purple Brazilian clay. Add the smaller amount first, mix well, then decide if you need a little more. (Keep in mind that clay may be too drying for ultra-dry skin types.)
Your turn! Mix and match the oil types, and try some herbal infused oils (such as plantain, or rose, or dandelion.) Try different essential oils for scent and skin benefits!