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Homemade Body Butter Recipe

I made my first batch of body butter today. I think my life has changed forever. Delightful, decadent and easy, I have wanted to try making it for a long time. I was convinced that it would be difficult and not work the way I wanted. Boy, was I wrong.



I love creamy body butters. Living in a climate that gets quite cold and dry in the winter, they are a must in my house. But two things have always bothered me. They can be quite expensive and also, full of ingredients that are less than desirable for your skin and health.

We often forget that our skin is the largest organ on our body and absorbs what we put on it. If you are using lotions and body butters with chemicals in them (fragrances, preservatives, color additives, etc.) be aware that your skin absorbs the chemicals, too. Not exactly desirable. I often just use almond oil on my skin after a shower but sometimes I want something a little more decadent. Body butters, made with pure oils and essential oils for fragrance are just the thing.



I called my friend Jen Vertanen, who writes the blog, “The Wholehearted Life”, knowing that she has spent years playing with recipes for home made soaps and lotions and asked her opinion on ingredients. She told me to use 75% solid to 25% liquid oil. Sounded easy enough.

I measured out shea butter (I use this shea butter: organic raw shea butter and coconut oil for the solid, and melted them in my home-made double boiler. (If you don’t have a double boiler, make sure there is space for the steam to escape and you are using heat proof glass.)



I wanted to use rosemary as one of my scents. I didn’t have any rosemary essential oil so I added fresh rosemary as the oils were cooling. I also stirred in the almond oil at this point. Once the oil was cool, I strained out the rosemary, added peppermint (just a few drops, it is strong) and sweet orange essential oils and tried to whip the butter as instructed in other body recipes that I had researched. Nothing happened. I was about to give up and just let the oil harden when I had an idea.



I placed the oil mixture outside (it’s cold…it’s Minnesota) and let it partially set up. At that point, I tried whipping it again in the kitchen aid mixer and, success! A beautiful body butter, so simple to make, smelling delicious and with a texture that was like clouds of silk.

*Because of the popularity of this recipe on pinterest, I am getting many, many questions that are more suited for an expert. This is a raw food site, this was my first attempt at body butter, it worked better than I could have hoped for and if you make this recipe as stated, it will work great for you too!! I am sorry but I can’t answer the technical questions. Cheers!*

IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE WITH YOUR BODY BUTTER WHIPPING: you probably rushed this step. It needs to be cooled significantly….like in the picture.

I have to admit, I am pretty excited at how easy it is to make. I used sweet orange, lemon and lavender in my second batch. Heavenly. You can just use the basic recipe and add your favorite essential oils. Just make sure they are skin friendly!

A few people have asked about jars. I use these: Weck Jars




  1. You can use what ever oils you wish, just make sure you keep the ratio 75% solid to 25% liquid. SO IF YOU ARE ALLERGIC TO ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED OILS, JUST REPLACE THEM WITH AN OIL THAT YOU ARE NOT ALLERGIC TO. Just make sure you replace a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid.
  2. The chilling step is crucial. If you don’t chill it properly, it won’t whip or stay whipped. About 20 minutes in the freezer usually does the trick for this batch. Make sure you scrape down the sides before mixing.
  3. Since this recipe does not contain any water, it will not mould. You should keep in a cool place but it does not have to be refrigerated.
  4. I do not know the exact shelf life but I know it will keep at least a few months, plus.
  5. The body butter melts as it goes on and gets a little oily but absorbs beautifully, quickly and leaves your skin very soft.
  6. You can order the shea butter here: Raw Shea Butter

You can order the coconut oil here: Coconut Oil

You can order the almond oil here:  Almond Oil

You can order the Weck Jars here:  Weck Jars

Alternatively, coconut oil and almond oil are quite easy to locate at your local coop, Whole Foods or health food store.

  1. This recipe has been tested many times. If you don’t follow the recipe, you will not get the same results.
  2. Many people ask for exact amounts of essential oils. I start with at least 20 drops of what ever oil I want to use and just increase slowly until I am happy with how it smells. So…be free! Use your own creativity here.


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  1. jane gerhardt wrote on January 21, 2016

    I LOVE this butter, thank you!

  2. Barbara wrote on January 4, 2016

    How long do I need to keep it outside. It’s about 28 degrees outside.

    • Susan wrote on January 4, 2016

      Hi, Barbara, You keep it out until it looks like the picture. :-)

  3. Krista wrote on December 20, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your recipe! Your extra notes and tips are great too. I wanted to make a body butter for my sister that doesn’t use coconut oil or beeswax (she’s allergic to both) and it looks like I can do that now based on your recipe and notes :). I’m thinking of adding chocolate and coffee essence…yummy!

  4. Krissy Veacch wrote on December 7, 2015

    Yahoo! Awesome results! I melted my solids in the microwave individually at low temperature. Did the freezer thing & oops….forgot to take it out before 20 minutes. Not to fear….set it by the woodstove for 5 minutes & whipped it up. I made Rosemary/mint, Plumeria, Sandalwood, & Lilac scents. So happy with the results. Thank you.

    • TAMI wrote on December 22, 2015

      When you heat them in the microwave, all the nutritional values you get from the butters and oil are cancelled. Just look at it like what the microwave does when you cook vegetables, they taste fine, but they are no longer nutritional.

  5. Julien wrote on November 17, 2015

    Super, merci d’avoir partagé, cest pas exactement ce que je cherche, mais j’ai déjà de quoi faire, bonne source d’inspiration :)

  6. Patsy Hudkins wrote on November 6, 2015

    Susan . . . I am so glad you shared this recipe. I made my first batch last night and was almost giddy with the success of it. You were ‘RIGHT ON’ regarding the importance of chilling the proper amount of time, I chilled my stainless steel mixing bowl and beaters too which helps it whip into the decadent, rich creamy butter like in your picture. I appreciate your photos and simple step by step instructions. Thanks again for sharing this great recipe. (I mixed lavender, clary sage and geranium essential oils – love it and can’t wait to share with my family)

  7. Pete @ EpiCraze wrote on November 2, 2015

    Hi Susan,

    You may not be a technical expert, but your attempt looks very promising and I myself will be making an attempt to re-create this recipe. Just need to remember the chilling step.

    I really like the way it won’t mould either. Good work.


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