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Moisturizing Body Butter

Everybody loves a good body butter, especially in winter when the air seems to suck the moisture right out of us. This moisturizing body butter is made with nutritious and nourishing ingredients to give your skin the love it needs in the winter. It also makes a great gift for anybody.

I have had bad luck with a lot of body butter recipes I have tried. This is by far the best I have tried. I got it from One Good Thing by Jilee and just used an infused olive oil instead of almond oil. I have made four batches and they have all turned out wonderfully. This is the original recipe. 

I would like to note that I do not have a stand mixer, or even a regular double beater  I only have a hand mixer with a whisk attachment  I did not let the oils get so cold that it was partially solid because of it. I chose to mix it for a longer period of time instead. If you have a stand mixer it is much easier. This is why I don’t sell body butter in my shop… yet. Maybe Santa will bring me a stand mixer with the tax return money in March.

  • 1 C Shea or Coca Butter
  • ½ C Coconut Oil
  • ½ C Herb infused olive oil (I like chamomile and calendula) or any other liquid carrier oil
  • 15-30 drops essential oils of your choice. Geranium, Rose absolute, Ylang Ylang and Frankincense is a great combination for dry skin
  1. Melt the shea or cocoa butter and coconut oil together using the double boiler method in a large pyrex bowl.
  2. Once they are completely melted remove from heat, add olive oil and essential oils and let set until cool. In the winter letting it set out side is the fastest way for it to cool down. If you are using a hand mixer with a whisk like I am do not let it solidify completely. Start to mix as soon as a layer forms on the side of the bowl. If using a stand mixer or hand beaters you can wait until it is cooled almost solid again like the original recipe above.
  3. Beet the oil mixture until it turns white and forms peaks.
  4. Put the butter into a container of your choice and enjoy the luxurious moisturizing power of this great body butter!
  5. This recipe makes enough to fill about 20oz containers. I have been making double batches and that makes five 8 oz jam mason jars of body butter.


Are you looking for some other handmade gift ideas?

Cinnamon ornaments This super easy project is a fun one to do with kids. It has two ingredients and is loads of fun!
Homemade Vanilla Extract – This requires two ingredients and some patience and will make any food lover happy.
Herbal Bath Salts – These salts are great for both men and woman. They encourage relaxation and healing in stressful times and are really easy to make.
Lotion Bars – Three basic ingredients is all you need to make these moisturizing lotion bars.
Coffee Honey Sugar Scrub – This decadent sugar scrub is simple made with ingredients you have in your kitchen, smells amazing, exfoliating, moisturizing and reduces cellulite. What is not to love?

I get all of my body care making supplies at Mountain Rose Herbs. They always have great deals. I only use doTERRA essential oils for their purity and potency.

What are you making for your loved ones this holiday season?


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About Amanda

Amanda is a mother of two amazing toddlers. She is an herbalist, natural living guru, and real food, gluten free eating pro. She loves to help educate others on how to take control of their own health through natural living, real food, herbs, essential oils, and most of all - a positive mind set. Her other business Natural Herbal Living Magazine is all about helping people learn about how to use one herb a month on a deep and profound level.
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40 Responses to DIY Body Butter

  1. cindee says:

    Amanda can you use 1/2 Shea and1/2 cocoa butter ?

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  4. Bet you’re right. I naturally have a very dry skin. It is my worst time every winter, you know, my skin would sometimes crack and it really is kind of painful. I really need to have more moisturizer too. Nice recipe for a body butter. Can I also add a little mint in the ingredients to have a soothing effect too?

  5. My little girl and I just made some of the body butter and its awesome! Wow! Thank you for sharing!

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    Hi, where do you buy the body butters?

  9. Jenna says:

    What about cleaning the beaters? Does the dishwasher get them clean enough after mixing the essential oils to use for food prep again, or do you need a separate mixer for this kind of recipe?

    • Amanda says:

      They clean off fine with soap and hot water, then put them in the dish washer and you will be good to go. It is good practice for people who make a lot of their own stuff to have separate stuff, but if you aren’t hard core, it washes off just fine with no issues.

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  13. Kristi says:

    “5.This recipe makes enough to fill about 20oz containers”

    Help! I’m confused! How many containers does this make?


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  16. Megan Beth Teeters says:

    Is there a way to sub out the coconut oil for something else? It sucks because i love all that coconut oil does but the smell literally makes me sick to my stomach. I am not sure why because i can eat it just fine, but having the scent on me all the times makes me feel queasy. 🙁 It seems every lotion has coconut oil in it.

  17. Amy says:

    I just tried this and I really like it! However, I used at least 30 drops of therapeutic grade essential oils and I can still smell the shea butter. I got raw shea butter. Is that the problem? I just need to cover it up more but wasn’t sure if I did something wrong. Thanks!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Amy, I don’t find raw shea butter has much of a smell at all. What does your smell like?

      • Amy says:

        Hi. It’s nutty but not super appealing to me. At the store the lady let me smell the yellow and white and I picked which smelled less to me. But I still want to cover it up. I wonder if I got some that’s rancid or something?

  18. Molly says:

    I’m trying to make this right now, I have it cooling and it’s clear. How long to I have to beat it for it to become that white color again? (I’m using an electric beater)

  19. laura says:

    How long will this body butter last? Thanks!

  20. mande says:

    If you were to sell this, would you need a preservative?

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