DIY Ultra Moisturizing Whipped Body Butter – Hippy Homemade Holidays

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Body butter has to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. Seriously, before I had first learned to make body butter myself, I had only ever used lotion. That first time that I slathered on my own body butter concoction and felt just how soft and smooth it made my skin, I never wanted to go back.My skin has never felt softer, and happier with me than after I put on fresh homemade body butter. 

The best part is, this makes a really great holiday gift. Whether you scent it with essential oils or leave it plain with the nutty scent of the butters, everyone out there could use a good moisturizing body butter during the winter. You can put this butter into a really cute glass jar such as a mason jar, decorate it and fill all the stockings in the house with it! My favorite scents to wear would be lavender lemongrass, lavender and vanilla, and any sort of citrus combination that I can possibly come up with. (Though be careful about putting body butters with citrus oils in them and then going out to tan afterwards. Citrus oils can cause a sensitivity to sunlight, so be sure to use your butter AFTER you go tanning.)

Body butter is made with oils and butters, not water

The truth is, not only is it really easy to make, it is so much more moisturizing than lotion because it's not made with water. Being made with only oils and butters also means that there is no need to worry about preservatives either. Anything made with water needs a preservative to prevent bacteria from growing. Water also makes it where it sinks into the skin immediately so you get immediate moisture with a lotion but not an all day moisture. With body butter, the moisture is super healing to the skin because it keeps the skin hydrated for a much longer period of time.

There is a secret to silky smooth body butter

If you are using coconut oil and shea butter you may find that your body butter (or even your lip balms and salves) will turn a gritty consistency after melting and hardening again. This is totally normal and doesn't mean that it has gone bad. Simply melt your butter, cool it again over an ice bath, and re-whip it! This gritty consistency comes from crystals forming when it melted and hardened either too quickly or too slow. This is also the reason I like to cool my body butter in an ice bath before whipping it. In some products such as lip balms and salves, simply use the product as is, there will be no difference in it's healing and moisturizing capabilities.

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  DIY Ultra Moisturizing Whipped Body Butter



  1. Combine the butters and coconut oil in a double boiler (or makeshift one with a pyrex/glass bowl over a pan of water) and melt.
  2. Once the mixture has completely melted.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl to cool quickly in an ice bath. (larger bowl underneath filled with ice and water to help the bowl above it cool quicker.)
  4. In a separate smaller container, combine liquid oils, vitamin e, and arrowroot powder. It's easiest to combine the arrowroot powder into the oil with a fork.
  5. When it looks like the butter is half-way hardened, meaning there is still a small pool of liquid on top, pour in the liquid oil/arrowroot powder concoction and take out your electric hand mixer or emulsion blender.
  6. I usually use the whisk attachment on my electric hand mixer, blend until there are no chunks of hardened butter left. This can not be done by hand. I usually take a spoon and chip away the bottom pieces first to make it easier to blend in the final result.
  7. If you added the liquid oils too soon and it's still not solid enough to pour into your containers, put the bowl of body butter mixture back into the ice bath for a minute or two more then blend with it there in the ice bath.
  8. Spoon butter into the containers that you plan to store the butter in.
  9. If adding essential oils, this would be the point that you would add them into the butter. I like to add them into each container individually so that I can tailor make the butter's scent to the person I am giving it to!
  10. The consistency of the butter will be more solidified into its true consistency, overnight.
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  • Mariah Sandford

    Hello!! I’ve made this a few times and love it! I do have one question. It seems to melt and the oils separate when it gets too warm. We have hot summers! I just stir it back together but then it doesn’t go back to the same consistency and is soft like lotion. I read in a review that you add beeswax to help with this? How much beeswax and at what point in the process do you add it? Thanks!

  • Melanie Smith

    I’ve made this many times and love it. As I begin to make larger batches should I also increase the amount of arrowroot powder also? I’ve doubled the batch and doubled the arrowroot powder but as I triple it and so on I’m wondering if it’s necessary to triple the arrowroot or is there a max?

  • Mine never comes out right, I used 1/4 cup unrefined shea, 1/4 cup unrefined cocoa butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup grapeseed oil. I let it freeze for 20min, its still runny wen i whip it. It looks fluffy but as soon as it goes on my skin it turns back to oils, it doesnt seem to stay long enough to rub in like a butter 🙁 not sure what I do wrong

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  • you shouldn’t need to! You can extend the life of the oil by adding vitamin E to the mixture too! It’s not a preservative for water based products but with oils it helps keep them from going rancid longer!

    • Debbie

      its says on mountain rose herbs

      • that is for storage purposes to keep your oil from going rancid as long as possible when making stuff. It’s find in the body care products and like I said vitamin E will help prevent that too!

  • it looks wonderful! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing your experiences!!!

  • you can melt it down and add a little bit more liquid oils to the recipe! The butter can be as hard as beeswax so it needs a liquid oil to help soften it! I would try adding 1/4 cup more liquid oil and see how that works for you! It’s just a matter of working your hard butter to liquid oil ratios to get the texture you are looking for!

    • Peg Haden

      Thanks for the tip, I think I’ll give this a try.

  • cocoa butter is a much harder butter, more like the consistency of beeswax, so it can get super hard overnight if stored somewhere cold, such as the fridge! I would melt it and add a little more coconut oil to the mixture and then reharden and whip! Depending on where you live, sometimes you have to do a little experimentation to find the perfect hardness for your area! Here in TX I end up having to put a tiny bit of beeswax in my body butters in the summer because of the massive amounts of heat!

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  • try remelting it, then cooling it over an ice bath so that you can whip it when it’s half hardened and not fully hardened! I imagine that it would be much harder on your mixer too, when it’s fully hardened!

  • try remelting it, then cooling it over an ice bath so that you can whip it when it’s half hardened and not fully hardened! I imagine that it would be much harder on your mixer too, when it’s fully hardened!

  • yes!

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  • Kim

    Okay, so I researched a ton of different recipes for this before I made it. I wanted to use the least amount of heat necessary, and I figured some people were getting the grainy texture from the mango butter since its a little harder when it cools. So I only melted that along with a teeny amount of beeswax, and as per your instructions I let the two sit together melted for 20 minutes before taking them off the heat and allowing them to cool. Then I added cold shea butter, coconut oil and the liquid oils and arrowroot powder and began to whip. Firstly, I knew it would take a long time to get the whipped texture because all the recipes mention this. I used my Hamilton Beach stick blender with the whisk attachment and what I did not foresee, was that it took so long that the blender began to overheat and smoke!! LOL! It is a pretty cheap blender I guess. Also, I still had a somewhat grainy texture and I actually think its from the coconut oil, because I have noticed that same texture in my coconut oil before when I use it by itself, like when its somewhat melted but not all the way. So, next time I will either melt the coconut oil as well and give it 20 minutes, or I will omit the coconut oil altogether. I just hate to heat my butters and oils and stuff because I’m afraid I will lose some of the benefits. Anyways, I just wanted to share my first experience making this. I don’t know anybody who shares this same hobby with me so I have to tell someone about it! Lol! So thanks for reading and thanks for taking the time to share your recipe!! 🙂

  • Santos Vega

    is it okay to leave out the coconut oil? I also plan on using this moisturizer for my face and coconut oil sometimes breaks me out…

    • if you want to use this for a facial moisturizer, I would def suggest leaving the coconut oil out because it CAN clog pores! Just sub it for another oil or combination of oils that will work for your face!

  • Alesha

    Hi Christina! I made this body butter this past weekend, and didn’t read the steps fully before digging in (oops!). I halved the recipe just to try it, so here’s what I did: 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1/4 cup rice bran oil, all combined in my makeshift double boiler. Then, I let it cool in the fridge, because my “ice” water didn’t seem to be doing much. Then I added 1T of arrowroot powder (is this the same as arrowroot flour??) and vitamin e. I added a little more (like 1T more) of the rice bran oil to make this step a little less gooey. I didn’t add essential oils. My body butter is really hard, just at room temperature, and I was hoping it would be more whipped. Given my goof-ups already, is there anything that I can do to help this batch become more whipped?


    • did you whip it with your hand mixer? That’s the only way that it will be whipped! Once whipped, it will slightly harden with the whipped texture and be far easier to use afterward!

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  • arrowroot powder is like corn starch (and what i use in place of corn starch in many of my cooking recipes because it’s non-gmo)! It’s food grade!

  • unrefined shea butter definitely has a nutty smell to it! If you get the refined kind (has less nutrients but has no smell) OR try using mango butter, it has no smell to it whatsoever!

  • I don’t like to heat the unrefined liquid oils because heat destroys their natural healing propertiers/vitamins/etc! While you can add the oils in the heating stage with the butters, you are getting rid of some of the great healing properties to them. Certain carriers that are rich in beta carotene and vitamin c (pumpkin seed oil, rosehip seed oil, raspberry seed oil, blueberry seed oil) I don’t ever heat because it destroys all their antioxidants and vitamin c! other oils can take more heat, like coconut, olive, and avocado. If my coconut oil is liquid, I don’t add it to the heating pot!

  • Esther

    Unrefined butter usually comes in a block. How big are the pieces when you put it in a measuring cup? The bigger the chucks, the faster it fills up the cup and may have less in quantity as compared to smaller pieces. Does it even matter? Thanks!

    • I usually break them in small pastille size chunks, and have been known to grate my harder butters with a cheese grater! It can matter in some recipes that percentages of certain ingredients matter, but in this recipe, it won’t likely make enough of a difference to notice in this one, since it’s all butters/oils!

      • Esther

        Thank you. I just made this and it came out prefect but I’m a little concerned about keeping it in this whipped consistency with the heater on at night. If i keep it stored in the fridge, will it turn hard or stay whipped anf fluffy? Thanks for the great recipe, btw.

        • the fridge will be fine to keep it! I keep mine on the bathroom counter and our home is heated to the 80’s in the summertime and i’ve had no problems with melting, shea butter and mango butter both have a higher melting point than that of coconut oil!

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  • yes! they both work interchangeably!

  • 2 cups or 16 oz!

  • pinioned

    Can this recipe be doubled, tripled or even quadrupled to make a larger quantity or should the recipe be worked as is?

    • you can totally double! I make it in large batches when I am making for more than just myself!! Especially during the holiday season when I am making it as gifts!

      • pinioned

        Does the double boiling and cooling time increase as well when increasing the quantity?

        • yes , if the volume is increased (i.e. doubling the recipe) then it will take longer to melt and to cool!

  • Rachael Poling

    MAde this last night using only Shea butter (no cocoa butter), almond oil, coconut oil, cornstarch, and lavender essential oil. Turned out PERFECTLY!!
    Thank you!!

  • i stop whipping once it’s light and airy. It will harden a bit (unless it’s summer and warm) over night and take it’s finished consistency.

  • you can add a little bit of beeswax to this recipe to keep it firm in warm weather! 1-2 Tbsp. of beeswax to this recipe will help keep it firmer afterward!

  • you might try not using the fridge, the butters make this gritty texture because of the way that they cool. If they cool too fast, they can create the gritty texture. I usually just use an ice bath on the kitchen counter, it works the best for me!

  • yup! anytime it melts and hardens it could turn grainy again and you would just melt it down and rewhip it again!

  • Neva Hurlbut

    Would I get the same effect if I whipped cornstarch in to my finished product without melting it back down and re-whipping it?

  • Cassie Rowell

    Hi there! I’ve made this, love it! I added a very fine gold glitter, so I not only smell good, I sparkle! ☺ I was wondering, though….if I want the body butter to smell like something other than chocolate (which I love, btw), can I substitute the cocoa butter with a butter that doesn’t have a strong, natural scent? If so, which ones would you suggest? Thanks SO much! ☺

  • I sure have! I usually start with just one Tbsp. to this recipe and it is just right! We live in Texas so in the summertime that little bit of extra beeswax helps it from melting too easily!

  • yes it would solidify just like a balm/salve in the container. The whipping just gives is a smoother consistency to work with! Either one is fine to do though!

  • I am a massage therapist and I made a batch of this body butter to try as a massage cream. It is an awesome deep tissue cream and soaks into the skin afterward so my clients don’t feel slimy or sticky. I can tell clients EXACTLY what is in what I’m putting in their body and I know exactly what I’m absorbing into my skin all day long. Love. Thank you for sharing this.

  • I am a massage therapist and I made a batch of this body butter to try as a massage cream. It is an awesome deep tissue cream and soaks into the skin afterward so my clients don’t feel slimy or sticky. I can tell clients EXACTLY what is in what I’m putting in their body and I know exactly what I’m absorbing into my skin all day long. Love. Thank you for sharing this.

  • It can, though the smallest amount (like less than a dime size) would do it. This is such a rich butter that I would only do this at night before bed, not in my morning routine!

  • Kindra

    how long is the body butters shelf life?

    • I you use clean hands to get it out of the jar and no water gets into the mixture, this butter can easily last 9-12 months! The addition of vitamin e and most essential oils can help prolong the shelf life too

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  • no the liquid carrier oils are different than essential oils (such as coconut, almond, hemp seed etc.) I don’t give essential oil blends for this because it can vary how much should be safely added depending which essential oil you are wanting to use. Some oils like lemon, grapefruit, lime, or bergamot can cause irritation if used on the skin before going out in the sunlight, so it’s best research which essential oils you would like to use in your body butter! I like to add a couple drops of lavender, roman chamomile, and sweet orange! It’s a really great smelling combination and it’s safe for all ages!

  • yup, just remelt in the double boiler, remove from heat and whisk in the arrowroot powder, then follow the whipping instructions again! If you put essential oils in it before, you may need to add a tiny bit more because they will evaporate with the heat from melting it again!

    • Gia

      Thanks so much! I appreciate the help!

  • ibdana

    can I substitute the mango butter in this recipe with Kokum butter

  • ibdana

    Can I sub kokum butter instead of mango butter

  • If I can get organic arrowroot, I try reformulating my body butter. The current incarnation is 100% and I’d like to keep it organic and vegan friendly.
    Warmest regards,
    Niecey – the naturally persnickety one!

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  • Kalli

    Hi! Could I possibly use actual vanilla bean in this recipe? I’m worried about the shelf life, but I’d like to try making a lavender vanilla bean version of this. Any suggestions?

  • Michelle wakefield

    Greetings again Christina!! I made your recipie in the past and lucked out because it came ou purrrfectly. This time, however, it has super small chucks of one of the butters. I have reheated it and now don’t really know what to do with it. Since all ingredients are already in there – just whip it up when it’s half hardened? Thanks.

    • Christina

      hi there Michelle! So glad to hear that it turned out the way you were looking for! The little chunks are likely the shea butter. It does that if it’s been around heat and then cool (change of temps during the day easily does this), it doesn’t mean it’s ruined or anything though, it’s just that shea butter is a grainy butter naturally. All you have to do when this happens is melt it and then rewhip it as you did when making it!

  • Cecile G.

    I wanted to do a body butter using mango butter only and using avocado oil and Aragon oil as the oils. Do you have any idea what ratio I could use for the oil more avocado oil or Aragan oil? This would be my first time making body butter. Thanks for any info you might be able to offer

  • Cris

    Can I add some bees wax and make this into lotion bars

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  • Timila

    Hi, I was wondering if cocoa butter, mango butter and babassu oil would be a good mix? I’m allergic to coconut oil and heard that babassu was a good alternate.

    • Kathleen

      I made some body butter using shea butter, mango butter, and apricot kernel oil, and it turned out great! Also added Vit E oil and arrowroot powder. I found this to be less oily than 1 I made using coconut oil and sweet almond oil which take longer to absorb into your skin.

  • Jes

    I am super new to this world, and I love it!!! I just made two different recipes of body butter and am really confused. They both whipped up amazingly, but the very second the butter touches my skin it turns to oil. As in, melting down my leg. Is this normal?!

    • Christina

      yup! Butters melt just like the butter you would put on your toast, and without beeswax, they melt instantly at the touch of the skin! That makes for very easy application. The butters and oils you choose for your body butters can dictate just how greasy and how fast the oils sink in though!

      • jes

        Thank you!!!

  • Brigette Armstrong

    Hi I made your recipe and loved it, but I wanted something less greasy. I swapped the coconut oil for hemp, and the sweet almond for apricot kernel. I also measured in ounces. The results were excellant! Not greasy and absorbs quickly. I scented with lavender EO bergamot EO and a little vanilla FO I found 2oz old fashioned canning jars for gift giving. Also added a little titanium dioxide to whiten due to the hemp oil. Thank you for sharing your recipe and great info!

  • Jessica

    Hello! I have made this recipe off your website before and I love it! I went to make it today with my mango butter that I just got in and it is refined instead of unrefined. I ended up using cocoa butter instead but does it make a difference if it is refined?

    • Christina

      for the purpose of making the butter, it will not make a difference! The difference in refined vs. unrefined is simply how they are processed before you get them. Refined oils/butters are processed with heat to stabilize the oil and filter any possible impurities, but adding heat to any healing oil or butter will destroy some of the healing vitamins/antioxidants, as compared to unrefined oils/butters which are usually cold pressed so they have the most healing capabilities over the refined. Both are fabulous for moisturization though, so don’t let it stop you from using it. Cocoa butter can also come in the unscented version on top of refined, which means they took the natural chocolate smell out of the butter so that it doesn’t interfere with a scent your trying to achieve when making cosmetics!

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  • Rasa

    Hi there! I wanted a smaller batch to test out so halved (1/4 cup each) this recipe and made it last night except instead of Mango butter I used cocoa butter. I used 7 drops of vanilla and 4 of lavender and all I could smell was cocoa butter. I’m brand new to EO use and didn’t want to add too much. How many drops could I have added to get more vanilla and lavender smell? I got them both from Mountain Rose Herbs. Also – it whipped up beautifully, but when I used it, it basically melted into liquid as I put it on. So, more liquidy/oily less creamy kind of feel. If I substituted another butter (maybe add mango or more of shea and cocoa) for the coconut oil would that help keep it more creamy? Many thanks!

    • Rasa

      In an earlier comment you said that a full batch makes about 16 oz, so my half batch makes about 8oz. According to your essential oils chart that means that at 3% dilution which you recommend for body butters I should be adding 144 drops!?! Is that right? It seems like a lot!

  • Tamera

    I love ur website! Thank u for all of ur tips and info! I am new to this body butter making. I made my first batch last week. I followed a recipe online recently on wellnessmama exactly except the essential oils. I added more than double becuz it didn’t even have much of a smell! I was surprised and wondered what I did wrong? can u please help? Thank u!

    • Christina

      hi there! she suggests 10 – 30 drops of essential oil for that recipe which is less than 1% of the recipe. It would be considered generally safe to add 3% essential oils to the recipe of 16 oz oil/butter. If you check out this post that I wrote about Introduction to Essential Oil Safety, I talk about a generalized dilution chart that shows how many drops/% essential oils and for what types of products. It is important to note that each essential oil in a blend has a maximum safety percentage, in a recipe, so while 100 drops of lavender is totally safe, 100 drops of cinnamon leaf might cause irritation, so it’s best to be sure you know about each essential oil used!

      • Tamera

        Thank u for the reply Christina! While making the body butter Is there a specified time to add the essential oils to the butter that will intensify the scent? Even when I added so much more EO than the recipe recommended it was still too mild. I want a more scented body butter. Any suggestions? Thank you very much!

        • Christina

          yes, I usually add my essential oils the last minute of whipping that way the butter is already mostly cooled down. You don’t want to add them if the butter is too warm, because some of the essential oils may evaporate off. Another thing to note is that each essential oil is different. There are three categories as far as scent goes, base notes, middle notes, and upper notes. Your upper note essential oils (such as all of the citrus) are going to evaporate in a blend first and more is needed in the recipe. They are the first scent you will smell but they do not linger very long without a good base and/or middle note. Even then, they are still the first scent to go. Middle notes (like lavender) have longer staying power and you don’t need as much of them as the upper notes. Base notes (such as vetiver, cedarwood, or patchouli) are also known as fixatives in perfumery because they are used to hold those top notes in a blend longer and much less of them is needed in a recipe compared to everything else.

          • Tamera

            Wow!!’ Amazing!!! There sure is a lot to know about the EO stuff! Thank u so much! I can’t believe the knowledge that is to be learned! U are awesome!! Thank

  • Ashley

    Hi. I made a whipped body butter and it is oily. Is there anything I can add to the already made batch to make it less oily? I really don’t have the money to buy all the stuff for another batch.

    • Christina

      you could try whipping in a tad more arrowroot or cornstarch, but in general body butter isn’t made with water so it will be a bit oily and take time to sink in. The length of time it takes to sink into the skin depends on the choice of oils or butters. Some oils and butters are dry and sink in quickly while others are very oily and take awhile to sink in.

  • Editha v.

    I enjoyed reading all your comments and I found them very informative. Thank you Christina for all your help. Definitely I will continue to visit your site. I have encountered all the problems that were presented and now I have solutions. More power to you!

  • Kathleen Jaynes

    Hi, I tried making some butter yesterday using 1/4 c cocoa butter, 1/4 c shea butter, 1/4 c coconut oil, 1/4 c almond oil, 1/2 t arrowroot, 1/2 t Vit E oil. I made this AFTER I read your recipe, so I added the liquid oil, arrowroot, Vit E and EO’s while still warm. We ended up whipping over an ice bath and that helped. I found the final product was quite greasy. Yes, it absorbed into my skin eventually, but I’m giving these as gifts so want it to go on less greasy. I know I should add more arrowroot, but any other suggestions to reduce the initial greasy feel – maybe use a different butter or oil?

    • Christina

      if you want a body butter that absorbs even faster, you’ll want to switch out your oils for faster absorbing ones. I would switch out the almond oil and coconut oil with one or a combination of hemp seed oil, grapeseed oil, rosehip seed oil, aprikot kernal oil, or even hazlenut oil. All of those are fast absorbing oils. I would choose hemp seed in place of the almond and maybe grapeseed or rosehip seed as the coconut oil replacement!

      • Kathleen Jaynes

        I understand subbing the almond oil with another liquid oil, but wouldn’t I sub a butter for the coconut oil since it’s also solid (though melts at a low temp)?

        • Christina

          no, though you could sub it for another soft butter if you wanted, since you are wanting to go as little grease as possible, I would suggest one of the drier oils. Since you are already using cocoa butter which happens to be a much harder butter than most others, I think this recipe will be perfectly fine switching the coconut oil for a liquid oil!

          • Kathleen Jaynes

            Thanks for all your help! I’d like to eliminate the cocoa butter because the scent is too strong. How about shea butter, coconut oil and apricot kernal oil? I’m looking for the least greasy recipe.

  • lindy

    wow, you’re the best. Look at all the questions you’ve answered! I just made body butter and it was too greasy, so looking for ideas. You have given so many, and I”m going to read your whole blog because you are obviously a very nice person. thank you.

  • Angela Escobar

    Hey everyone I made my body butter and put it in mason jars and when I woke up in the morning my nody butter was solid and hard. Any advice on how to keep it fluffy and creamy? Or maybe what I did wrong? Thank you.

    • Christina

      Hi there Angela! What butters did you choose to use in this recipe? Some butters are harder than others (like cocoa butter and mango butter) and if you don’t combine a softer butter like shea butter, with it, then it will come out harder. In the summertime it will likely stay the perfect consistency but in the wintertime, cocoa butter can be as hard as beeswax!

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  • J

    For a vanilla scent, would you use vanilla extract, vanilla infused oil, or what? I’m having a hard time finding a true vanilla essential oil, but some people seem to have trouble mixing the extract with the butters/oils.

    • Christina

      I like to use Mountain Rose Herbs vanilla absolute (which is what some companies call vanilla essential oil, but truly in the way that it’s extracted, it’s an absolute rather than an essential oil). The reason that people find their vanilla extract doesn’t work for butters is because the extract is made with alcohol and water which does not combine with oil! The absolute is meant to blend with oils though! You could use vanilla extract in a body spray or even a sugar scrub (if you blend it into the salt before adding the oil) and you can even use it in loction/creams if you blend it in the water portion of the recipe before emulsifying with the oil.

  • Lisa

    2nd request help☺!!!!!
    September 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm Reply
    if i buy my body butter base but want to thicken it for diff. things how do I add the arrowroot or cornstarch to the already made body butter?

  • ashley

    is there a list of the essential oils i can locate at that has the benefits attached to them?? so im not just grabbing at straws when looking for the right ones for me

    • Christina

      If you go through my aromatherapy section of the website you will find a plethora of blends that can be used in your body butters! Even the blends for the wax melts and room sprays are all applicable to the butters too!

  • Hi,
    I read your comment that it can last 9-12 months. If I used avocado oil in place of the almond oil would it affect the shelf life of this product?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Christina

      avocado oil has longer shelf life than almond does so it should not reduce the shelf life of the product for you! if you want to increase the shelf life of the oils, adding vitamin e to the recipe will help with this as well! Vitamin e acts as an antioxidant to the oils, helping them to keep from going rancid longer, plus it’s great for your skin!

  • Lisa

    if i buy my body butter base but want to thicken it for diff. things how do I add the arrowroot or cornstarch to the already made body butter?

  • Chuck

    Hi Christina,

    I am ready to try your recipe but want to make several batches with different essential oils. Can you tell me what measurements (how much) of essential oils I should use in this recipe?


    • Chuck Strahan

      Christina, I am still wondering what your suggested measurements of essential oils would be for your recipe? Please advise.


      • Christina

        The suggested measurements aren’t posted because some essential oils have a higher dilution level than others (some oils that are hot oils or cause irritation easier need less in a recipe while other safer essential oils like lavender can have more in a recipe) as well as different cautions per oil. It is best to research the essential oils you are planning on utilizing first. I also blend my essential oils into the container I am storing them in rather than the whole batch in the bowl because I like to customize each one to whom I am giving them to.
        I wrote a great post on Introduction to essential oil safety and it does contain some great information to start with as well as a general dilution chart so that you can see how much per oz. but like I said, research each oil so thoroughly to properly dilute each one.

  • Jan P.

    I made some body butter – it turned out great. BUT, when I took a container to my friend my car was a little too warm and the butter partially melted. Can I revive it?

    • Christina

      Sure can! just melt it down and rewhip it when it is cooled!

  • Doreen A.

    Hi. Thank you so much for sharing the great recipe. I live in Florida. With the high humidity and heat, I am wondering how this recipe will keep if not refrigerated. I have made body butter before, but without refrigeration, it turns back to liquid form. However, when I refrigerate the body butter, it gets hard. Any ideas on how to prevent these issues or without need of refrigeration. Thank you.

    • Christina

      If you add 1 to 2 Tbsp. Of beeswax to this recipe, it will help to keep it harder in your weather! That’s what I do here in TX!

  • Pernilla

    Hi Christina, this is such a great site! Thank you for all your tips and comments.

    I am longing to try and make my own body butter, and right now I’m trying to decide which butters and oils to get. Do you think avocado butter will work instead of the mango, or is it too rich?
    And – can I also use the body butter for my face?

    • Christina

      Hi there Pernilla! You can totally use avocado butter in place of the mango butter! I have used my body butter on my face as well, usually at night only though as a night cream. A very small amount goes a long way and you will seriously wake up in the morning with skin so soft you will think you have lost some years off your age! lol

  • Erin

    This is a great basic recipe! I made it only added the cornstarch and some different liquid oils. Then I added some natural aloe vera gel (& added it at the same time as the liquid oils). I mixed it all with a hand mixer. It worked out very nice and I only hope there will be no gritty factor later. I left out the essential oils and if you like the smell of cocoa butter you can have it basically ‘fragrance free’. I do have a question: at what point do you add the cornstarch? I mixed mine with a spoonful of the aloe vera gel (and added at the same time the liquid oils)so it would dissolve since I knew you had to dissolve it in a cool substance. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    • Christina

      I am so glad you love it! I love using this recipe too. It’s pretty much my basic recipe for every butter I make lol. I dissolve the arrowroot powder into the liquid oils since I do not heat them up at all, so you did it at the right time!

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  • tracy


    I love your site. I was wondering how long the shelf life is for your body butter recipe?

    Thanks for being so inspiring!

    • Christina

      without any unforseen issues (i.e. mold because of water being introduced, etc.) this butter can easily last 9-12 months. Adding the vitamin E and even rosemary antioxidant can help to prolong the life of the butters and oils further too. Thanks for reading my work!! 🙂

  • Sarah

    After searching the internet for a whipped butter recipe I decided to use this one for my first try. I made this using some tips from the other responders…I used 1/2 cup cocoa butter, 1 cup mango butter, 1/2 cup sweet almond oil, about a teaspoon of Oatmeal, Milk & Honey essential oil & skipped the Vitamin E. I did the makeshift route (giant pyrex bowl over a wok filled with water) and followed the directions exactly. It worked great! I added my liquid oil/arrowroot blend too soon but because of your great directions I was able to figure out how to save it and not panic. I love this! It turned out to be a super easy treatment to use and the cocoa butter/Oatmeal, Milk & Honey combination made a cozy, homey smell that is unisex so anyone can use it. Thanks so much for this perfected recipe/instructions!

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  • Kate

    Hi there,

    I made a similar recipe the other night but with a lot more cocoa butter. The problem I have is that it is rock hard. It softens when heat is applied (rubbing it in my hands) but it is a bit inconvenient and I wished it was softer.

    Can I melt it down and add something to make it not so hard? If so, what is the best thing to add? At home, I have coconut oil, sweet almond oil or olive oil. Will any of these do the trick?


    • Christina

      Hi there kate!

      Cocoa butter is one of the harder butters compared to shea and mango so if your recipe was mostly cocoa butter then it will definitely be harder than this recipe is. You can of course totally fix it though! You said you have coconut oil, sweet almond, and olive. Though the coconut oil will help it to soften since it’s summer time, you will have an easier time using a full on liquid oil like the almond or olive. Olive is best used during the winter time or for extremely dry skin so I would personally suggest you do the almond oil. It’s a lighter oil and absorbs faster with a less greasy feel than olive. You would melt down the butter, then add in the almond oil and either whip as this recipe calls for when cooled or just pour into a container. I do find that the whipping of the body butter definitely makes it easier to apply compared to just pouring it to cool. Let me know if you need anything else!

  • lovelyashley

    Hi!, I am soo new to this world and I am forced to make my own body butter. My skin is a combination of things, sensitive and dry. I have also found out that I’m allergic to cocoabutter, Shea butter, and coconut oil. I have found that kokum butter it great to my skin and helped clear some of my inflammation. I want to make a kokum body butter and I picked up some oils, argan oil, jasmine,frankincense, lavender. Would it be ok for me to use all four?? And could I do it the same way as your directions??

    • Christina

      Hi there! You can definitely replace the butters with kokum butter. Just know that the argan oil is your only actual “liquid oil”, the others are essential oils and you would use them sparingly in the very end to scent and add therapeutic properties. As far as the directions go, I would say if argan and kokum are the only ones you are using, then I would do a ratio of 75% butter/25% liquid oil, though depending on the thickness you could go all the way up to a 50/50 ratio and then just follow the rest of the instructions as far as processing and whipping goes. Let me know how it turns out!

  • Karin

    I made this yesterday, and it’s super easy. But when I used it this AM, I found it way to greasy for me. I did not use the arrowroot option. I used almond and avocado oils as my liquid oils. I’m wondering if it’s possible to melt more cocoa butter and add it to my already whipped batch, or if you have other ideas for how I might make my current batch less greasy. I’d hate to waste the whole batch, but I’m unlikely to use the batch as is. Any other ideas?

    • Christina

      You can totally melt it down and add more ingredients to it and try again! That’s the beauty of working with oils/butters. Your most likely culprit for making the batch too oily is going to be the avocado oil. Avocado oil is a very rich oil and when I put it in my butters I only use a very small portion of it. It will make your recipe too greasy if you aren’t careful. You should also def. add in the arrowroot (or cornstarch, they sub for each other) because it will help to absorb the oils into the skin faster so that it isn’t as greasy. All of the butters that I sell in my shoppe always have arrowroot in the recipe to help with that. Let me know if you need anything else!

  • Jen

    I made a body butter last week and couldn’t figure out why it felt kind of gritty. Now I know why. The body butter I made had cocoa butter in it which when mixed with peppermint essential oil smells like a yummy Peppermint Patty. The next time I make it I’ll make sure to use your recipe and let it cook for 20 minutes.

  • Hello Christina! I haven’t tried doing home made body butter, I only buy in this online , My friend ask me to do a home made products as a gift for her birthday a food or anything. I guess this DIY beauty product is perfect as a gift. Thank you!

  • Simmy

    Hi, I want to make this today, can you substitute cornstarch for arrowroot powder?

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  • Madison

    Hi, I am interested in trying this body butter recipe for myself. But I am not exactly sure the benefits of whipped body butter or even how to use it? Do you use it like lotion and keep it on all day? or do you use it in the shower as a bath product??

  • Sas

    hi there! I am so excited to try this recipe. Am I right to assume that you are using coconut oil because it is more solid than most oils? I am wondering if there is any kind of substitution. I want to make something that both my husband and I can use. Neither of us like the smell of coconut (it reminds us of suntan lotion and tanning beds) but he especially hates it!! While I’m at it, would jojoba oil be a good oil for the liquid oil part of the recipe? Thanks for your time!

    • Hi there! Thanks so much for reading! In the body butter with the whole combination of butters and oils there is no smell of coconut whatsoever, in fact if you do it with part coco butter for one of the butters you will barely be able to smell many essential oils too because of a chocolate smell that comes from cocoa butter. BUT if you want to replace the coconut oil with something else, I would say go for more shea butter. That would be the best option to replace it with. I use coconut oil in the recipe like it’s a butter because, yes it gets hard at 76 degrees, but I also use it because it’s really one of the oils because of its high omega and fatty acid content so it makes it a really wonderful moisturizer. For the liquid oil Jojoba would be perfect! I have used a mixture of jojoba, hemp, rosehip, almond, avocado, etc lol (I have a lot of oils these days). Jojoba is a great oil because in fact its a liquid wax (not an oil) that has the same consistency and acts the same as the sebum oil in our skin, so it’s really great for both hair and face use because it sinks in without clogging pores.

  • Hi there! This looks like a fabulous recipe…I’ve been wanting to try making my own body butter for quite awhile now. I really appreciate your tips here because I’ve heard it can be tricky. 🙂 Excited to give this a shot! btw how many ounces does this recipe make?

    • Hi there! Thanks so much for reading! This recipe usually fills (4) 4 oz. containers for me so 16 oz of body butter! You can of course cut this in half or quarters to make the appropriate amount!

  • Nicole C.

    I’ve never tried making my own body butter. This looks like a great recipe to try. Pinning. Thanks!

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