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Homemade Whipped Body Butter

Homemade_Whipped_Body_ButterThere is nothing more luxurious than homemade bath and body products that are so fresh, natural and organic. This grapefruit and lavender body butter is delicious! I had a hard time not wanting to scoop it right into my mouth. . . though I am sure it feels and smells better than it actually tastes. It is a base of two butters and two oils which when melted, chilled and whipped together make this smooth and silky cream. It is on that last step of whipping that you will add your essential oils for the final fragrance. I love citrus mixed with lavender for a soothing yet energetic finish. Of course you can choose your favorite essential oils. These pretty Weck jars of creamy body butter are perfect for gifts, especially for Mother’s Day which is coming right up. After I share one more of my favorite spa recipes tomorrow, I will give you a complete printable set of labels and tags to put together your own homemade spa kit. Oooh, I am so excited! Enjoy this recipe and I will see you tomorrow for another! ~ Lia

Full tutorial and printable recipe below. Here are links to my ingredients and jar sources: Cocoa Butter | Shea Butter | Coconut Oil | Weck Jars | Printable Labels

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Homemade Whipped Body Butter
A light and creamy body butter that is natural and organic.
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  1. 1/2 cup each of organic
  2. • cocoa butter
  3. • shea butter
  4. • coconut oil
  5. • olive oil
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of essential oils (I used 1/4 each of grapefruit and lavender)
  1. Add cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil into a double boiler. If you do not have one, use a glass or metal bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  2. Heat until melted, mixing with whisk. Remove whisk and put mixture into fridge for one hour or until firm.
  3. With hand mixer, whip oils until creamy and light. Add essential oils and mix again.
  4. Spoon your body butter into glass jars. Mixture may seem a bit moist after whipping but will firm up after a few minutes.
  1. Makes about 2 1/2 cups of whipped body butter.
Lia Griffith
  1. Hi there ! I love your photography ! oh ! @ your jars ! i have a question, i found a few receipes that say you need 75% SOLIDS & 25% LIQUIDS, in making butters. they didnt look as creamy though. your measurements are all the same & was wondering about that.Thanks !

    • Thank you so much!!!Photography is a fairly new hobby for me but one of my favorite one:-) I love my whipped body butter so I have tried experimenting with the recipe.

  2. Thanks for the reply Lia, then which oil can I use to substitute coconut oil?

  3. Quick question- Can I use clarified butter instead of coconut oil or will it clog pores?appreciate your help. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. If I buy 1 lb of the butters, how many individual body butter jars can I make? I’m not really sure how much 1lb of Shea butter really is…

    • I wish I knew the answer but unfortunately I don’t know how to translate cups(volume) to pounds(weight) My recipe calls for 1/2 cup of Shea butter.

  5. me encanta los productos naturales me da permiso para copiar alguna de sus recetas son para un regalo no es para venta ni nada parecido,tiene lindas cosas en su pagina

    • Yes you are welcome to use my designs and projects for personal use. They are copyright for personal use only, you just cannot sell them or any projects you have made with my patterns. Enjoy!

  6. I wonder if adding a tiny bit of beeswax would make it less oily because right now it’s a little unpleasant.

    • It will make it stiffer. I find that a little goes a long way and I am a bit on the try side so my skin soaks it in and has a nice glow.

  7. Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I just finished my very first batch, and it’s amazing!!!

  8. I wanted to add some vitamin e. how can i incorporate it without messing it up.

    • Absolutely. I haven’t tried it but I would say oil for oil. However much you put in make sure you take the same amount out so it doesn’t become oily.

  9. Hi! Loving the looks of all your tutorials and body products recipes. Thank you for sharing them.
    I’m about to embark on making them after shopping for ingredients, I only have a stand mixer though. Would this be ok to use for whipping the oils instead of a hand mixer?

  10. Hi Lia,
    How do I store this lovely bodybutter? And for how long is it ‘fresh’ to use?

    Best regards from Holland!

    • I find that room temp (under 70 degrees F or 21 F) is a good temp. If you refrigerate is becomes hard, which is alright if you prefer that. I like to use mine up in about 3 months time before I make a fresh batch.

  11. Excellent. Homemade data, i will try. Thanks a bunch, February 2015.

  12. Hello! Just was wondering how to incorporate argon oil into this ?

  13. Hi, I made this because I was looking for a non greasy lotion to mage myself and I love it. However mine turned out really hard and not fluffy at all. What can I do?

  14. hello! I just made the body butter as holiday gifts for some friends. I got it all done & put into the jars but Unfortunately the next day it was hard as a rock! Not whipped consistency all. What went wrong?

  15. Thanks for sharing this. Its been most helpful! I’m new to this homemade beauty products thing. I wondered for this recipe can I exclude the cocoa butter?

  16. Hi,
    I just finished putting the butter in my jars. It looks like frosting, just like your pictures. Rather than washing it off, I decided to rub the cream into my skin… it turned to total oil/grease… will it firm up and work like a normal body butter, or it this what happens when you use it? Is there something I can do for a less oily consistency when applied?

    • Since this is all natural with no chemicals, the main ingredient is oil. That also means you use less of it so your skin will soak it in nicely. :-)

  17. Any chance this becomes watery in certain temps? Or does it stay mostly a typical body butter consistency?

  18. Hello, I check your blogs. Your writing style is great, keepup the good work! Thank you very very much.

  19. oh i forgot… sorry… can i use Organic Jojoba Oil instead of olive oil?


    • I suppose you can, but I haven’t tried. Each oil has its own healing properties so if you prefer Jojoba oil I would give it a try. Let me know:)

  20. so when you say olive oil… do you mean EXVO or Virgin or Pure or Light? I’m very very confused with all different olive oil out there.

    thank you

  21. Help help!!!! How do you clean your pots and supplies afterwards?? I can’t get the greasy residue off!!

    • I use a vegetable (vs. chemical) based soap like a Dr. Bronners or 7th Generation brand to wash my jars. I will then put them in the dishwasher.

  22. Could you tell me how long I can expect the “shelf” life to be on homemade beauty products? I’d like to start experimenting for Christmas gifts, however, I’m worried about the oils and a shelf life with them potentially starting to smell funny or spoil!! I’ve been looking through your posts and I’m so excited to start!! Thank you so much!! Kris

  23. Where do you find those cute glass containers? I love them. :)

  24. Thank’s a lot for your fantastic ideas, not only for paper flowers but also for the home made cosmetics. I’m a great fun from Greece.
    I would only ask if it is possible to explain how many ml or grams do we need when you say 1/2 a cup of shea butter etc.. what is the correspondence of a cup of shea butter etc in grams or mls..
    Thank you in advance..

  25. What label brand did you use? I am allergic to coconut what can I substitute it with?

    • I use Avery or World Label brand. For the body butter you could check around to see if there are any other recipes out there that don’t use coconut oil, I am sure there are some.

  26. Will this melt if I don’t refrigerate it?

  27. I can’t wait to try this. What do you think about adding vitamin E oil? I was just thinking about the added benefit but not sure if it goes well with these products or if it would cause them to go bad. Any thoughts?

    • I like the idea of adding that oil. Good stuff. I don’t think it will mess with the other ingredients as it is still a natural oil. I will try it in my next batch too. There are so many good oils out there. . . loving rose hip oil right now.

  28. Hi again, Lia.

    I took you at your word when you said I could “bother” you any time. We’re moving forward with our Lia Spa Party. I’m responsible for gathering all the supplies and I’ve been told two of the ladies don’t like lavender, so I was wondering if you could give me a good alternative for essential oil. I’m out of my element and don’t know what would blend well with the grapefruit. PS. Others don’t like rose, so that’s out as well.

    Also, a little off topic for this particular post, we’re also making the floral body scrub and so I’m also looking for a substitute for the lavender buds.

    I’m starting my ordering soon…I’ve checked Amazon and I think I’m going to need an advanced math class to figure out how much I’ll need for six people, making two of each. 😉

    Thanks again, Kim

    • Wow! That sounds like a fun party!! For the oils, I really like geranium oil. That is what I used in the scrub. Rose oil is spendy, so maybe if you have geranium, lavender, grapefruit and or orange, you have a nice mix and something for everyone. For the lip balm I like mint to give a little tingle, and the fruit oils are nice too. For the flowers I use lavender buds and rose buds, but they are really optional and more for color. You don’t have to add them at all. For the body scrub I prefer a large grain sea salt over epsom salt as it dissolves faster but love the epsom for the bath salts. Again, on those you don’t need any flower buds, just an oil that they like. Citrus seems to be more energizing while floral is calming.

  29. Lia we have had fun making your beauty products and they all turned out great .Thanks so much for sharing .x

  30. Made this fabulous recipe for Mother’s Day this year, however, the cocoa butter fragrance could not be “masked” with the essential oil I used. I even doubl ed the essential oil. Is there a fragrance free cocoa butter?

    • Yes, some people don’t like that smell so much. I love it. There is not a fragrance free version, but you may try a different blend maybe more shea butter and a tad of bees wax to replace the firmness of the cocoa butter. I have not tested this but take a look around the internet and see if there is an alternative recipe out there. I will look too.

  31. Do you have to use all four oils? Could I omit the coconut oil as I don’t have it on hand or will this impact the finished product?

    • Since the coconut oil is a cross between the butter and the oil, you may want to slightly increase your oil, but not much. Worst case is that you can melt it down again and add the coconut oil.

  32. Can I use another oil in place of Olive Oil? Such as Almond oil, Grapeseed oil?

  33. Hi Lia,

    Thanks so much for your generous sharing of these beautiful pictures, great recipe,free printable labels and links for the supplies.

    I’m so excited to try making this, along with several other spa recipes you have shared with us. I’m trying to get a group of friends together to have a “spa” day by trying our hands at these recipes for ourselves and friends.

    I’m trying to determine which of the WrekJars (mold) you are using for the butter…is it the mini #080 which holds 2.7oz or the larger #740 which holds 9.8 oz? Just love the jars with your beautiful labels! How many jars can you fill with this recipe?

    Also, I read you can speed up the firming of the butter by placing it in the freezer for about 20 minute. I was curious if you felt it was okay to “rush” this step.

    I’m so sorry for the 20 questions, but I’m just so darn eager to get started!!!

    Thanks again from a new but enthusiastic subscriber!


    • Hi Kim! How fun is your party going to be! I used the #740 which holds 9.8 oz. I found that one recipe makes a cup and half so was more than a jar full but not enough for two. Yes, on the freezing. It is a great way to speed it up. Just know that when you whip it will seem to get runny again and then will turn solid when you let it sit for a minute. Tell me how your party goes!

      • Thanks, Lia, for the very helpful response. I do have one more question for you…if I double or triple the recipe do you think that will impact the overall quality of the finished product? We have at least 5 people who want to join our “Lia Spa Party” and they each want to make two, so it will take way too long for us to make a jar at a time. I saw where you can use a Pyrex cup in a pan of water, so I guess we could always do several batches at the same time….can you imagine what fun chaos that will cause? I can’t wait!!

        I promise I’ll try not to bother you with more questions!!


        • I think you can do that for sure. I doubled the recipe when I made it and I can see tripling or even double double. Haha. The trick is in the melt (make sure everything is melted together) and the whip. As long as you can get your hand mixer in there, you are golden. As far as the alternative to a double boiler, I would use a metal or glass bowl that sits on top of your pan of boiling water. You really don’t want any water to get into you mixture and it does melt down really easy. The big metal bowls from Ikea are perfect. Please “bother” my anytime!! 😉

  34. Thank you for sharing this recipe + links. I always feel better about using skincare products that aren’t full of strange, mystery ingredients. I can’t wait to try this out!

  35. Hi Lia,
    I saw that you used all natural products, but also serves to keep the conservaante this body butter, or you have to keep in the fridge?. thanks Francesca

    • I think if your room is less than 70 degrees fahrenheit or 21 celsius, you are fine with leaving it out. If it gets warmer then keep it chilled.

  36. I use (and rep) doTerra essential oils. I love them!

  37. Does it need to be stored in the fridge?

    • In most cases I would say no as all of these butters and oils do not spoil. However in hotter weather, like today here in Portland where it did get up to 90 degrees, it will soften a bit so keeping it cooler is a good ideas.

  38. Hi, Lia,
    This looks so fun and yummy!! Where do you get your essential oils??? And can you use them as perfume? Thanks!

    • I get my oils at a local shop called Portland Homestead Supply however you can find great essential oils in health food stores and places like Whole Foods. If you don’t have access to that, then Amazon does carry some good brands too. Maybe some of the readers can offer some suggestions of high quality oils that they love. Anyone?

  39. Oh my, this looks and sound yummy! For your skin that is lol. Thank you for sharing! I’m going to make this for my daughters:)

  40. What a beautifully done tutorial the photos are wonderful… I know that my daughter and I will enjoy putting this together! just have to ask.. does this recipe really make 25 cups of body butter?

    • Thanks Cathie! I have been loving it for sure. That is suppose to say 2.5 not 25. . . as in 2 and a half! haha. I will go change it so it is clear.

  41. Lia you are always on target! Thanks for this recipe I am going to try it this weekend also many thanks for all the wonderful ideas you give us on your site I am truly grateful. Blessings.

  42. Do you have a favorite storefront for purchasing shea butter and cocoa butter?

  43. Lia, where do you find the cocoa butter and Shea butter? Whole Foods? An online source? I just love the idea of creating my own! You always make it seem so dang easy!

    • I get it on Amazon usually because I have prime and it is easy. I would guess Whole Foods might have it too. I will add the links to my sources. It is good practice anyway. 😉

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