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Homemade Body Butter to Die For

February 1, 2012

If today had a theme, it would have to be timing. As Leslie over at Chrunchy Betty posted some improvements to my scrub candy recipes, she talked about the perfect timing with Valentine’s just around the corner. Now here’s my so-timely-I-can’t-beleive-it-story: this delicious body butter!

Also, do check out the bath candy thingies over at crunchy betty. I’m sort of proud of them, and Leslie has only improved them.

For a good while, I’ve been longing for a creamy, soft, nice smelling, chemical free body butter. I’ve been both drooling for and disgusted by the ones that Body Shop makes – they look and smell so incredibly fantastic, but then you turn to the ingredient list and find silicones, perfume, PEG and all kinds of nasties. But if you have to make something right, you have to make it yourself, I suppose.

So a few days back, just as I was going to start experimenting with nothing to go after, somebody in the best no ‘poo-group on facebook (it’s in swedish though, sorry!) posted a link to this recipe at Rawmazing. Just what I needed!

So what is a body butter anyway? Unlike body lotion and body cream, body butter contains no water, only fats (and silicones, perfume and PEG, apparently….) Body butters are great to use on any skin type but they come especially in handy now in the cold winter time when your skin gets really dry.

So now I had something to go by. I made some alterations to the recipe, and I ended up with a recipe that looked like this:

  • 2 tbs solid shea butter
  • 1 tbs mint infused coconut oil
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • dried rose petals, fresh rosemary
  • 1 ml vitamin E (or 1 capsule)
  • about 7 drops each of lime essential oil and lavender essential oil

Variations: You don’t need the vitamin E but it increases the shelf life and is great for dry skin. Instead of olive oil you can use any other vegetable oil that you like. In Rawmazing’s recipe they used almond oil, I can imagine that avocado, jojoba or apricot oil would be divine! For essential oils and herbs, take anything you like the smell of (and they are completely optional)

Some months back, I prepared a mint infused coconut oil that I was planning on using for a hair mask. I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet, so I figured I could just as well use some of it for this body butter. Making a herbal oil is very simple. You can follow the instructions here.Or you can just leave this step out as it takes some preparation.

rose and rosemary infused oilHere’s how you make the body butter:

  1. start by melting the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. The coconut oil can be solid or runny, it’s all the same, just try to find some unraffined coconut oil/fat.
  2. Add in the vegetable oil and if you like, some fresh or dried herbs. If you are using herbs, heat the mixture for about 20 minutes, then strain carefully and don’t forget to squeeze out the last of the oil from the herbs. If not, move on to the next step as soon as the butters have melted.
    add essential oil (here lime and lavender)
  3. Remove from heat, and let cool. When the mixture is 30C or cooler, you can add the essential oils and vitamin E.
  4. Whip the butter until it gets thick and fluffy. You’ll need to do this for at least 5-10 minutes. If it’s feeling hopeless, let the batch cool for a bit longer until it’s starting to solidify, then try again.
  5. Use a spatula to put the body butter in jars.

Et voilà! Nothing left to do but to use and adore this body butter! Creamy, decadent and just fantastic. And so easy to make! The consistency is still very thick, I think next time I’ll experiment with adding a wee bit more oil and less shea butter, but that’s mostly just my own taste.

Next time, I’ll try to make something like the Body Shop’s candied ginger body butter, the smell is just fantastic! Until then, I have this gorgeous lime-lavender smelling body butter with rose and rosemary!
If you’d make a body butter, what smells would you like to use?

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2012 22:02

    Mycket Spännande! Har du lärt dig göra Body Butter själv?

    /HAnan 🙂

  2. kari permalink
    February 2, 2012 15:52

    Is there any substitute for coconut oil? We have an allergy to this and would like to try an alternative with similar results.

    • February 2, 2012 22:30

      I’m sorry, but there’s no perfect substitute for coconut oil that I know of. The best thing in this recipe is actually to substitute it simply with shea butter! It won’t be exactly the same thing but actually quite close. So that means 3 tbs shea butter to 1 tbs vegetable oil. Other wise you follow the recipe like it is. I haven’t made this exact recipe with only shea butter, but my guess is that it will be slightly more solid than with coconut (if you find it too solid, add more vegetable oil next time you make it).
      Another option would be cocoa butter. I haven’t tried it so I don’t know if it works though. But even though the result won’t be as fluffy as this body butter, it’s definitely going to be nourishing for your skin in any case! You might want to use a bit less cocoa butter…. Maybe start off with 2,5 tbs shea butter, 0,5 tbs cocoa butter and 1 tbs oil. But this is just a wild guess, you’ll have to try and see how it turns out. Let me know if you find anything that works for you!

    • Anja permalink
      February 3, 2012 18:39

      Mango butter? 🙂

  3. Momof4 permalink
    February 9, 2012 20:15

    Where do you buy shea butter and coconut oil?

    • February 10, 2012 15:34

      Coconut oil can be found in larger supermarkets, or organic/health shops. I would avoid the cheap coconut fat which is refined and not very good for you (if you want to be 100% sure, buy organic). Shea butter can also be found in shops focusing on helath or organic food.
      Although it’s usually a lot cheaper to buy online. I don’t know where you’re based but if in Europe, I recommend this german site: http://www.kosmetische-rohstoffe.de/oscommerce/ (shea butter is the same and coconut oil is called kokos öl).

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