Whipped Body Butter Recipe: 2 Simple Ingredients

“Decadent, smooth and rich.”

This Christmas I am, once again, attempting to make (almost) all of my Christmas gifts.  A great gift to give is something that can be used up.  Natural body products are not cheap to buy, but they can be fun and economical to make.

Body butters are oil-based and contain no water-based ingredients.  They are a mixture of oils and butters.  They are very hydrating, but they tend to be greasy.  I have been searching for a way to make oil-based butters smooth and light.  I have finally come across a simple way of dealing with butters: you whip them.  Like whipping cream.  This makes them soft, light, and less oily since there is air whipped into the product.  You can add any essential oil you like, and the overall appearance, texture and hydration is decadent.  The final product feels and looks like whipped cream.  I was very tempted to eat mine…
One thing to keep in mind with whipped butters, however, is that they are really only an oil and they will “melt” back into their oil state IF the temperature at which they melt is reached.  For example, a coconut oil-based whipped butter will melt at 24C (depending on what temperature your oil melts at.  Different coconut oils have different melting points).  Other butters may have a slightly higher melting point.  If your house gets higher than that melting point, or you keep it in a steamy bathroom, or on top of the dishwasher (which I did) it will melt back into an oil and you will have to re-whip it.  You can keep it in the fridge if you are worried about the temperature.

Does it stay like whipped cream for a long time!  YES!  It does.  How long?  I don’t know, but it hasn’t melted on me yet, and so I’d say weeks at least, if not permanently.With a mild and delicious cocoa fragrance, it isn’t necessary to add extra fragrance, but you certainly can if you like. Do not use citrus essential oils in body products since they are photo-toxic when exposed to sunshine. I am not a huge fan of the smell of coconut oil and so I choose the coconut oil that is fragrance-free.

Is this product non-greasy?  No.  It doesn’t contain alcohol or any other ingredients that “dry it out”.  But it is much less greasy than heavy, unwhipped body butter, and it will depend on the butters and oils you use (some are less greasy than others).

Over the next few weeks I will be playing with different ingredients, including kokum and mango butter, two butters which are less oily than cocoa butter and coconut oil.  I have shea butter which is extremely hydrating, and I will also be experimenting with infusing herbal extracts such as calendula, chamomile, green tea and lavender, into some of these oils to make whipped butter recipes that provide soothing, calming and anti-aging properties.  Subscribe to be updated regularly or “like” us on facebook so you know when these new recipes are available.

Ingredients:
6 oz. Coconut Oil (fractionated coconut oil is less greasy but any kind will work)
2 oz. Cocoa Butter
Essential oil if desired.

Materials:

  • Electric mixer and stainless steel bowl
  • Scale
  • Small pot
  • Pyrex measuring cup
  • Whisk or fork
  • Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Storage jar and lid

Directions:

  • In a small pot or double boiler, over low heat, melt 2 oz. of cocoa butter.
  • Add and melt 6 oz. of coconut oil.

  • Once oils are melted but NOT boiling, immediately remove from heat, pour into mixing bowl and refrigerate.
  • Once your mixture looks slightly opaque, remove from fridge and whip.  I use a stand mixer which makes the process go a lot faster.  It will get creamy quickly, but won’t whip immediately.
  • Once it is creamy put it back in the fridge for another 5 minutes or so and whip again. 
  • Once it starts to whip like whipping cream, you know you have it.  If it doesn’t, put it back in the fridge for a few more minutes and try again.  It could take up to 10 minutes of solid whipping to turn it into whipped butter.  It will get quite “stiff” and feel like chocolate mousse if you whip it long enough.
  • Once it starts to form soft peaks you can add your essential oil (if desired) and you are done!
  • Spoon it into jars and put lids on.
  • Store in a cool location.

 

Notes:

  • If you are looking for a good source to purchase body product ingredients check out Mountain Rose Herbs.  Exceptional quality, certified organic ingredients.
  • Cocoa butter helps increase or maintain skin elasticity and is very hydrating.
  • Coconut oil is, among many other things, rich in antioxidants and contains natural microbial and antibacterial properties making it a great oil choice for body products.
  • A little goes a long way.  Use a small amount!

This post has been shared on Frugally Sustainable’s Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways 56, Farm Girl Friday Blogfest #12, Homestead Barn Hop #91, Seasonal Celebration Wednesday #42, Wildcrafting Wednesday and Waste Not Want Not Wednesday #8.

 

 

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  1. Wow, this looks amazing. I don’t have a stand mixer but I’m sure I can stand there for 10 minutes if that’s all it takes. Thank you so much!

  2. once again we are on the same page! lol I’ve been looking for a recipe just like this one. Thank you thank you!! :)

  3. Ralph McDonald says:

    How about shea butter? Is it a good ingredient for hand, face or body creams?

  4. Do the ounces have to be exact? I do not own a scale, but I wanted to try this out this Friday with my sister. Thanks for your help!

  5. so interesting! I never knew any of that about the dangers of DIY lotions but am really tempted to make your whipped body butter-and you’re right it does look delicious :)

  6. thank you for the recipe. I am trying to use as much “natural” products as I can. we have 5 grand kiddos and some of them have allergies, so nana makes the salves and ointments for them. they love it and will use them as they know that nana would never hurt them.

  7. Looks yummy:) I have not made my own body butter before but I like to make my own scrubs. Someday I will try this.

  8. I’ll be making another batch of whipped body butter soon and can attest to this being wonderful for skin. I add some jojoba oil into the mix as well. Next time will add a tablespoon of beeswax as I understand it’s an emulsifier. It was quite soft in hot temps but now, with house temp at 20C for winter, it’s like Noxema (if you know what that is). Definitely want to let it cool well before beating or you’ll start to wonder if it’s actually going to work–the more whipping, the more volume. Thanks for the post: I always like to read about other’s experiences :-)

  9. This looks so easy! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday! I’ve pinned it on my WNWNW board, and please check back on Wednesday to see if you’ve been featured!

  10. Hi Free Range Mama! I really love your post! This whipped body butter looks good enough to eat! I think our readers would really enjoy reading this. I would love for you to come share it at Seasonal Celebration I really hope that you will put Seasonal Celebration on your list of carnivals to visit and link to us every Wednesday!
    http://naturalmothersnetwork.com/
    Rebecca x

  11. This looks amazing…my skin is crying out for a liberal application :)

    I would love to have you link up to the blog hop I co-host, Wildcrafting Wednesdays!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2012/12/wildcrafting-wednesday.html

  12. Wow, this is the yummiest (and I bet tastiest) creme I have ever seen! I did make homemade lotion last Christmas and I was happy with the results but this looks even more enticing! I am definitely going to try this one. Thank you!

  13. I tried this today (THANK YOU SO MUCH!), but I ran into a little problem so I thought I better ask where I went wrong. Mine seemed to skip the soft peak stage and went right back to the solidify stage… How long do you leave it in the fridge the FIRST time when you are trying to get it to be opaque (approximately of course)?
    The temp in my house today is about 69-70 degrees so that shouldn’t be the problem, but perhaps I left it in the fridge too long??? Any help would be appreciated. Even the semi-solid stage of this combination is fantastic on the skin! I love it and thank you so much for posting the recipe!!

    • Do you mean that your oils are whipped but more like solid white egg whites? Or just like a hard body butter? It depends on how hot you got your oils in the first place, as to how quickly it cools, and also what size of bowl you have, what temp your fridge is at etc. I would take it out in 5 min increments and try it. It gets creamy but doesn’t stay soft/creamy no matter how long/short/temp your whip it. Once it gets back to the original room temperature it should be more like egg whites, or Noxema if you are familiar with that. When you wipe your finger through it, it almost crackles with the air in it. Unless your house warms up enough to start melting it, it won’t stay in that “creamy” stage that it goes through. Does that help? it does remain whipped, however, and soft and spreadable. If it goes back to a solid oil then you know it has melted. Good luck!

  14. Free Range Mama, I want to thank you so much for linking up to Seasonal Celebration Wednesday with your fabulous tutorial! Be sure to pop by and this Wednesday to see if you have been featured. Rebecca x

  15. I’d love to try this! We’ve run into the same issues while making our own body butters and creams. This one looks so light and fluffy…good enough to eat! Thanks for sharing it with us on Wildcrafting Wednesday #67 and I hope you’ll join us again this week!

  16. I love natural DIY body products, I make my own scrubs, massage oils, etc. Unfortunately I’m also allergic to Coconut Oil. It’s very frustrating since so many of these types of recipes contain it. Actually almost all commercial products also contain it. Do you think switching to another oil would work as well in this recipe? I know coconut seems to have almost magical properties. I wish it would magically stop making me break out in a rash!

    • The key is to use 60% or LESS butter, and then the rest liquid oil. So you can certainly make it without coconut oil. I’d try a combo of shea butter, cocoa butter and grapeseed or almond oil! mmmmm….

      • Jacinta says:

        Just the question I needed answering! My itchy kid can not use coconut based products either so was hoping I could substitute with almond oil and shea butter as I regularly use those so have them in the house.

  17. I bought unrefined Illipe butter, but cannot find a DIY recipe to use it. I actually made an error in ordering, I meant to buy the refined Illipe butter; this stuff came in a block and is very solid. The one time I tried to make a a lotion (butter) with added Shea butter, it came out much too hard to get out out of the jar, once heated up a little it feels like silk on my skin. So, how can I get to be more creamy?????? Thanks a lot. Kitty.

    • They key to whipped body butter is to have 60% or LESS from a butter, the rest from either coconut oil or a liquid at room temperature oil, like almond, grapeseed, even olive or canola. If you use too much butter, it will be too hard and won’t work the way it should. So, use about half your butter, and half coconut oil, or grapeseed oil etc and it should come out fine! Add some essential oils if you like. Enjoy!

  18. Dawn Maholmes says:

    Great recipe! This is a good idea for a thoughtful gift for friends and family.

  19. I wanna try but I searched a lot of web site said that the coconut oil clogs pore. Is this good for skin??

  20. An excellent gift I received this Christmas was a wide assortment of skin care products from Bath and Bodyworks. As I’ve gotten older, I guess my skin just isn’t as good at taking care of itself anymore.

  21. This looks amazing and simple to make. Borax received a rating of F from the Environmental Working Group as it may “contain ingredients with potential for developmental/endocrine/reproductive effects; respiratory effects; skin irritation/allergies/damage.” I no longer use this product in my household. You can read more about it (and read up on other cleaners) here: http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners.

    Thank you for this recipe!

  22. Could I substitute raw mango butter for the cocoa butter?

  23. Thanks so much for this recipe, got some cocoa butter today and “whipped” some up as soon as I got home.
    As a strong believer in homemade natural products and a lover of coconut oil it is perfect for me.
    It works wonders on my super dry, winter skin! and i cant wait to start making it for family and friends :)

  24. I am looking forward to trying this. I had been using just coconut oil and it seemed good to start with but doesnt seem to last and my skin goes dry and flakey very quickly. I have temporarily gone back to using commercial moisturiser. Is that usual with coconut oil?
    thanks

    • Thank makes sense. Coconut oil is very moisturizing but not long lasting. I’d do a mix of coconut oil and another butter like mango butter, or shea butter for a longer lasting moisturizer.

  25. Connor Spencer says:

    This is awesome. I’m just trying to figure out how much essential oil to put in to this recipe. I want to use eucalyptus oil for it’s antibacterial properties. Any advice?

    Thanks!

  26. I made this today and absolutely in love with it. thank you. its going to be my favorite and the smell is divine

  27. Debbie Beetlestone says:

    This will be my very first attempt at home made products and youve made it look so simple and easy….cannot wait to get the raw ingredients! thanks x

  28. Shannon says:

    Hi, I made it! It’s BEAUTIFUL!!!! It whipped up so light and fluffy. I see what you mean about wanting to eat it! I am going to have to keep mine in the fridge…it melts so easily here in TX. It’s only about 77 today very cool for us, but it’s turns into oil very quickly. Do you think if I used more cocoa butter and less coconut oil, it may stay a little more solid? Come winter it’s going to be invigorating to say the least, lol!

  29. Kathleen Mathis says:

    Have you considered putting the bowl of oil in a bowl of ice (maybe with salt or alcohol added to increase the cooling effect) while mixing? I'd imagine that would help it cool and whip up a lot faster with fewer trips to the refrigerator!

  30. Can I use raw coconut butter instead of cocoa butter….or are those the same things?
    I saw your recipe and ordered the oil and butter so I could make it but now I’m about to start and see the your recipe says cocoa butter not coconut butter.
    Eeeek!

    • You can use coconut butter. It isn’t the same as cocoa butter but it will work. The only thing to keep in mind is that coconut butter will melt at just above room temperature and cocoa butter’s melting point it much higher so if it is warm where you live anything made with primarily coconut oil or coconut butter will melt.

  31. It’s great for me to come up with your website. We seem to have the same worries about bacteria and chemical substances. Anyway, I don’t own a mixer so can i mix butter and oil with a spoon? i know it will take a long time to do this but what i’m wondering is the drawbacks of this method? when the mixture is not stirred up well enough, does it have lower quality?

    P/S: Thank you for your posts and I really wish I could live in the outskirts like you.

  32. Made some with my Hubby tonight. Yummy! It does look good enough to eat. Now off to get treated to a massage :)
    Thanks for this awesome post!

  33. How much does this recipe make? About that topped up jar photographed?

  34. Doreen Chiha Maalouf says:

    Hi!i made it, it turned out beautiful but the next day it's as hard as coconut oil in cold weather :(( any advice ?

  35. this might seem dumb, but I’ve been obsessed with witch hazel and was wondering if something of that consistency/etc would affect the body butter’s texture/composition since it’s not an oil? In order for it to incorporate, would it have to be used with an emulsifier and be a lotion? I’m new to this

  36. I bet it smells good. going to have to try it.

  37. This looks great ! could replace the coconut oil w/ olive oil or say some other oil though ?

  38. Great post. This week over on Wildcrafting Wednesdays we’re hosting a special Hygiene Edition and this post would be perfect in the carnival. I’d love it if you would pop over and share this post again with our readers.
    http://www.herbanmomma.com

  39. Odysseia says:

    Would this recipe work with Shea Butter (or cocoa butter) and Olive Oil instead?
    Olive Oil does get solid inside the fridge but I am not sure if it would turn out the same as this delicious recipe..

  40. Susan E says:

    I made this and the “Soothing Body Butter w/aloe” this weekend and they are my favorite. It really is like making butter since I made that this week too! For this I used a tiny bit of peppermint essential oil and it smells like a chocolate mint but just slightly as I don’t like it too strong. For the aloe one, I added the sweet almond oil as my oil and some lavender essential oil. Thanks for the easy directions and pictures. I tried to link/tag you in Instagram and didn’t know if you had an account or not. :-)

  41. How long does this lotion stay in good shape before concerns of being rancid or expiring?

  42. Looks lovely. Are the measurements for the c oil and c butter in fl oz (measuring cup) or weight? Would cacao butter work the same as the cocoa butter? Thank you!

  43. i want to try mango butter. Any suggestions or hints?

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