This body butter recipe is actually magical. I know that there are a lot of “DIY Beauty” recipes floating around on the internet and a lot of them are just not as good as the store bought versions, but THIS is seriously worth trying.
I have been experimenting with DIY body butters since last summer and some recipes were too firm and difficult to scoop out of a jar, some were too soft and oily and wouldn’t absorb into my skin, some were too heavy on the cocoa butter (I am personally not a huge fan of smelling like chocolate) but this recipe really did it for me.
What’s interesting is that in between my last batch of body butter and this one I started using Aveeno body lotion after my showers and I started getting dry bumps on the backs of my arms and my legs were flaky and dry by the end of the day – and I’m not a person prone to dry skin! Two days after using this DIY body butter, my arms were COMPLETELY smooth again. See? Magical.
- 1/2 c shea butter
- 1/2 c coconut oil
- 1/4 c cocoa butter
- 1/4 c avocado oil (I also read elsewhere that sweet almond oil can be used as a substitute)
- essential oil (I used a combination of eucalyptus and lavender)
I slowly melted all ingredients except the essential oils over the stove using my makeshift double boiler (a glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water).
Once melted, I placed the bowl in the fridge to cool for 3 hours, until the oils solidified.
At this point you could spoon the mixture into a glass container to store as-is, but I chose to use a mixer to whip the oils together as I prefer a whipped consistency. I also used this as my opportunity to add a little essential oil.
This recipe yielded about a 1 cup of body butter. Enough to last a few months before it is time to replace it. Hope you enjoy as much as I do!
Kait is the founder and editor of A Clean Bee. She is passionate about discovering natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable ways to clean and organize her home. Kait has been featured in online publications such as NBC News, Oprah Magazine, BuzzFeed and PopSugar for her expertise in natural cleaning techniques. She enjoys spending her off-time outside in her garden with her husband and their two small boys.