How to make homemade body butter?

The homemade body butter is a rich and moisturizing skin care product. The nourishing and soft texture of the body butter can help to improve the texture of your skin. The body butter is generally made with skincare butter, such as cocoa butter and shea butter. The beauty of homemade body butter is that once you have a simple formula, it is easy to modify a butter to your liking.

Homemade body butter can last for months without the use of any preservative. Technically, body butter is mostly recommended for folks who need intense moisture, because it is a good lotion alternative. Application of body butter is greatly recommended for all seasons because it can trap the moisture, and keep your skin hydrated.

Homemade body butter recipe

Homemade body butter usually contains shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil or any vegetable-based oil. It is thicker than lotions. It is extra effective at the refreshing dry skin, whether used all over or only on problem spots, like elbows and knees.


  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond oil (or olive oil, jojoba oil, any organic, liquid oil which is healthy.)

How to prepare

In the top of a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil. After melting remove it from heat and let cool for about 30 minutes. Stir in almond oil and other essential oils of your choice. Wait until oils start to partially solidify. Then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved. This can take only a few minutes. Place it in a glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

Whipped peppermint tallow body butter

Whipped tallow body butter is a great moisturizing skin care product. Peppermint is nice for a refreshing change. Tallow is very similar to the protective sebum naturally produced by our skin, thus protecting the skin.


  • 1 cup of shea butter
  • 1/2 cup tallow
  • 1/2 cup of jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint essential oil
  • 2 teaspoons vitamin E oil

How to prepare

Using a glass bowl or a double boiler on top of a pot of boiling water, slightly heat shea butter and tallow until melted. Then remove bowl from heat and stir it in jojoba oil. After that allow it to chill in an ice bath for almost 5 minutes and stir in the peppermint essential oil. Thoroughly chill the mixture in an ice bath. By using a hand mixer, beat the body butter mixture gently until it forms stiff peaks. Then scoop this mixture into airtight glass jars and store it away from direct sunlight. For proper storage, vitamin E oil is added. This body butter is good to keep for about 1 year.

Vanilla bean homemade body butter

This vanilla bean body butter totally moisturizes the skin and soothes the soul. You can easily make it at home. Vanilla has a relaxing & pleasing effect on the body, spirit, and mind. Apply it before bed as it enhances sleep, and in the morning after a bath as a natural perfume.


  • 1 cup raw cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean

How to prepare

Melt gently coconut oil and cocoa butter. After removing from heat let it cool for about 30 minutes. Then grind a vanilla bean in a coffee grinder or in a food processor. Stir the sweet almond oil and vanilla bean bits into the coconut oil and cocoa butter. Then place in a freezer to chill for about 20 minutes. Wait until oils start to solidify partially. Whip the mixture with an electric mixer or in the food processor until a butter-like consistency is achieved. Then pour it into a glass jar and enjoy! Store the whipped butter in the refrigerator or another cool place.

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Magnesium body butter

Magnesium body butter does not have any preservatives. This recipe uses all natural moisturizing ingredients. Magnesium body butter makes skin soft and silky. It is good for kids too. It does not have the prickling effect which regular magnesium oil has when first you start using it.

It can be stored in the fridge for a denser and cooling lotion. This is great to use after sun exposure as it helps the body to absorb Vitamin D.


  • 1/2 cup magnesium flakes + 3 to 4 Tablespoons boiling water
  • 1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons emulsifying wax or beeswax
  • 3 Tablespoons Shea Butter

How to prepare

In a small container, pour 3 tablespoons of boiling water into the magnesium flakes and stir gently to dissolve it. It will create a dense liquid then set it aside to cool. Combine the coconut oil, shea butter, and emulsifying wax in a quart size mason jar inside a small pan with 1 inch of water and then turn on medium heat. Remove the jar from the pan when melted, and let the mixture cool as it attains room temp and slightly misty. After this, put into a medium bowl or into a blender. Use a hand blender or immersion blender on medium speed and blend the oil mixture.

Then slowly add the dissolved magnesium mixture to this oil mixture. Continue blending until all magnesium mix is added and well-mixed. Put in the fridge for about 15 minutes and re-blend it to get body butter consistency. Store it in a fridge for the best consistency or at room temperature for up to two months.

Benefits of homemade body butter

The natural oils present in homemade body butter can protect your skin from the outside elements. It nurtures and keeps natural moisture in by providing a layer of oils on top of the skin. Following are the few beauty benefits of homemade butter;

  • Protects your skin

The body butter is thicker than creams and lotions, as it forms a barrier over the skin to hold the moisture in. Application of body butter can work as an additional shield on the skin which helps to protect your skin from other barriers.

  • Gives you soft skin

Homemade body butter will help to give you soft skin. A high amount of Vitamins present in the body butter helps to alleviate dry and itchy skin easily. Body butter can also help to maintain the pH value on the skin, thus giving a healthy and glowing skin.

  • Deep hydration

Applying body butter can provide deep hydration to the skin. Homemade butter can work as a barrier between your skin and other elements. It helps to trap the moisture in layers, thus giving hydrated and soft skin.

  • Works as a lip balm

Homemade body butter can be used all around the body. It can also work great as a lip balm. Homemade body butter can help to keep your lips moist, thus preventing chapped lips.

  • Helps to heal stretch marks

Homemade body butter can also be used to heal the stretch marks on the body. Body butter can possibly help to lighten the marks on the skin. By boosting the production of collagen, it can help to heal the stretch and acne marks effectively.

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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