Homemade Body Butter Recipe

You know how sometimes you see a recipe and think… oh yeah, that sounds nice… but then never actually make it. Please don’t do that with this one. This homemade body butter is pure gold – and honestly – I think you’re going to¬†love what it does for your skin! Don’t worry, Singapore – I’ll tell you where to find all the ingredients you’ll need to make it!¬†


A body butter is made by combining oils (liquid) with butters (solid). Example:

  • oils (liquid): coconut oil, almond oil, safflower oil, avocado oil (¬†read my top 6 favorite oils)
  • butters (solid) : shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter

From what I’ve read, basically you can make your body butter with any combination, as long as the¬†proportions¬†are 75% solid, 25% liquid.

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I chose to work with cocoa butter and coconut oil (which hardens easily) as my solid, and sweet almond oil as my liquid.

Coconut Oil ¬†is a top favorite of mine. Always use a virgin cold-pressed oil, organic is best, to make sure that all the nutrients and beneficial properties are intact. Coconut oil’s antioxidant¬†properties protect the skin from free radical damage and because it’s so full of essential fatty acids, it also helps to build and strengthen skin-cell structures. This¬†keeps the skin‚Äôs connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles.¬†My skin loves it and I love that it’s easily absorbed.

Sweet Almond Oil is an¬†emollient – in that it smooths and softens skin more than hydrates it. It’s full of vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant and great skin protector and healer. I also love that it’s easily¬†absorbed into the skin without leaving a greasy residue. With this recipe I wanted to use¬†light oils, otherwise it may be a bit much. On a side note – vitamin E is such a great antioxidant that it’s used as a preservative in many natural skin care recipes – so if you have vitamin E at home, a few drops in your skincare recipes helps to keep them longer.

Cocoa Butter comes from the cocoa bean. It has a distinct nutty, chocolate scent – so yes, you will smell… delicious! When I use it on my skin, my 5-year-old notices right away! ¬†Cocoa butter is a rich emollient, it leaves your skin buttery soft. It contains fatty acids which help to retain moisture and build elasticity and also has properties which can help ease dermatitis or rashes.¬†And did I mention it smells like chocolate! Just like your oils, you want to choose a raw, cold-pressed butter – free of chemicals that are used in bleaching and refining.

Let’s start making our Homemade Body Butter!

Cocoa Butter is solid, so you’ll need to melt it down in a bain-marie, a hot water bath. Depending on where you live, and if it’s cold, your coconut oil may be hard too. Melt them gently until completely liquid, before you mix in any other oils.

cacao butter

Once the butter is melted and is well mixed and combined with all of the¬†oils¬†you’ll need to then harden it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. If it’s too soft, it won’t whip up! If it’s too hard, it won’t whip up. Don’t worry about it now. Freeze it until it’s¬†a semi-solid mush, you’ll know when it’s ready!


Now, I want to tell you something up front so that you’re¬†not weirded out when you use it. This body butter is unusual in that it¬†melts onto your skin the instant you apply it – like butter on a hot pan. Honestly, I found it to be a bit strange. The¬†recipes that I had read don’t tell you this, so when I first used it, I thought it was greasy and that I wouldn’t like it. But then, something magical happened – my skin soaked it all in – and instead of feeling greasy, it felt velvety soft! My skin is seriously thanking me and has promised to glow and never wrinkle, if I use this everyday. I’ve happily accepted.

Homemade Body Butter Recipe

(adapted from Wellness Mama)

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)


  • 1 cup cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil


  1. In a bain-marie, melt down your hard butters and oils until fully liquid
  2. In a bowl, blend together the melted butters with all of the oils and set in the freezer to harden, about 20 minutes.
  3. Once the mixture is solid again, but not too hard, whip it up using an electronic whisk, a food processor with a whisk attachment, a handheld whisk and a bit of elbow grease or your kitchen-aide (lucky!) until you have created fluffy white clouds
  4. Spoon it into a clean jar or container. It will keep for months.
  5. Slather it on!

p.s. I’m going to re-work the batch using only 75% cocoa butter and 25% coconut oil or almond oil to see if I like it even more.

With this batch, I added the coconut oil as part of my 75% hard butter because it hardens easily in cool temperatures.¬†But¬†because¬†of where I live, it may be too hot to consider coconut oil “hard” Does that make sense? It may be the reason why my butter feels a bit greasy at first, and even though I love love love how it feels after, I’ll play with the recipe to make it work better for me. If it’s cold where you live – this recipe is probably fine as it is. This richness of this recipe makes it a great night-time lotion for me. ¬†I’m telling you this¬†because¬†it’s always important to play with recipes to make it work for you – and just like cooking, the more you practise and work with your ingredients – the more you understand how they work and how to best use them.

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  • Maggie says:

    Oh thank you thank you so much! This is wonderful!
    Does it have to be refrigerated post whipping if you’ve made too much?

    • Melissa says:

      Hello….. super easy recipe; however, I just made this and I actually find it very waxy on my skin. I normally mix coconut oil in with my lotion so I am totally used to the initial greasy feeling that you had described in your instructions, however, I don’t feel like my skin has totally absorbed the body butter. It isn’t greasy but it is almost like a film. Any ideas as to why and any idea how to remedy this? Thanks!

  • militza says:

    Hi Maggie! It doesn’t need to, although where I live it’s hot, so after a while, it looses its… oomph. If you put it in the fridge it will harden again… but either way, you could always try re-whipping! I haven’t tried that, because I’m using it up so quickly as it is – but let us know how you get on with yours!

  • Sher says:

    Hi there, i live in singapore too! i’m trying to whip up a batch with shea butter, cocoa butter and solid coconut oil. What do you think my proportions should be so that it won’t melt too quickly in our humid temperature?

    • militza says:

      Hi Sher! I think we should consider your coconut oil as the liquid – and the shea & cocoa butter as the hard – so it would be:

      75% shea & cocoa
      25% coconut oil

      so that could be:

      3/4 cup of mixed cocoa butter & shea butter
      1/4 cup of coconut oil

      You can divide the cocoa and shea equally, or add more or less, depending on which one you want to be more prominent in your lotion. This is where you can play with proportions. If you don’t want to use up a lot of your oils and butters as you experiment – make smaller batches. Just remember, what ever measurement you are working in, keep it at: 75% hard (butters) 25% liquid (oils)

      hope that helps! Let me know how you get on :)

      • Sher says:

        Hi Militza!

        Thank so much for your advice! I will try making it once my ingredients from iherb arrives and update you on my end product! xoxo :)

  • militza says:

    Awesome, Sher! Looking forward to it :)

  • Niki says:

    Great stuff! I want to try this but have never made any beauty recipes in my life and his recipe seems like a tall order. BUT I am a big believer in moisturizing so I gotta try this at least. Thanks so much for sharing this as well as where to buy the ingredients. Cheers!

  • militza says:

    Hi Niki! Awesome – let me know how you get on! :)

  • Myda Muckala says:

    What about using essential oils? I want a body butter that is somewhat scented floral.

    • militza says:

      Hi Myda! The only reason that I don’t mention essential oils is because I don’t know how to use them! They are incredibly potent, actually medicinal – so we have to be sure of side effects and exact measurements. That said, if you do your research, adding essential oils can be a great! For the butter – I would use oils that have a lighter fragrance so that the essential oil can come through – almond oil and jojoba oil are pretty light and Shea Butter might be better than cocoa butter, since cocoa has strong chocolate scent. Let me know how it works out :)

  • Kim says:

    How much does this yield? I can obviously add up the ingredients, but I’m guessing that whipping adds a bit of volume. I’m considering making a TON of this for a bridal shower favor- about 25 jars.

    • militza says:

      Hi Kim! What a great idea – I would say that it doubles in volume. I haven’t measure it out but if you do make it, I’d love to know how it turns out! :)

  • Kim says:

    I made one batch, as a test run, before I make the larger amount. It was too thick actually… and had some chunks in it. The freezing process was tricky- it was solid on the sides, but still liquid in the middle. So I had to let it get closer to room temperature in order to mix it with the kitchen aid.

    • militza says:

      Hi Kim! Good idea to do a test batch! I’m thinking maybe you can stir the mixture as it freezes so that it will harden more evenly? Try again! :)

  • Jessica says:

    Love this recipe! But once it hardens it’s very difficult for me to dig it out of the jar because the whole thing became completely solid again. x__x I was going to try remelting it and adding more cocoa butter, but does anyone have any other ideas?

    • militza says:

      Hi Jessica! Is it cold where you live? I’m thinking it must be the coconut oil which is hardening. Where I live it’s really hot, so the butter stays soft. Maybe for you, it’s best to use a different type of oil, like jojoba, sweet almond or olive oil.

      How interesting to hear other’s experiences with the recipe! Thanks for sharing, do try again! :)

      • Johnnie says:

        I have used aloe vera juice/gel to thin too-thick body butter. It has healing properties & other benefits but I’ve found it to be much more cost-effective than jojoba or many other oils. Also apricot kernel oil is useful, beneficial & generally cheaper than many others. What do you think?

      • militza says:

        I think that sounds great Johnnie! It’s such a good thing to play and experiment with different ingredients. I love Aloe vera – it’s incredible on the skin. I haven’t worked with apricot kernel, but would love to know your experience with it.

  • Jessica says:

    Hi militza! I remelted the whole thing and added 1/8th cup of almond oil to it and it seemed to do the trick. I may have to do an extra 1/4 ext time. And I live in the Bay Area of CA so it’s not too hot, but it does get pretty cold in my house. So that was probably it. :D Thank you!

  • Rachel says:

    I was wondering about how much this recipe makes? Just an estimate is fine, thanks

  • Are you using the delicious coconut smelling extra virgin coconut oil or the coconut oil that has no smell whatsoever? I have both and hope to try your awesome body butter recipe tomorrow. Thank you for posting the recipe. Elaine

  • Excuse my previous question! I found the answer looking at the jar label you have posted above. Elaine

    • militza says:

      Hi Elaine! Let me know how it works out for you! :) Yeah, for any skincare recipe – I would always use unrefined, cold-pressed oils. You’ll get more nourishment for your skin than the refined stuff :)

  • Nicole says:

    Have you tried this on stretch marks? I would like to make it as a gift for my recently pregnant sister.

    • militza says:

      Hiya! A rich butter would be great for keeping the skin hydrated and less prone to stretch marks. Coconut is a healing oil so could be a great choice for your sister. I think this would make a lovely gift!

  • I made the recipe you posted for the virgin coconut oil & cocoa butter body butter and it is outstanding. I had some Madagascar vanilla beans infusing in the hot South Carolina sun in a luxurious blend of oils so I used that instead of the sweet almond oil. I wanted some scent so I added 15 drops patchouli essential oil, 25 drops ylang ylang essential oil and 10 drops of rose garden fragrance oil. I could hardly make out any of these scents above the cocoa butter scent but don’t get me wrong, the cocoa scent is wonderful. Then I tried a second batch using shea butter rather than cocoa butter because I was very interested in capturing the scent. Same proportions as your recipe but I used weight measurement rather than liquid measurement (makes no difference). I also doubled up on the scent concoction mentioned above. It is truly a lovely body butter with a scent that I find addictive. I make lotions and was very excited to make a body butter because I don’t have to use any preservative. Oh! On the second batch I added 6 grams of Vitamin E to reduce the rate of rancidity for the oils. I consider my two attempts huge successes. Body butters are so much different than lotions because they tend to hang out on the surface of the skin for quite awhile. I am choosy about when I use the body butter. Mostly at night after I’ve changed into my jammies and can relax with my wondrous body butter working it’s magic on my skin. Thank you so much for your recipe and tutorial. Elaine

  • jjangLIPE says:

    I’m definitely trying this recipe soon! Thank you for the ratio, it’s extremely helpful!
    I think it’s important to note that you make this in a bowl that can switch temperatures (glass or metal) and then be able to whip it in that same bowl. That way you don’t have to worry about transferring the mixture back and forth.
    I’m thinking I’ll probably use coconut oil as part of both the solid and liquid, but also use some shea or cocoa butter as most of the solid and almond oil as the other part of the liquid – still 75%:25% though. I think that will help with some consistency problems I have when making these sorts of things.

  • Grace Anthony says:

    Hi Militza, I made a batch of moisturing butter with shea butter, jojoba oil, evening primrose oil, vit E and essential oils of frankincense, sandalwood and geranium. The texture and scent are to die for! It’s now part of my nighttime routine.

  • Elaine says:

    Grace, thank you for the scent blend of frankincense, sandalwood and geranium. Looks like I’ll be making another batch of body butter so I can try out this to-die-for scent blend. Where would you suggest buying essential oils?

  • Hasu says:

    Hi. Just wondering how long will this keep?

    • militza says:

      Hi Hasu,

      Since there is no water in this recipe, it keeps for a long time. To be safe, I would say make batches that you can use up within the month.

  • Stay-C says:

    Hi.. I cant wait to try this when I get home today,, I had a quick question. I love using just cocoa butter and coconut oil for my skin.. im not too keen on other oils could this be possible to make if i skip the almond oil and change the measurements by using just the 2 main ingredients or do you recommend the other oil also? Thanks for the recipe it looks AWESOME!

    • militza says:

      Hi! Actually, I just made my last batch with only cacao butter and coconut oil and it turned out great. I did 75% cacao butter (3/4 cups) 25% coconut oil (1/4 cup). Let us know how it works out for you! One reader said that she infused vanilla pods into her coconut oil first and I think that sounds pretty amazing too :)

  • Kristin says:

    Hi! I made a recipe similar to this and I noticed how you said it is a little bit greasy. If you add a couple teaspoons of rice flour, corn starch or tapioca flour(which is what I use) it doesn’t make your body butter greasy! Try it out :)

    • militza says:

      Hi Kristin! Awesome, thanks for the tip! I tried again using 75% cacao butter and 25% coconut oil – and it’s a much better consistency for me – but will def try adding some powder too. Love experimenting! :) Thanks

  • Grace says:

    Hey! This looks amazing, and I have been looking for a natural body butter for a while so it’s great to have found this one! It must be lovely living in the heat on the equator, but up here in Canada it’s like I live in an icebox. Should I add more oil so it keeps soft even in the winter? I’ll definitely be trying this in the near future! Keep up the awesomeness! :-)

  • Yana says:

    Please info, is there any expire that for this butter? how long can we use the same batch? thanks

  • Julia says:

    I just received my stuff to try this recipe!!! Am so excited. Hoping it helps prevent stretch marks while my belly expands. My coco butter is in uneven chunks. Are those measurements for after the oils are melted?

  • Audrey McDougall says:

    Thank you for this amazing recipe. It is truly indulgent, easy and fun to make and for my dry skin and psoriasis its amazing. Thank you again i will be making a lot more of this in the future.

  • Colleen says:

    Your recipe says to use 1 cup cocoa and 1/2 cup coconut oil. Are those measurements taken when they are solids, or after they are melted? I measured out 1 cup of solid cocoa butter (which was of course in chunks) but when melted, it was actually only 1/2 cup. Please clarify. Thank you

    • militza says:

      I measured the cacao butter before it was melted. The coconut oil was liquid (I live in Singapore where it’s always hot, so my coconut oil is always liquid)

      how did your body butter turn out? Depending on where we live because of weather and humidity, I think that the results can be different – if you needed to readjust the recipe, let us know what you did because others may also be having the same experience. Cheers! :)

  • Nickie says:

    I live in the northern UK and made this a couple of weeks back. It’s Autumn/fall here and the weather is cooling rapidly so I kept in mind other’s comments regarding this going hard in cooler temperatures.

    The ambient temperature in my house at the time I made it was about 14C. It had a gorgeous consistency when I whipped it but as expected, it was way too hard to use 24 hours later when it had set.

    I fiddled with the recipe a bit and decided on using a 75% liquid, 25% solids ratio thinking I could always add more solids to it if I had trouble getting it to whip etc. Result? Impossible to whip with this ratio! :(

    I then added another 6g of solid oils (2g cocoa butter, 2g shea and 2g coconut oil). Result = better but still not a good consistency and barely whippable.

    Next…in went another 6g of cocoa butter. Result = much better but still not right. Whipping well but not holding its form when peaked.

    So…in went another 6g of solid oils (2g cocoa butter, 2g shea and 2g coconut oil). Result = much better consistency and whipped really well.

    At this point I thought I’d best stop as I knew the mixture would be a little warmer than the ambient temperature it would finally be sitting in and the oils would solidify and might make it set like concrete again. I left it to cool overnight and checked on it before leaving for work the next morning.

    Final result- a lovely creamy mousse like texture which some might refer to as a thick cream or lotion as opposed to a traditional butter but I love it and it’s so much more manageable than the cement the original recipe batch turned into. I guess if you live in a warm climate you’ll get away with using the ratio stated for solid and liquid oils but living in the cold and blustery Autumnal UK, it just didn’t work for me!

    Anyhow, I hope this helps someone out if they’re longing to make it but just can’t get it’s final consistency right! :)

    • militza says:

      Hi Nickie,

      fantastic! Thanks a million for sharing your experience – it’s so true that it can be different for everyone, so it’s great to get all perspectives! Thanks for taking the time to share :))

    • Holly says:

      Hi Nickie. I’m in the Midlands and want to make this recipe. I appreciate all your hard work in trying to find the right consistency but I can’t seem to figure out from your post the ratios I should work with when trying your ‘UK version’. Can you please break it down for me in either ratios or measurements please?

  • constance says:

    i can’t find the cocoa butter from iherb or brown rice paradise. do you know other shops that sell it?

  • Colleen says:

    Hi! I came back to report on my results. I ended up just going with the half cup of melted cocoa butter because where I live it’s cold most of the year and extremely dry so I figured this would ensure it stayed soft. It turned out great! It does make about 2 cups and I gave one jar to my Mom, who seriously decided it was also good enough to eat, haha. It is oily feeling when you first apply it, but all those nourishing natural oils absorb very quickly. I will be making more as gifts. Everyone is going to go crazy over it. Smells amazing…very richly of chocolate. Thank you :-)

  • Victoria K. says:

    can you make your own cocoa butter

  • Victoria K. says:

    can you use cocoa (or cacao) powder?

    • militza says:

      Hi Victoria! I wouldn’t use powder – because it would probably stain your skin & anything you touch brown :) Though, that said, if you use a little – it may give a nice bronzing effect… try it on a small batch and let us know how it works out!

  • Grace says:

    Hi love this recipe I used orange essence instead of almond and it came out smelling like chocolate orange! I had to stop my boyfriend eating it! I live in the UK and found it a bit greasy despite it being cold here so I upped the amount of cocoa butter and now it’s lush :) thanks so much!

    • militza says:

      ha! That’s hilarious! I’m glad you liked it and more importantly, that you made the recipe work for you!


    • Milena says:

      Citrus oils (or some at least) can make your skin more vulnerable to sunburn so be careful when you add certain essential oils to your body cremes. Although I bet it smelled wonderful!

  • Alisha says:

    I just recently started making all natural stuff. I love this recipe. I used grape seed oil instead of almond oil and also added a ts of vitamin e oil. It turned out great. Thank you for sharing this recipe!!


  • Robin says:

    So, I am going to make this soon, I ordered mango butter and cocoa butter from Mountain rose,I was going to order Shea as well but didn’t. I have Nutiva coconut oil which is very high quality. How much mango butter should I use? All of the butters will be solid here in Canada so I will buy almond oil to use as a liquid. I have very good quality essential oils too. I received a home made body butter for Christmas that I am addicted to and have run out of so I went searching and your recipe sounds delightful. Once you use these homemade ones with good quality butters there is no store bought lotion that will ever suffice.

    • militza says:

      Hi Robin! Mango and cacao butter sounds like a great combination! Maybe try half/half to make up your 75% and 25% almond oil.
      Please do let us know how you get on!

  • Evy says:


    Your website looks awesome!

    Are those wesbites also shipping to Belgium? :)



    • militza says:

      Hi Evy,

      Thanks! You can find all the ingredients on iHerb – they ship worldwide and at great shipping rates.
      Let us know how you get on!

  • Jessie says:

    I would love to make up an all-natural body butter, but when I tried using coconut oil as a body moisturizer a few months ago, it completely clogged my shower drain, I guess because the oil solidifies at cooler temps. Do you have any ideas for a recipe that doesn’t include coconut oil? Thinking that cocoa butter might also clog the drain as it is solid at room temp here in Colorado. Many thanks!

  • Jessie says:

    I would love to make up an all-natural body butter, but when I tried using coconut oil as a body moisturizer a few months ago, it completely clogged my shower drain, I guess because the oil solidifies at cooler temps. Do you have any ideas for a recipe that doesn’t include coconut oil? Thinking that cocoa butter might also clog the drain as it is solid at room temp here in Colorado. Many thanks!

  • Jessie says:

    I would love to make up an all-natural body butter, but when I tried using coconut oil as a body moisturizer a few months ago, it completely clogged my shower drain, I guess because the oil solidifies at cooler temps. Do you have any ideas for a recipe that doesn’t include coconut oil? Thinking that cocoa butter might also clog the drain as it is solid at room temp here in Colorado. Many thanks!

    • militza says:

      Hi Jessie – yes that would be a problem in a cold climate. Where I live it’s hot all year round, so not something that I’ve dealt with. Most butters and even oils will harden in cold.

      In the shower, you could make a moisturising scrub or body treatment using brown sugar and aloe vera gel. Or you could cook some oats in water until soft, blend it up into a mush and strain in a cheesecloth. You’ll have a thick gel like substance that you can apply onto the skin, then wash off. It will moisturize your skin without the need for oil.

      Hope that helps – oils and butters are great, but if they are blocking your drains – you can find other ways to moisturise until the weather warms up again.
      Let us know how you get on!

  • Niki says:

    I finally tried it today Militza! It is SO luscious on my skin. It melts like butter on hot pancakes. Insane but also very good. The cocoa smell is really strong though. Smells yummy but I wonder if people on the trains will notice. Hahaha! I can’t wait to experiment some more on this. Love it. Thank you!!!!

    • militza says:

      Yay Niki! Thanks for sharing – I’m so happy you like it! It’s amazing how simple it can be, isn’t it! :) Definitely keep playing and let us know if you come up with any new combinations!

  • Robin says:

    I just put this in the freezer to harden I used Mango butter and cocoa butter but added a very small amount of Rose infused coconut oil and almond oil. I have very high end essential oils from working an all natural perfumery so I added twenty drops of Patchouli ,fifteen drops of a very high end Sandalwood oil, and a green Rose oil that was ten or so drops. I’m so exited to see how this turns out. If it’s good I’ll do a Vetiver, Rosewood one. With the Cocoa butter scent as beautiful as it is Bergamot will be a nice one to compliment too. What an easy recipe! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Robin says:

    Follow-up the butter turned out beautifully. I am going to try Shea next time and cut down on the cocoa butter so the scent will be different. I live cocoa butter though. I saw an earlier post and will try to add vit E as well to preserve it and more essential oil drops as the cocoa butter is what comes through strongest. What an inspiring and easy project this was. I’m exited to jar more of it and pass it to friends.

    • militza says:

      Hi Robin – that’s awesome- I’m so happy you liked it! Thanks for the follow up! Your essential oil blend sounds beautiful – thanks too for the recipe, so that we can try it too! :))

  • eliza says:

    My butter came out as lotion. Can I a mix it with more cocoa butter or do I need to just start with a new batch? Thank you.

  • eliza says:

    Mine came out too runny. Can I add more cocoa butter and refreeze it or do I need to just make another batch. Thank you.

  • Robin G. says:

    So far I have used a couple other recipes and this one is my go to.I use 1cup mango butter,and divide the half cup with equal parts cocoa butter and coconut oil. almond oil with a teaspoon Vit.E which I mix and for this batch I used 100% essential oils of Tangerine,Vetiver,and Rosewood. The Vit.E is suposed to help the essential oils emulsify with the body butter, and I must say I do notice a big difference than with previous batches, The scent is able to come through clearer. Just thought I’d share.

    • militza says:

      Hi Robin! Thanks a million for taking the time to share your experience with us! I’ll definitely try it next with a bit of vit. e! :)

  • maria says:

    hi there militza. i’m from the philippines. you made the suggestion to one commenter (the one from singapore) to use 75% cocoa and shea butter + 25% coconut oil. i wonder if it’s ok if i substitute other kinds of oil for coconut oil (i was thinking of apricot kernel seed oil or grapeseed oil). i am afraid that the body butter may not maintain its consistency in this very hot summer weather.

    • militza says:

      Hi Maria – love your name, that’s my daughter’s name too! :)

      yes, absolutely. You can substitute coconut oil with apricot or grapeseed. You can even do a combo of the two (which is what I do for my body oil) grapeseed absorbs very quickly and is great for oily skin, so it may work really well for our hot weather!

      let us know how you get on!

  • Pamie says:

    Hi Militza! I can’t wait to try out this body butter recipe. Though there are tons of body butter recipes online, most of them are for cooler climates. And I know how coconut oil is like here in Singapore!

    One question though. Even with your recipe’s proportions catered to our hot climate, I’m still concerned that everything will turn greasy and mushy if I do not store it in the fridge. Do you think I can add a little beeswax to it?

    • militza says:

      Hi Pamie

      What I would do is make the body butter, split it in half and add beeswax to one. That way you can test out which works better for you. I’d love to hear your results!!

  • Melissa says:

    Woops – I see that I replied to an existing thread instead of starting a new one. I will repost :)

    Hello….. super easy recipe; however, I just made this and I actually find it very waxy on my skin. I normally mix coconut oil in with my lotion so I am totally used to the initial greasy feeling that you had described in your instructions, however, I don’t feel like my skin has totally absorbed the body butter. It isn’t greasy but it is almost like a film. Any ideas as to why and any idea how to remedy this? Thanks!

  • Lisa says:

    Melting the butters (cocoa and shea) work for me because they can be grainy in my experience.

  • vicky says:

    Love the simplicity of this recipe. I’m a total newbie and was interested in where people from the UK were buying their ingredients?

  • Angel Mason says:

    When it come to measuring your ingredients using measuring cups can be a
    pain and not very accurate. You should be using a scale an two examples are
    1cup Shea butter weighs 218 grams, cocoa butter 1 cup weighs 219.2 grams
    ( round off to 219 grams.) Even the liquid oils need to be weighed. Let’s say you make a body butter you love by weighing it each time you make it it will be the same. I hope this helps.

  • stella says:

    thanks for sharing but I actually produce my own coconut oil myself I wish I could make cocoa butter as well because I love home made stuffs.

  • Elsa says:

    I’ve tried your bodybutter recipe.but it’s very greasy for the climate.it doesn’t hold well together either.the moment it touches the skin it’s back to being like oil.can you suggest an alternation?something to make it less greasy and something to hold it together

    • militza says:

      Hi Elsa!

      It’s all about playing with the proportions – if it’s too oily – you can try either using less oil or using different types of oil that might suit your skin better. Give grape seed oil and jojoba oil a try.

      You can also try adding a bit of arrowroot into the blend to give it a more powder finish.

      Keep playing with it and you’ll find the proportions that work best for you! :)

  • Rachel E says:

    Just made this – I added vitamin E oil and orange essential oil. Smells soooo good!!! A chocolate orange. Love the feel of it, too! Thanks!

  • B P says:

    Love this! Substituted 1/4c Shea butter and 3/4c cocoa butter, and used avocado oil instead of almond. I thought about adding clove oil but it smelled so good as I was melting it all that I decided not to. It doesn’t really smell like much now, kind of a slight blend of cocoa and shea; nice and natural.

  • Cheryl says:

    Hi militza, I have just very little resources around me and the climate is a bit too hot.I was wwondering if I could use shea butter avocado oil,coconut oil, few vitamin e caps and lemon juice for scent.I dont wnna get darker, I hope this won’t tone my skin colour down.

    • Luna says:

      Using citrus oils and juice can cause very bad sunburn and it can really damage your skin. So unless you only use it before you go to bed, you shouldn’t add lemon juice

    • militza says:

      Hi Cheryl! Lemon juice wont work here because oil and water don’t mix, plus it would decrease the shelf life. Try using an essential oil to scent – but yes, many citrus oils are not safe with sun exposure. You can try mandarin or grapefruit.

  • Brenda says:

    HELP!!!!!! I have made body butter a few times, but did not re-read directions today. I put ALL the ingredients together. I did not melt the shea and coconut oil first before adding oils. Is my batch wrecked???? It’s on the stove right now! Hoping for a reply ASAP. Thanks!

    • militza says:

      Hi Brenda! How did it turn out? This recipe is pretty forgiving – and after you make it – you can actually remelt it and adjust if needed: add more solid butter to make it thicker or add more oil to thin it out.

      Hope it worked out for you :)

  • Cheryl says:

    Thanks militza!!would try it out soon and give a feedback.My only fear is getting darker.

  • Lana Bollers says:

    I have recently started to purchase clinical grade essential oils and would love to make my own body butter and soaps. I live in Canada does anyone know the best places to buy the butter and oils from? Purest grade possible

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  • Radonna says:

    I just made a batch using coconut oil and cocoa butter. Amazing! I added a couple of drops of an essential oil mix I use as perfume. The smell is phenomenal! So creamy, too!

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