Homemade Whipped 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 whipped body butter is pure gold – and honestly – I think you’re going to love what it does for your skin!

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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

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I chose to work with coconut oil (as my liquid part) and cocoa butter (as my solid part)

Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot
Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot

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’s connective tissues strong and supple, which helps to prevent sagging and wrinkles. My skin loves it and I love that it’s easily absorbed.

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 Whipped Body Butter!

Cocoa Butter is solid, so you’ll need to melt it down in a bain-marie, a hot water bath. You want it to melt over steam, rather than direct heat.

Depending on where you live, and if it’s cold, your coconut oil may be hard…. melt them gently together until completely liquid.

Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot

Once the butter is melted, you’ll need to  harden it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. TIP: make sure to cover the container in the freezer (with a lid or towel) so that no condensation drips into your butter!

Freeze it until it’s semi-solid – not too soft, not too hard. You should be able to press your finger in easily and make a dent. If it’s not whipping up, put it back in the freezer to harden a little more.

Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot
Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot
Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot
Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot

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, if I use this everyday.

I’ve happily accepted.

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Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
4.75 from 4 votes

This homemade whipped body butter is pure gold - and honestly - I think you're going to love what it does for your skin.

And with just two ingredients, it couldn't be simpler!

Product Type: Moisturizers
Author: Militza Maury | littlegreendot.com
  • In a bain-marie, melt down your hard butters and oils until fully liquid

  • Set in the freezer to harden, about 20 minutes.

  • Once the mixture is solid again, but not too hard, whip it up using an electric whisk, a food processor with a whisk attachment, or your KitchenAid (lucky you!)

    If you need to, you can use a hand held whisk, and a lot of elbow grease! :)

  • Whip about 5 minutes, or until you have created fluffy white clouds. Spoon it into a clean jar or container. It will keep for 3 months.

  • Slather it on!
Recipe Notes:

Cold climates, adjust recipe to 60% cocoa butter, 40% oil so that it's not as hard. 

Store in a clean glass jar and keep in a cool, dark place.

Your body butter will keep for up to 3 months.


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Comments (129)

  • Shar Reply

    I am looking for jars/containers to store homemade body butter in. Does anyone know where I can find them? I have found 11/2 oz and smaller but I would like larger ones.

    Hi Shar, if you’re a regular Amazon shopper, I have created a whole post about how to bottle and store your homemade natural skincare products. You can read it here: https://littlegreendot.com/bottle-diy-skincare/

    I’ve included Amazon links that go directly to the same bottles I use. They’ve all been tested and loved by me ☺️

    If you’re in Singapore and looking for bottles, check out the following links:

    * https://littlegreendot.com/marketplace/hands-on/
    * https://littlegreendot.com/marketplace/where-can-you-buy-mason-jars-in-singapore/

    Let me know if this is useful!!

  • Cheryl Reply

    Hi! I live in Singapore as well, and am struggling with purchasing ingredients, would you pls share where to purchase Cocoa butter in Singapore pls? thanks for the amazing recipes!

    Shar Reply

    Amazon is where I get mine.

    Hi Cheryl, you can find cocoa butter in any good baking supplies store, like Bake King in Singapore. But if you are buying more than 1 or 2 ingredients at a time, you should check out iHerb. They ship from the US with free shipping over $40.

    I have collected all of my kitchen pantry essentials with links to the exact products I use here: https://littlegreendot.com/essentials/

    Let me know how it works out for you!

    Militza Xx

  • Carmen L Forsberg Palacios Reply

    Hi! I have a question. I made a body butter from a different site using Shea, cocoa, coconut, and avocado as liquid choice. When I started whipping it became hardI had to add extra oil just to get it to whip. once I whipped my butter, the next day it was hard. Melted after a few seconds of rubbing on my hands. Is there a successful way to add water to make it more like a stiff lotion? I used avocado oil to thin out out?? but it is greasy and I don’t want to add more oil.

    Hi Carmen! Where I live it’s HOT all day, every day – so I use a higher percentage of cocoa butter to help my butter stay hard. Depending on the temperature of where you live – it can come out very different. If it’s cold where you live, the butters will harden.

    I get what you mean about not wanting to add more oil. You might stick with softer butters, like just shea. If the coconut oil hardens in room temperature where you live, you might want to swap that out too.

    Yes! You can blend in water – but this becomes lotion making and you’ll need to add an emulsifier (like beeswax) to bind the oil and water. The making process is a lot like making mayonnaise!

    I recommend that you look into my online course – where we learn how to make oils and blend up body butter, spray on moisturisers and balms. Here’s the link: https://littlegreendot.com/product/simplify-skin-workshop/

    hope that helps!!
    Militza xx

  • Rahul Bansal Reply

    I want to make home made cream recipe from Coco+ Shea butter+argan oil please send me the recipe
    Thank u

    Hi Rahul – try 2 tablespoon of cocoa butter, 4 tablespoon shea butter and 2 tablespoon of argan oil :)

  • mary Reply

    I made the recipe and all went good but when it cooled down it became very hard. still when i apply on the skin it will melt easily. Should it stay creamy and fluffy or hard. What to do? I love to make it again cause it is supper easy. One last thing , can i add some vit E capsules? thank u.

    Hi! I’m glad you gave the recipe a go :) You can play with using different butters that are less hard, like shea would be lovely. Also, if you’re using something like shea, you won’t need to melt it – in a large bowl you can add in your oils, shea and whip it straight away.

    Yes, adding a vit E capsule would be great for your skin and for protecting the oils. Keep playing with it :)

    Donna Reply

    Hi Mary, Mine also came out so hard I couldn’t get it off the beaters :( so I re melted and added about 1 oz of Almond oil and that did the trick :) .

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  • Ciaran Reply

    Loving the updated recipe :)

  • Donna Reply

    Hi Militza :) ,
    I have made this and just love it, I added some sweet orange EO and it smells like one of those chocolate covered oranges_ yum! I would also like to say I love the fact you include your recipes in the email I receive _ so convenient. Thanks so much for sharing such wonderful things :) .

    Hi Donna!

    Orange sounds amazing!! Thanks for the feedback, thats really helpful to know :)

  • Jacki Reply

    I made this today and I’m really glad I did. Like she says it goes on greasy but your body soaks it up. I love it and I will continue to make it.

    Hi Jacki! I’m so glad to hear it! Thanks for writing in :)

  • Radonna Reply

    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!

    Hi Radonna! Love it!! so happy to hear it :)

  • Good day! I could have sworn I’ve been to this web site before but after looking at a few of the articles I
    realized it’s new to me. Anyways, I’m certainly happy I discovered
    it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back frequently!

  • 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

  • Cheryl Reply

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

  • Brenda Reply

    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!

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

    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

    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.

  • B P Reply

    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.

  • Rachel E Reply

    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!

    Sounds absolutely scrummy, Rachel! I’m so happy you made it and that you love it! :)

  • Elsa Reply

    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

    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! :)

  • stella Reply

    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.

  • 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.

  • vicky Reply

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

  • Lisa Reply

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

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