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.

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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

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Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
30 mins
4.5 from 2 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
Ingredients:
Directions:
  • 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 (125)

  • Melissa Reply

    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!

  • Pamie Reply

    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?

    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!!

  • maria Reply

    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.

    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!

  • 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.

    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! :)

  • eliza Reply

    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.

  • eliza Reply

    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.

  • Robin Reply

    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.

    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! :))

  • Robin Reply

    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.

  • 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!!!!

    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!

  • Jessie Reply

    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!

    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!
    Militza

  • Jessie Reply

    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 Reply

    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!

  • Evy Reply

    Hello,

    Your website looks awesome!

    Are those wesbites also shipping to Belgium? :)

    Thanks!

    Evy

    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!

  • Robin Reply

    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.

    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!

  • Alisha Reply

    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!!

    Alisha

    Hi Alisha,

    Grapeseed oil is fantastic – it soaks into our skin very easily. Glad it worked well for you!

  • Grace Reply

    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!

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

    Cheers!
    Militza

    Milena Reply

    Hi!
    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!

  • can you use cocoa (or cacao) powder?

    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!

  • can you make your own cocoa butter

    Hi Victoria – I’ve never tried it as I don’t have access to raw cacao beans… but if you did, you probably could! :)

  • Colleen Reply

    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 :-)

    Hi Colleen – that’s awesome to hear! Thanks a million for coming back to let us know! :)

  • constance Reply

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

    hi – here’s a link for cocoa butter from iherb: *click here*
    but you can also try Real Food

  • Nickie Reply

    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! :)

    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 Reply

    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?

    Lisa Reply

    Thanks, Nickie, for the info on your modifications for a cold climate. I live in Canada, and my body butter turned out just like you described. It didn’t get fluffy and it didn’t incorporate much air. I figured maybe body butter is supposed to be hard, but I didn’t like having to pick out chunks to apply it. I appreciate you sharing your experiment. Only difficulty is that not knowing how many grams of each you started with, I can’t estimate how much oil to add to my mix.

    I also had the problem of the mixture hardening on the sides of the jar in the freezer. Ended up leaving it on the counter to cool for longer. I just couldn’t keep up with the need to stir it while in freezer.

    Going to try again with some more liquid oil when I can spring for some almond or grapes oil. Currently, I only have strong smelling olive oil, soy and sunflower oils.

    I made a lovely lotion bar by remelting part of my 75% cocoa butter and 25% virgin coconut oil and letting it cool in a mould. I remember well a cocoa butter lotion bar I used on my poor stretched tummy when I was pregnant and thought it would be good to give to pregnant friends and relatives.

    Hi Lisa! Thanks for letting us know about your experience – I’m in Bali and it’s sweltering hot, so that does make a difference! I love that you made it into a lotion bar!! That’s really great. I’ve adjusted the recipe, so that it can better suit different climates. Thanks so much for your input!!

  • Colleen Reply

    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

    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! :)

    Lisa

    Oh! I measured my cocoa butter after melting because I couldn’t figure out how to measure all those asymetrical lumps. That might explain why my “butter” was so thick and hard.

  • Audrey McDougall Reply

    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.

    Hi Audrey! Awesome – thanks for letting us know – I can’t stop making it myself :)

  • Julia Reply

    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?

    Lisa Reply

    Julia, it will help with the itchiness of the skin on your stretching belly and I expect it will help prevent stretch marks. I had a cocoa butter stick from Body Shop that I used during my pregnancies (20 and 14 years ago) that provided exceptional relief and I didn’t get stretch marks. This recipe is rich in cocoa butter and coconut oil is good for skin too. I don’t think you could get a better formula for your belly!

  • Yana Reply

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

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