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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4.3 from 41 votes

Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe

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!
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: 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!


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 (269)

  • militza
    jake Reply

    1 star
    A total disaster. Would never whip, no matter what temperature it was at. I added all the coconut oil and all the olive oil in my house and am still sitting here crying as it fails to whip after three days of trying.

  • militza
    Leslie Reply

    Can this be used on your face? Are there any oils that specifically help with skin conditions?(Red, dry, itchy, sore)

  • militza
    Teri Reply

    5 stars
    Hi,I’ve been reading comments about the whipped lotion getting hard & disagree with everyone wanting to change it. I live in upstate ny, it’s 0° out, yes my lotion got hard but all u do is take a spoon scoop it out rub in your palm, it melts & then apply to your body, it’s awesome! My skin is soft, smells great, plus coconut oil& cacao butter are so good for your skin. Thank u militzia for the recipe?

  • militza
    Maria Reply

    5 stars
    Mmmm! I want to make it straight away!;) I live in Mauritius, we have good quality local coconut oil, but for cocoa or shea butter need to try find it here…))) Thanks a lot for everything you share with us!!! Just adore all your recepies!

  • militza
    Sara Reply

    3 stars
    I followed the ingredients & directions exactly. Once it was cooled in its storage container, it was more like a greased brick. Definitely not a whipped consistency. I could chip off soap like pieces and that would melt in my hands enough to smooth on my skin. I live in Nj, currently the temps are colder then normal, but my house is kept comfortably warm. Help, I want this to work lol

    Celeste M Spellmeyer Reply

    5 stars
    This works great. I whipped in my kitchen aid mixer for like 5-10 minutes I used even amounts of coconut butter and Shea butter and a tad of almond oil. Scented the butter in small batches different scents.

  • militza
    Zuza Reply

    I made this with shea butter and coconut oil. The consistency is perfect and soft but it takes a long time to absorb.

    Jennifer Reply

    try adding 1 tbsp of cor starch. Makes it less greasy and feels wonderful. I add this right after i pull the melted butter/oil off the heat.

  • militza
    Lucia Reply

    I made my first attempt at this body butter using cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and I added a little aloe. After the melting and cooling process, I added Frankincense, Myrrh, Helichrysum, Lavender & Copaiba. I didn’t have a mixer so I whisked by hand. After a just a few minutes of whisking the mixture began to harden. How can this be corrected? I was afraid to re-melt it as I wouldn’t want to harm the Essential Oil’s properties. SO I transferred the butter into a tub but it is crumbly and hard. Any advice? Thank you!

  • militza
    Ellie Reply

    For all the cold climate people out there I had to add about half a cup of olive oil to make this usable! Damn Wales!

    Ellie Reply

    Half a cup of oil wasn’t enough as it soon seized again! Reheated it, added another full cup of olive oil and half a cup of Shea butter and it’s a lot better now, a far lighter whipped body butter. Maybe be worth going for a recipe with more oils/ softer fats if you’re from a colder part of the world like me.

  • militza
    Susan Regrut Reply

    Hi! I have had hits and misses, and found that I like grape seed oil for most of my recipes.
    Is it possible to substitute grape seed oil for liquid coconut oil? I realise that it doesn’t whip as well, but for my skin, (aging and dry) i find it absorbs and stays a bit longer.
    Thank You!

  • militza
    Steele Reply

    5 stars
    do you know what the measurements are by weight?

  • militza
    Chrissie Reply

    Hi there – I made it and my kitchen smells edible! Insanely beautiful smell. I just found it got hard after a bit of sitting. Would you suggest adding more coconut oil? I would take any suggestions.

  • militza
    ambomo jean claude Reply

    I realy need to have more informations about making natural oil skin with cocoa butter because i produse it with beans i hearvest in my farm.i could also help those in need of cool press butter to easily have it at a better price

    Shawna Reply

    I’d love to get some from you. Please email me at [email protected]

    Tilly Reply

    Really, Info please. Email me at [email protected].

    Jodi McDaniel Reply

    3 stars
    Info please ? [email protected]

  • militza
    Nidhi Reply

    5 stars
    Dear Militzia
    Hi, this butter looks divine! going to try this during winters instead of buying lotions and butters from the market. However I have one query, I have a block of Kokum butter at home, can I substitute Cocoa butter. If yes then can you help with quantity?


    Hi Nidhi! I haven’t used kokum butter personally, I do know that it’s used often as a cacao butter substitute. Maybe try the same proportions, and remember that climate does effect the outcome. If it’s hot or cold where you live you might get a different result. If your body butter comes out too thin, you can remelt it and add in more kokum butter. If it comes out too hard, you can remelt it and add more oil.

    Happy making!!!

  • militza
    Sylvia Sharenow Reply

    Dear Militzia
    Love your website and recipe. Would love to talk with you regarding the recipe. I formulated my coconut, Shea butter, Arian oil body butter and unfortunately since coconut oil melts at 76 degrees, that is a problem. I would love some input from you as to formulation. Would very much appreciate whatever assistance you can provide. Many thanks, Sylvia Sharenow

  • militza
    Adeyinka Reply

    I want to try out this body buter recipe but would like to add oils for skin brigtening/glowing, Im an african and the sun makes skin darker

    Please help with correct quantity

    Sweet almond oil
    Pure frankincense essential oil

    Lemon essential oil

    Carrot seed oil

    Pure cold pressed rosehip oil
    Mulberry extract

    Papaya extract- qty
    Papaya seed oil – qty

    Question 2
    Is it necessary to add phenoxy ethanol as preservatives . if yes qty

    Question 3 – do I need any frangrance oil?

    Im sorry to take your time but I will appreciate your assistance.

  • militza
    Jessie Reply

    5 stars
    Lovely! Are the measurements after oils are melted to liquid?

  • militza
    Mara Reply

    hi, please as African, can this recipe be applicable and how do we get the ingredients in Nigeria.


    Hi Mara,

    I hope it’s not too late to respond.
    You can check http://www.youraurora.co.uk/2093-2/
    There’s a list of websites to source these ingredients & utensils in Nigeria and beyond. Happy shopping

    Ann Reply

    You can easily get them in my area. Email me for more details. [email protected]

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