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!

Whipped Body Butter | Little Green Dot

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

Militza Maury | littlegreendot.com
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!
4.36 from 54 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • 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!

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.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

I know you’re going to love making this body butter. When you do, please share a photo with me on Instagram.

UPDATE: If you love this recipe, I’ve put it and everything I know about simple, healthy natural skin care into my BRAND NEW book called:

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Comments (295)

  • militza
    Reashmi Suresh Reply

    5 stars
    Hey – I live in canada and I am hoping to use this for the winter. Do you have an suggestion on the proportion because coconut oil does get very solid during winter.

  • militza
    Gracie Reply

    3 stars
    I just made this and it was whipped and silky when I packaged it. A half hour later it’s hard as a rock again. :( What did I do wrong??

    militza

    Hi Gracie! You didn’t do anything wrong! Cocoa butter is a very hard butter – if it feels rock hard you can remelt the whole thing, add more oil and then re-harden, re-whip. I created this recipe when I lived in Bali, a very hot and humid environment and cocoa butter helped the body butter stay thick and solid. You can also use mango butter or shea butter, which are softer butters :)

  • militza
    carmen clow Reply

    Can I had essential oils. I have a concoction that takes my pain away but am looking for a base

  • militza

    4 stars
    I’d forever want to be update on new articles on this
    web site, bookmarked!

  • militza
    Mariah shyann Reply

    I wanted to make a body butter to sell on my website the reviews on this one was great will it be safe for shipping? Will it hold up?

    militza

    Hi Mariah! Cocoa butter is great because it does hold up well in the heat. But, it is a little more “greasy” feeling if you add too much – so finding that right ratio is going to be key. I suggest that you play with the recipe and make your body butter. Package it, and box it as you would for shipping – and leave it outside in the hot for a day and then open it up and see how it held up. And also use this as an opportunity to engage your customers. You might send out a newsletter asking for research volunteers – to be part of the development of this new product. Send them a free sample to get that direct feedback about how it held up in travel, how it felt on the skin. And this will give you testimonials before you even launch it on your site! But also – body butters and balms are known to melt in transit, I’ve consulted for top natural brands and it happens to them all the time! So a lot of it is about educating your customers about the nature of natural ingredients.

    militza
    Jennifer Campbell

    Hi there – just came across this recipe whilst looking for a Non-Shea butter alternative. My son has a severe anaphylaxis allergy to various tree nuts and peanuts. I’d like to know if I want to add an oil scent into the butter what could I use and how much? (ie: rose scent or orange etc)

    militza
    Hannah Reply

    4 stars
    Would it be possible to just melt the oils in the microwave?

    militza
    Denisse

    you rather not. Making a boddy butter is all about natural ways to find a skin care, microwave add radiation to it

    militza
    Mona

    Microwaving no more adds “radiation” to this than it does to your cup o’ noodles. Imo, the main reason to melt slowly over steam would be the consistency. In a double boiler, one can stir almost constantly and achieve even, and slow, thorough melting/heating.

    If you stir it every fifteen seconds, the microwave method produces similar results.

    Go to the FDA’s website and look up microwave radiation, if you don’t believe me.

  • militza
    Sadie Reply

    5 stars
    This is my first time trying your recipe. Love it. I’m going to share the butter I made with family. Thanks.

  • militza
    Catherine Reply

    5 stars
    I made it and it was the highlight of my day. Heavenly. Thank you!

  • militza
    ava Reply

    4 stars
    the recipe works great! i just wish i would have made the realization before making it that i cannot wear it all the time, i have a few dogs and they love to lick anything off your legs no matter what lotion it is they are all over it and i made the recipe with cocoa butter not realizing it’s cocoa which has theobromine just like chocolate does so if they consume it it could make them very sick i just wish i would have realized that before i made it case it’s so amazing

  • militza
    Chrissy Reply

    5 stars
    Hello, your recipe looks great and cannot wait to try it! I have one question though; I am moving to Malaysia where the weather is obviously quite hot and I was wondering whether I should keep in in the freezer (maybe in the ice cube tray?) as I am afraid it would just be all liquid and wouldn’t preserve well. Thanks a lot in advance! :)

  • militza
    Charlotte Reply

    5 stars
    I have just made a batch for myself, i have extremely dry eczema so i made it with shea and avocado oil. It’s so nourishing! Now i am going to make batches for presents! Thank you! :) Any other tips for red, dry and sore eczema would be much appreciated!

    militza
    Sonja Reply

    5 stars
    Hi Charlotte.
    Just a quick reply to you requesting tips for eczema. I have suffered from severe eczema for many years and then my son started getting it once he started eating solid foods… Long story short. For us it was dairy! Even though we both had allergy tests and dairy did not come up. You have to be extremely diligent. Read all the labels and make absolutely sure you are not having any. After about 3 to 4 weeks your skin will improve to the point where you get rid of it completely. My son to this day cannot have dairy. A pizza here and there is fine. A pizza and an ice cream. And he starts to itch that day. As a result we both have gone vegan.

    militza
    Charlotte

    5 stars
    Thank you for getting back to me! I have actually always been dairy free because of my skin and would have the occasional dairy as a treat but I turned completely vegan in September and haven’t turned back! It helps but I still get some really bad flare ups

  • militza
    Emma Reply

    Hello! So I have a question. I came across this recipe after I screwed up another recipe. I used to make this baby lotion with 1/4 c coconut oil and 1/4 c of cocoa butter, but I recently realized it was not pure cocoa butter in solid form. So this time I made the same recipe, but I quadrupled it (using the raw cocoa butter instead) So after I take it out of the freezer, it goes back to liquid again. I only have 1 more cup of cocoa butter. Should I melt that in to the 1 c of cocoa butter and 1 c of Coconut oil and add some beeswax? Because if I had followed your recipe I would have needed 1 c of coconut oil to 3 c of cocoa butter. I’m just wondering if I lost all of it 😫

  • militza
    PATRICIA MALEKARS Reply

    4 stars
    Hi Militza! Thank you so much for explaining it to me! I am so sorry because I didn’t mean to come across as rude but thank you so much for the advice! I’m not really good at DIY’S but I will surely take your advice and try it again! Thanks you so much Militza!

  • militza
    PATRICIA MALEKAR Reply

    Hi Militza! Thank you so much for explaining it to me! I am so sorry because I didn’t mean to come across as rude but thank you so much for the advice! I’m not really good at DIY’S but I will surely take your advice and try it again! Thanks you so much Militza!

  • militza
    Rita Reply

    5 stars
    It’s amazing, I just love it 😍 🥰❤️

    militza

    Awesome! So happy to hear it – I have my jar right by desk and love using it on my hands, especially these days with all the handwashing – it definitely keeps your skin from drying out!

  • militza
    Nicole H. Reply

    5 stars
    Amazing! I will never go back to buying lotion/body butter!

  • militza
    Kendall Reply

    Hi your recipe looks awesome and i cant wait to make it. I have a question about the size, how many oz does this recipe make so I know what container size to get?

    militza

    Hi! Its about 8 oz, but it does take up more volume as you whip it.. :)

  • militza
    Patricia Malekar Reply

    Hi when I tried to make this it came out all liquidly. I don’t know if it is because I grated the cocoa butter or I let set for 25 minutes. I’m very confused and angry so if you could help me understand what I did wrong I would love to try it again.

    militza

    H Patricia! Oh no, don’t be angry! It honestly takes getting to know the timing and the temperature of your environment. It’s bit like baking, these little details makes a difference. but worst-case scenario: you can remelt the whole thing and try again. I do not believe its because you grated the cocoa butter, I do the same.. if anything it was the way it set, it hadn’t solidified. You can remelt it, add more solid butter (cocoa or even shea butter) and try again, setting it in the freezer to harden to where you can just press your finger in, and it’s no longer a pool of liquid. Then begin to whip. Please let me know how it turns out!

  • militza
    VAISHALI LOKHANDE Reply

    Does this work on hyperpigmentation ? Shall I add rosemary oil to apply on face at night ? Pls suggest ….

    militza

    I suggest vitamin C for hyperpigmentation – which is best extracted out by water, not oil. So I would suggest making an herbal face mask, made of ground herbs, fruits and clay. Some good options are: rose, licorice root, hibiscus, rosehips, camu camu, strawberry, mango, kiwi. Look out for my virtual workshops from The Herb House, coming soon where I will demonstrate this in more detail!

  • militza
    Apple Reply

    Could this recipe also work with mango butter or would the proportions have to change?

    militza

    Hi! Yes, you can use mango butter. It’s great because it’s a “dry” butter in that it soaks into the skin with a dry finish. I also love doing a blend of mango + shea which gives you that buttery skin feeling and is non-greasy because of the mango butter.

  • militza
    Nina Reply

    How long do you find this lasts in the jar once made…?

    militza

    It seems to never go off! You could use it for 1 year if used with clean and dry hands.

  • militza
    Renee Reply

    5 stars
    Nice recipe! If I wanted to add cbd hemp oil into this, at what stage would recommend adding it? Would you suggest any changes? Thanks!

    militza

    Hi Renee, for hemp oil, I would actually recommend that you use Shea Butter, and whip that using a handheld blender. As you’re whipping the shea, drizzle in the hemp oil. This way, there is no heat applied to the hemp. Slowly drizzle in the oil until it reaches a consistency that you want.

  • militza
    Ty Reply

    I made it for myself but my husband enjoys it

  • militza
    Brenda Washburn Reply

    5 stars
    I made this the other day and added Lavender Essential Oil, and a touch of Lavender color… YUMMY and so soft

  • militza
    Ferne Greigg Reply

    Thank you so much.

    militza
    PRESSY Reply

    Hi, I’m growing rosemary and was wondering if you had any recommendations for how I could infuse the scent of rosemary into the body buttet.

    militza

    Hi! There’s nothing like fresh rosemary from the garden! You can make an oil infusion (I have an article on this in the blog). Another idea, which I have saved on my Instagram Stories – is to make an enfleurage with the rosemary, infusing the scent into solid fat (cocoa butter or shea butter) usually this owuld be done with a refined butter, as the scent of the butter may interfere with the scent of the rosemary.

  • militza
    krista Reply

    Holy [email protected]#$ I just made this and i feel so luxurious. I added ingredients which came out to be: 1c cocoa butter, 1/2 c coco oil, 1/4c shea butter and 1.5t vitamin e oil . I froze the liquid until the top was solidified and the layer under that was a thick liquid. whipped up beautifully. I think the vitamin e oil helps keep the consistency right, but its just a hunch. wow i feel so clever, thanks for the recipe!

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