This diy whipped body butter recipe will leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized and makes a great gift. I use shea butter as the base in my homemade body butter recipe, but you can use cocoa butter if you choose.
Last year I shared quite a few DIY body care recipes with you. Most of those make excellent Christmas gifts. (And if you fill out this form to get my weekly newsletter, I’ll send you the password to my Resource Library that contains a printable of my four most popular DIYs as a thank you gift.)
Today, I am sharing my whipped body butter recipe. But I do want to warn you: This recipe does require a little more work than some of the other diy gifts on my blog. It’s not hard to make, it just takes a bit more time. However, I think the results are worth it. Several years ago, I actually sold a few of my beauty products and this was my most requested item!
Basically, to make whipped body butter, you melt all the ingredients together. Then you add some arrowroot powder which gives the body butter a silky feel and helps it to not feel as greasy as other body butters. Next, you let it firm up some in the refrigerator. Finally, you whip it to a soft, fluffy consistency.
As most of my other DIY projects, this can be scented with whatever essential oils you prefer. (I have given a list of some of my favorites below.)
Ingredients to make whipped body butter:
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- mixing bowl
- containers to store finished body butter
How to make whipped body butter:
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 Tablespoon arrowroot powder
- essential oils, optional
You will need to prepare a make-shift double boiler to melt the ingredients together. (See this post if you need to know how to do that.) Add about 2″ water to a saucepan. Heat the water over medium heat. Add the shea butter, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil to the mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid mixing bowl for this.) and place the mixing bowl over the saucepan of water. Be sure that the water can’t splash into the bowl.
As the mixture melts, stir occasionally. As soon as everything is melted, remove from the heat.
Stir in arrowroot powder. You may have to use a spatula to press the arrowroot powder against the side of the bowl to help disperse it. Don’t worry if you don’t get it totally mixed in. When you whip it with the mixer it will incorporate all of it.
Add your desired combination of essential oils (see below) and stir to mix. Place the mixing bowl full of oils in refrigerator and allow to cool at least 1 hour, but not more than 2 hours or it will become too hard. Remove mixing bowl from the refrigerator and whip mixture using a mixer. If the mixture looks too soft, return it to the refrigerator for another 30 minutes. If the mixture is too hard to whip, allow it to soften on counter for 15 minutes or so until soft enough to whip.
Gently spoon whipped body butter into containers. I love to use mason jars because they can be washed and re-used later but these plastic containers would also work well. Don’t press too hard when putting it into the jars. You don’t want to press out all the air you whipped into it. This mixture will fill three 4 oz. jars completely with some left over for yourself!
Essential oil combinations to scent your whipped body butter
Here are some essential oil scent combinations you might like to use in your homemade body butter.
- Chocolate Peppermint-use cocoa butter instead of shea butter and use 20 drops peppermint essential oil
- Coconut Lime-use unrefined coconut oil (will smell like coconuts) instead of refined coconut oil and use 20 drops lime essential oil
- Lavender-use 30 drops lavender essential oil
- Orange spice-use 20 drops orange essential oil, 8 drops cinnamon leaf essential oil, and 6 drops clove essential oil
- Vanilla-use 20 drops vanilla essential oil
Of course, feel free to use other combinations of your choosing. For more information on using and diluting essential oils, check out AromaWeb.
How to label your homemade whipped body butter
To make the labels, I used the Avery software and purchased Avery labels #22817. I love the Avery software because they have templates for almost all of their labels. The software is totally free to download and use and they have lots of graphics and fonts to choose from, including the cute little dandelion you see on the label in the picture above.
Other DIY’s for Christmas gifts
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