I love using body butter in winter because it takes longer for my skin to absorb and soak up, leaving my skin feeling hydrated for longer! This is because it’s thicker than lotion as it contains less water. It’s very moisturising and does wonders in keeping my skin soft and hydrated during the winter months when I’m moving from warm to cold all the time.
It also makes as a wonderful and thoughtful gift to give to family and friends, and is a great DIY for beginners as the recipe is very simple and easy to ‘whip’ together (pun intended 😜).
Why ‘Whipped’ Body Butter?
By whipping the mixture it not only makes it light and soft, but it also helps it to go on smoothly without being too oily.
Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe
This body butter is great for babies or people with sensitive skin, and you can mix up the scents to customise it to your liking. I discovered the recipe from Wellness Mama and have loved it ever since!
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup light oil (like almond, jojoba, or olive)
- Optional: 10-30 drops of essential oils of choice (I use lavender)
- In a glass bowl over a pan of water, combine all the ingredients except the essential oils.
- Bring to medium heat and stir constantly until all ingredients are melted.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Add the essential oils if using.
- Move to fridge and let cool another hour or so until it starts to harden around the edges but is still somewhat soft.
- Use a hand mixer to whip for 10 minutes until fluffy.
- Return to the fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.
- Store in a glass jar with a lid and use as you would regular lotion or body butter. If your home stays above 24˚C (75˚F), it may soften and need to be kept in the fridge, but it will stay whipped at a temperature lower than that. Enjoy!
- This homemade body butter when stored away from moisture and light should last around 6-8 months. Using a spoon to dip rather than your fingers will help to extend its life as it will stop cross contamination.
- Body butter has a heavier texture than lotion does, so can feel a little oily at the start. But after a few minutes it will usually Start to be absorbed by the skin and lose its greasy feel.
As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products.
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Have you ever made body butter before? What scents did you use? Share with me in the comments below! I love hearing different ideas on scent variations.
Wells, Katie. (February 18, 2019). Luxurious Homemade Whipped Body Butter. Wellness Mama. Retrieved from https://wellnessmama.com/6544/whipped-body-butter/