I’ll never forget the time I made my first batch of homemade body butter. It was Christmas time and I wanted to make something different for the special ladies in my life. Years past I would always share my favorite sugar scrubs or bath salts, but this time I wanted to attempt to recreate a famous holiday body butter I used to love gifting to family and friends (until I found out it was chock full of harmful synthetic chemicals and fragrances). I set out on a mission to create a simple yet luxurious vanilla peppermint body butter and it was a huge success! Everyone LOVED it. I found it to be a little too “greasy” for my liking so I started to play around with the ingredients until I found a body butter consistency that worked for my dry winter skin. I’m excited to share it with you!
Whipped Body Butter With Essential Oils
Once you know how to make body butters with essential oils, you can customize them to your liking. For every 1 cup (8 ounces) of coconut oil/butters, you can add anywhere from 24 (.5% dilution) – 96 (2% dilution) drops of essential oils. The total number of drops will vary depending on the strength of the essential oils you’re using and who you’ll be putting it on (e.g., child, adult, elderly). For instance, Roman Chamomile essential oil has a potent aroma so a little goes a long way, whereas, Sweet Orange essential oil is subtle and more drops are required to smell its beautiful aroma. To keep things simple, stick with a .5% or 1% dilution ratio (as provided in this recipe) since both are safe for children over the age of 2 and adults with sensitive skin.
Essential Oils for Beautiful Skin
Essential oils that work well in homemade body butters include, but are not limited to: Roman Chamomile, Clary Sage, Geranium, Grapefruit, Jasmine Absolute, Helichrysum, Lavender, Lime, Neroli, Rose, Sandalwood, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, and Ylang Ylang.
Try this relaxing essential oil blend: 40 drops Sweet Orange + 8 drops Lavender
I encourage you to mix it up and experiment for yourself!
Safety note: Certain essential oils like Grapefruit, Lime, and Bitter Orange are considered photosensitizers – avoid direct sunlight for 12-24 hours after applying body butters made with these essential oils to your skin.
If you make this recipe, snap a photo, and tag me on Instagram @rachelsunley. I’d love to see your creations. Enjoy!
DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe
- Add the coconut oil and shea butter directly into the top pot of a double boiler and melt slowly over very low heat.
- Once the coconut oil and shea butter are melted, stir to combine. Add the jojoba oil, stir again, and turn off the heat.
- Carefully lift the top pot of the double boiler off the bottom pot and dry the outside of the post with a hand cloth to ensure water doesn’t drip into your melted mixture when transferring to your mixing bowl.
- If you’re using a stand mixer, pour the melted mixture into the glass or metal bowl you use with your stand mixer. If you’re using a handheld mixture, pour the melted mixture into a large glass or metal bowl. Set aside and let cool for 10-15 minutes.
- Once the bowl is no longer too hot to touch, transfer it to the refrigerator. Let the bowl sit inside the fridge for about 1 hour, checking periodically. You will know the mixture is ready to whip when the edges are solidified, but the center is somewhat soft (not gooey).
- Using the mixer’s whisk attachment, whip the mixture on high for 5 minutes.
- Pause the picture and use a silicone spatula to scrape the mixture down from the sides of the bowl. Whip for another 5 minutes, until the batter starts to look light and fluffy.
- Add essential oils and mix well using the spatula.
- Transfer the body butter to clean, sterilized glass jars and cap tightly. Store in a cool, dark place. To prevent hardening, do not refrigerate. The body butter will last for 3 months (if you don’t use it all by then).
- *I recommend using glass jars if possible since they are better for our environment and can easily be cleaned, sanitized, and reused. If you have young children at home and prefer plastic for safety reasons, be sure to use BPA-free PET plastic jars.
- Use organic unrefined coconut oil, raw unrefined shea butter, cold-pressed jojoba oil, and high-quality, 100% pure essential oils to ensure the ingredients are free from pesticides and synthetic chemicals.
- Consider using herbal infused carrier oils like vanilla-infused jojoba oil or calendula oil. They add a beautiful aroma! Vanilla infused jojoba oil combined with Sweet Orange essential oil smells like a creamsicle. Absolutely delicious!
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