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Are you tired of spending a fortune on expensive body butter from the store that often contains synthetic ingredients that can harm your skin? Or are you simply looking for a way to create a natural, luxurious skincare product that suits your unique preferences?

Then look no further! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make whipped body butter at home using natural ingredients that nourish your skin. Our easy-to-follow recipe and step-by-step instructions will help you create a decadent body butter that leaves your skin feeling soft, smooth, and moisturized.

Whether you’re an experienced DIY skincare enthusiast or a beginner, this post has everything you need to create your own whipped body butter and customize it to your liking.

So, let’s get started!

What Is Body Butter?

What is body butter? It is a type of moisturizer that is thick, creamy, and rich in texture. It is typically made with natural ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, which are known for their nourishing and moisturizing properties.

In addition, body butter is designed to deeply hydrate and soften the skin, leaving it feeling smooth, supple, and revitalized. It is often used on dry or rough skin areas, such as the hands, feet, elbows, and knees, but can be used all over the body for a luxurious, spa-like experience.

It is a popular alternative to conventional lotions and creams, as it is free from synthetic fragrances, preservatives, and other harmful chemicals that can irritate the skin.

Are Store-bought Body Lotions Bad for You?

Although not all store-bought lotions are equal, most contain ingredients that you should think twice about putting on your body or your children’s bodies. Many commercial body lotions contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, which have been linked to breast cancer and reproductive issues, as well as butylated hydroxyanisole, an endocrine disruptor and known carcinogen.

Synthetic fragrances and parfum, which are made up of many chemicals, including phthalates, have also been linked to early puberty in girls, reduced sperm count in men, and reproductive issues.

Even seemingly innocent ingredients like water can pose a risk. Water is commonly found in store-bought lotions and body butters, and while it may seem natural, any product containing water is susceptible to mold. To prevent mold growth, more preservatives are added to extend the product’s shelf life.

However, preservatives like those mentioned above are best avoided if you’re looking for all-natural products. Your skin is your largest organ, and everything you put on it is absorbed by your pores. If you’re concerned about eating organic, all-natural foods, you should also consider using all-natural body products.

One of the great things about this homemade body butter is that it doesn’t contain any water and is made solely from healthy oils, meaning it doesn’t require preservatives to prevent spoilage on the shelf. Moreover, the oils used in this recipe are incredibly beneficial for your skin, so you can be confident that you’re nourishing your body with this lotion.

How To Make Whipped Body Butter?

Ingredients: To make this whipped body butter, you’ll need 1/3 cup each of coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter wafers, as well as 1/3 cup of jojoba oil, 2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder (we recommend this brand), and your choice of essential oils.

Begin by melting the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter in a double boiler or saucepan over low heat. If a double boiler isn’t accessible, a large Pyrex measuring cup can be substituted instead.

Once the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter have melted, take the mixture off the heat and add the jojoba oil and essential oils. Thoroughly mix the ingredients together until the essential oils have been evenly incorporated.

Transfer the melted mixture into a sizable kitchen aid bowl or a medium-sized glass bowl, and put it in the refrigerator. Leave it to cool until it has solidified, usually taking around two hours. Alternatively, you can use the freezer to expedite the cooling process.

After the mixture has solidified, take it out of the refrigerator and place the bowl into a kitchen aid mixer or use a hand mixer. Whip the body butter until it becomes light and airy. If you are using arrowroot powder, add it to the mixture and continue to beat it. A hand mixer works just as well if you don’t have access to a kitchen aid mixer.

To complete the process, use a spatula to transfer the whipped body butter into a clean and dry glass jar. Store the jar in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Your homemade whipped body butter is now ready to use and should last for several months.

About The Ingredients

Coconut oil

Organic coconut oil stands out from other skin products due to its unique properties. Its low molecular weight and ability to bind to proteins allows it to deeply penetrate the skin, something that other products can’t achieve.

Shea butter

Shea butter is a powerful moisturizer that works wonders on dry and rough skin. Its emollient properties make it an ideal ingredient to add to your body care recipes, particularly in body butter.

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is an ingredient that becomes soft at body temperature and provides a dense and velvety texture to lotions, creams, and body butters. Moreover, it comprises Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, and a variety of other minerals and vitamins.

Jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is an excellent low-comedogenic carrier oil that moisturizes and soothes inflamed skin. If you don’t have jojoba oil, sweet almond oil is a good substitute. It contains fatty acids and vitamins A and E and is quickly absorbed by the skin.

Essential oils

Natural plant-based oils are a safer alternative to synthetic fragrances for scenting homemade body butter. However, it’s important not to use too much; just a few drops are sufficient to add a pleasant aroma to your DIY body butter.

Arrowroot powder

As this moisturizer is oil-based, it may feel greasy on some skin types. However, adding arrowroot powder or cornstarch can help reduce the greasy feeling. In case arrowroot powder is not available, corn starch or tapioca starch can be used as alternatives.

Essential Oils for Whipped Body Butter

Here are some of my preferred essential oils to use in this DIY body butter recipe:

This whipped homemade body butter is versatile! You can add different essential oils to each batch to suit your preferences. Essential oils are natural and healthier to use than synthetic fragrances.

Peppermint (15-20 drops of essential oil). This scent is similar to a candy cane! Ideal for the holidays.

Frankincense & Lavender (15 drops each), this mix promotes beautiful skin!

Vanilla & Lavender (15 drops of Vanilla and 10 drops lavender essential oil), this blend is very soothing!

Grapefruit & Lime (20 drops each). This scent is AMAZING!! But keep in mind that citrus oils are photosensitive, so don’t use them before going outside. Other citrus oils, such as wild orange and lemon, are also great!

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How To Store Homemade Whipped Body Butter

To maintain the consistency of this natural, oil-based recipe, it’s essential to store the body butter in a cool and dry place. Since the oils and butters may melt in a warm environment, it’s best to keep them in a cool location. However, if the butter melts due to warm weather, don’t worry! You can refrigerate it and re-whip it to maintain its consistency.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I use instead of jojoba oil?

Instead of jojoba oil, you can use other liquid oils. It’s recommended to choose oils that are nourishing for dry skin, such as sweet almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or macadamia nut oil.

What can I use in place of coconut oil?

Regrettably, substituting coconut oil in this recipe isn’t straightforward since it’s a softer oil. However, shea butter is the best alternative, so I recommend doubling the shea butter if you’re not using coconut oil. Alternatively, mango butter is another excellent option for creating a rich body butter.

I don’t have an electric mixer; will a blender work?

While a blender may seem like a logical choice to mix the ingredients, it’s not the best option for this recipe. The oils and butters have a thick consistency, and they can easily get stuck in the blade of the blender, making it difficult to remove and clean.

What’s the shelf life of this body butter?

This body butter can be preserved for up to 6 months if stored in an air-tight jar and kept in a cool and dark place.

Why my body butter is greasy?

I have received feedback from some readers that this body butter recipe can be a bit oily or greasy. However, since this is an oil-based recipe, some degree of greasiness is to be expected. While it is good for our skin, it may sometimes be too much.

If you are experiencing excessive greasiness, you may want to consider adding one tablespoon of arrowroot powder. Based on the comments and messages I have received, this seems to be a successful solution. After conducting research on similar recipes, I found that many others recommend adding around one tablespoon of arrowroot powder to reduce the greasiness.

I have not personally tested this solution, but it seems to be the most natural and effortless way to alleviate the greasiness of this body butter recipe.

Why my body butter is melting?

As mentioned earlier, the 100% oil-based nature of this product makes it prone to melting or softening when exposed to heat. To prevent this, it’s advisable to store the whipped body butter in a cool place, especially if you live in a warm environment or during summer. Refrigeration is an excellent option to keep it from melting.

However, if your body butter still tends to soften even in cooler temperatures, you may want to consider adjusting the recipe. One option is to reduce the amount of shea butter by half and instead use 1/4 cup of shea butter and 1/4 cup of cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is a harder substance than shea butter, which can help keep the body butter more solid.

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