How to Make DIY Body Butter
You can easily customize DIY whipped body butter according to your preferences. You only require 2 natural ingredients to make it. Moreover, you can add 2 extra ingredients if you want to make it non-greasy or to give it a personalized fragrance.
You will need the following ingredients to make this body butter recipe:
- 1/2 cup of shea butter, mango butter, and/or cocoa butter (at least 1/4 cup of shea butter is recommended)
- 1/4 cup of carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba, grapeseed, coconut, or even olive oil
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of arrowroot flour starch (optional)
- 36 drops of your favorite essential oils (optional)
You can find these ingredients online, at some craft stores, or at health food stores.
To make DIY body butter, you will require the following equipment:
- A small saucepan
- A glass or metal bowl (large enough to fit on top of the saucepan)
- A fork or hand-mixer
- A refrigerator
- A storage body butter jar (glass or plastic jar)
Step 1: Melt the butter in a double boiler
To begin making the body butter, you will need to melt the butter using a double boiler method. Fill a saucepan with water, about a quarter of the way full, and place a glass or metal bowl on top of the saucepan.
Put the butter(s) into the bowl and turn the stove to medium heat, placing the double boiler on top. Leave it for 3-5 minutes until the butter(s) are fully melted.
Step 2: Combine carrier oil with arrowroot flour (optional)
In case you are planning to use arrowroot flour, take a small bowl, and mix the flour with the carrier oil using a whisk. Set aside the mixture. If you don’t intend to use arrowroot flour, you can skip this step.
Step 3: Mix the melted butter and carrier oil together
Remove the bowl with the melted butter from the double boiler. Then, add the carrier oil (and arrowroot flour mixture, if used) to the melted butter. Use a spoon to thoroughly combine the ingredients.
Step 4: Refrigerate the mixture to solidify
After stirring the ingredients, let the mixture cool down to room temperature. If it’s still warm, wait for a few minutes before placing it in the fridge. Once cooled, refrigerate the mixture until it solidifies, which usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the fridge’s temperature and the mixture’s location.
Step 5: Incorporate essential oils (optional)
After the mixture has become slightly firm and opaque (but not completely solid), take the bowl out of the fridge. If preferred, add your favorite essential oil at this point.
It is crucial to add essential oils when the mixture is cool, as heat can cause the delicate oils to evaporate.
Step 6: Whipping the body butter
For cocoa butter users, use a fork to whisk the mixture until it appears “whipped.”
If you used shea and/or mango butters, you can use either a fork or a hand mixer to “whip” the body butter. Just make sure not to over-whip the mixture.
Step 7: Transfer to a storage body butter container
Using a spoon or spatula, transfer the whipped body butter into a clean and dry storage container. Secure the lid tightly and store it in a cool and dry place. Your DIY body butter is now ready to use!