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Homemade Body Butter

This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only three ingredients it’s simple to make. Homemade Body Butter - This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make.

Homemade Body Butter – Why make it yourself

Homemade Body Butter is one of the first beauty products I started making at home. It’s extremely easy to make so even the newest of newbies will be able to pull it off. When my daughter was a few months old she developed baby eczema.

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At that time, the pediatrician’s advice was to use certain products aimed at relieving her symptoms. None of those products  worked. In fact her eczema got worse.

Eventually I cut dairy out of my diet and that helped a whole lot. That experience got me thinking about commercial eczema creams and their ingredients. Using the EWG’s Skin Deep Database I researched the ingredients of the many body washes and creams I was advised to buy and was able to determine exactly how safe these products were. 

Needless to say I was appalled! It was then that I truly embarked on a natural body care journey. I have not looked back!

Homemade Body Butter - This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make. Over  the years, I have experimented with different combinations of butters and oils. I’ve come to realize that I much prefer a softer butter, one that’s the consistency of a thick lotion.

This homemade body butter is firm at room temperature (during the winter) but as soon as it makes contact with your skin it melts and spreads on easily. Leaving your skin wonderfully moisturised.

Homemade Body Butter with Infused Olive Oil

I have gone one step further with my favourite basic homemade body butter recipe. Recently I have begun infusing olive oil with various herbs and spices. Oil infusions have many benefits. Read all about them and how to infuse oils here.

I wanted to create a really luxurious naturally scented body butter so I set out infusing olive oil with lavender and vanilla beans . Oh MY Word! Seriously this homemade body butter is an indulgence.

You can achieve a similar effect by adding a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the homemade body butter. Because I know my whole family uses this product though I usually make several batches. One with plain olive oil for hubby and baby on the way and this lavender vanilla version for the little princess and myself. Homemade Body Butter - This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make.

Homemade Body Butter Ingredients 

My shea butter and coconut oil were solid at room temperature. If you live in a warm climate you may need to adjust the ratio of ingredients. I have added a tablespoon of arrowroot starch to my formula. It’s entirely optional but it really helps with the absorption of the butter and minimising that greasy feeling.

Cornstarch can be substituted as long as it is non GMO without additives. I highly recommend a kitchen scale for measuring ingredients. How does one accurately measure out ½ cup of solid shea butter is beyond me.

If you do not own a scale then use this formula : 1 part liquid oil to 3 parts solid

Homemade Body Butter Uses 

This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing all types of skin irritations. Here are some of the many ways we put this homemade body butter to good use.

Pregnant mama: belly butter, nipple cream

Baby: diaper rash, cradle cap, baby eczema

Whole family: dry, itchy skin all over cream for dry areas, chapped lips, relief from the soreness under a runny nose, dry winter hands, excellent preventative for chapped cheeks during cold windy winter days outside.

Due to the fact that this homemade body butter does not contain any water it is very shelf stable and should last a good 6 months.

However I always err on the side of caution. I use a small pallet stick or spoon for removing the body butter from the container to avoid contamination from hands. I recommend you do the same.. 🙂

Homemade Body Butter - This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make.

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This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make. Homemade Body Butter - This luxurious homemade body butter is a real workhorse product. My family uses it for healing and preventing skin irritations of any kind. With only four ingredients it's simple to make.
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
  2. Mix in olive oil.
  3. Place bowl in the fridge to set.
  4. Remove from the fridge and beat mixture with electric beaters.
  5. The butter will look like butter cream frosting.
  6. Transfer the butter to a glass or metal container with a tight fitting lid

 

 

 

 

 

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37 Comments

  • Reply
    Nikol
    May 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Krystal,
    I really love your body butter recipe. I tried because my baby was born and it’s just perfect and now we all love it! Thank you for sharing. And I wanted to ask you what kind of sunscreen lotion do you use for your kids? Thank you 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      May 15, 2017 at 8:34 am

      Hello Nikol. Congrats on your baby! Last summer I used this baby sunscreen from Badger – http://amzn.to/2rhigHR

  • Reply
    Carol Abernethy
    March 26, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Hi! Which method of oil infusing do you like the best? 🙂 Thanks!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 26, 2017 at 6:52 pm

      I like the solar infusion method but I get a lot of sun year round where I live. The stove top method is good in a pinch.

  • Reply
    Amy
    December 29, 2016 at 7:02 am

    Hello,
    I have one question.
    When do upu add the arrowroot to the recipe?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      December 29, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Add it in before you place the butter in the fridge to set.

  • Reply
    estef
    October 19, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Krystal!
    Thank you for your DIY tips. I’m loving it. But I want to know how you preserved it? I am currently living in a tropical country. I’m planning to make a body butter same with your DIY so I can give this to my relatives as a Christmas gift. What preservatives you can recommend so that it can last at least 2 years. I would love the natural preservatives.
    Thank you! :*

    • Reply
      Krystal
      October 19, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Hello Estefan. Great idea, this would make wonderful gifts! I make enough body butter to last a couple of months and generally do not use any type of preservative. Even with a natural preservative I do not recommend keeping the body butter for 2 years though as there are opportunities for bacteria to enter the product for e.g. with the equipment you use or if you use your hands to scoop out the butter etc. Vitamin E oil, Rosemary Oil Extract and Grapefruit Seed Extract are some natural preservatives but as I mentioned I do not really use these so I can’t give amounts.You may need to experiment a bit with the ratio of materials. If the butter is too liquid add more shea butter for e.g.. Take care and let me know if you have any further questions.

  • Reply
    estef
    October 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Hi! What do you use to preserved/ or make this body butter will last for long?do you use Vitamin E oil as your preservatives?I would love to know how you preserved it, like maybe 2years? Thanks!:*

  • Reply
    Carmen
    October 16, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Thank you for the recipe. Simple ingredients and the instructions are very easy to follow. Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      October 19, 2016 at 1:45 pm

      Hope you like it!

  • Reply
    Christy
    October 8, 2016 at 9:17 pm

    Have you tried any oils other than olive oil in this recipe? Jojoba, Vitamin E oil, Sweet Almond oil, etc? I just don’t love the smell of olive oil so I’d like to try something else.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      October 8, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Hi Christy, yes I’ve used sweet almond oil as well. Works fine 😀

      • Reply
        Christy
        October 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm

        Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    August 20, 2016 at 1:40 am

    How do you add the lavender and vanilla?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      August 21, 2016 at 6:41 pm

      Hi Lisa. I have infused the olive oil with lavender and vanilla.It’s detailed in the post.

  • Reply
    Heather
    July 4, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Sounds lovely! Did you use a certain kind of olive oil?

    • Reply
      Krystal
      July 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Hi Heather, I always have extra virgin olive oil on hand so that’s what I used.

  • Reply
    Heather
    July 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Sounds awesome! Did you use a certain kind of olive oil?

  • Reply
    Libby
    March 4, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    This looks so luxurious! I love DIY especially skin care because I like to control my ingredients. Thank you!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Me too Libby!

  • Reply
    Rachel
    March 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    I’m pinning this for my friend! She’s having problems with psoriasis and allergies to regular lotions so this might be something we could make together that would be safe for her to use. Your photos are gorg btw!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Rachel! Hope it helps her 🙂

  • Reply
    Anya
    March 4, 2016 at 4:57 am

    Krystal, I love this recipe. I like my body butter to be smooth so I think this has the right consistency. Can’t wait to try this out.

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Yes me too Anya! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    Carol
    March 4, 2016 at 3:25 am

    Love making my own body care products. Body butter is definitely one of my personal favourites.
    Toronto winters seem to go on for a very long time and my skin is soothed by these preparations.
    Recipes like this one were best sellers in my shop! Thanks for sharing. Love your pics!!!
    Here’s to looking after ourselves!!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Oh those long winters are awful. Stay warm Carol.

  • Reply
    Renee Kohley
    March 4, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I love this! Looking at the supplies and planning on making some! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Great Renee! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    Tash
    March 4, 2016 at 1:05 am

    This looks wonderful!! I’m always looking for new body butters to try this time of year. What perfect timing 🙂

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:07 pm

      That’s great Tash! Hope you like it 🙂

  • Reply
    linda spiker
    March 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    That looks super luscious!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 5, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      It is Linda! 🙂

  • Reply
    Raia
    March 3, 2016 at 5:43 pm

    Hmm… I have all the ingredients for this, I should try it. The last time I tried making body butter it looked so good I wanted to eat it. So I did. Haha. And it tasted wonderful on top of muffins….

    Thanks so much for sharing your recipe at Savoring Saturdays! 😀

    • Reply
      Krystal
      March 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

      Oh Raia you crack me up!Hope this one makes it to your skin 😉

  • Reply
    Deborah Davis
    February 19, 2016 at 5:18 am

    Hi Krystal,
    I love this DIY body butter because it is made from my favorite personal care products.I stopped using conventional lotions and creams years ago. I regularly use coconut oil, shea butter and olive oil for body care so mixing them together in this manner is perfect for me and my family. I’m pinning and sharing your gorgeous photos!

    • Reply
      Krystal
      February 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thank you for sharing Deborah! It’s such a luxurious mix I’m sure you’ll love it 🙂

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