Thicker than regular skin lotion, body butters contain a combination of oils, butters, and beeswax; the ingredients and texture allow butters to stay on the skin longer, providing an all-day layer of protection for your skin. For those who are mindful of what they put on their skin, a DIY body butter might be the best choice. We’ll help you make the perfect cure for those stubborn dry patches on your elbows or the rough, thick skin on the heels of your feet.
1. Easy DIY Body Butter
This is the simplest recipe out there consisting of only two ingredients. Another plus is that it only takes about 30 minutes. This is a great starter recipe to get a feel for the consistency of a body butter before you start adding more expensive oils and scents. Mason jars are nice to have on hand for storing any of your body butter creations. The two ingredients you’ll need for this starter body butter include:
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the skin to add strength and protection.
- Raw cocoa butter. Cocoa butter helps skin retain moisture and is what adds the thick texture to a body butter.
- Mason jars. These are the most basic, popular jars for canning foods and DIY skin care items alike.
2. DIY Lemon Cream Body Butter
A variation of the recipe above, this lemon cream body butter by GetInspiredEveryDay will not only leave your skin feeling soft but also make it smell heavenly! This body butter takes 24 hours to solidify but it’s worth the wait. In addition to coconut oil and cocoa butter, this recipe only requires two additional ingredients.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil is known to soften the appearance of fine lines.
- Raw cocoa butter. Cocoa butter absorbs into the skin quickly for fast relief.
- Vitamin E oil. This oil contains natural antioxidants to protect against skin aging and repair damaged skin.
- Lemon essential oil. Made from fresh lemon peels, this oil adds a wonderful, fresh scent to your DIY creation.
3. DIY Whipped Body Butter
This lightweight texture of this DIY body butter recipe from WellnessMamma comes from whipping, instead of just mixing, the ingredients together. The best part is, after putting them in a jar for storage, they stay whipped as long as your home stays cooler than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Refrigeration won’t hurt it if you live in a warmer climate. Gentle enough for babies, this whipped body butter goes on smooth. Check out these ingredients for your own Whipped Body Butter:
- Shea butter. Pure and unrefined, vegan and cruelty free, this amazing shea butter is conveniently sold as a block instead of a jar.
- Cocoa butter. Chocolate scented and responsibly grown on a small family farm in the Dominican Republic make this cocoa butter stand out from the rest.
- Coconut oil. This is a soothing organic oil that is perfect for feeding your skin.
- Almond oil. The vitamins and minerals in this oil gently smooth irritated skin.
- Lavender oil. Popular for its fresh floral scent, this lavender oil will have a calming effect when used in a DIY body butter.
4. DIY Mango Body Butter
Claiming to be less greasy and have more fluidity than other homemade body butters, this recipe uses mango butter instead of cocoa butter and also requires arrowroot powder and jojoba oil. The tutorial makes about 6 oz. which is the perfect amount for one of the beveled jars listed below. It’s so light and fluffy that it has a whipped cream appearance, but don’t eat it! The taste will not be as pleasant.
- Mango butter. Mango butter is unscented and less dense than shea butter. It also melts easily and can glide right over your skin.
- Coconut oil. Coconut oil can also be used in cooking when you need to prepare foods at a high temperature.
- Arrowroot powder. This powder has healing properties and will give your homemade butter a silky texture.
- Jojoba oil. This is a very popular cosmetic oil because it promotes softer hair and skin with its many nutritional compounds.
- Peppermint essential oil. Mix it up with a cool minty scent, perfect for applying around the holidays or anytime!
- Glass Jars. These glass jars provide a chic, beveled appearance and labels for a wonderful homemade skin product. You’ll want to fill up a bunch of them as gifts!
5. DIY Body Butter with Beeswax & Shea Butter
This recipe for a DIY body butter combines beeswax, shea butter, sweet almond oil, extra light olive oil, and any essential oil you choose to create a homemade body butter straight inside a regular canning jar. This means no mess to clean up! The initial process of melting the ingredients together won’t take long but it does require some intermittent shaking, every 15 minutes or so, during the cooling period.
- Beeswax. Beeswax has a high water-holding capacity making it useful in cosmetics and skin care products. These small pastilles are easier to melt than bars.
- Extra light olive oil. Extra light olive oil has a lighter scent versus regular olive oil. It will allow the body butter to smell like the essential oil of your choice.
- Almond oil. Almond oil is such a light oil that it can clean deep into the pores removing dirt and debris.
- Shea butter. Shea butter has been used as a skin product for a long time. It’s been said that Cleopatra had clay jars filled with it.
- Lavender essential oil. This is one of the most popular essential oils due to it’s calming effect on the skin.
6. DIY Apricot & Hazelnut Body Butter
This recipe variation includes just two main ingredients: butters and your choice of essential oils. While coconut, jojoba, and almond oil are used in many recipes, this one allows the maker to also choose from two additional oil options:
- Apricot kernel oil. This oil is fitting for mature, dry, and sensitive skin. Apricot Oil contains Vitamin E and is moisturizing just like the other possible oils.
- Hazelnut oil. Hazelnut oil is a very dry oil so it works best for people with greasy skin as it creates a very non-greasy butter.
- Shea butter. Shea butter has many names including galam butter and bambuk butter.
Creating a DIY body butter allows you to choose which ingredients to use and really develop a one of a kind product for yourself. Personalizing your body butter with either shea or cocoa butter, one of a bunch of different carrier oils, and finally adding an essential oil of your favorite scent will leave your skin softer and smoother than ever and you wishing you had tried one of these recipes sooner. What would you include in your DIY body butter to customize it?