Skin Saving Body Butter

Have I mentioned I’m not a fan of winter…have I? Winter always wreaks my skin; this winter it is still dry but it is SO much better than it has been in the past years, and I’m going to share my secret with you. In this prior post I discussed cleaning up my beauty routine just as we are cleaning up what we eat. This is something I came across while learning about cleaner beauty and I love it.

I have tweaked this recipe every time I have made it and I’ve finally gotten it close to perfect. Different oils and butters work better for different people. Making your own products is really no different than trying a new product bought at the store, except you can control and learn what you like and don’t like about it. This is best applied right after showering, without toweling off-I actually apply in the shower so I don’t drip water everywhere.

Body Butter via Food, Booze, & Baggage

  • Weigh the solid butters out using a kitchen scale or you can estimate if you don’t have a scale, approximately 5 tbsp for 100 g and 1 light tbsp for the 15 g (though Kokum is very dry and is really hard to scoop out into spoon form). The solid butters get melted in a double boiler or you can melt them over low heat just in the pan (though the double boiler method is recommended). Your target measurement once melted is slightly over 1 cup.
  • Once melted, pour into large glass bowl and allow to cool for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then add in the oils; these oils all together should equal about 1/4 cup. Next add in the essential oils, these will provide the fragrance for you body butter…my additions are light so P will use it too. You can add more for a stronger fragrance but don’t go too crazy because essential oils can be irritating, the general rule is no more than 25-30 drops (do not put 30 drops of rosemary, it is a stronger essential oil).
  • Place bowl in freezer or refrigerator and allow it to re-solidify, but try not to let it become completely solid, you should still be able to make an indent with your finger. This step affects the texture of the final product…too solid/cold it is crumbly and too soft it is clumpy.  Place bowl on counter and beat with a hand-mixer (you can use your kitchen-aid but I have a dedicated mixer for this). Once mixed to your liking, scoop into glass jar or container (I like to use this jar). You are fine to use your regular kitchen utensils when making this…just stick with glass or metal and make sure they are CLEAN before use and place in dishwasher after.
  • I buy all of my supplies from Mountain Rose. They are highly recommended from almost every website that features make-it yourself products. You can also find almost everything to get you started from Whole Foods or order from Amazon.

You by no means need to buy all of these oils to try this out. You can use any variation you want just make sure to follow the 25% rule: 25% liquid oils to 75% solid butters. To keep it simple, use sunflower or grape seed oil for the oils and shea or cocoa, and mango butter for the solids. Different oils are lighter/thicker, some absorb faster than others. Experiment with your oils and butters and see what works for you. One final note: Coconut oil does not act as a solid butter and if used, melt with solids but reduce the liquid oils by the amount of coconut oil used.

Here are some other resources from around the web to provide you some alternative recipes and a bit more information:

Rawmazing Body Butter Recipe

A Sonoma Garden 

Coconut Rose Body Butter

Body Butter Basics 

Not into making your own? Check out better for you products in my Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine series.

  • kathy @ vodka and soda

    totally impressed that you do this on your own! i LOVE body butters but i by mine although i would LOVE to try and make them myself.

    • Food, Booze, & Baggage

      You should totally try it…you really don’t need to make it with as many oils I as use, so you can try it without as big of an investment. It’s a forgiving recipe. I would recommend sunflower oil or grape seed oil as good starter oils (sunflower oil at trader joes is a really good deal).

  • Amanda

    This is some hardcore stuff! My skin is SO dry right now. Flaky, itchy, YUCK! I have yet to find something that works. Maybe this would do the trick finally!

    • Food, Booze, & Baggage

      This has worked so well for me…I use to leave marks on my legs from scratching b/c my skin was so itchy. This has helped me so much!

  • Tiffany

    oh my goodness this sounds sinfully amazing! I’ve never made anything this complex – how impressive. The only thing’s I’ve made are sugar scrubs, bath salts, and I’ll whip up some coconut oil with a couple drops of vitamin E. This recipe is hard core!

    • Food, Booze, & Baggage

      I really do love it…it has helped me so much. It would work better if I was better about applying before bed but I’m a slacker. Really, you can make it much less complicated. My only thing about coconut oil is I feel it makes the final product, greasier and takes longer to absorb. I really enjoy making some of my own products.

  • Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds

    I’m kind of impressed that you do this!! I’ve never homemade any beauty product, although I intended to. I currently have coffee grinds sitting in the fridge to make a face scrub (thanks Pinterest!). I should probably just throw them out cause they’ll get gross waiting for me to find the time :) Great reminder to put body butter on IN the shower. I used to do that and forgot how much better my skin felt when I did it right away. Thanks for the tip! Have a great weekend!!

    • Food, Booze, & Baggage

      Kristina, I have a few others to share as well. Seriously, sugar or salt scrub is the easiest thing in the world to make. I feel like such as sucker for buy $18 sugar scrub. I tried a coffee scrub and felt like it made a bit of a mess with the grinds in the shower but we have crap water-pressure so that was probably part of the problem. You should totally try it though, I’ve been happy with a couple of my projects :) Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  • Shannon

    J dont know if we can be friends anymore :). You cook, you travel abroad to fantastic destinations and you MAKE YOUR OWN BODY BUTTER!!! Seriously Mariah so cool. Remind me to tell you the story about my 1 and only experience with coconut oil sometime. I’t will make you feel like a fricken goddess.

    • Food, Booze, & Baggage

      Oh, please, I don’t really cook that much-it only seems that way in reality P is chopping for me and cleaning behind me :) I’m totally intrigued about the coconut oil story. I actually find the coconut oil makes the body butter too greasy…I’ve worked a long time on trying to tweak this recipe :)