I’ve used Lubriderm lotion most of my life, but recently I found out that the ingredients are not all that good for my body so when a friend asked if I had a body butter recipe I was more than happy to create one.
I know coconut oil is great for the skin so that definitely had to be one of the ingredients. Then I thought about cocoa butter or shea butter, but shea butter has a bit of an unpleasant scent to me so I decide cocoa butter was the winner on this one. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate? I didn’t want to make this recipe too complicated so I’ll finalize it by adding some essential oils.
After discovering some of the scientific studies that have been done on Frankincense essential oil, I’ve always said I wanted to bathe in it so hey here’s my chance! Frankincense is a biblical oil and one of the more expensive oils so feel free to use other essential oils like lavender, lemon, lime, orange, geranium, chamomile, or even peppermint. To make sure you will like the scent, grab your cocoa butter and the oil you are thinking about using and smell them both at the same time to see if they go well together.
You are going to love this body butter! It will start to melt as soon as you touch it so expect it to melt quickly. It won’t be greasy and your skin will soak it right up and feel incredible.
- This recipe takes a little bit of time, simply because we have to melt the cocoa butter first then let it harden a bit again before we start putting all the ingredients together.
- If you decide to use a citrus oil or a blend containing citrus, remember to stay out of the sun for long periods of time (like doing yard work or going to the pool/beach) for at least 12 hours after applying the body butter to your skin. Citrus oils cause photo-sensitivity which will cause your skin to soak up and create painful burns.
- Store it in a cool, dark place. If you notice that it’s melting, put it in the refrigerator every few days to help it harden up.
- If you’re making this recipe in the summer, add a 1/4 cup of beeswax to help harden it a bit more.
- Want even more skin benefits, add a tsp of vitamin E. It will also act as a preservative.
What You’ll Need
- A hand mixer or Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer
- Cold Pressed Coconut Oil (unrefined)
- Cocoa Butter (make sure the only ingredient is cocoa butter)
- Essential Oils
- Two 4 oz containers (make sure you can touch the bottom of the container) or Four 2 oz containers
- 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 25 drops of Frankincense (or oil(s) of your choice) Add more or less depending on how much scent you prefer.
- Melt the Cocoa Butter in a double boiler. I added the Cocoa Butter to the stainless steel bowl that came with my Kitchen Aid, boiled water in a medium size pot and put the stainless steel bowl directly on top of it. Stir until it is fully melted and remove from heat.
- Either let it sit on the counter (this will take a few hours) or put it in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes keeping a close eye on it after 15 minutes. Once it starts to look like it’s hardening, pull it out of the refrigerator. You want it to be slightly firm and not too soft.
- Add the coconut oil to the bowl and mix with the handheld mixer or Kitchen Aid for 5-10 minutes. You’re looking to achieve a nice whipped look.
- Add your essential oil(s).
- Mix it just a bit more then.
- Smell your mixture to make sure it has as much or as little scent as you like. Repeat steps 4 and 5 as needed.
- Add your amazing body butter mixture to a glass container and enjoy!
You may be wondering how long this body butter will last until it goes bad. Look at the expiration of your coconut oil and cocoa butter, whichever expires first that’s about the time your body butter will start to go bad. Be sure to store it in a cool place so it doesn’t melt on you. If you notice it starting to liquefy, stick it in the refrigerator for a few hours to get it to stiffen up again.
If you give this recipe a try, I would love to hear what you think.
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