DIY Body Butter
I love various body butters and lotions and use some every day, especially right now in the winter when the humidity in our house is low and skin is so dry. Body Butters are easy to make, even with just a few basic ingredients, and tend to be more cost effective than store bought lotions. Not to mention the fact that they’ve always worked much better for us!
Once you learn how to DIY body butter you can make all kinds of fun creations for yourself and to give as gifts. Today I’m going to share a few ideas and combos with you to get you started. Make sure to come back and share all your fun creations in the comments!
Here are a few things you should have on hand when making your own body butters. Of course there are many more things that could be added to this list, but for cost effectiveness it’s better to have just a few favorites to start with.
Each of the butters above has different properties. All are a great source of fatty acids which is great for replenishing skin. Each has a slightly different scent; cocoa butter smells like chocolate, mango butter has a very light scent, and shea butter has the heaviest, most earthy scent. Cocoa butter can clog pores, so it isn’t the best for acne prone skin. On the other hand, shea butter will not clog pores and can even help reduce the visibility of scars. Both Mango and Cocoa Butter need to be added to other oils and butters to create a lotion that is a good consistency. Mango butter tends to be harder and cocoa butter can melt very easily. Shea butter can stand alone as a moisturizer or lotion. Each of the butters has vitamin properties which are worth looking into before choosing one (or two!) for your DIY body butter.
Each kind of oil has it’s own special benefits and rewards. For example, we love using Avocado Oil in our home since it is a particularly good source of fatty acids and helps rebuild the elasticity of the skin which is great for those with eczema. Wherever you buy your butters and oils from, make sure they are as unrefined as possible and have only a single ingredient (or perhaps just added Vitamin E oil). Some products have plenty of extra added preservatives that aren’t necessary.
These are my favorite add-ins for body butters and homemade lotions. Aloe Vera is very soothing to the skin, beeswax helps solidify some products and creates a moisture barrier, vitamin E can help preserve products while adding in healthy vitamins, vegetable glycerin is another great moisture barrier, and essential oils can add various properties including fun scents to homemade products.
Putting It Together
With a few of these products you can put together some great DIY body butters that will be perfect for your skin type and what you need to have in a body butter! Since all of the products are slightly different, there isn’t going to be a perfect formula that fits all of them. But, as a general guideline you can go with something like this:
- 1 cup Base Butter
- 1/4 cup Oils
- 1-3 teaspoons or tablespoons Extras & Extra Oils (not including essential oils)
Or a recipe could look something like this:
- 1 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax
- 1 tablespoon Aloe Vera Gel
- 1 teaspoon Vitamin E
Or maybe something like this:
- 1/2 cup Shea Butter
- 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
- 1/4 cup Mango Butter
- 1 tablespoon Beeswax
- 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil
The combination possibilities are endless…even with these few ingredients!
Now to mix up your body butter, the directions will be the same on most of them used with the ingredients in this post. You will melt the ingredients together (minus any essential oils) on the stove top until just blended. Remove from heat, pour in a container until everything hardens back up and then use an electric mixer to whip up the body butter for a nice creamy “lotion” feel.
Any essential oils to be added in should be added in after you remove the oils and butters from heat and just a few drops are needed. Make sure to not add anything that would make your skin phototoxic (most citrus oils) to your body butter.
Some DIY body butters that I’ve already created and posted on Little House Living are; Peppermint Foot Cream and Whipped White Chocolate Body Butter. You might want to check them out or just dive right into your own DIY body butter!
Make sure you come back and share your combos in the comments section below!