Handmade body butters are the easiest and safest products to hydrate your dull skin. We bring you some body butters which you can make for yourself or they can be a perfect handmade gift too!
The largest organ of your body is – SKIN. It does a lot for us. It protects the whole body from outer environment. It stores moisture and fat in it, protect from sun & heat, excrete oil and sweat. Our hard-working skin deserves lot of care. So, next in our body care series, we bring you the DIY body butter recipes.
Difference between body lotion and body butter
Lotions or creams available in the markets are always lighter than a body butter. It is so because almost all of them are water based. They use emulsifiers to mix water and oil. Also, beeswax is used in them to give it a lotion or cream like consistency. Since, the body lotions are lighter and water based, they last for few hours. For rougher skins (the body skin and not the facial skin) body butter gives a lasting moisture.
If you want to treat your dry and dull skin with a great moisturizer but are afraid of those expensive bottles with lots chemicals in it, these natural recipes are perfect for you.
How to make body butter
Here are the homemade recipes for 4 best body butters for all skin types
Coconut, honey and lavender homemade body butter recipe
- Coconut Oil (cold pressed extra virgin) – ½ cup
- Honey – 2 tablespoon
- Lavender Oil – 20 drops
Mix coconut oil (at room temperature: it should be in soft semi-solid state) and add honey to it. Add essential oil in it. Whisk it using a hand whisk or a blender until you get a fluffy consistency. Store in an air tight container. Honey and coconut oil together makes amazing nourishment for your dry and dull skin.
Vanilla and cocoa homemade body butter recipe
- Cocoa butter – 1 cup
- Almond Oil – ½ cup
- Coconut Oil – ½ cup
- Vanilla essence
Melt cocoa butter in double boiler. Take a saucer pan and heat water in it. In it, place another smaller bowl and put cocoa butter in it for melting. Add almond oil and coconut oil in it and mix. Cool the mixture and let it sit in refrigerator for around 2 hours till it reaches semi solid state. Add vanilla extract to it and whip it till cloudy formation. Store it in air tight container. Vanilla and cocoa smells amazing together and works great for skin. Try not to eat it!
Shea homemade body butter recipe
- Shea Butter – 1 cup
- Coconut Oil – ½ cup
- Jojoba Oil – ½ cup
- Geranium Oil 20 drops
Melt shea butter in a double boiler. Add coconut oil and jojoba oil and mix. Cool down the mixture to semi solid state. Add geranium oil and whip till you get a cloudy consistency. Transfer to an air tight container. Nourish your skin daily with this shea body butter. It’s good for sensitive skins also and you can use it for kids too (don’t add essential oil if using for kids)
Cinnamon homemade body butter recipe
- Shea Butter – ½ cup
- Coconut oil – 1 cup
- Cocoa butter – ½ cup
- Cinnamon Oil 20 drops
- Cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder
Melt shea and cocoa butter in a double boiler and add coconut oil to it. Mix and let the mixture cool. Add cinnamon oil and crushed cinnamon stick or cinnamon powder and whisk well. Store it in air tight container. Cinnamon is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal substance. It helps in firming and tightening skin. It is also helpful in cellulite. So, if you want to get rid of those uneven white lines on thighs, hips or buttocks just add this amazing ingredient, cinnamon to your body butter.
Other important points to note:
- Always melt shea or cocoa butter in double boiler to help preserve their properties.
- Always add essential oil when the mixture has cooled down. Essential oils also tend to lose their properties at higher temperatures.
- If you find any of the mixture heavy (or little oily) for you try adjusting the amount of shea butter like reduce shea or cocoa butter and increase the amount of coconut oil in it.
- You can use almond oil also to add vitamin E in your butter or you can add a few drops of pure (good quality) vitamin E oil also for extra dose of nourishment. That will add to its shelf life too.
- These butters can hold their consistency till 23-24 degree centigrade. If your bathroom is hotter, store it in refrigerator else it may start melting.
- For best results, use the homemade body butter all over your body after shower and your skin will stay hydrated all day!
Please click here to read: 6 Homemade Body Scrubs For All Skin Types
Before using any product on the body for the first time, take an allergy test. Use a small portion of it on your arm and see for any reaction for two days. If it doesn’t show any signs of allergy or reaction, you can use it for your body. The information contained on this site is general in nature and for informational purposes. It is not meant to substitute for the advice provided by your own dermatologist or other medical professional. Tips and recipes here are the experiences of the author. Everyone is unique and results vary from person to person. Caution must be taken while using essentials oils. Pregnant women and children below 7 years should not use essential oils.