Whipped body butter is wonderful for your skin, and surprisingly easy to make. Make a jar for yourself. Then, make more to give as gifts. Here’s my recipe.
What You’ll Need:
- 3 oz refined shea butter
- 4.5 oz sweet almond oil
- .5 oz beeswax
- 1/2 tsp essential oil
- 1 Tbsp arrowroot starch
- A kitchen scale
- A half-pint jar
This will make one half-pint jar of body butter. If you want to make a bigger batch, just up the ingredients accordingly.
What You Do:
Use a kitchen scale to weigh the shea butter, sweet almond oil and beeswax out.
Then, melt them over a double boiler. I just use a heat-safe bowl over a pot of water.
Remove your bowl from the stove, once everything has melted.
Then, add your essential oils. I like to use equal parts rosemary and peppermint oil in my body butter. But there are lots of other scent combinations you could try. Just stay away from citrus oils. They make you more sensitive to the sun.
Now, add a tablespoon of arrowroot starch, and stir until all the clumps are gone. This will help to keep the body butter from feeling greasy. If you don’t have arrowroot, you could also use cornstarch or tapioca starch.
Allow your body butter to sit on the counter until it’s cooled. Then, transfer it to the refrigerator until it solidifies. This will take at least an hour for a single-jar batch. When I make big, bulk batches, I leave it in the refrigerator over night.
Here’s what the body butter looks like, after it’s been chilled.
Use a hand mixer to whip it. If you’re making a big batch, you can also use a stand mixer.
Continue whipping your body butter until it reaches the consistency of cream cheese frosting.
Then, transfer your finished body butter to a jar. If you want to get fancy, you can actually put the body butter in a piping bag, and pipe it into your jar. I’m not very good at that, so I just spoon it in.
I recommend waiting a couple days before you use your body butter. This will give the arrowroot time to do its job, and allow the body butter to firm up a bit. It’ll feel greasy, if you cheat and use it sooner.
A tiny bit goes a long way, so start with a pea-size amount. Your body heat will melt the oils, so they absorb into your skin quickly.
Here are some free, printable labels that you can use on your whipped body butter. They’re designed to fit the top of a wide-mouth jar. Print them to full-sheet label paper. Use Avery 8165, if you have an ink-jet printers. Use Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.
Want Me to Make Body Butter for You?
It’s available for purchase over in my shop.