Body Butter Guide: How to Make Homemade Body Butter

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Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Body butters are no stranger to Live Simply. Together we’ve made a couple of body butters before, although I didn’t call them “butters.”

First, we made this ultra-moisturizing lotion, which is really a body butter, but I used it as a body lotion–hence the name. Then, just last week, we returned to the kitchen to make a quick and simple shea butter cream moisturizer, which is also a body butter–or a face butter since that’s my preferred way to use it.

Think of today’s post as a crash course in body butter. My goal is to give you practical and simple tools to create a homemade body butter that works for your skin, budget, and scent preferences.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

What is Body Butter?

I had never heard of body butter until just a few years ago, when a friend introduced me to her favorite skincare butter. I remember thinking, Body butter? Why in the world would you want to slather butter on your body?  My curiosity was piqued, so I began to research this new-to-me product.

After some research, I discovered that body butter is a rich and moisturizing skincare product that’s generally made with skincare butters, like shea butter and cocoa butter. Body butter can be used as an alternative to lotion, since its primary job is to moisturize the skin.

So why not call this product “lotion”? Well, that’s all about a few technicalities…

Lotion is made with water and oil (and possibly butters) so it’s light and silky smooth. Body butter, on the other hand, is made exclusively with butter(s) and oil(s), so it’s very thick. The final products are used in the same way, to moisturize the skin, but they’re made with different ingredients, using different methods.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

From a do-it-yourself standpoint, homemade body butter will last for months without the use of a preservative. Homemade lotion needs to be used within a short time frame or a preservative should be used (thanks to the water), and it requires an emulsifier to properly blend the oil and water together.

Technically, body butter is recommended for folks who need intense moisture, but I’ve personally found that it’s a great lotion alternative–no super dry skin needed.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Body Butter Basics

The beauty of body butter is that once you have a simple formula/recipe, it’s easy to customize a butter to your liking.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Main Ingredient: Butter

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Homemade body butter starts with butter. I’ve found that shea butter is the perfect base butter, since it’s soft and easy to work with. My homemade formula calls for a 1/4 cup of shea butter as the base butter.

From there, it’s up to you, the maker, to customize the body butter. You’ll need a total of 1/2 cup butter, so you can either double the shea (for a total of 1/2 cup), or mix the shea with a different butter: 1/4 cup of cocoa butter or 1/4 cup of mango butter.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Let’s take a look at each butter…

Shea Butter: Shea butter comes from the “nut” (or pit) of the fruit found on the Karite Tree. It has a strong scent when it’s purchased in an unrefined state. I use unrefined/crude shea butter in recipes (including body butter), but if you don’t care for the (natural) fragrance, I recommend using refined shea butter. Since shea butter is naturally soft, it can be used as the main ingredient in body butter, or it may be combined with another butter–cocoa or mango butter–to create a custom body butter.

Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean, so it smells like chocolate. Cocoa butter is hard, at room temperature, and it melts easily. I don’t recommend making a 100% cocoa butter body butter because you’ll end up with a final product that’s solid as a rock. Cocoa butter must be mixed with a softer butter, like shea or mango butter, to yield a soft and spreadable final product.

Mango Butter: Mango butter comes from the seed of mango fruit. It’s a soft butter, similar to shea butter, that can have a bit of a gritty texture before it’s melted down to create body butter. If you don’t want to use shea butter to make body butter, then mango butter is the best replacement. Mango butter may be combined with shea or cocoa butter to create a custom body butter.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Main Ingredient: Carrier Oil

Oil is the second main ingredient used to make body butter. The oils used in skincare recipes are typically referred to as carrier oils, although I usually call them nourishing oils.

The oil used is completely up to you. For my body, I usually stick with almond or jojoba oil, and just started playing around with grapeseed oil. Virgin coconut oil may also be used; it’s just not my personal preference.

Another option is to use a carrier oil blend. I particularly like this option for making a butter used on my face. I’ve been using Clear Complex with shea butter (find the recipe here), and absolutely love it. Other carrier oil blends, include: Near Perfection and Younger Glo.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Optional Ingredients: Arrowroot and Essential Oils

Some folks find that body butter is a bit too greasy to apply all over the body. The good news is that there’s a simple solution for this issue…arrowroot flour/starch. A small amount of arrowroot flour/starch may be added to the liquid oil before pouring the oil into the melted butter(s).

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Finally, an essential oil may be added for scent and additional skincare benefits. At the moment, my personal favorites are: lavender, geranium, and frankincense (Carteri).

I use a 1% dilution in my body butter. Before using any essential oil, I recommend reading the back of the bottle for specific dilution recommendations–just to be safe.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Now that we’ve touched on the basics of body butter, let’s take a look at my formula for making your own custom body butter.

How to Make Homemade Body Butter
4.97 from 28 votes

Homemade Body Butter

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

Course DIY
Cuisine Body
Keyword Body Butter
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6 ounces
Author Kristin Marr



  1. Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Place the butters in the glass bowl, and allow them to fully melt. 

  2. If you're planning to use arrowroot flour in your body butter, in a small bowl, whisk the flour into the carrier oil. Set the mixture aside. If you're not using arrowroot flour, skip this step. 

  3. Carefully remove the bowl (and melted butters) from the heat source. Add the oil (with the arrowroot flour, if using), and stir to combine the ingredients. 

  4. At this point, the oil mixture should be cooler (along with the bowl). If not, allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to solidify (about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on location in the fridge and fridge temperature). 

  5. Once the mixture is opaque and a bit firm (not solid as a rock), remove the bowl from the fridge. Add the essential oil of choice, if desired. 

  6. If you used cocoa butter in your body butter, then whisk the mixture with a fork until it appears "whipped." If you used shea and/or mango butters in your body butter, then you can use the same technique with a fork, or use a stand mixer to "whip" the mixture. 

  7. Scoop the body butter into a jar with a lid. Place the lid on the jar. Store the body butter at room temperature (out of sunlight). This mixture should last about six months, if bacteria isn't introduced to the mixture via dirty hands.

To Use:

  1. After bathing, apply a small amount of body butter to your fingertips, and then massage the butter on your skin/body. Apply as needed. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

*Mango butter will yield a softer body butter. Cocoa butter will yield a thicker body butter that smells a bit like chocolate. You can also use shea butter again, if desired, instead of using mango or cocoa butter. 

**I like sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil

***If you're concerned about the final product feeling too greasy, then I recommend adding this optional ingredient. The arrowroot cuts through the greasy feel that's often associated with body butter. 

****My personal favorites: lavender, geranium (Egyptian), frankincense (Carteri). Another option is to use a pre-blended synergy, like: Love Vanilla (my favorite), Soft Skin, or Tranquil. I use a 1% dilution in my body butter. Before using any essential oil, I recommend reading the back of the bottle for specific dilution recommendations--just to be safe.

Simple, homemade, and customizable body butter that leaves the skin naturally-nourished and moisturized.

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  1. says: Moe

    5 stars
    Finally a body butter that actually FEELS like butter! After months of trying many many recipes, this one has they key! It’s so important (if you want soft yet thick consistency) to let the mixture cool completely before using a hand or stand mixer. Step #5 is absolutely not to be skipped. Mine had to stay in back of fridge for 35 min to get completely opaque with no more liquid center. It was not hard as a rock but it’s definitely solid. Then it whips perfectly into a butter like consistency. Adding arrowroot is essential as well for silky feel. But adding it exactly as described in step #2 makes a HUGE difference as compared to adding it into the solid mixture during the whipping phase. For some reason whisking into carrier oil first allows it to absorb perfectly. Thank you so much for this gorgeous body butter!

      1. says: Joni

        5 stars
        Getting ready to make this now. I need to make something for the women that are making masks, they live in extreme high heat in the desert. Most have no electricity or running water. Severely dry hands. Will this turn into oil in these conditions as their room temp is over 30 degrees more then mine. Can you think of anything that could stand up to that kind of heat i could send for their hands…also face without it clogging their pores?

  2. says: Katie

    I love the idea of making my own body butter (and all other body products as well) but I hate the greasiness of most DIY body butter/lotions. I ha e never heard about adding arrowroot to the mixture to cut the greasiness. I’m so excited to try this recipe out!

    1. says: Laura

      5 stars
      Ion of the best step by step instructions I’ve seen. Love your recommendation of the company as well. Thanks for this…

  3. says: juli

    5 stars
    Excellent recipe, Kristin, and great explanation of the hows and whys and reasons for different types of moisturizers! It’s always nice to have “recipes” for things that we can customize for particular needs and likes! There are so many good companies out there selling the different ingredients for home made goodies and EVERYONE publishing has their own favs (!!!) that it would be nice, after you’ve let us know what is your fav company, that the ingredient list just had the products listed, not the brand of choice for every ingredient. I notice this on all the wonderful sites I watch and read and subscribe to. And it is just my personal opinion! Thanks so much. God Bless Your Day, juli

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Thank you, Juli! I’m so glad the post was helpful. The arrowroot definitely makes a huge difference.

      This particular post was sponsored by Plant Therapy, so I collaborated with them on the post–and since they provided the products, I’ve linked to the products used. It’s very rare for me to partner with a specific company, but I love PT and use their products and so it’s a very natural fit here.

      For other posts, many folks ask for the specific products I use (the brands), so that’s why I link to them, but don’t usually mention specific brands–unless necessary. Usually I’ll list, “shea butter” and also provide a link to the brand used. I don’t have to link to the brands I’m using, but many times people ask for them. I’ve found this helps people who don’t know what to look for have a good reference. For some links (Amazon), we earn a commission (at no extra cost to a reader), although that’s just a small by-product and not the main reason for using those links. Since we provide free recipes on the site, but the cost to maintain a website our size is very very expensive (buying supplies for making and testing recipes, paying for website hosting and email service, etc.) this is a great way to support the expenses on the blog while also providing helpful information for readers.

      1. says: juli

        Thanks so much for the reply and that is good to know! I like that the companies that sponsor you will give you a commission if we go to their site from yours. I will try to remember to link straight there from the recipe if I need something. And I do, also, like knowing what you’ve tried and which companies work for you. Thanks so much.

      2. says: Lauren Turney

        5 stars
        Thank you for this wonderful comprehensive explanation of body butter making. It’s been so helpful. a few questions, what size glass jar should I buy for the recipe? How many oz? And I was considering adding vitamin e to the recipe, if I did would I need to adjust the carrier oil measurement? Not sure how much I would even add. Was planning on doing Shea, mango butter, arrowroot, sweet almond, and some vitamin e if allowed. I was also curious of you can use two different oils, just half each type like the butters. Is that something that would work? Or would it throw the recipe off. I was thinking of doing half sweet almond and half argan. And one last thing. Can you ever use squalane in body butter? How much if so? Your blogs the best thanks so much!

  4. says: juli

    5 stars
    PS!!! Thanks so much for the arrowroot tip! I didn’t know that and am constantly dealing with oil all over EVERYTHING because of the dry skin problems I’ve been dealing with the past year that nothing but oils will relieve….

      1. says: joe

        arrowroot, cream of tartar and tapioca flour can all be used in other recipes as substitutes for each other so i would guess it should work.

  5. says: Avram Oana

    Dear Kristin,i love your website and all of your recipes . I’ve tried dozens of them and i stopped buying beauty products 🙂
    However, i have one problem and i ask your advice, you prepared hundreds of recipes and you have a lot of experience.
    My question is why some of the creams or body butters start to crystallize? Even this one, It has a texture like a crystallized honey ( grainy, sandy type). Actually,it turns into very small sugar granules. Why this is happening? What i have done wrong?
    I would appreciate so much your answer. Thank you very much.

  6. says: Phyllis Malone

    Mine is cooling. I’ll be adding ginger essential oil hoping to duplicate Origins Ginger body butter, which I can’t afford, but love! Funny story, I was visiting a friend in Texas who had a bag of arrowroot and wanted me to take some home in a zip bag. I could just see TSA officials at the airport as I tried to explain what it was and wasn’t!! My local health food store had it in bulk and I bought a small container full. Thanks for all the fun recipes. I’ll be making some of the other personal care products.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Lol, Phyllis, I’ve thought the same thing about a few natural ingredients and going through TSA ;). I love that you’re using ginger essential oil–sounds amazing! Let me know how it turns out with the ginger.

  7. says: Megan

    Hi Kristin! I’m allergic to shea and mango, but was wondering if this would work with Cocoa Butter + Avocado Butter? I just discovered your blog the other day during a desperate search for hypoallergenic skin products after another allergic reaction to a facial cleanser and I am so excited about making my own products. I have such sensitive skin and I’m allergic to so many nuts and even some preservatives which makes it extremely difficult to buy organic AND synthetic skin care products! It’s such a relief to have guidance on how to make moisturizers, cleansers, and toners that I KNOW all the ingredients in.


    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Megan, I’ve never tried avocado butter before. As long as it’s a softer butter, I think it should work. Cocoa butter alone (well, along with the oil) results in a very hard body butter. Let me know if you try it! And now I need to find myself some avocado butter so I can play around with using it!

  8. says: Liz

    Hi Kristin, great recipe! I was wondering why you didn’t use Beeswax in your recipes? I see it in other recipes. Thank you so much!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Robin, I want to say yes, because usually cocoa butter is unrefined cocoa butter, from my buying experience. I would search around on Amazon, too, and see what you can find and compare product descriptions. You could also reach out to Plant Therapy via their site.

  9. says: Jennifer Ferrara

    Hi there! I made your recipe but used tapioca starch as that was all I had and it was so soft yesterday. I didn’t add oils as I didn’t have them. But this morning it was solid as a rock and I don’t know why. Any advice?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Jennifer, Body butter is a harder moisturizing product than a water-based lotion, but it shouldn’t be so hard that you can’t get it out of the jar. Here’s my initial thought… Did you skip the carrier/nourishing oil or essential oil? If butter alone was used, that would be the cause for the hard product. The body butter needs the carrier/nourishing oil to create a softer product. The essential oil can be skipped. If a carrier oil was used, what butter was used, or combo of butters?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Jennifer, Hmmm, I’ve never used kokum butter, so I’m not sure how it cools and sets (cocoa butter will produce a harder body butter, shea butter and mango butter will produce a softer butter). It could just be the butter results in a slightly harder body butter. Body butter is hard versus a fluffy, soft product, but it should go on effortlessly when it comes in contact with the skin (and it should easily scoop from the jar with your fingers).

    1. says: Margaret Hopkins

      Hi Lindsay, I know your post is old but I thought that maybe it would be nice to know that I put cannabis-infused vegetable glycerin in my body butter. I make a bigger batch but if making this recipe I would add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerin in when adding in the essential oils.

  10. says: Yeimi

    Dear Kristin you recipes are super…. I am a beginner in the world of homemade and organic cosmetics, your blog is very inspirational. I ad been wondering what can I used in place of arrowroot flour? do you have any recommendations..

  11. says: Grace

    Hi! Love your recipe, and I’m definitely going to try it out!! As for the process of making this body butter, is it okay to simply combine the ingredients together as they are without using any heat and melting the butter first, or is the heating process necessary? *I will be using unrefined shea butter*

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Grace, You could skip the heating portion if you’re using all shea butter for the butter. You may not end up with a body butter that’s as smooth, but it should still work.

  12. says: Grace

    Hi! Also, for the arrowroot starch, is it okay if I use the kind that they sell at the grocery store? Or does it have to be organic?

  13. says: Deborah

    4 stars
    I made this as directed. Even with the addition of the almond oil I still find the butter to be too oily at first. After 10-20 minutes it absorbs. I love the way it feels after it absorbs. Any suggestions?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Deborah, You could increase the arrowroot next time, or you could try adding a bit more arrowroot now if it’s not too hard. Also, with body butter a little bit goes a long way, so decreasing the amount used may also help.

  14. says: Grace

    Hi, in your video, it seems that you are adding the carrier oil and the arrowroot powder into the double boiler and in your written instructions, it says to remove the bowl with the butters from the heat and then add the carrier oil and arrowroot powder. Which method do you recommend I use?

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Grace, You’ll add the oil and arrowroot mixture to the bowl with the melted ingredients. You can remove the bowl from the pot (if you’re creating your own double boiler), or add the mixture while the bowl is still sitting on the pot. Either way, the mixture is being added to the bowl with the melted ingredients. Does that help clarify?

  15. says: Julai

    Hello Kristin,

    I’m so glad to have stumbled into your blog. I started switching slowly to natural products (beauty and cleaning) since i got pregnant. My baby boy is 3 months old now. I just made your peppermint lipbalm and wants to make the body butter next but i dont have any of the carrier oils that you mentioned. Can i use olive oil or coconut oil? I will be making your foundation powder next. 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Julai, You could definitely use coconut oil or olive oil. Olive oil will feel a bit heavy, and might be slower to absorb, but it will still work well for moisture. I’m so glad you’re enjoying the lip balm! Congrats, Mama!

  16. says: Char

    Wonderful recipe. Question, the containers that you show in pictures with the flip suction ring lids. Where can they be purchased from.

    Thankyou for sharing


  17. says: Colleen

    5 stars
    I am wondering about the utensils – bowls, blender etc — are they easy to clean and use for other cooking or do you keep them specifically for making body butters – thanx !

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Colleen, I recommend using hot water and a detergent-based soap that easily cuts grease (like Seventh Generation or Sal Suds). They are pretty easy to clean using these suggestions.

  18. says: Stacy Maon

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing , I ABSOLUTELY love this recipe! I used Shea and mango butter with apricot oil (I like how quickly it absorbs) and Baby’sBreath fragrance oil to scent. I used just one teaspoon of arrowroot flour and will insrease it next time although after about 30 minutes it no longer felt greasy and left my skin soft and smooth. Already planning for the next batch, going to infuse my carrier oil with chamomile and calendula flowers and use Roman chamomile EO.

  19. says: Julai

    Hello Kristin, I’m so happy to stumble into this recipe. I’m going to make one, but can i use avocado oil as the carrier oil? We have some in our kitchen. Tnx

  20. says: Sohini Sarkar

    Hi Kristin,

    I love your recipes and walking my way through your body care products. Your honey aloe face wash did wonders for my skin (having less luck with castile soap one) I made the body butter last night and it didn’t look as fluffy as yours. Also, the smell of arrowroot is pretty bad. I tried adding more lavender essential oil, but the strange smell is still there. Is there anything that I can do to fix the smell and fluffiness?

    Thank you.

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Sohini, Hmmm, what brand of arrowroot are you using? Usually arrowroot is odorless. And what butter combo did you use? <--The butters used will determine how soft and fluffy the final butter is. The harder the butter, the firmer and more dense the body butter. In the end, the body butter won't be super fluffy in the long-term.

      1. says: Sohini Sarkar

        5 stars
        Thank you Kristin! I just used shea. I am going to get some mango butter to make it lighter. I saw that yours looked like whip cream 🙂 and wanted mine to look like that. May be the mango butter will do the trick. I used red mills arrowroot. The smell may be coming from the shea itself. Do you have any tips for anything that I can add for a different smell? I added lavender essential oil. Anything else that you can think of?

  21. says: Felsha

    5 stars
    Fantastic recipe and instructions! After letting mine chill in the fridge for approximately 30 minutes and it still hadn’t hardened, I took it out and mixed it anyways. It looks like creamy white soup (and same consistency) but after leaving it for a few minutes, it hardened right up and feels wonderful to smooth on. I halved the recipe (used coconut oil as my carrier) and included arrowroot. 5 stars — thank you for sharing!

  22. says: Charlotte

    5 stars
    I made mine with Shea butter and mango butter, almond oil then geranium and lemon for scent. You can still smell the shea at first but eventually the oils overpower it. Next time I will try arrowroot as it is a little more greasy than shop bought butters but it’s easy and works. Thanks for the recipe, I love it.

  23. says: Katie

    I am loving this and plan to make. I would also like to use this recipe and make it an immune boosting foot rub. One that has immune boosting essential oils but also feels nice on our feet as well. Any suggestions? Or do you currently use/make something similar?

  24. says: Neha

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin,

    I tried your body butter using shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, and I absolutely love it! I had no idea something like this could be created at home and for a fraction of the price charged by brands. The cocoa butter actually makes this smell like chocolate, which I’m more than happy about. I added two teaspoons of arrowroot and experienced no greasiness on my skin. I found that cooling the mixture in the freezer instead of the fridge made it easier & quicker to whip. After this successful attempt, I’m going to definitely try out your lip balm next. Thank you!

  25. says: C Brewer

    5 stars
    I have never made any kind of beauty product before and this recipe made me feel like a goddamn CHAMP. Super easy to make with great results. I used mango butter, sweet almond oil as a carrier, arrowroot and lavendar oil and it absorbs nicely into my skin after about 10 minutes. I cooled my first batch in the fridge but it took over an hour and got a little grainy. I cooled my second batch in the freezer and used a hand mixer and it turned out much smoother.

  26. says: Sharnique Leonce

    5 stars
    hi, Kristin,

    i am a beginner and am trying to create my own body butters. i have a recipe that i have substituted butters and oils to make it what i want. but i am stuck when it comes to ratio of oils to fragrance oils and also how do i turn a recipe from a small amount “say a 40z jar” to a large amount to supply “6 2.3oz smaller jars” . i have tried looking for books but cant find the right one with a good explanation.

    I really love your recipe very in-depth and detailed. and some great scents choices.

  27. says: Sandie

    Just made this recipe. Quadrupled it and substituted 1/4 of the almond oil with argan oil. Didn’t chill long enough so put in freezer and VOILA! Now that it’s done, how can I add the arrowroot after the fact? Just a little greasy, but does soak right in.

  28. says: SuzyQ

    5 stars
    Hi Kristen!

    I make a similar recipe as a facial moisturizer that uses beeswax, but does not use any starches. It is “greasy” going on, but I let it sit on my face for about 10 minutes or so, I use that time to get my clothes out for the day and pack my lunch. Then I take a clean dry cotton washcloth and gently dab any remaining oil (if any) before I apply my make-up. I’m 57, so I use essential oils in my moisturizer, such as frankincense and lemon, that are known to help aging skin.

    I am excited about trying your body butter recipe! I do not plan to add the arrowroot but use my towel that I showered with to pat off any excess oil.

  29. says: Diymommy

    5 stars
    Hi!! I’m in love with your recipe! Haha I’ve been making it for a few weeks now, but just wondering how can I prevent it for completely melting during (really) hot days, thanks!

  30. says: Iman Shoaib

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin, thank you for sharing an amazing insight of formulating the body butter. My question is, I have a slight different ingredients how can I determine exact amount of each required in my body butter? also, can we add sweet almond and olive oil together?

    Many Thanks 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Iman, As long as you stick to butters and oils, I would use the grams provided to create your own blend. Yes, you can blend sweet almond and olive oil together, just cut the grams between the two.

  31. says: Ana

    Hi Kristin, I’ve actually been making my own butter following your recipe for about a year now, each time I mix a different essential oil, and I always add the arrowroot, but last night I fell asleep and left the thing in the fridge. The problem is that I had already mixed in both essential oils, (it hadn’t really reached a good solid state, but it had been already on the fridge -toddler acting out, not enough concentration.) so now I have this super solid thing. But my question is, since you say to only add the essential oils once the mix has been solidified a little and my guess the important part is cooled down, can I still try to melt it a little on a double broiler? thanks in advance!!

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Ana, I would just put the mixture out at room temperature. It may take a couple of hours but it should soften up so you can whip it. The essential oils are added last since hot liquid will cause the essential oils to evaporate. You could reheat it, but it will probably cause the essential oils to evaporate.

  32. says: Ana

    Thanks Kristin, I thought there had to be a reason to add them in the end. Anyway, I love your recipes and had the same issue with coconut oil not suiting me anymore. Great tips for everything. You’ve become sort of my guru!. Cheers from the UK!.

  33. says: Lisa

    Hi Kristin! Thank you so much for the recipe! I was wondering if you have any advice for the cooling/whipping phase? I used shea butter + almond oil for my recipe and whipped when it reached a soft (but not yet completely hard) texture in the fridge but I can’t seem to get it into a “butter” consistency. It’s mixing into a thick shampoo texture (so it’s runnier than it should be). Any advice on how to thicken this up?

      1. says: Lisa

        You’re right – it needed more fridge time! I put it back in for several hours (it was a LARGE batch) and it whipped up perfectly this morning. Thank you again so much – I love this recipe!

  34. says: Liz P

    Looking forward to making my first batch this week.are there any caveats for making larger batches… doubling or quadrupling the recipe? Also any tips for packing into small glass jars? Special tools or techniques? Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.

  35. says: Ioanna

    Hi luv! thanks for sharing this! Question: How do you know what a 1% dillution would be for the amount working with for addition of essential oil?

  36. says: Aurora

    5 stars
    Hi Kristin, I love your recipe, I am going to try it soon.. However, I do not have arrowroot powder, can I substitute it with rice powder? Also, can I use almond oil and carrot oil blend in my body butter? I am using Shea butter only, can an electric blender be used instead of hand mixer,, I do not have that too. Thanks

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Aurora!

      The best alternative would be cornstarch. Yes, those oils will work and yes you can use an electric blender!

      Thanks for commenting and rating!

      LS Team.

  37. says: Chloei

    Hi kristin! What should I add to this recipe to make it “pumpable”? I have a few empty pump bottles in my house and I was hoping I could use them for this body butter.

  38. says: wendy

    Hi Kristin,
    I want to try making my 1st batch of body butter this weekend. I got all the ingredients, but I have a couple questions –

    1. How much body butter does it yeild?
    2. Since the butter is hard in its jar, it’s not easy to measure 1/4 cup as is. I’m wondering if I should melt the butter in its container, and scoop out the amount specified on the recipe? Would the unused butter degrade in quality as it’s heated and reheated?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Wendy,

      This recipe yields 6oz.

      I wouldn’t recommend melting in the container. I haven’t tried it, if you use a spoon that can help with measuring.

      I hope this helps. If you have anymore questions, please ask!

      LS Team.

  39. says: Faith V.

    5 stars
    I have been making this for some time, and I absolutely love it! This have saved my skin this winter! I actually have it on my feet now with socks on, and I use it like a lotion all over my body.
    This recipe is so simple, customizable, and in the past I liked that I didn’t need a hand mixer to whip it because I did not have one at the time (although I see now why people whip it!) Anyways, I recently made some, but did not whip it, and it is difficult to get out of the container (because it is winter here), so I will whip it next time. But it is still dreamy, and heaven for my skin!

  40. says: Mary K

    Great recipe! This was my first attempt at homemade body butter and your page was really helpful and informative 🙂

    I used shea and cocoa butter with almond oil and am very happy with the results, but regret the decision to skip the arrowroot because it’s a bit greasier than I anticipated. I’m wondering if I can melt the batch back down and add the arrowroot, then let it cool and set again without ruining it?

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi Mary K,

      I haven’t tried it but you can try, I don’t see why it wouldn’t work but just try and not heat it too much.

      LS Team.

  41. says: christina kocienda

    ive been trying different recipes and came across this one which i am about to try but i had a question. i just purchased lavender butter. Can i use that instead of the mango butter?

  42. says: Renata

    5 stars
    This is such a great recipe!
    The man reason I searched for a homemade body butter recipe is because for christmas, I made for my friends homemade balm out of different oils, and there are some leftover cocoa, shea butter, almond oil and essential oil. Also I run out of my nourishing cream. I haven’t thought that I would be able to find a recipe including just those ingredients that I have at home, but now I am so happy I can use my oils, this way I don’t have to buy myself body butter. 🙂 Huge thanks!

  43. says: Jon

    5 stars

    Thanks for the step by step approach. I’m definitely giving it a go.

    May I know what one can do to prevent the butter from melting at room temperature or the oils separating please?


  44. says: Leigh

    I’m a newbie so I’m a little confused about how much essential oil to add. The recipe says 36 drops of essential oil but there is a note that mentions you do a 1% dilution. I’m not understanding what you mean by that. I want to make sure I do this correctly so it is safe to use on my skin. Is it 36 drops straight from the essential oil bottle or are you diluting it with something? Sorry, I don’t mean to sound like I’m stupid but I have never made my own bath and body products and the essential oil part is intimidating I’m scared to add the essential oils. I’m concerned that I may add too much essential oil and cause a skin irritation. Am I making this harder than it actually is??? (LOL) Your advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you! 🙂

    1. says: Kristin Marr

      Hey Leigh, Great question! Dilution can be tricky to figure out at first. This is drops from the EO bottle into the mixture. This is based on how much carrier oil you’re using (what the essential oil is being diluted with/in) and also how much of an essential oil is considered safe to use (some essential oils can be used at a higher or lower dilution percentage). The 36 drops is based on this recipe, so I just add a note to let people know how much this is (1% dilution rate). This post explains more about dilution:

  45. says: Rachael

    How many grams is 1/2 cup shea butter please? We don’t use cup measurements here in the UK. Thank you! Looking forward to trying this as my first homemade body butter!

  46. says: Mohurat

    Hi all,
    please need an advice, while I was making the body butter, after melting shea butter and coconut oil at the bottom of the bowl I saw lots of black dirts floating about, how can I filter the dirt out, the product cannot be used, before I started to make the product I washed everything throughly and let it dry. I believe the dirts is in the product itself like shea butter or coconut oil.
    Please advise many thanks …

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      Hi there,
      I’m not sure what the black dirt would be. I would contact the brand for the oil or butter and ask them what they think.

      LS Team

  47. says: Lydia

    5 stars
    When it says 42g of plant carrier oil does it mean since your using two oils 42g each or alltogether so 14g each if your using three oils

  48. says: Terry

    Hi there would you kindly send me your lip balm recipe please, i have made this many times and given it to many of my friends who keep asking for more, i have misplaced the lip balm recipe and cannot find it anywhere.
    Kind Regards Terry

  49. says: Lydia

    5 stars
    Hey again! Quick question since this is u.s measurement can I use the same measurements but uk version instead of converting them so for example it is 42g instead of finding out how many grams that would be in uk can I just use 42g in uk measurement or would that effect the batch sorry kinda over explained !

  50. says: hila

    hey. I have started prepping to make this recipe, only question I have is what volume is produced from the whipped product?
    I have a 230 ml container will that do?

  51. says: Henning

    Dear Kerstin. I have also read similar recipes and made a few myself. I also saw one where the use the shea butter without melting it. Only using a hand blender mixing the shea butter and carrier oils with tapioca powder snd then whisking in the essential oils. What are your thoughts about this method? Also, what would your recommended ratio of shea butter to carrier oil be? 80% shea to 20% oil? Thanks for all the tips.

    1. says: Chardea Singer

      You can try that—not melting the butter. Not sure how it will turn out. You can play around with the ratio that works best for you. The amounts provided in the recipe are what I like best.

      LS Team

  52. says: Henning Van Wyk

    Hi. I have been making besrd oils and facial serums for a while. I now expanded to bodybutters. Your advice and suggestions came in really handy. I mostly use shea butter as a base. But one issue is I cannot seem to get my mixture as fluffy and creamy like your pictures. Am I mixing too long or perhaps the wrong speed. I have one of those hand held mixers. Could you pleasy advise? Many thanks

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