Body Butter Basics

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Body Butter Basics

Words: Danielle Williams
Photo Credit: Marie Rayma

Whipped body butter is luxurious any time of year. The butters and oils found in these types of recipes help restore damaged skin and heal dry, cracked areas. While you can buy these products at the store, they couldn’t be simpler to make at home, and they also make great homemade gifts. As a bonus, you can custom the scent by adding your favorite essential oils.

Mint Chocolate Body Butter

Mint Chocolate Body Butter

by Heidi Shayla of Mountain Rose Herbs from Willow And Sage Summer 2021

You Will Need

  • ½ cup organic refined shea butter
  • ½ cup organic roasted cocoa butter
  • ½ cup organic unrefined coconut oil/organic babassu oil
  • ½ cup organic rosehip seed oil
  • Double boiler
  • Handheld/Stand mixer
  • 2 tsp. vitamin E oil: non-GMO verified
  • ¾ tsp. organic spearmint essential oil
  • ¾ tsp. cocoa absolute
  • Spoon
  • Jars/Tins

To Make

Combine the shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut or babassu oil, and rosehip seed oil to the top of a double boiler. Gently heat and stir until the butters liquefy. Remove from the heat and set aside to allow the mixture to partially cool. To speed up this process, you can refrigerate the mixture. When the mixture is just beginning to solidify, whip it with a handheld or stand mixer until fluffy. Add the vitamin E oil and spearmint essential oil, and whip together. Add the cocoa absolute, and whip again to thoroughly blend and reach stiff peaks. Once stiff peaks have formed, spoon the butter into jars or tins.

Rose Whipped Body Butter

Rose Whipped Body Butter

by Rina Olivas from Willow And Sage Spring 2021

You Will Need

  • Double boiler
  • 115 g unrefined shea butter
  • 55 g unrefined organic coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vitamin E oil
  • Electric mixer
  • 1 tsp. arrowroot powder
  • 14 drops rose absolute essential oil
  • 8 drops patchouli essential oil
  • Jar: 8-oz.

To Make

In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E oil. Transfer to an electric mixer, and allow it to partially solidify, not fully harden. Add the arrowroot powder and rose and patchouli essential oils. Mix on high for five to seven minutes, or until the body butter becomes fluffy. Store in an 8-ounce jar.

Want more whipped body butter recipes? Check out our Willow and Sage magazine.

Danielle Williams is the managing editor for Willow and Sage, The Natural Home Issue, Mingle, and Art Quilting Studio. She lives with her growing family in Orange County, California.

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  1. I love the recipe for Mint Chocolate Body Butter. I will be changing the scent to lilac instead. Can’t wait to make for family, friends, and me.