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How To Make Luxurious Body Butter

Updated on June 9, 2011

Easy Ingredients

Easy to make personal care products

I have an inexpensive recipe for body butter that is an intense 24-hour moisturizer that is completely natural and will leave your skin softened and smoother. It’s great for guys or women, and you can tailor the scent to your particular preference.

I use simple ingredients that are reasonably accessible in local stores, and a few containers that run anywhere from 1.7 to 4 ounces. You can reuse old containers that have been sterilized in the dishwasher.

Body Butter

  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 3 ounces cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup of grapeseed, jojoba, almond or olive oil (choose your favorite)
  • 1 cup water, boiled
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oil of your choice – add several drops until it smells the way you like. I used a mixture of lemon, orange and jasmine.

Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter at very low heat in a double boiler or saucepan. If you have an electric stove, you should definitely use the double boiler. A microwave can also be used, heating the two ingredients for 1 minute in a glass bowl.

Add the one cup of water, oil and vitamin E. Stir with a clean plastic spoon, and add the essential oil of your choice.

Tip: you can create a wonderful essence by steeping a gardener’s bunch of rosemary, or a couple bags of spiced tea in the boiled water. Remove the tea or rosemary with a sieve before adding to the melted beeswax and cocoa butter mix. It’s heavenly!

Let the mixture cool somewhat until it begins to coagulate. You can pop it into the fridge or freezer to speed this up.

Once it is starting to set, whip the mixture with your tool of choice. An electric hand mixer, a stick blender, or – my favorite – the Magic Bullet mixer. The latter turns this body butter into a whipped, emulsified mixture that I spoon or scoop into wide mouth containers.

I’ve had fun playing with different scents and different containers. Alternatives to the original recipe include switching the beeswax to vegetable-based emulsifying wax, or adding more or less of the cocoa butter and oils.

It’s a lot like cooking – you’ll find your favorite style and method after making a few batches. Your friends and family will be happy to receive any extra portions.

Melting the beeswax and cocoa butter

Melt it s-l-o-w-l-y on low heat. You can also use the microwave.
Melt it s-l-o-w-l-y on low heat. You can also use the microwave.

Get ready for mixing!

Mixing Options

Mix the ingredients as they cool with an electric beater  ---
Mix the ingredients as they cool with an electric beater ---
The other option is to whip it with a Magic Bullet mixer.
The other option is to whip it with a Magic Bullet mixer.

The Results!

Scoop the results into your favorite jars and enjoy!
Scoop the results into your favorite jars and enjoy!


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      SteelerMummeh 2 years ago

      Oh my goodness I've read for ages that you simply cannot make butter in the method you describe!

      I'm delighted to say that clearly, that just isn't true - and I'm so thankful for your tips and instructions, and I'm off to create my own mix.

      Thank you :)

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      Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This looks interesting and easy to make, without all the ingredients that are hard to pronounce! I like that it is all natural. Thanks for sharing. I think I will try this.

      Voted up and interesting.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I'll have to try this recipe out. Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      I so want to make this. Thanks for creating the guide!

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      gingersmaltese 6 years ago from 27597

      Voted up! thanks for sharing!

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      c-bless 6 years ago

      I can smell the luxurious goodness!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Useful information. Thanks for share all the tips, include the step by step pictures. Well done, my friend. Rated up!


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      Lissette 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I love learning things like this. Thanks for the hub...

      I like to do the homemade thing for the holidays.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is great for me as I am always on the lookout for any home made soaps or creams, definitely bookmarked, thanks nell

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      GracieLake 6 years ago from Arizona

      PWalker281 - I'm glad that's working well for you! You've made some great points, and I've heard from others who also like Aveeno.

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      Hi Gracie! I remember as a kid being admonished not to use petroleum jelly (i.e., Vasoline) on dry skin because it makes our (African-American) skin "ashy." You were supposed to wet it first and then apply it. I was using coconut oil (which I read is supposed to be so good for you) for a while after my shower and I thought my skin was moist, but apparently not, because it made it very dry.

      The one lotion that I have used over the years that actually moisturizes my skin is Aveeno which, interestingly enough, as "petrolatum," several alcohols, as well as glycerin in it. Don't know why it works so well.

      I do appreciate your advice and will keep those ingredients in mind if I decide to change the lotion I'm using now.

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      GracieLake 6 years ago from Arizona

      PWalker281 - that's a good question. I met with the husband and wife owners of a skincare company - who told me how to get into "private label" products when I was considering whether to make this a business - and she said moisturizing was really about 'sealing in' moisture which is why water is always a big component with these mixes. If oils are problematic for you, then you might determine if all oils are the problem, or just the base from which they are made. For instance, almond oil is not good for someone with a nut allergy. Baby oil, because it's made from petroleum products, gives me a rash! You might do better with a mix that has lanolin (from wool) or vegetable-based glycerin, which is also known as Glycerol. These can be good substitutes in the basic mix for a homemade potion!

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      PWalker281 6 years ago

      A great recipe, although I find that oil-based products make my skin dry. Do you know why this might be, Gracie?

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      GracieLake 6 years ago from Arizona

      Thanks for stoppiing by! This mix also works well if you put it in little lip balm tins for keeping in your purse or in the car - it might have a tendency to melt in a really hot car, so keep that in mind! It seals in moisture really well.

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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Great idea. Now this is one I am bookmarking, and tweeting to share, for future reference

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      Charlotte B Plum 6 years ago

      I loved reading this, it is so inspiring! Thank you for posting this!