DIY Body Butter (Nutty, Chocolate Scent)
I’ve been a huge fan of DIY body butters from the moment I started to moisturize. They’re thick, they glide on the skin easily and I can scoop out what I need.
I’ve dabbled and tried dozens of different DIY body butters, so you’re lucky to find this nutty, chocolate version, it’s the only one you’ll need. It will work, it will set properly, and it will naturally hydrate and help heal your skin.
Essentially what you need to really be aware of to get your perfect body butter consistency is: using more beeswax will make a firmer product. If you want a lotion, pump style- use less beeswax. Less beeswax means your final product will be more runny, therefore perfect for a squeeze bottle. If you want a really thick butter, load-up on the beeswax like I do in this recipe.
This yummy DIY body butter can be used every day, all over your body after you shower or when your skin is thirsty. The product has a lifespan of approximately 6 months, so lube on up.
If you’re looking for an all-natural DIY body butter that will smell like synthetic strawberries or mountain rain, you’ll never find a healthy one. Strong perfumes are awful on skin, so I’ve for years played around with different organic scents (essential oils) that will serve your entire body well. So keep this in mind when you’re starting to frolic in the world of healthy beauty products. You will be limited with your scents, but when you really start to get to know the world of essential oils there are so many possibilities.
I love using no-fail scents like these ones: vanilla, jasmine, cardamom, lavender… I love rose essential oil too but it’ll cost you an arm and a leg.
Now let’s get started with this amazing recipe!
DIY BODY BUTTER INGREDIENTS:
- 4 tbsp beeswax
- 4 large tbsp cocoa butter
- ¾ cup shea butter
- ½ cup sweet almond oil
- ½ cup coconut oil (unrefined if you want coconut smell & refined if you don’t want coconut smell)
- 1 tsp vitamin E oil
OPTIONAL for scent:
- Prepare a double-boiler and set stove-top to medium heat.
- Melt the beeswax in double-boiler
- Add the shea butter, cocoa butter and melt
- Add sweet almond oil and coconut oil. Continue to heat for several minutes. There should be no chunks left, everything should be melted into a clear liquid.
- Pour the liquid into a glass or ceramic bowl (never use aluminum!)-
- Add the vitamin E oil and whatever essential oils you prefer- for the nutty, chocolate scent I use in this recipe- use 20 drops of vanilla essential oil and 3 drops of cardamom essential oil
- Whip together with a whisk and put it in the fridge to bring down the temperature.
- Every 5 minutes or so check on lotion, whisk it again and return to the fridge. This will go on for about 20 minutes until the liquid starts to firm-up. It will literally go from a clear liquid to a firm butter as it cools.
- Once it’s cooled and lost the clear consistency, remove it from the fridge, scrape the sides and keep whisking it (you can also opt to use an electric mixer but I’ve always just used a whisk)
- Whip it for at least 5 minutes, the longer you whip the butter, the fluffier it will feel in consistency. I love the fluffy feeling so I whip it for at least 10 minutes, constantly scrapping the sides of the bowl.
- Transfer to jars (mason jars from Canadian Tire are a sweet option)- use within 6 months before product expires.