before i start this post, i will say please do not put this on your face. it has a high comedogenic rating, but it’s great post-shower during cold months when your skin needs help staying moisturized.
here is a body butter that is purchase-worthy, but easy enough to make in your own home. it’s a true THICK whipped butter product.
this body butter works best if applied on damp skin from shoulders to toes, like after a shower. PS – it also dupes as a bomb hair butter, so you can also run the tiniest, tiniest bit through the ends of your hair, if it needs some cold weather repair.
body butters, depending on the types of butters and oils use, range in ratios from 70% butters/30% oils to 50/50.
as with any of my recipes, you can use your favorite carrier oils in place of the 2 carrier oils that i’ve chosen. if you also choose to substitute the butters, i can’t promise consistency or recipe ratios. please share your versions if you do!
pic: VegaVert / RECIPE MINE
- deeply moisturizng emollient
- antioxidant and revitalizing, leaving a glow
- rich in omega-9 and vitamins C and A
- soft and nourishing emollient
- high water absorption capacity, protecting skin from moisture loss and restoring skin elasticity
- rich in phytosterols, making it anti-inflammatory
- rich in fatty acids omega-3 and -6, and vitamins C and A
- healing and moisturizing, improving the overall look and feel of your skin
- absorbs instantly; completely non-greasy, “dry” oil
- rich in omega-6 and -9
hemp seed oil
- deeply healing and moisturizing
- absorbs quickly
- suitable for sensitive skin
- contains omega-3/6/9
this recipe makes 6 ounces.
- 2 ounces mango butter
- 1 ounce cupuacu butter
- 2 ounces marula oil
- 1 ounce hemp seed oil
in a double boiler, slightly heat the two butters until liquid. remove from heat. add marula and hempseed oils and stir with a spoon, and then allow the oils to cool. once closer to room temperature, blend with a hand mixer until whipped and smooth. if you want to add essential oils, now is the time. try starting with 6 to 8 drops, increasing little by little if you need to. the end result will look like a thick body butter lotion-type product.
store in an airtight jar, away from direct light and heat.
use sparingly after a shower on damp skin and hair, making sure to avoid the face and neck area.
WHERE TO BUY
here are some links to help you source the ingredients. none are affiliates. i gain nothing; the links are only provided to help guide you.
it’s more cost-effective to buy double what’s needed, but the links provided are for 1 body butter mix (except for the hemp, because 4 ounces is the smallest they carry).
- mango butter – 2 ounces for $8
- cupuacu butter – 1 ounce for $4
- marula oil – 2 ounces for $11
- hemp seed oil – 4 ounces for $11
- 200 mL sturdy glass containers – 1 for $19; this has a really wide opening, best for scooping out of; can be reused many times
- if you get the 3 pack for $39, you get a free 15 mL screw top jar, perfect for traveling or another DIY. this is just on their website banner in plain sight – it has literally nothing to do with me nor do i benefit from your purchase.
- here’s a 100 mL option. it’s technically 3.38 ounces, but i won’t tell you to just put a blank sticker label on it saying 3.28 ounces and take it through airport security… because that would be wrong… and i’ve definitely never done that…
- 1st 6 ounce finished product – $41
- after 1st 6 ounce finished product, when the cost of the jar is no longer allocated – $22
if you want to purchase a body butter, 100% Pure sells some ‘okay’ ones in 3.4 ounce containers (half the size of your DIY) for $26.
looks pretty good to me from all sides! what do you think?
do you have any favorite butter d.i.y’s or ‘buys’? please share with our community!