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Whipped body butter is a real nourishing treat for your skin that you can easily make at home, making it a cost-effective alternative to store-bought body butters. It's made with a few simple ingredients, such as plant-based butters and carrier oils, and can be customized with your favorite essential oils.
In this article, we'll walk you through the recipe for whipped body butter and its benefits, as well as provide tips and tricks for making it the perfect consistency. So whether you're looking for a natural to nourish your skin or a unique homemade gift idea, this recipe is sure to be a hit.
How to Make DIY Whipped Body Butter
Making whipped body butter at home is a simple process that can be done with just a few ingredients, like plant-based butters, carrier oils, essential oils, and some basic kitchen tools.
Here's a list of kitchen tools that you'll need to make DIY whipped body butter:
- Double boiler for melting the oils and butters. This is, essentially, a kitchen tool that consists of two pots, one that fits inside the other; the upper pot will be used to melt the ingredients, and the lower pot will be filled with water and heated.
- Electric mixer is used to beat the mixture until it becomes light and fluffy. A stand mixer or a hand mixer will work.
- Measuring cups and spoons.
- Mixing bowl and spatula.
- Airtight container to store the whipped body butter.
So, gather all the tools, and let's get onto the fun part: the recipe!
Recipe for Whipped Body Butter
In today's recipe, we're using shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and a few drops of essential oil for the scent. This formula is perfect for dry skin during winter as it's pretty rich, so it may feel a bit greasy on the skin until it fully absorbs.
- 1 cup shea butter
- ½ cup coconut oil
- ⅓ cup sweet almond oil
- 10-15 drops chamomile essential oil (*optional)
- 15-20 drops lavender essential oil (*optional)
- Use the double boiler to melt the shea butter and coconut oil. Stir occasionally until the ingredients are completely melted and combined.
- Once melted, remove the bowl from the heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
- Add the sweet almond oil and essential oils (if using) to the bowl and mix well.
- Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 30-45 minutes or until the mixture starts to solidify around the edges.
- Use a hand or stand mixer to beat the blend until it becomes light and fluffy, about 5-7 minutes.
- Once the mixture has reached the desired consistency, pour it into an airtight container and store it in a dry, cool place.
Although the essential oils in this recipe are gentle on the skin, they can sometimes cause irritation, especially if your skin is sensitive and prone to acne. In that case, skip adding essential oils.
Also, this body butter can last for months as it's completely oil-based and doesn't need any preservatives. But you probably won't be able to resist it anyway and will use it up much sooner; so no worries about its shelf-life. You can store it in an airtight container at room temperature.
Tips and Tricks to Get a Perfect Consistency
To get that whipped, fluffy consistency, it's all about the temperature of the base oils and butters. So, here are a few hacks to get it just perfect:
If it doesn't whip: Make sure not to overheat the shea butter and coconut oil when melting them. Overheating can cause the mixture to become too oily and difficult to whip.
If it's too liquidy: If you find that your whipped body butter is too soft, try placing it in the refrigerator for a few minutes before whipping it again. This will firm it up and make it easier to work with.
If it's too hard: If your whipped body butter is too firm, on the other hand, try heating it up in a double boiler or in a microwave for a few seconds before whipping it again. This will make it easier to fluff it up and help you achieve the desired consistency.
If it's too greasy: As we already mentioned, our formula may feel a bit greasy. If you want to make it less greasy, use cocoa butter instead of coconut oil and add two tablespoons of arrowroot powder, corn starch, or tapioca starch.
If you want a different scent or formula: You can customize your whipped body butter recipe by experimenting with essential oils, butters, and carrier oils. We used lavender oil as it's pretty soothing to the skin and relaxing to the mind; plus, it has amazing skincare benefits. Other good options would be peppermint or lemon essential oil for a more refreshing and invigorating aroma. And it doesn't end there; you can also use entirely different or add other carrier oils, like jojoba oil or argan oil; as well as different plan-based butters, like cocoa butter, mango seed butter, or macadamia butter.
Benefits (Skincare and Otherwise) of Your Whipped Body Butter
There are quite a few perks of making your own all-natural body butter. Besides being a fun little DIY project, it's a perfect way to pamper yourself and your skin. Here's a summary of all the skincare benefits it offers:
Moisturizing and nourishing: Shea butter, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil make for a perfect combination for dry, irritated, and flaky skin, providing deep moisturization and hydration. Once you apply the mixture, it may feel a bit slippery – but your skin will absorb all that goodness pretty quickly and leave a soft silky feel. The natural oil blend also has emollient properties, softening and smoothing even the roughest patches on the skin.
Anti-aging: All the ingredients used in this recipe contain antioxidants that protect the skin from environmental damage and prevent premature aging.
Healing: Shea butter is known to heal damaged and irritated skin and can also reduce stretch marks and scars. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties, reducing redness and irritation.
3-in-1: This DIY body butter is a versatile skincare product that can be used as a moisturizer for your body, hands, and feet.
Besides being cost-effective and customizable, other non-skincare-related but still fantastic benefits of making your own whipped body butter would include:
- Gift idea: Poured in a cute jar with a personalized message, this body butter makes for a perfect homemade gift for friends and family, a wholesome way to show your love and care; and your loved ones will surely adore it.
- Control over ingredients: When making your own DIY skincare, you have complete control over the ingredients you use. You can choose the quality and purity of the ingredients, which can ensure that your final product is safe, effective, and healthy for your skin.
- Fun: Gathering ingredients, mixing them, and fluffing them up is undoubtedly a great way to relax and have fun (alone or with friends) while taking care of your skin.
How to Use Your Homemade Whipped Body Butter
As we mentioned above, this DIY body butter is a surprisingly versatile product and can be used in many ways. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate it into your beauty routine:
As a Moisturizer
After taking a shower or bath, apply a small amount of whipped body butter to your skin while it's still damp or slightly wet. This way, you'll lock in all that moisture and leave your skin feeling hydrated and soft. You can also use it to target dry or rough areas of the skin, such as elbows, knees, and heels.
Another great way to put it to use is to apply it instead of your massaging oil. First, warm it up by rubbing it between your palms and then apply it to the skin. Don't be afraid to use a bit thicker layer this time so that your fingers can glide easily across your skin while massaging.
As a Hair Mask
Besides being super moisturizing for your skin, this body butter doesn't lack on the hair benefits front as well. So, create a nourishing salvation for your damaged, frizzy hair strands by mixing the butter with egg yellow and honey (some like adding mayonnaise as well, but we haven't tried it yet). Apply several hours before washing your hair.
As a Lip Balm
The all-natural formula with healing and emollient ingredients is also excellent for taking care of your lips. A pea-size amount used several times a day, or as an overnight lip treatment, will moisturize and soothe dry or chapped lips.
As a Makeup Remover
This body butter is an excellent replacement for a cleansing balm, gentle but effective at removing makeup and everything else built up on your skin during the day, without stripping your face of its natural oils. Apply to dry skin, massage it gently to dissolve makeup, then remove it with a wet washcloth and seal the deal with your regular face cleanser.
So, if you're on the lookout for a versatile, all-natural DIY skincare product, give this whipped body butter recipe a go and treat your skin from head to toe. It's easily customizable, and you can experiment with a variety of ingredients until you get the formula and consistency you like.
However you choose to make it, it'll be an amazing nourishing bomb for your skin (and hair), and with just a few ingredients, you can create a luxurious but cost-effective natural body butter – making it a great gift idea for your loved ones too.
How to make whipped body butter?
To make whipped body butter, melt 1 cup of shea butter and half a cup of coconut oil. Cool for a bit, then add other carrier oils of your choice. Once cooled to room temperature, whip the mixture using a hand or stand mixer until it becomes light and fluffy.
Why is my whipped body butter not fluffy?
If your whipped body butter isn't fluffy, it may be due to not whipping it long enough or the mixture being too warm. Ensure it's cooled sufficiently and whip it for at least 5-10 minutes for optimal fluffiness.
How do you make whipped body butter less oily?
To make your whipped body butter less oily, reduce the amount of coconut oil and add more solid butters like shea or cocoa butter. You can also include a small amount of arrowroot powder or cornstarch to reduce the greasy feel.
Why is my whipped body butter so hard?
Your whipped body butter might be hard if the ratio of hard butters like cocoa or shea butter is too high, or if it's stored in a cool environment. Try increasing the proportion of softer oils, or gently warm it in your hands before application.