How to Make Homemade Body Butter: Recipe With Shea Butter

Recover and refresh your dry skin with this easy-to-make four-ingredient homemade body butter.

October 4, 2021 4 minutes read
Woman applying homemade body butter to her legs

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Harsh and cold winter winds, as well as the blazing sun during the summer months, can leave your skin stripped of moisture. That's why it needs some extra love and care from time to time. So, to keep your skin soft and smooth, try this nourishing homemade body butter you can quickly whip up in your kitchen.

It's effortless to make and will recover even the driest parts of your body, like elbows, knees, and feet. All you'll need are four ingredients you can get online or at your local health store. And, of course, a couple of kitchen utensils.

So, let's make it!

How to Make DIY Body Butter

Making your own skincare will require a bit more time than just buying it. However, every minute invested in this little project will be worth it. We promise! Plus, it'll be a lot of fun.

Quick and Easy Recipe for Body Butter

diy body butter with ingredients

If you have dry and tight skin, this whipped and fluffy body butter is everything you need. It's perfect for recovering your skin during winter but also summer after long hours spent in the sun and heat.

You'll need

  • 1 cup Shea butter
  • 1 cup cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerin


  1. Put shea butter and coconut oil in a small bowl and place it on a stove.
  2. Warm up the mixture at medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they nicely blend;
  3. Once the blend is melted together, place the bowl in a fridge and leave until it sets up a bit, but don't let it get completely hardened.
  4. Add jojoba oil and vegetable glycerin to the mix.
  5. Using a mixer, either stand up mixer or hand mixer (whatever you have at hand), whip all the ingredients together until you get a creamy and slightly foamy consistency.
  6. Pour the mixture into airtight jars or other containers, and keep them refrigerated.

And voila, your body butter is ready! You can apply it daily in the mornings and evenings or whenever you feel like your skin needs some hydration boost and extra nourishment. It's best to apply it on damp skin to lock all that moisture in.

Additionally, this homemade body butter can be an ideal gift for ladies (and gents) dear to you. Package it in a cute jar with a bow and a personalized message. Delight and joy guaranteed!

diy glass jar with personalized message

Benefits of the Ingredients We Used

This fluffy DIY body butter will be thicker than your usual lotions and creams. It means it will take a bit longer until your skin absorbs it – about 10 minutes. But while doing so, it will completely soften and hydrate even the driest areas on your skin, such as your elbows and feet.

All the ingredients we used are rich in nutrients and moisturizing components, and studies show these are incredibly beneficial for skin when applied topically.

Benefits of Shea Butter

shea butter in a glass jar

Packed with fatty acids and vitamins A and E, shea butter has exceptional hydrating, antioxidant, and anti-aging properties. It stimulates collagen production and improves skin elasticity. Additionally, it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it an ideal cosmetic ingredient for both dry and oily skin.

Benefits of Coconut Oil

coconuts and raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is a very powerful occlusive ingredient, trapping the moisture in the skin and keeping it hydrated and supple. Like shea butter, coconut oil can also repair signs of aging as it protects and bolsters the skin's natural barrier and increases collagen production. In addition, with its anti-inflammatory properties, it's very beneficial for irritated skin.

Although it can aid the skin in many ways, you should try to avoid applying it to your face if you have oily skin prone to acne. Because it's highly occlusive, it can have comedogenic effects, which means it can potentially clog your pores and exacerbate acne. So, keep this amazing oil for body use only.

Benefits of Jojoba Oil

jojoba seeds and jojoba oil

Full of antioxidants, such as vitamin B complex and vitamin E, jojoba oil has remarkable soothing and healing properties. It can help reduce dryness and eczema-induced redness and irritation, making the skin feel comfortable and calm again. Additionally, it's highly absorbent and doesn't leave the skin greasy, making it suitable for oily skin as well.

Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil may also reduce signs of aging, help heal sunburns, minimize scarring, and keep acne at bay.

Benefits of Vegetable Glycerin

vegetable glycerin texture and smudge

Vegetable glycerin is usually derived from coconut oil, palm oil, or soy. It's an unscented, colorless, and transparent liquid with a viscous texture. When applied to the skin, it has moisturizing properties, locking the moisture in and making the skin smooth, soft, and plump.

Additionally, vegetable glycerin can soothe and heal inflamed and wounded skin due to its antimicrobial properties. Therefore, it may be highly beneficial for treating dry and itchy skin and sunburns. It can also repair sun damage and maintain the skin's elasticity.

To Wrap Up

This homemade body butter may appear a bit heavy and greasy in texture. Plus, don't be surprised if it starts melting onto your skin the second you apply it. But in a matter of minutes, your skin will thoroughly soak it up, and it will feel velvety and soft, not the least bit greasy.

Since we added the vegetable glycerin, a natural preservative, you can use this DIY body butter for about six to eight months (although we doubt you'll manage to resist using it up sooner). Just in case, use a teaspoon or a spatula to take it out of the jar to make sure you don't contaminate it and keep it good to use for as long as possible.


How do you make homemade body butter?

It's pretty easy. You'll need 1 cup Shea butter, 1 cup cold-pressed coconut oil or any other oil you like, and two tablespoons vegetable glycerin. Melt the butter and coconut oil, then place the mixture in the fridge to cool for a short while. Add other ingredients, and whisk everything with a mixer.

Why is my homemade body butter so greasy?

If you're using shea butter and coconut oil to make your body butter, it will undoubtedly be a bit greasy and melt on your skin as both ingredients are pretty rich. That's why you need to give your skin some time to properly absorb it.

Why is my body butter not whipping?

First, you need to melt shea butter and coconut oil together, and then put the mixture into the fridge and chill it, but don't let it completely harden. If your body butter is not whipping, chill the mixture in the refrigerator for a bit longer.

How do you make body butter as a gift?

Mix shea butter with coconut oil, jojoba oil, and vegetable glycerin. Mix all the ingredients with a mixer to get a whipped consistency. Then package it in a cute jar with a personalized message.

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