DIY: How to make homemade body butter

Learn how to prepare this homemade lotion.

The body butter is a moisturizing cream made from natural products. One of these is cocoa butter, it is used for moisturizing purposes, recommended for dry skin since these tend to crack.

DIY: How to make homemade body butter

The lotion is made with water and oil (and possibly butter) so it’s light and silky smooth. Body butter, on the other hand, is made exclusively with butter(s) and oil(s), so it’s very thick. The final products are used in the same way, to moisturize the skin, but they’re made with different ingredients, using different methods.

1. 1. Butter 

Homemade body butter starts with..well, butter. We love shea butter, which is the perfect base butter since it’s soft and easy to work with. The homemade formula calls for a 1/4 cup of shea butter as the base butter.

main ingredient; butter

From there, it’s up to you to customize the body butter. You’ll need a total of 1/2 cup butter, so you can either double the shea (for a total of 1/2 cup) or mix the shea with a different butter: 1/4 cup of cocoa butter or 1/4 cup of mango butter.

  • Shea Butter: Shea butter comes from the “nut” (or pit) of the fruit found on the Karite Tree. It has a strong scent when it’s purchased in an unrefined state. We recommend using refined shea butter. Since shea butter is naturally soft, it can be used as the main ingredient in body butter, or it may be combined with another butter–cocoa or mango butter–to create a custom body butter.
  • Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter comes from the cocoa bean, so it smells like chocolate. Cocoa butter is hard, at room temperature, and it melts easily. You should always mix cocoa butter with others, otherwise the end product will be too solid to use. 
  • Mango Butter: Mango butter comes from the seed of mango fruit. It’s a soft butter, similar to shea butter, that can have a bit of a gritty texture before it’s melted down to create body butter. If you don’t want to use shea butter to make body butter, then mango butter is the best replacement. 

2. 2. Carrier Oil

Oil is the second main ingredient used to make body butter. 


The oil used is completely up to you. You can use sweet almond oil, coconut oil, jojoba or even olive oil.

3. 3. Optional Essential Oils

Adding a small amount of arrowroot flour/starch before pouring the oil into the melted butter(s) will make the end product less greasy.

Essential Oils

Finally, the essential oil may be added for scent and additional skincare benefits. You can use any essential oil you like, lavender or chamomile for a relaxing scent, peppermint or lemon for a more energizing boost. Be creative and try different ones until you find what's right for you. 

Source: Live Simply.

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