Whipped Body Butter Made with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Dry, cracked, and weathered skin? Soothe away the Winter skin blues with a whipped body butter made with only shea butter and coconut oil.
It never fails, living in Wisconsin during the Winter months, takes a toll on my family’s skin. I’ve been drenching my family and myself in coconut oil, but it just wasn’t getting the job done. The reality came to me when my husband said; “this isn’t working, I need something more.” (He was totally talking about the coconut oil and not our marriage). 😉
I’ve found that there is no such thing as lotions free from chemicals, fragrances, and synthetic properties – without spending my kid’s college fund to soothe our dry Wisconsin skin.
I’m all about using food as a healing source – not just in our diet but on our bodies as well. I headed to our pantry, and that is how this easy DIY whipped body butter was born.
More About Whipped Body Butter
This body butter is thick and creamy and will take a moment to ‘soak’ into your skin, which is perfect for those really callous spots on knees and elbows. Unlike lotions, body butter contains no water, so every inch of skin is hydrated immediately upon contact.
The moisturizing properties of the shea (or cacao butter) are what make this body butter work. Shea butter (and cacao butter) is known for its many healing characteristics and is used in a lot of natural products, including my homemade deodorant.
Depending on the types of products you use, your body butter may be darker or lighter compared to the photos throughout this blog post. This is totally normal, and it will work the same no matter the color.
P.S Homemade body butter makes a great gift!!
You’ll want to read this blog post in its entirety for more helpful tips and tricks you’d typically by-pass. Or, if you are feeling lucky, jump to the recipe below and get started!
Either way, I’d love to hear how your whipped body butter turned out, so please leave a comment and share it with your friends and family.
How to Make Whipped Body Butter Made with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Have your body feeling smooth with a safe body butter made from only ingredients found in your pantry.
1. In a medium saucepan, combine coconut oil, shea butter, and vanilla over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until ingredients have melted.
Tip: Shea butter can be swapped out with equal parts cacao butter or a combination of both (1/4 cup shea butter and 1/4 cup cacao butter).
2. Remove the saucepan from the burner and cool for 1 hour or until melted ingredients have become semi-solid. (Meaning you should be able to push your finger through while making an indent).
Tip: In a rush? Place your saucepan in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes or in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes or until semi-solid.
3. Next, take a hand mixer and whip ingredients on high for 1 to 2 minutes until fluffed and creamy.
Tip: Fold in 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oils if desired. I am personally am not a huge fan of scented things and love the naturalness of this product without them.
How to Store Whipped Body Butter Made with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
I store my body butter in a mason jar in my bathroom and use small glass containers for storing in my purse and van.
For longer storage, use a wooden stick or spoon for dipping into the body butter instead of using your fingers. Fingers carry bacteria that may spoil the body butter since it is made with food and contains zero preservatives.
If your house gets hot – especially in the Summer (over 76 degrees), it’s best to store the body butter in the refrigerator and remove a few minutes before application.
If following these rules, your body butter should last up to 6 months. 🙂
Essential Equipment for Making Whipped Body Butter Made with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Saucepan – This is the easiest method for melting the ingredients – make sure to use low heat!
More All-Natural DIY Home Products
Foaming Hand Soap – Clean your hands with clean ingredients.
All-Natural Deodorant – No parabens, aluminum, chemicals, or additives necessary for clean smelling pits!
Nut & Seed Body Scrub – Exfoliate with budget-friendly ingredients found in your pantry.
Staples for Making Whipped Body Butter Made with Shea Butter & Coconut Oil
Coconut Oil – I purchase Costco’s coconut oil, mainly because we use a lot of it, but any coconut oil will work!
Shea Butter – Shea butter is perfect for moisturizing dry skin and has many health benefits when it comes to acne and stretch marks.
Vanilla Extract – The vanilla in this body butter brings out the natural aromas of the shea (and cacao butter), but can be omitted or swapped out with your desired essential oils.
Whipped Body Butter
- Medium Saucepan
- Hand Mixer
- In a medium saucepan, combine coconut oil, shea butter, and vanilla over low heat for 3 to 5 minutes or until ingredients have melted.
- Remove the saucepan from the burner and cool for 1 hour or until melted ingredients have become semi-solid (meaning you should be able to push your finger through while making an indent).
- Next, take a hand mixer and whip ingredients on high for 1 to 2 minutes until fluffed and creamy.
Not intended for consumption.