I posted this recipe almost 3 years ago, and it’s still my favorite body butter, (I often use it in place of lotion during the really cold, dry months). Usually body butters take forever to sink in and leave my skin semi oily, but this body butter absorbs quickly and leaves my skin super soft.
I’ve updated the photos for this post because it’s hard to get excited about a recipe when the photos are less than optimal, (and oh my word, the old ones were definitely a trip down memory lane to when I could barely use a point and shoot much less a DLSR). The recipe remains the same, even after making this many times, I’ve never altered it. I’ve also added a bit more to the description for how to make this body butter (but I left the rest of the post as it was originally). So I hope you’ll enjoy one of my all time favorite recipes, and you’ll certainly enjoy super soft skin if you make this body butter!
My good habit of using my pumice stone everyday to maintain soft feet, disappeared somewhere over the course of the winter. Well…., it’s spring and I just got my sandals out so it’s time to take action. The pumice stone is once again in use, and Lemon Cream Body Butter is fixing all my winter skin blues.
It’s really nice to have something extra moisturizing, and this really fits the bill. Also, it smells so good that I want to eat it. This body butter is particularly good for softening dry or scaly skin and restoring it to softness again. I find that my hands, elbows, and feet need a little extra care throughout the seasons, and a regular lotion just isn’t enough. Enter body butter. Lately I’ve started using it as a cuticle cream as well, and it’s been working great.
I used lemon essential oil, but any citrus oil smells wonderful, as does vanilla. I buy my cocoa butter at a local health food store because it’s the easiest place to find it other than online shopping.
You want to melt the ingredients over low heat until just warm. If you get the ingredients too warm you can destroy some of their beneficial properties.
This body butter becomes fully solidified after 24 hours, but I like to speed up the process by placing it over an ice water bath and stirring until it firms up. Don’t worry if you come back to it in a few hours and it looks a little softer, it will become stable after 24 hours, although it does melt if the room temperature gets too high.
This is definitely a luxurious body butter, it feels like buttercream frosting, and I haven’t found anything else that softens my skin quite like this does.
This body butter doesn’t have any beeswax in it, so it melts as it comes in contact with your skin. I find that it absorbs into my skin way better than the ones that I’ve tried made with beeswax.
Note: coconut oil melts at about 76 degrees Fahrenheit, so this body butter will become liquid if your room temperature is a little warmer.
Update: the temperature in our house has fluctuated a lot as the outside temperatures get warmer, and my body butter has melted a couple of times now. You can remix it with a fork to make it fluffy again or just use it a little firmer. Either way, it works the same. If you want it to remain stable, you can experiment with adding 2 Tablespoon of beeswax instead of the cacao butter. I like mine without wax because it absorbs better into my skin!Print
- 6 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1/4 cup cocoa butter
- 1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
- 1/4 Teaspoon lemon essential oil
- Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Over low heat, warm until just melted.
- Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil.
- Cool until the mixture solidifies, (a few hours at room temperature). Stir the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer to a clean container with a lid.
To speed up the cooling process, you can place the body butter over an ice bath and stir vigorously until it goes from melted to firm and fluffy.