Whipped Body Butter

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Like buttercream frosting for the skin, this Whipped Body Butter is so easy to make! It’s just 3 ingredients and you can customize it to your preference using your favorite essential oil. The shea butter combined with the shea oil makes the perfect deep moisturizer, nourishing to keep your skin super smooth.

Whipped Body Butter in a glass jar with a white flower in front and petals around it.

This basic homemade Whipped Body Butter is one of those recipes you need on hand at all times. It’s the best thing I’ve ever used to keep my skin super smooth, even during the dry winter months.

I also kept this recipe super simple with just 3 ingredients. However you can add your favorite essential oil to customize the scent however you’d like. Also be sure to check out the option to make this with just 2 ingredients.

Straight down view of Whipped Body Butter in a glass jar with a white flower and petals on the side.

Shea butter combined together with shea oil make the best textured body butter. I truly wasn’t exaggerating above when I said it’s like buttercream frosting for the skin!

Whipped Body Butter Recipe Ingredients

Measured out shea butter, shea oil, and jojoba oil on a wooden cutting board.
  • Shea butter – combined with shea oil makes the best textured whipped body butter. I have tried cacao butter but the texture isn’t nearly as fluffy.
  • Shea oil – adds just the right amount of smoothness to the more solid shea butter. The two together create a silky smooth body butter.
  • Jojoba oil – I love to use vanilla jojoba oil which is vanilla essential oil in jojoba oil as a carrier oil. You can also use regular jojoba oil or substitute with shea oil. You can also use any carrier oil you’d like such as sweet almond oil. Avocado oil also works and is a nice source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
Shea butter and shea oil in a small saucepan.

Step 1: Start by melting the shea butter together with the shea oil over low heat in a small sauce pan.

Melted shea butter and shea oil in a small saucepan.

Step 2: When the shea butter is completely melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the jojoba oil.

Note: If you’d like to add essential oil, stir in drops until it smells the way you’d like during this step. 20-30 drops usually does the trick!

Chilling the body butter mixture over an ice bath.

Step 3: Next chill the body butter mixture stirring constantly over an ice bath. Chill a mixer bowl in the fridge at the same time.

You will see the body butter begin to thicken as you stir it over the ice. Be careful not to chill it too much or it will begin to harden into lumps.

The safest option is to let it cool to room temperature naturally. But if you’re in a hurry like me, just stir it constantly until it becomes opaque.

If for any reason the shea butter becomes grainy, simply remelt it and let it cool to room temperature before trying to whip it.

The chilled body butter being added to the mixing bowl.

Step 4: Next transfer the chilled body butter into the chilled mixer bowl.

The finished whipped body butter in a mixing bowl.

Step 5: Whip the body butter until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes with the whisk attachment.

Important Note: if the body butter isn’t getting fluffy, chill it in the refrigerator for another 15 minutes, then try mixing it again. Repeat as necessary until it fluffs up!

Whipped Body Butter and a glass jar with a grey linen in the background.

Step 6: Transfer the finished body butter to a clean container and store in a dark place. Use within 3 months.

FAQ’s

How do I get fluffy body butter?

You want to use the exact ingredients in the recipe for the fluffiest texture, and beat it with the whisk attachment of an electric mixer. If it’s not fluffing up, it needs to be refrigerated a bit more.

How to avoid grainy shea butter?

Combing the shea butter with shea oil keeps it from getting grainy. Also allow the body butter to chill on it’s own to room temperature for the best stability.

Can I use this body butter on my face?

Yes but do be careful about adding any essential oils. To be on the safe side I wouldn’t add any kind of essential oils at all, and steer clear of citrus essential oils which can be irritating to some. Also this is very moisturizing. I have oily skin, but still love to use this on my face in the evening. I’ve found it to be perfect for wrinkle prone areas of skin!

Why is my body butter greasy?

This body butter is very fluffy at room temperature but will melt into pure oil on your skin. You want to apply it lightly and give it time to sink in. If your room temperature gets too high the body butter may melt.

Close view of Whipped Body Butter in a glass jar.

Tips & Tricks

  • I don’t use preservatives and this lasts for at least 3 months. One way to keep homemade body products from spoiling is to keep you hands out of them. Try spooning out some body butter rather than scooping it out with your fingers.
  • Try making a bigger batch and give jars of this body butter away as a gift.
  • Add essential oil just until it smells good to you! For some oils like citrus, 20-30 drops works well. For stronger oils, less is better. Try adding some drops lavender essential oil just until it smells right to you. Peppermint essential oil is another one where a little goes a long ways!

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I really hope you enjoy this Whipped Body Butter! It’s my go-to to keep my skin smooth all year round, but especially in the winter months. If you do get a chance to make it, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Whipped Body Butter and a glass jar with a grey linen in the background.

Whipped Body Butter


  • Author: Kari Peters
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup body butter 1x

Description

Like buttercream frosting for the skin, this Whipped Body Butter is so easy to make! It’s just 3 ingredients and you can customize it to your preference using your favorite essential oil. The shea butter combined with the shea oil makes the perfect deep moisturizer, nourishing to keep your skin super smooth.


Ingredients

Scale

6 tablespoons shea butter

6 tablespoons shea nut oil

1 tablespoon jojoba oil, see notes

Optional: 20-30 drops essential oil of your choosing


Instructions

Melt the shea butter and shea nut oil in a small pot over low heat until the mixture is liquid oil, but not hot.

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the jojoba oil and drops of essential oil if desired.

Allow the liquid body butter to cool to room temperature. Or you can place it over an ice bath and stir constantly until it turns opaque.

Be careful not to over-chill it or you will get lumps. If this happens just let it sit at room temperature for a couple hours.

When the body butter is no longer clear and has begun to set, refrigerate a mixing bowl for 10 minutes. Then place the body butter into the mixing bowl and using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat until fluffy.

If the body butter mixture isn’t getting fluffy enough, it should have the consistency of buttercream frosting, chill it in the fridge again for 15 minutes. Then beat again until it’s white and fluffy. 

Transfer the finished body butter to a glass storage and use within 3 months. The shelf life of this body butter is best when it’s stored in a cool dark place like on a shelf in a cupboard, or in a drawer.

Notes

I like to use vanilla jojoba oil which is vanilla essential oil in jojoba as a carrier oil. It adds a wonderful scent to this lotion much like a buttercream frosting. You can also omit the jojoba oil, and use sweet almond oil or avocado oil, or just use 1 additional tablespoon of shea nut oil making this just 2 ingredients!

You can use any essential oil you’d like to scent this Whipped Body Butter. I use 20-30 drops, but customize to the amount of scent you’d like. Citrus oils are nice if you don’t use this one your face, like lemon, lime, and orange or bergomot as well. Lavender essential oil or even a small amount of peppermint are all nice.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Category: DIY
  • Method: Mixer

Keywords: Body Butter Recipe, Body Butter Recipe with Shea Butter, Best Whipped Body Butter Recipe

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