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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


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.



6 tablespoons shea butter

6 tablespoons shea nut oil

1 tablespoon jojoba oil, see notes

Optional: 20-30 drops essential oil of your choosing


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.


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

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