This easy, non-greasy DIY whipped body butter recipe is perfect for nourishing and hydrating skin with wholesome ingredients you’ll love. This whipped body butter is made in less than 20 minutes, without heat. Easy, fast, and so good for your skin!
Several years ago my interest in natural products started growing. I tried many organic, all-natural lotions and body butters from various natural store outlets–many of them very expensive.
Then, a few months ago, I discovered that one of my favorite bloggers had a DIY body butter recipe. It was whipped and looked fluffy and luxurious in all the photos. It had essential oils in it for a natural fragrance. I only had to procure a handful of ingredients that were easy to order online in bulk. I made a large batch of it, and was disappointed when I realized how darn greasy the body butter was.
I really wanted to love this person’s recipe, but how could I continue using a DIY body butter that I didn’t truly love?
Fast forward to today, I am on my last jar of their homemade body butter and decided to set out on creating my very own DIY body butter recipe… the challenge? Making it without heat, non-greasy and affordable.
Stubborn and determined, I finally concocted a fluffy, non-greasy DIY whipped body butter recipe that I am now ready to share with you.
What’s all the fuss about “natural” ingredients?
In case you missed it, anything we come into contact with in our environment can have an affect on the body. How much, though? Well, that’s for the scientists to figure out. I am no scientist, but there is significant evidence from scientists and doctors that it’s important to be careful about what our body comes into contact with.
Toxins are everywhere, from the air we breathe to the food we eat to the products we clean with or use on our body daily. We will all come into contact with some toxins, there is no doubt about that.
My concern is with reducing the load of toxins that I come into contact with, for myself and the health of my family and home.
I refuse to drive myself crazy or cause unnecessary stress to my body (stress is one of the biggest contributing factors to illness and death) due to the fact that toxins exist virtually everywhere. I won’t become “that person” who is afraid of anything and everything mainstream because it may or may not contain toxins.
However, I do find it empowering to inform myself with evidence-based information that will drive my decision making when either buying or making products I use frequently. It just makes sense to quit using things that we know are hurting us, especially when they’re unnecessary. This is why I am committed to at least trying my best to use as many simple, wholesome products as I can.
Greasy vs non-greasy DIY body butters
So what is the secret to a non-greasy whipped body butter recipe? Believe me, I was constantly asking myself this question as I searched high and low for answers on how to make this happen.
It comes down to the carrier oils and other moisturizers used in a DIY body butter recipe. I see numerous, I mean countless, recipes calling for coconut oil. Probably because it is easy to find in a grocery store and has gained so much popularity in recent years. But coconut oil does NOT absorb well into the skin. It sits on top of the skin and creates that greasy feeling that can sometimes be felt even hours later.
Here is what I found when researching different carrier oils.
Many fruit seed oils (strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, kiwi)
Absorbs at medium rate
Hemp seed oil
Carrot seed oil
Macadamia nut oil
This list is not exhaustive–there are many other oils that can be used on the skin.
Using the above information, I decided to concoct a recipe that contained a fast-absorbing oil, along with shea butter and cornstarch, to moisturize the skin naturally.
Tips for Making DIY Body Butter
Cornstarch is a cheap, easy ingredient to use in your body butter to thicken it, fluff it up, and reduce greasiness. You could also use arrowroot or tapioca starch if you prefer.
Essential oils are optional in this recipe. Even though they are “natural” that doesn’t mean they pose zero risks. They can be inflammatory (yes, even when mixed with a carrier oil) for those of us who have sensitive skin. Especially if you have a skin disease such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, etc. If you prefer to leave the fragrance out, skip adding these to your recipe.
I recommend using this shea butter HERE which is 100% raw, pure, and unrefined. I like that it doesn’t come in a block and is scoopable. This makes it much easier to measure out. Its texture helps the body butter hold its shape while also being easy to whip up without heating it. (Most recipes require melting it with other ingredients and then cooling in the freezer, which takes too much time.)
Tools You Need
Immersion blender (this one HERE works great)
Measuring cups and spoons
Wide-mouth jars I use these HERE
Shea Butter – This moisturizer is perfect for skin because it doesn’t clog pores and absorbs fairly easily. It also firms up at room temperature which helps the body butter hold its fluffy shape instead of melting into an oil.
Grapeseed oil – This oil is highly moisturizing and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is also more affordable compared to other fast-absorbing oils. This helps thin out the shea butter to create a light, fluffy body butter that is easy to apply to skin.
Cornstarch – Cornstarch helps thicken the body butter and gives it a fluffier texture. It also helps reduce greasiness on application. Arrowroot or tapioca starch can also be used in place of cornstarch.
Essential oils of choice, optional – Use several drops of lavender, frankincense, or sandalwood on sensitive skin. If you’re more adventurous, be careful and research the oils first. Certain ones can irritate skin, especially if you’re in the sun.
How to Make DIY Body Butter – Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Add the shea butter and grapeseed oil to a mixing bowl.
Use an immersion blender to blend the mixture together.
Next mix the cornstarch and essential oils in.
Blend the mixture for a couple of minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
Spoon the body butter into clean wide-mouth jars, securing the lid firmly in place.
Store in a dry, cool area out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months. Be sure to use clean hands with each application to prevent bacteria from entering in the jar.
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Whipped Body Butter Recipe – DIY Body Butter
- immersion blender
- measuring cups and spoons
- mixing bowl
- 2 wide-mouth jars
- 1 cup shea butter 100% pure, unrefined, raw
- 1/2 cup grapeseed oil
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 15+ drops essential oils optional
- Add the shea butter and grapeseed oil to a mixing bowl.
- Use an immersion blender to blend the mixture together.
- Next mix the cornstarch and essential oils in.
- Blend the mixture for a couple of minutes, until it is light and fluffy.
- Spoon the body butter into clean wide-mouth jars, securing the lid firmly in place.
- Store in a dry, cool area out of direct sunlight for up to 6 months. Be sure to use clean hands with each application to prevent bacteria from entering in the jar.