Homemade Body Butter

I’ve been making my own personal care products for a number of years, but only recently started trying out body butter. After a couple of trial runs, I have perfected the recipe!

If you’re wondering why bother making your own, there are a few considerations:

  • You have complete control of the ingredients – which means no nasties! Read more about toxins in skin care here.
  • It’s a lot cheaper!
  • You can customise to your favourite scent.
  • Great gift idea for Christmas!
  • Place coconut oil and beeswax into a glass jar or jug (I use a Pyrex jug)
  • Fill a saucepan up with 5cm of water
  • Place jug inside saucepan and bring to the boil and then reduce to medium heat
  • Stirring regularly, melt the beeswax and coconut oil
  • Add shea butter and turn heat off (we want it to melt gently, but not heat)
  • Place jug inside fridge to cool for 15 minutes
  • Mix through jojoba oil and essential oils of choice
  • Using a whisk or egg beater, whip the mixture until colour lightens and becomes fluffy
Scent Combinations
  • I personally love a blend of lavender, frankincense and grapefruit
  • You can make a hormonal blend with clary sage, lavender and geranium
  • For a sense of grounding try frankincense, vetiver and ylang ylang

The recipe above nearly filled a 450ml jar, which is huge and lasts for ages because it’s so rich and creamy.

Depending on your choice of essential oils, the cost for this is between $15-$20.

If you are interested in making a larger quantity, I recommend buying 1kg of shea butter from ebay and buying a large jar of coconut oil. When buying ingredients in large quantities and use a recycled jar, you can reduce the cost price to about $12.


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