I've seen a lot of body butter recipes floating around lately, but a lot of them lacked simplicity. Then I found this body butter recipe from Elizabeth over at The Nourished Life that inspired me to try making my own! I wanted to make a body butter that could double as an after shaving cream that could provide some added protection against ingrown hairs, irritated skin, and act a gentle deodorant. This brought me to the some of the only ingredients I actually used on my skin at home (besides coconut oil): Progest E and essential oils.
- ½ cup coconut oil (like this)
- 6 tablespoons cocoa butter (like this)
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil (like this)
- Few drops of Progest E (optional)
- 15-20 drops of Melrose essential oil (you could use more, but at this strength, it was still very gentle to the most sensitive skin areas, including the face). If you have very sensitive skin, do a spot test first. Melrose essential oil tends to have a medicinal smell. If you don't like it, I suggest adding 15-20 drops of Lavender or Orange essential oil to your liking. I love the cocoa butter smell, so I didn't add anything additional. Because essential oils can be expensive, you may want to read this post on how to find them at wholesale prices.
- Melt cocoa butter in a glass container in the oven at a low temperature, or in a double boiler on the stove top. You just want it melted, not hot.
- When the butter has melted, remove from heat and stir in coconut oil, jojoba oil and combine (the coconut oil should melt solely by the temperature of the cocoa butter).
- Wait a few hours or overnight for the mixture to solidify at room temp. You could also speed this up in the fridge.
- Add solidified mixture to a Kitchen Aid mixer and whip on high for 6-10 minutes stopping to stir down the sides as needed.
- Add in your Melrose essential oil and mix one last time. (If you want, I would split the recipe in two at this point to test out two different body butter oil combinations).
This is such a decadent body butter! It's gentle enough for anywhere on the body, but will be especially helpful on shaven areas, underarms and feet. Feel free to add more Melrose essential oil if you need a stronger concentration, but be careful, a little bit goes a long way!
Do you make your own body butter at home? What is your favorite recipe?