How to make luxurious body butter with just three ingredients

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My biggest advice for someone who is trying to switch over to a more natural, healthy lifestyle is to just do a little at a time, and I follow my own advice. I think it is the key to sustaining changes in the future.

Now that it doesn’t feel like such a struggle to buy, cook and eat naturally, I’m starting to take aim at other areas in my life. My new goals? Switching over the health and beauty products I’m using to more natural alternatives. Our skin is our largest organ, right? So, why would we want to gunk it up with a bunch of junk? I’ll admit my cabinets have been filled with Bath and Body Works lotion. It’s my weakness, but after I checked out the ingredient list (and realized I didn’t know what nearly anything was), I decided to end the love affair. Seriously, check this out:


That’s why this rich and creamy body butter was one of my first projects, and I have to say I AM IN LOVE with this stuff! It is light, fluffy and leaves my chapped winter skin feeling silky, smooth and moisturized. I don’t think I will ever buy lotion again.

This body butter is made from just three ingredients: coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oil. That’s it. No chemicals or unpronounceable, unidentifiable ingredients.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve surely heard by now how great coconut oil is for just about everything in the world. At the top of the list of beneficial uses is skincare. It seeps in through your skin to provide a deep, soothing moisture, great for dry winter skin.

Cocoa butter, which is full of antioxidants and provides deep hydration, is also a great for the skin and provides a chocolate scent.
The sssential oil gives the body butter a great scent, and depending on which oil you use, it can contain some beneficial properties as well. If you use peppermint essential oil, it leaves your skin with a cooling sensation and mixed with the cocoa butter smells amazingly like mint chocolate chip ice cream or peppermint patties. If you use orange essential oil, you get an amazing chocolate citrus scent. They both smell SO good!

Here’s how it’s made:


1 cup organic coconut oil

1 cup organic cocoa butter

essential oil of you choice


Note: I bought my organic coconut oil and organic cocoa butter at Coconut oil is readily available at many grocery stores, but I haven’t found cocoa butter anywhere locally. If you are in a larger city, you may be able to track some down.

1. Measure out one cup of coconut oil and one cup of cocoa butter. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, the coconut oil will probably be in a soft solid state similar to the consistency of Crisco. The cocoa butter on the other hand is more solid. I usually take a butter knife and hack at the cocoa butter container until I get enough chunks to fill the measuring cup. It’s a great way to take out your frustrations from the week!



2. Put the coconut oil and cocoa butter into a small to medium saucepan on medium heat. Melt the contents until completely liquid, and there are no longer any chunks. It usually takes 4-5 minutes.




3. Transfer to a mixing bowl and refrigerate until the liquid becomes a soft solid again. This took about a few hours for me, but I’m sure all refrigerators are different.



4. Add your essential oil to your liking. For this batch,Β  I used two cap-fulls of peppermint, first distill, from my essential oil sampler pack I ordered from

5. Mix until light and fluffy, similar to whipped cream consistency. This took me about 10 minutes on a high setting on my Kitchenaid stand mixer.


6. Transfer to a jar, and enjoy. That’s it!

Note: Because the body butter is made partially from coconut oil, you’ll want to store it at a comfortable room temperature. If it’s too cold, it’ll become pretty solid, and if it’s too warm it’ll turn to liquid. If it happens,Β  no problem, just transfer it to a more temperate area.

I made a few jars up for Christmas gifts for friends and family, the last of which finally was finally delivered yesterday to the wonderful foreign exchange students I oversee throughout the year. Our scheduled December sleepover and German Christmas party had to be cancelled because of ice and snow, so we met back up on Saturday and had a late Christmas party. We exchanged giftsΒ  and Henrie, our German girl, cooked up a huge German feast. It was a blast!
For their gifts, I transferred the body butter to a couple of jelly jars and just added some scrapbook paper, puffy letters for their initials and some leather string with a pine cone attached. I think they turned out really cute!


The Chicken Chick


108 thoughts on “How to make luxurious body butter with just three ingredients

  1. How awesome! I love how light and fluffy it gets when you mix the ingredients together. I’m like you and trying to slowly move toward better skin care products. It can be overwhelming if you try to change everything at once, so focusing one product at a time is much better. Your body butter looks so pretty all packaged up for gifts as well! Great job πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, Tammy! You’re absolutely right that slow and steady changes keeps everything from being overwhelming. It’s what I’m trying to do now (although choosing between bees and ducks as the next project is making it difficult!)

  2. I think this looks just wonderful! It’s something I’d definitely want to try, if only I had the Kitchenaid stand mixer to whip it up — oops, should have bought the one you offered for sale. 😦 Wonder if my very old portable mixer would do the trick??? I love you detailed tutorial, Jessi — keep these coming. πŸ™‚

    • Haha… With all the wonderful cooking you do, Janet, I was sure you had invested in a Kitchenaid. πŸ™‚ I think a hand mixer would work just fine, as long as you can hang with it for ten minutes or so without your arm falling off. Let me know if you try it out. I’m curious if it would whip faster, slower or in about the same time.

    • A blender also works great. I’ve used it before, even for whipped laundry detergent. The nice thing is, the neck of the large canning jars fits perfectly on the blade so you can mix it in the same container you’ll store it in.

  3. I have two kids with eczema and I was wondering if you knew how it worked in that regards? I love the idea of making my own as we go through a ton of lotion. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi, Kristin. Glad you stopped by. The coconut oil and cocoa butter are known as great natural relievers of eczema, so I think it would work beautifully. The only thing I’m not sure about is the essential oil. You might look into it, but if it isn’t good for eczema, you can always just omit it. The lotion will then just have a faint chocolate/coconut scent. Good luck!

      • Great idea, thanks for sharing! Kirstin, for your kids you can add 1 cap of natural Aloe Vera cream or lotion to the cocoa butter/oil mix. Aloe Vera is really great for any injures/illnesses on skin, even for injures in the mouth, I’ve tried it several times, it’s guaranteed!
        Anyway, since 1 year I do mix my face lotion myself. Here is my recipe: 1 cup of Aloe Vera Cream (100% natural), 1 cup of snail slime cream, 1 cup of cocoa oil. I only put a little jar of it into the bathroom, the rest is in the fridge, so you can keep it that way for a year or longer, without any chemicals, however, it has no scent, but I do love perfume! This way I can choose any perfume I’d like to every day.

  4. Just wondering if you know of anything to use in place of the cocoa butter? I am obsessed with lavender scent and don’t think it would mesh with the cocoa.

    • Hi, April! I’ve been meaning to experiment with some shea butter that I have on hand, but I haven’t had time lately. I think it would work really well with the lavender. You can also just whip coconut oil, although it is very finicky to stay in a solid state, so it may melt or get hard easier than if it were mixed with something else. Let me know how it works if you try it. πŸ™‚

    • I’ve had mine in my bathroom at room temperature (around 68-72 degrees), and it hasn’t separated for me. If it was warmer in your home, it’s possible that it could separate. Good luck. You’ll love it!

  5. I have all my ingredients but I wasn’t sure how much this makes once it gets all fluffed up. Can’t wait to start but wanted to make sure I have enough jars πŸ™‚

  6. This looks heavenly! I, too, am trying to switch to natural lotions/beauty products. I love how versatile coconut oil is. However, I feel that it just sits on top of my skin and feels oily. So I bought some shea butter in hopes of “creaming” it up a bit. I haven’t tried it yet. Can you replace the cocoa butter for shea?

  7. I have used shea butter as well as Mango and/or Aloe butter and added various essential oils. Love lavender and it works very well with the shea butter…none of the eo’s have separated on me. One of my favourite eo’s to use in body lotion/butter is ginger.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have been using just straight coconut oil and I love essential oils, so i am looking forward to trying this! Thanks again!

  10. Not sure if you still check the comments on this thread. Is the cocoa butter smell like the cocoa butter in the store? I cannot stand the way those smell.

    • It’s not quite the same scent as the store, but it does put off a slight cocoa-chocolatey scent. You might look for some in a natural store and smell it to see if you like it.

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  12. hi there, i was just wondering if there is an alternative to cocoa butter, simply as i have none to hand, and i saw you said above that it may not work if you just whip coconut oil on its own. any answers would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

  13. Made my first batch of body butter last weekend. Tried this recipe and one other that used shea butter. The Shea formula came out creamy but didn’t whip up as well as this one did. Having to make more today due to raves from friends and family. Used orange & peppermint and added in a little lavender as well today. Absolutely love this recipe! Thank you.

  14. I’ve tried this recipe with the exception of the essential oils. The ones I chose were different … But when I made mine I found the whipped consistancy changed by the end if the day to more of a balm. Any thoughts on why is doesn’t stay nice and whipped and did you run into this problem also? I still use it … As a facial moisturizer and I’ve found it’s amazing for taking off eye make up.

  15. I made this but it came out very greasy/oily. It looks great in the bowl but as soon as it hits skin it gets oily like you have melted butter on your hand. Am I doing something wrong?

    • I think it’s probably right. At first it does “melt” onto the skin and has a texture that you could say was oily/greasy, but it soaks in pretty quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft. The oily texture completely goes away. Also, a little goes a long way, so you might be putting a bit too much on at a time.

  16. I made this with shea butter and a hand mixer. I love it! It is kind of a pain with the hand mixer but well worth it. soooo soft!!!

  17. Great X-mas idea! I have 2 questions. 1, did you use UN-refined or refined coconut oil?? 2, can i use regular beaters with my old mixer

  18. What would you say the shelf life is of this lotion? Also, would it work in a pump bottle, or does it work better scooping it into your hand?

    • I’m not sure the shelf life yet, but I can say that I pulled out a jar this morning that I made last year, and it’s still wonderful. The fluffiness condenses some, but it still smells wonderful and works wonders on dry skin.

  19. Hey, I am from germany and searched on Pinterest for a selfmade body butter. I finished the first cup 5 minutes ago, I did it with macadamia oil and it smells so delicious. thank you for the recipe!!

  20. I just made this lotion. It was so easy and it turned out beautifully! I used lavender and lime essential oils. I can’t wait to give some to my friends for gifts. Thanks for the recipe!

    • I think peppermint first distilled refers to the first run of the process. It is the strongest version, as I understand it. I also have a second distill, and it smells a little less potent.

  21. id like to change the cocoa to shea butter and add vitamin e oil do know how much id add to this recipe? planning on making this for friends and family for Christmas

  22. Thank you! Ian making this for Christmas gifts with cocoa butter and another batch with Shea butter. Have made the peppermint candy cane sugar scrub from another pinner! Cannot wait!!!

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  24. I’m not sure what I did wrong. I followed the recipe and when I put it on high it just left it at a soup consistency. So I turned it on medium it did stiffen but never to the consistency that it was supposed to be.

  25. I made a similar version of this using 1 c. cocoa butter 1/2 c. coconut oil and a 1/2 sweet almond oil. I do have a kitchen aid mixer and after it had reached a semi solid state I whipped it up. At first the texture is almost like a mousse look but it will harden. It is so great after you shower, particularly if you have dry skin like I do. Our home is kept 69-70 degrees and it has not separated at all. The smell is wonderful!

  26. I found this via pinterest and decided to give it a go here in little old’ NZ. I love the simplicity of this. I made this recipe today using deoderized organic coconut oil and pure cocoa butter with a dash of strawberry fragrance oil. Is it supposed to feel quite oily afterwards? I thought I’d measured everything properly..or maybe it was the fragrance oil..any advice?


  27. After all this is mixed together can vitamin E be added? And also does this leave your skin feeling like oil? I made a whipped body sugar scrub and it made my skin feel like oil but it was awesome to use before the shower. I’m looking to make a lotion type product.

  28. So I made some of this with the intention of giving it to several people for Christmas, but I tried some myself on my hands and I did not like it – very oily and did not soak into my skin well at all. I ended up having to wipe the inside of my hands off. Is this the norm? The body butter I’ve bought pre-made has not been like this.

    • Hi Jen, my batch started whipped and melted on contact with my skin. It could be considered oily at first contact, but within two to three minutes it had soaked in completely and left my skin feeling moisturized and not oily at all. Maybe try it again and let it soak in for a little longer? It is quite a bit different than body butter you buy at the store, but to me, that’s a good thing. Merry Christmas!

  29. Great idea! I can’t wait to try it! I also wanted to say that you can usually get pure Cocoa Butter at your local independent Pharmacy. (It is an ingredient used in compounding.) Most of them will be happy to order it for you if they don’t already have it in stock.

  30. I want to try to make this. I am looking at Amazon for the products and not sure how much to buy of the cocoa butter. I would like to make about 15 jelly jars for Christmas. How much butter will I need? I guess it would help to know how much coconut oil I need too. Thanks so much

  31. I just made a batch and I love it! I will be giving most of it as gifts but I need to keep a little for myself. Thank you for showing us how to do this!

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