Whipped Butter Cream Body Butter - 2 Recipes


Have you looked at the ingredients list on the bottles of lotion in your bathroom?  Scary, isn't it?  Do you know what all those ingredients do for your body, whether good or bad? 

What you put on your skin is, in fact, absorbed into your blood stream.  Think about the nicotine patch.  It works because it absorbs.  That being said, if you're bath or body products contain harmful ingredients such as parabens, phthalates, or formaldehyde, those ingredients are entering your bloodstream.

This is one of the main reasons my husband and I started our own line of natural bath and body products.  There are also a lot of products you can make yourself, right in your own kitchen.  This Shea Butter-based body butter is one of the amazing things that's so simple to make.

So, toss out the chemical-laden bottles of lotion and break out your mixer.

Body butter is a soft, whipped lotion that instantly melts into your skin with contact.  It gets softer at higher heat, therefore, in the heart of summer it may not hold the pretty whip as it does the rest of the year.  Body butter typically consists of a butter, oil, fragrance, and sometimes a wax or additive to help it set.

I am giving you the two recipes that I like the best.  Both are very different.  You'll notice that the first recipe is very simple and consists of only 5 ingredients whereas the second recipe has more ingredients, including cornstarch to help decrease the greasiness of the lotion.  I've added a small amount of Vitamin E to each, using it help slow down the oxidation of the butters and oils which is what turns lotion rancid.  You can skip the Vitamin E if you don't have it.  Your lotion should last conservatively 2-3 months minimum without it.  With Vitamin E, your lotion should stay fresh longer.  Storing it in the refrigerator will help increase shelf-life.



Easy Whipped Butter Cream Body Butter {Recipe #1}
*recipe can easily be cut in half*

12 oz. Shea Butter {or part Shea Butter, part Cocoa Butter}
2 oz. Coconut Oil
5 oz. Liquid oil such as Grapeseed, Sweet Almond or Olive Oil
3 ml. Butter Cream fragrance {or a fragrance oil/essential oil of your choice}
2 Vitamin E capsules, optional

1. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and cold water, leaving room for a smaller bowl to fit inside.

2. Using either a double boiler, or making a double boiler with a pot of about 1/2 inch of water and the smaller bowl set aside from step 1 {make sure the bowl does not touch the water}, melt the Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter {if using}, and coconut oil over a simmer of water.

3. Remove the butter/oil mixture from the heat and add the liquid oil and fragrance.  Stir to fully incorporate and melt together.  Open the Vitamin E capsules and empty the Vitamin E into the mixture, tossing the actual capsules.


4. Place the bowl on top of the ice inside the larger bowl.  Allow to cool 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start to turn opaque.

5. Remove the bowl with the lotion mixture and whip, with an electric mixer, until stiff peaks form.  If, after 1-2 minutes, it doesn't seem to be whipping or thickening, return the bowl to the ice bath.  It needs to continue to cool another 5 minutes or so until it can be whipped.

6.  The lotion will whip very similar to frosting.  Whip it until it has a nice thick consistency, 2-3 minutes.  *note:  it will still seem to be slightly loose but will set up a little more after a few hours.*  Transfer the lotion to airtight containers.  If the containers are clear, do not store in direct sunlight.




Whipped Butter Cream Body Butter {Recipe #2}
*recipe can easily be cut in half*

4 oz. Cocoa Butter
4 oz. Shea Butter
4 oz. Coconut Oil
4 oz. Mild Olive Oil
3 ml. Butter Cream Fragrance {or the fragrance oil/essential oil of your choice}
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
2 Vitamin E Capsules, optional

1. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and cold water, leaving room for a smaller bowl to fit inside.

2. Using either a double boiler, or making a double boiler with a pot of about 1/2 inch of water and the smaller bowl {must hold about 5 cups of liquid} set aside from step 1, melt the Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter over a simmer of water, making sure the water does not come into contact with the bowl.

3. Once both the butters have melted completely, add the coconut oil & half the olive oil and allow to melt.  Mix the remainder of the olive oil with the cornstarch to make a slurry.

4. Remove the butter/oil mixture from the heat and add the fragrance & cornstarch slurry.  Open the Vitamin E capsules and empty the Vitamin E into the mixture, tossing the actual capsules.

5. If the mixture is in the smaller bowl, simply put the smaller bowl inside the larger one, on the ice.  If you've used a double boiler, transfer the mixture from the double boiler pan to the smaller bowl and place it on the ice inside the larger bowl.  Allow to cool 10-15 minutes, or until the edges start to turn opaque.

6. Remove the smaller bowl from the larger bowl and whip, with an electric mixer, until stiff peaks form.  If, after 1-2 minutes, it doesn't seem to be whipping or thickening, return the bowl to the ice bath.  It needs to continue to cool, another 5 minutes or so, until it can be whipped.


7.  The lotion will whip very similar to frosting.  Whip it until it has a nice thick consistency, 2-3 minutes.  *note:  it will still seem to be slightly loose but will set up a little more after a few hours.*  Transfer the lotion to airtight containers.  If the containers are clear, do not store in direct sunlight.



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11 comments:

"Alone again.... naturally!" said...

Hi Stacey...question...does this have a shelf life? It sounds so amazing!

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Cathy - if you use the Vitamin E in the recipe, it lasts about a year. If not, it lasts 3-6 months, possibly a little longer. Enjoy!! :)

Our Neck of the Woods said...

This is so neat! I love the idea of homemade body butter. It looks so much like frosting that I may be tempted to take a bite haha! But I'm sure the scent would deter me :)

Leslie said...

Oh, I bet this is great for your skin. And it's so pretty too--it looks absolutely delicious!

Meg said...

Oh this sounds absolutely heavenly! I haven't used a body butter in years - no wonder I never feel girly anymore (oh wait, it could be the overload of testosterone in my house, lol). Thank you so much for posting this!

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing these recipes. I surely pinned them.

Carol J. Alexander said...

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Nicole B. Adams said...

I was looking at purchasing the I gredients to make this. Do you use refined or unrefined ingredients?

Staci at Life At Cobble Hill Farm said...

Nicole - I use refined. If you choose to use unrefined I believe you have to heat it fairly high and hold it at that heat for 15-20 minutes to ensure it's clean before using in a recipe.