If you have ever used a body butter personally, then you know they have a kind of decadence to them that is above a regular lotion.
If you haven't used body butter before, it is more of a whipped lotion that feels amazing, and leaves your skin very happy and moisturized. It gives you more of a spoiled feel, like a spa treatment than just a normal lotion.
I used to think making them seemed like it would be far too complicated to bother with until I came across a recipe for one when I was researching essential oils.
This particular recipe is designed to help calm you. You can use it on yourself before bedtime, or on your kids as well. Naptime, after a bath, or just for general calm in the middle of when they are wound up is good, and you don’t have to tell them that’s what it’s for!
The body butter recipe uses just a few ingredients and they are all-natural ones that you can feel good about using. No artificial or toxic ingredients, and adding essential oils for the scent works two ways in your favor: you get the aromas and the bonus of their calming benefits.
The lavender in this is added for its calming properties, and many people use it for bedtime already. It will give you a sense of overall balance and well-being, and help you get a good night’s sleep.
The grapefruit is also calming but gives a happy and satisfied feeling as well. The scent of the two of these oils combined is heavenly!
- Glass jar/s with lids for storage, either 2- 2 oz. or 1 - 4 oz. size.
- 2 oz. raw cocoa butter
- 6 oz. coconut oil
- 8 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
Using a double boiler to melt your base ingredients is the best way to go with this recipe. Fill the bottom half 2/3 full of water and place over medium-high heat, then place on the top half.
Measure out your coconut oil and place in top pot of boiler.
If your cocoa butter needs chopping, go ahead and chop up enough, measure it out, and then add into the pot as well.
Once you see the water beginning to boil, turn it down to low heat. It is easy to burn the ingredients if you’re not careful and they do melt quickly once the water gets nice and hot, so it doesn’t take long.
Once they are melted and clear in color all the way, with no lumps in them, you can pull them off the heat. Pour them into a glass bowl that has some extra room for mixing, and place it in the refrigerator.
Check on them every 10 minutes or so, and after about 30 minutes they will look somewhat opaque, and you can pull them out.
Take either a whisk, or a hand mixer and whip them until it is creamy in consistency. It doesn’t take too long to get them this way. It will thicken up, and get lumpy in the process but don’t worry too much with the lumps just yet, just get them nice and white and creamy.
Then, place back in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes or so. If you leave them too long they will harden further so make sure you set a timer so you can add your essential oils without any difficulty.
Now, remove them from the refrigerator and add in your essential oils, carefully adding the drops. Both of these oils are thin and runny in consistency and will easily run out of the bottle quickly if you’re not careful.
Stir in the oils well to blend, making sure to stir to remove all the lumps. A rubber spatula can be used to flatten them if you need to. Whip the butter until it reaches a point of forming stiff peaks.
When the butter forms stiff peaks, you are done!
Transfer the butter to your jars and add a nice label if you are giving as a gift.
If you don’t plan to use it right away and you live in a warmer climate, store the body butter in the refrigerator.
This lavender body butter makes a luxurious gift for family or friends!