body butter

Making body butter recipes are very similar to make lotion. The amounts of waxes, oils, butters and water will change – a lot! I was shocked by the amount of water in lotions, and this formula or recipe is going to be very similar for all those store brands that we pay lots for. Literally, we pay way too much for water and crude oil all whipped up. Like I’ve told my kids, I have trouble paying companies for products that actually physically harm us, even if we can’t feel it – yet.

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Make it yourself! Looks awesome!

making body butter recipes

These making body butter recipes can be altered depending on the ingredients you have on hand. We had a store with 100’s of bottles of ingredients so that made it easier to add numerous oils.

Here are some of the basic body butter and lotion know-how:

  • you can change the wax types, sorta
  • different waxes do different things
  • beeswax and emulsifying wax keep the water and oils from separating
  • stearic acid wax thickens, and can allow separation, other waxes listed above are still needed
  • easy to do, I used a bowl, fork and microwave for my first lotion
  • you can one liquid or solid oil or butter, or many
  • different oils and butters will have different moisturizing effects

The basic recipe from our store:

(see breakdown into easier components below)

  • 2 tsp stearic acid wax
  • 2 tsp emulsifying wax or beeswax
  • 3 tsp cocoa butter
  • 1 tsp shea butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp jojoba oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 1/2 tsp apricot kernel oil
  • 1/2 tsp hemp oil
  • 1 tsp glycerine
  • 5.5 oz of water
  • 1 full tsp of germall
  • essential oils or a fragrance oil
  • makes approximately 7 1/2 oz of butter
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Even the most natural looking and natural sounding body products will still have a synthetic scent.

So let’s break this down into categories:

Grouping similar-type ingredients to save buying so many ingredients.

  • 2 tsp stearic acid wax – optional, this is a thickener
  • 2 tsp beeswax or emulsifying wax
  • 4 tsp of solid butters
  • 4 tsp of liquid oils
  • 1 tsp glycerine – optional
  • 5.5 oz distilled water
  • 1 tsp germall or other preservative

I mentioned my first lotion made at home with a bowl, fork and water, lol. I had grated some beeswax off a candle, used olive oil, and warmed in microwave till the wax melted. Removed and added water slowly, stirring constantly. It sorta turned out. I did not like the lotion because it smelled too beeswax-y, the olive oil was way too shiny (light reflecting off my forehead), and it was a little too thick.

If I were to pick two oils or butters, I would select cocoa butter (yes, it can be shiny too) and jojoba oil (which is closest in resembling our own oil glands, and it is not shiny, maybe just a little).  Regarding the waxes, perhaps a little emulsifying wax in place of all beeswax. Also, I would have added more water, not realizing then that lotions were like 92% water!!

One other alternative to the above recipe is too just whip up the oils and butter. That’s what whipped body butter is, just oils and butters, whipped!  This recipe would be little different in that to use 75% a solid oil and 25% a liquid oil. 2 cups oils and butters whipped up will make about 3 cups finished body butter.


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If you have water in your lotion or body butter, you need a preservative.  If you have just butters and oils – it can be whipped and stay all natural!


Want to use cocoa butter in your body butter? Here are some of the benefits.

Get some great information here about jojoba oil!

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