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How to Make Whipped Body Butter with Herbs and Essential Oils

Last Christmas I gave friends and family gifts that I had purchased from some of my favorite local, small businesses. I love supporting small companies and sharing them with other people who I think would appreciate their products. This year, though, I’m revisiting handmade gifts. I tend to switch between handmade and purchased gifts every other year or so. I’ve already gotten a head start on some of the gifts I’m making during the evenings and I’m so pleased with how they’re turning out! I wish I could share them here but I have family who reads the blog, so I’ll have to wait until after Christmas. However, I thought it would be a good time to start sharing some ideas for handmade gifts that you could make for your own loved ones this season. Let’s start with a luscious whipped body butter made with herbs and essential oils.

This whipped body butter is anhydrous, meaning that it does not contain any water-based products, so you can gift it without having to worry about including any preservatives. That’s one of the things I love about whipped butters, aside from that luxurious texture! They’re quick and easy to make in larger batches too, which makes them perfect for gift giving.

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces of organic, unrefined coconut oil
  • 3 ounces of organic sunflower seed oil infused with rose petals, chamomile buds and calendula flower heads
  • 2 ounces of organic cocoa butter
  • 6 drops of sweet orange essential oil
  • 6 drops of lavender (angustifolia) essential oil
  •  6 drops of certified organic jasmine absolute (organic is important with absolutes)

Yields 8 ounces of whipped body butter, but since the butter is whipped into a fluffier texture, you may need more jar space than that. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you want to make a larger batch all at once.

Instructions

  1. Weigh out your cocoa butter and heat it over low heat using a double boiler or a glass Pyrex measuring bowl inside a saucepan filled with an inch or two of water.
  2. While the cocoa butter is melting, measure out your coconut oil, then add it to the cocoa butter.
  3. Once the cocoa butter and coconut oil are thoroughly melted, remove them from the heat and stir in the sunflower seed oil. Add your essential oils and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. You can stick the whole bowl in the refrigerator if you’re pressed for time. You want the mixture to set back up into a solid.
  4. Use a sturdy hand-held mixer to begin whipping the butter. It will take a few minutes for it to start looking fluffy and once it does, just keep going until you reach a really light, airy consistency. You may need to use a spatula or spoon to scrape the butter out of the center of the mixer’s whisk every so often in the beginning.
  5. Once the butter looks like meringue or whipped cream, turn off the mixer and use a small spatula or spoon to transfer the body butter to your clean jars.

Making whipped body butters is so easy to do. I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe! The smell of the cocoa butter mixed with the light floral aroma of the jasmine and lavender is such a treat. Whipped body butters are best applied when you’re fresh out of the shower (dry off first) so your skin can soak in all the nourishing oils without leaving behind any greasy residue.

If you decide to give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out for you! Let me know in the comments section below.

Much love,
Erin

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Erin Stewart is an herbalist, NAHA certified aromatherapist, organic gardener and urban homesteader. She grows over 70 kinds of aromatic and medicinal plants for her own apothecary and distills essential oils and hydrosols in her PNW garden. Erin is the founder of Floranella and of AromaCulture’s herbalism + aromatherapy magazine.

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18 thoughts on “How to Make Whipped Body Butter with Herbs and Essential Oils”

  1. Hi Erin,
    thank you for this beautiful recipe.
    Can you tell me what is its shelf life ?

    1. Erin Stewart

      The shelf life of the oils / butter you use will determine the shelf life of the final product. Find the soonest shelf life of the ingredients you use and that becomes the shelf life of the finished product.

  2. Hi – This sounds like a wonderful recipe! Can you please tell me if the oils are in liquid ounces or by weight?

  3. Trying to make this today and it is not getting solid…. did I do something wrong? There is no beeswax in this recipe – is that normal?

    1. Erin Stewart

      If it isn’t solidifying, it needs to cool longer before you whip it. It needs to look pretty solid before you whip it. Try setting it in the fridge for 30 minutes. =) No beeswax in this one.

        1. Erin Stewart

          Did you include the cocoa butter in the recipe or only the apricot kernel and coconut oils you mentioned?

  4. HI,

    I tried to make this using a rose infused apricot kernel oil and a local coconut oil.
    couldn’t get it to solidify until I added some beeswax?
    Most butters needs beeswax, I am missing something here.
    Thanks
    Lorraine

    1. Erin Stewart

      Did you add the cocoa butter? If you didn’t add the cocoa butter, it wouldn’t have worked.

      If you did add cocoa butter, then you just needed to let it cool longer before whipping it.

      This recipe does not need any beeswax.

  5. Hi Erin, This sounds like a lovely butter.
    I don’t have “sunflower seed oil infused with rose petals, chamomile buds and calendula flower heads”
    what can I sub for it and get the same lovely smell and results? TIA, Donna

    1. Erin Stewart

      You could infuse whichever carrier oil you like with the herbs I mentioned or you could use a plain carrier oil. The herbs are infused into the oil for their therapeutic benefits more than their aromas. The essential oils are what contribute the scent. =)

  6. I made it and it turned out beautiful, just like whipped cream. I love the smell but it leaves the skin feel greasy though.

    1. Erin Stewart

      If you apply it to freshly washed skin that has just been patted dry, it will soak in nicely and not leave any greasy feeling. =) It’s when it’s applied to dry skin that hasn’t been freshly washed that it’s most likely to feel greasy.

  7. Hi there,

    I’m excited to try this recipe! I am wondering if some carrier oils are any better to use than others. Does the heating process degrade any in particular? For example, rose hip seed, argan, grapeseed, jojoba.

    Would mango butter be a suitable substitute for cocoa? Thank you!

    -Aubrey

    1. Erin Stewart

      I would avoid heating oils like rose hip, etc. that are especially delicate or heat sensitive. You can substitute any heat-tolerant carrier oils as you choose. =) The cocoa butter would be best not substituted, however. Mango butter is nice but the consistency might not be quite right to get that fluffy whip in the body butter. There’s a possibility that it could work, but since I’ve not made this particular recipe with mango butter, I can’t guarantee that it would turn out.

      1. Thank you for the info! What oils are heat-tolerant?

        And if I would like to incorporate delicate oils into a butter blend, is there a way to do that without heating it or adding it to a heated mixture? Or are these oils best used in other recipes that don’t involve any heat. Thank you!

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