This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy. {plus there are lots of recipes for essential oil blends you can add to customize the whipped body butter just how you want it}

Oh, my!!  This is the one!  This is the real deal.  This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I’ve ever used.

It’s soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing— and all without being overly greasy.

After making this, you’ll never shell out all that money to buy body butter again, and I bet you’ll also never make plain old coconut oil (aka 3 ingredient) body butter again.

Why?  Because not only is this the best, softest, silkiest, most moisturizing body butter, it also costs so much less to make it yourself!


So what’s in this amazing whipped body butter?   What’s my recipe?

1/2 cup mango butter  (find my favorite here)

1/4 cup shea butter  (find my favorite here)

1/4 cup kokum butter (find my favorite here)

1/4 cup cocoa butter  (find my favorite here)

1/4 cup coconut oil (the kind that’s solid at temperatures below 76 degrees)  (you probably already have coconut oil in your pantry, but if not, find my favorite here)

1/4 cup sweet almond oil  (find my favorite here)

1 Tbsp arrowroot powder  (you can find this at most grocery stores in the spice aisle or find it here)

up to 30 drops of essential oil (optional)


Why Use Those Ingredients?

mango butter



  • smooth and creamy (lighter consistency than even shea butter)
  • very moisturing and soothing for the skin– great natural source of fatty acids
  • light, subtle scent
  • solid at room temperature, but melts at 87-90 degrees, so when you apply it to your skin it melts and absorbs in (exactly what you want in a body butter)


shea butter

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  • soft, smooth, and creamy
  • high in vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids
  • intense moisturizer for dry skin
  • note:  unrefined shea is best, but be careful of which brand you buy.  Many brands of shea butter can have a strong unpleasant smell.  click here for the shea butter I buy.  It’s creamy, moisturizing, and has a nice, subtle scent.  Other brands of shea butter can have a strong, kind of “funny” smell, not this one.  If you’re not a fan of other shea butters, give this one a try.  I think you’ll love it!  I do.


kokum butter


  • unlike shea and mango butter, kokum is a hard and flaky.  It’s a dryer butter, meaning it absorbs more quickly into your skin and leaves a dryer, less greasy feeling
  • loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants
  • supports skins elasticity


cocoa butter

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  • like kokum butter, cocoa butter is also a hard, brittle butter that adds a rich and creamy texture to this whipped body butter
  • emollient and moisturizing
  • velvety texture on skin
  • delicious cocoa aroma (keep its heavenly chocolate scent in mind when choosing which essential oils to add to your whipped body butter)


coconut oil (solid kind that melts at 76 degrees)

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  • light oil — so it helps make a light and fluffy whipped body butter
  • sinks in quickly to the skin
  • but coconut oil is not the best at moisturizing– so I’ve combined it with the other butters and oils in this recipe to create a light, soft, silky, less greasy, AMAZING whipped body butter


sweet almond oil

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  • one of the gentlest oils
  • extremely nourishing, rich in Vitamin D
  • excellent emollient known for its ability to soften and recondition the skin


arrowroot powder

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  • helps to cut down on the greasy feel of the body butter
  • adds to the silky texture



An Overview of How to Make Whipped Body Butter

Soft & silky whipped body butter is very easy to make.  Below I’ve given you step-by-step instructions of what to do along with lots of photos, but here’s an overview of the 5 simple steps to making whipped body butter.

  1. measure out your butters and oils into a heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup

  2. melt your butter and oils

  3. whisk in your essential oils and arrowroot powder

  4. freeze for 20-30 minutes

  5. whip until soft and fluffy (about 5 minutes)



Step-by-Step Instructions

Just exactly how do you make whipped body butter with essential oils?

 1)  Measure out the following ingredients into a glass bowl or Pyrex measuring cup (this will be the top of your double boiler)


1/2 cup mango butter  


1/4 cup shea butter 


1/4 cup kokum butter


1/4 cup cocoa butter 

note: cocoa butter is hard at room temperature, so you will need to chop it before you can measure it.




1/4 cup coconut oil (the kind that’s solid at temperatures below 76 degrees)


1/4 cup sweet almond oil


2)  melt your butter and oils

I use the double boiler method to do this, but you could also use a microwave if you’d like.

For the double boiler method, fill a saucepan with a couple inches of water and then place your heat-safe glass bowl or measuring cup (Pyrex works great!)  inside the pot.  Set your stovetop heat to medium and stir constantly.  Usually only takes a few minutes, but make sure everything is completely melted before you move on to the next step.

Microwaving is very similar. Use 50% power and make sure you take it out to stir every 30 seconds.



3)  whisk in your essential oils and 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder, making sure everything is blended and there are no lumps




4)  freeze for 20-30 minutes or refrigerate for 1-2 hours

You want the mixture to start to solidify but not completely harden, a consistency similar to soft wax or softened butter.  It should cool to a temperature of 55-65 degrees.

tip:  no room in the freezer or refrigerator?  In the winter, try covering the mixture and setting it outside to cool.



5)  transfer to a large bowl and whip until soft and fluffy (about 5 minutes)

whip with mixer until stiff enough to hold its shape.

tip:  you’ll need to use a power mixer for this (unless you have super hero arm strength), but either a hand mixer or a stand mixer (like the one in the photo below) will work.

tip:  if you forgot about you mixture and it stayed in the fridge/freezer/backyard for too long, no problem.  Just let your mixture sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes until it’s about 55-65 degrees and the consistency of soft butter, then you’re ready to start whipping.

tip:  If you are having trouble getting it to whip up, you might have to blend a bit and put back in fridge for 20 minutes or so to get cold enough again to get stiff enough.   If the mixture won’t whip or stay whipped, you need to chill it longer.

tip:  If the mixture has lumps in it after you’ve whipped it, let it set to soften a bit and then try again.

tip:  one signal that your whipped body butter is on the right path is that it will change color from  yellow to pale yellow to white (see the photos below)

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy.

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy.

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy.


when you’re done, your whipped body butter should be like this…


stand on its own (see how it stays up in peaks on the beater)

light, fluffy, soft, and silky texture

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy.


Now, it’s time to put your amazing creation in glass jars.

I have two favorite jars for body butters:

these adorable little jars are perfect for carrying body butter in my purse or taking on vacation.  They also make the cutest little thank you gifts!!

click here to find them

set of five mini mason jars

And for full-size gifts and what I use for myself at home, the glass jar in the photo below is my favorite!  I love that they have a super wide opening opening and aren’t very tall.  It makes it super easy to get out body butter (and use every last bit).

I’ve found the best deal on these jars at Walmart (in the canning section) and hardware stores.  But click here to see exactly what you’re looking for.

tip:  you can scoop the body butter into jars, but I find it’s easiest to fill a gallon-size plastic bag with the body butter, then snip off one corner of the bag, and pip it into the glass jars.  That helps keep me from getting body butter all over the outside of the jars.

tip:  when it’s time to clean up, wipe out the measuring cups and mixing bowls with paper towels until they are pretty much clean.  That will make washing the dishes a lot easier.

tip:  Store in a cool area and if your home gets above 75°F regularly, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator.

tip:  a little body butter goes a long way.  start with a pea-sized amount for each arm and a couple “peas” for each leg.  You can always use more if you need it.  But you’ll probably be surprised at how little you need.  Remember your homemade whipped body butter doesn’t have any fillers; it’s all butters and oils.

tip:  Whipped body butter is designed to melt into your skin as it goes on. It will be a little oily at first but it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin very soft.

This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy. {plus there are lots of recipes for essential oil blends you can add to customize the whipped body butter just how you want it}


Suggested Essential Oil Blends to Use in Your Whipped Body Butter

This recipe makes a fairly large batch of whipped body butter.  It starts with almost 2 full cups of butters and oils, so my suggested blends for essential oils call for up to 30 drops of essential oils (that’s a very low 0.1% dilution).  That’s what I prefer since (1) I’m using the whipped body butter in a fairly large amount all over my body on a daily basis and (2) my primary goal of the whipped body butter is not the therapeutic benefits of the essential oil.  You can, of course, adjust the amount of essential oil up or down to your preference.

  • 25 drops peppermint (I LOVE the peppermint combined with the chocolate scent of the cocoa butter!)
  • 30 drops orange OR tangerine (like the peppermint above, I think citrus smells amazing with the chocolate aroma of the cocoa butter)
  • 15 drops eucalyptus and 15 drops spearmint
  • 15 drops bergamot and 15 drops grapefruit
  • 12 drops wild orange, 9 drops cedarwood, and 6 drops ylang ylang
  • 10 drops patchouli and 20 drops tangerine
  • 15 drops lavender and 15 drops lemon
  • 10 drops helichrysum, 10 drops frankincense, 5 drops sandalwood, and 5 drops lavender

please be careful adding citrus essential oils (especially bergamot) in high amounts if your skin will be exposed to the sun.   click here to read more about phototoxicity and essential oils

What other essential oil combinations do you suggest?  Please share in the comments.  I always love to try new blends!


Ready to make this soft & silky whipped body butter?  Here’s where I get my ingredients for this recipe:

click here for where to get mango butter

click here for where to get shea butter

click here for where to get kokum butter

click here for where to get cocoa butter

click here for where to get coconut oil

click here for where to get sweet almond oil

click here for where to get arrowroot powder


This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy. {plus there are lots of recipes for essential oil blends you can add to customize the whipped body butter just how you want it}


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This is THE BEST whipped body butter recipe I've ever used! It's soft, silky, and extremely moisturizing-- and all without being overly greasy. {plus there are lots of recipes for essential oil blends you can add to customize the whipped body butter just how you want it}

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  1. Liz Emis April 19, 2016 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Could you use this as a face cream? If so, would you leave the recipe as it isn OR tweak the recipe at all? Leave out the arrowroot, change the amounts, leave something out? I’d put my own essential oils in it for dry skin, but would you use this basic recipe on your face?

    • Sarah Lewis April 23, 2016 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Hi, Liz.
      While this is a great body butter, I wouldn’t use it on your face. Cocoa butter, shea butter, and coconut oil can all clog pores.
      I am working to try to formulate a great face cream, but so far I haven’t come up with one or found a diy recipe that I love. I’ll keep trying because I know that it’s something that a lot of us would like to have.

  2. Toni Lerch April 20, 2016 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Hi, This recipe had me until you added the Essential Oils (EO)… I was told you should NOT add the EOs until after you whipped the body butter because it changes the constituents of the Essential Oils. Not sure if this is true?
    Thanks! Toni

    • Sarah Lewis April 23, 2016 at 3:40 pm - Reply

      Hi, Toni.
      I’ve never heard that. You could wait to add the essential oils until after you’re mostly done whipping, if you’d like. Just make sure that you mix them in really well so that you evenly distribute the essential oils throughout the body butter.

    • Jeanie P May 12, 2016 at 12:14 am - Reply

      You shouldn’t add the essential oils until the mixture has cooled quite a bit. It is the heat that can alter the oils.

      • Sarah Lewis May 13, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

        Hi, Jeanie. You can choose to put the essential oils in after the oils and butters have cooled. Just be sure to mix them really well so that the essential oil gets evenly distributed throughout the body butter. I choose to put the essential oils the oil/butter mixture before I put it in the freezer/refrigerator so that I can mix well. But it can be one either way. Once the oils/butters are off the heat, the temperature is not hot enough (or hot for long enough) to negatively affect the essential oils. Most essential oils (other than citrus) are made by steam distillation at much higher temperatures. That said, it is very important to store your essential oils at cool temperatures (ideally, in a refrigerator at 55 degrees or cooler) so as to prolong the life and therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Hope that helps. – Sarah

  3. Tina Abrahamson April 27, 2016 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    You -Never- want to microwave these butters, when you do so it kills off the majority of benefits from the butters. No point in using them if you’re going to nuke the benefits of them. =(
    Better to use the double boiler method.
    ~Be Blessed

    • Sarah Lewis April 27, 2016 at 8:07 pm - Reply

      Hi, Tina. Good reminder. I always use the double boiler method to melt my butters, but I know some people prefer to microwave. Thanks for reminding us all of the benefits of slow melting on the stovetop. – Sarah

  4. Dawn April 29, 2016 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Couldn’t bees wax be added to keep it from melting in the summer. Yes, one could keep it in the refrigerator but that isn’t convenient and couldn’t take it in traveling. Just wondering! Thanks. 🙂

    • Sarah Lewis April 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Hi, Dawn. Yes, you could add beeswax. It would still soften up in the summer heat, but it should keep it from completely liquifying. However, adding beeswax would change the consistency to be more like a salve than a whipped body butter though. Not bad, just different. – Sarah

  5. Kori May 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    What is the cost of making this recipe? How much does it yield?

    • Sarah Lewis May 13, 2016 at 10:35 am - Reply

      Hi, Kori. The approximate cost for the oils, butters, and essential oils used in this recipe is $15, and it yields about 4-6 cups of whipped body butter (range is because the volume depends on how much air gets whipped in). So it costs about $3 per cup of whipped body butter. But costs could be more or less depending on how expensive your essential oils are. If you use a premium brand of frankincense and helichrysum essential oils for example, it will cost a lot more (but it will be wonderful for your skin!). If you use citrus essential oils, it will cost less. – Sarah

      • Anonymous September 22, 2017 at 12:08 am - Reply

        Hi, i just wanted to say in one of your comments you say the cost of the oils and the butter is about $15. Is this a gross underestimate? I priced the ingredients on Amazon and out was well over $50-$70 depending on the size of the items. But definitly no way would the cost of everything you need for this be $15.

        • Sarah Lewis September 22, 2017 at 7:51 am - Reply

          I guessing I was answering a question about how much it costs to make a batch of the whipped body butter. $15 sounds about right for that. I would have only been accounting for the amount of the ingredients used in the recipe, not the entire bag/bottle of butters, oils, arrowroot, and essential oils. I imagine if you added the costs of the full packages of all of that up, it could easily be $50-70 or more, depending on how big of packages you bought.

          If you’re starting out without any of the ingredients and want to try to keep costs down, you could try adjusting the recipe. It may not be as quite as good as the full-scale recipe, but it would be still be a natural, homemade body butter.
          For example, rather than buying both mango butter and shea butter, I could just get one – they have similar consistencies and melting points and can be substituted for each other.
          The same goes for kokum butter and cocoa butter – you can cut your cuts by just getting one of those and using it as a substitute for the other.
          You can use any liquid carrier oil in place of the coconut oil and sweet almond oil, so if you have olive oil on hand, you could try using that instead.
          You can omit the arrowroot, or use cornstarch if you already have that at home.
          And you can use one less expensive essential oil – lavender is great and doesn’t cost much.

          Hope those ideas help. I know if can be very expensive getting started making natural DIY items, but it doesn’t have to be. Best of luck and let us know how your experimenting goes.

  6. Gwen May 17, 2016 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    When making the body butters to sell, how do you price it?

    • Sarah Lewis May 20, 2016 at 2:05 pm - Reply

      Hi, Gwen.
      I haven’t sold body butters. I just make them for myself, friends, and family.
      Many people who sell homemade bath products will price their items based on cost. That is, they’ll calculate what the ingredients cost for a jar of whipped body butter, add in an amount for their time, and then double that cost if they’re selling it wholesale or quadruple the costs if they’re selling it retail.
      That’s what most people do, but if I were selling bath products, I wouldn’t price that way.
      Instead, I would test different prices with the goal to price to maximize my profit. I would consider what other similar bath products were selling for in my area and at the specific store/event I am selling at. I would consider if there’s anything I could do to packaging and displays to make it more desirable to shoppers (and worth more). I would look into finding high quality ingredients at a lower price by buying in bulk or direct from the producer. I would consider promotional pricing that might move more units (like buy 2, get 1 free).
      Those are just a few ideas. The key thing is that I, personally, wouldn’t price based solely on costs. I would price based on what the bath item is worth to buyers.
      Hope that helps a little. Let me know if you have more questions. I’m a bit of a price-optimization nerd in my other life.

  7. brenda Price August 18, 2016 at 12:54 am - Reply

    How strong is the chocolate smell using the cocoa butter. Not a big fan of food smells in my body butter.

    • Sarah Lewis August 20, 2016 at 11:18 am - Reply

      This body butter only has a very faint chocolate smell. It’s only 1/4 cup cocoa butter out of the almost 3 cups of oils and butters in the recipe. It is a natural body butter, so there are other “food” oils and butters in it too that you may not like, such as mango butter and coconut oil. – Sarah

  8. Susan October 11, 2016 at 10:52 am - Reply

    You can use deodorized cocoa butter if you don’t like the smell of natural cocoa butter

  9. Nicole A. October 11, 2016 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    Can the coconut oil and coca butter be omitted, I just don’t really care for either/

    • Sarah Lewis October 16, 2016 at 9:26 pm - Reply

      Hi, Nicole.
      Yes, you can definitely play around with the oils and butters in this recipe to get it to your liking. If you like kokum butter, you can easily substitute more kokum butter for the cocoa butter (that is, use 1/2 cup kokum butter instead of the 1/4 cup cocoa butter and 1/4 cup kokum butter in the original recipe). If you omit the coconut oil, I’d try increasing the sweet almond oil by a couple of tablespoons so that you still get a similar light, whipped consistency as in the original recipe.
      Please let us know what you try and how it works.

  10. sukma October 14, 2016 at 1:17 am - Reply

    Could Kokum Butter replaced with another kind of butter? It’s hard to find Kokum Butter here in my country…


    • Sarah Lewis October 16, 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sukma.
      Cocoa butter is a good substitute for kokum butter. In this recipe, I’d increase the cocoa butter to 1/2 cup (instead of 1/4 cup cocoa butter and 1/4 cup kokum butter). Both of these are hard butters and will result in a similar consistency. The cocoa butter does have a stronger scent, but it’s one that many people like.

  11. lorrie DeBord November 23, 2016 at 8:08 am - Reply

    how much does this recipe make? or how many jars can you get out of this?

    • Sarah Lewis December 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Lorrie,
      It makes at least 3 cups of whipped body butter. You might get even more depending on how much air gets whipped into the body butter. If you use small 2 oz jars, you should get at least 10 jars of whipped body butter. If you use large 8 oz jars, you’ll probably get 2-3 jars per batch.

  12. Jenna December 9, 2016 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It came out beautifully! No more experiments. I hardly ever write reviews…but this deserves it and you deserve it! Thanks so much again

  13. Stephanie December 16, 2016 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Does this body butter stay soft and fluffy or firm up once it sets? I’m looking for a recipes that stays creamy.

    • Sarah Lewis December 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Hi Stephanie.
      This one is a whipped body butter, so while it’s soft, silky, and emollient, I would not describe it as creamy. A lotion made with an emulsion of water might be more of what you’re looking for to get a creamy texture.
      Because of the butters used in this whipped body butter, the texture will depend on the temperature. If stored in the refrigerator, it will be solid, but still light and airy. If stored in a cool room, it will be slightly firm (and still light and airy). If stored in a warm room, it will be soft, light, and airy. It a really hot room or packaged shipped in the hot summer months, it will melt.

  14. Brenda December 17, 2016 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    What happens if no arrowroot powder? Do you have to use. Have everything else just trying to save a trip to store. 😝

    • Sarah Lewis December 19, 2016 at 7:28 pm - Reply

      Hi Brenda.
      The arrowroot powder is optional. It helps the body butter feel silky and a little less greasy, but the body butter will still be great without it.

  15. Kim December 22, 2016 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Could you use corn starch instead of arrowroot?

    • Sarah Lewis December 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, cornstarch is a good substitute for the arrowroot. It has a similar silky texture and will also cut down on the greasy feeling of the oils and butters.
      Thanks for your question! I’m sure others will like this tip, too.

  16. lauren cooksey January 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm - Reply

    Fantastic recipe & you really are great with answering all the comments very completely.I learned a LOT here, thank you so much ☺

  17. Susan Johnson March 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    First, let me just comment on how much I love your site! Such an excellent source of great information!
    Now a question on the cocoa butter to expand on a few of the other comments. I also do not like the smell of cocoa butter so if I double the amount of kokum butter to omit the cocoa butter, will the final product still be silky and smooth? Will the substitution change the consistency at all?Thank you for the hard work you put into this great website !

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Thanks for your kind note!
      I haven’t made it substituting kokum butter for the cocoa butter, but I believe the consistency should be very similar. If anything, it should be a little lighter/airier in consistency. I have substituted kokum butter for cocoa butter in several other recipes and it has worked well.
      Another option that a reader suggested for someone else who doesn’t like the smell of cocoa butter is to use a deodorized cocoa butter (like this).

  18. Cindy March 4, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I’m allergic to coconut oil, can I leave it out of this recipe or is there a substitute for it?

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Hi Cindy,
      You could leave out the coconut oil, but the body butter would be a little bit firmer.
      I suggest substituting 1 Tbsp sweet almond oil and 3 Tbsp shea butter (or mango butter) for the 1/4 cup coconut oil. The consistency of this slightly altered body butter should be very close to the original recipe.

  19. Debbie March 12, 2017 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    The different essential oil recipies were just that. Separate. You didn’t use all those in one batch??

    • Sarah Lewis March 18, 2017 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Thanks for asking. I bet someone else was confused by that, too. I’ll try to make it more clear.
      Each essential oil recipe is supposed to be for a separate batch.
      It’s a total of 25-30 drops of essential oil for an entire batch of whipped body butter.
      Some people want a stronger scent than that, but I’d start with the 25-30 drops, and test it to see if it’s strong enough for you. If not, you can always add a few more drops of essential oil.

  20. Patricia Williams March 14, 2017 at 10:58 pm - Reply

    We have allergies to almond…any recommendations for a substitute for the sweet almond oil? Thanks!!

    • Sarah Lewis March 18, 2017 at 3:29 pm - Reply

      jojoba or apricot kernel oil would both be great substitutes for the sweet almond oil.

  21. Nadia Ervazia March 19, 2017 at 8:57 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah, thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I have a question here, how long will it expire?

    • Sarah Lewis March 19, 2017 at 8:59 pm - Reply

      short answer: 4-6 months
      long answer: If made with fresh ingredients, put into a clean/sterilized container, stored in a cool dark place, and scooped out with a clean/dry utensil, then it should have a shelf life of 4-6 months.

  22. Lori April 13, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    I made this recipe today and the consistency is great! I put in 33 drops of essential oils. I’m just a little disappointed I can’t smell the essential oils I put in. Great directions and pics! Thank you!

    • Sarah Lewis April 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Lori,
      Thanks for your note!
      I like to use the least amount of essential oils that I need. EOs are very powerful, and since I use a lot of this whipped body butter on my legs and arms, I find about 25 drops is enough for me to get the scent and therapeutic benefits of the EOs. But you can definitely add more. This recipe uses 1.75 cups of carrier oils & butters, so a 1% dilution would be 84 drops of essential oil (more than 3 times what I use). Maybe try whipping in 10 more drops of essential oils and see if that’s enough. If not, try adding another 10 drops. With just a little experimenting, I hope you can find an amount that works best for you.
      Please let us know how it goes.

  23. Elisa April 22, 2017 at 11:03 am - Reply

    Hi! I excited to try this recipe. I have arrowroot starch/flour at home. Is this the same as arrowroot powder? Thanks!!!!

    • Sarah Lewis April 26, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

      Hi, Elisa.
      Great to hear that you’re excited to try this! I hope you love it as much as I do.
      Yes, arrowroot starch/flour works the same as arrowroot powder.

  24. Lisa Draper April 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    I love love your page/site & recipes! I have found as a general rule of thumb, lol, is any hard oil/butter, use 75% to 25% of the carrier oil, like olive, almond, avo, or what have you. To the first timer: relax! It’s really not rocket science, If I can do it, anyone can. Just remember to keep any dishes & utensils always separate from the food stuffs. (unless you have a dishwasher, where I think that zero’s out cross contamination, but most essential oils are so pure that you can ingest them as well, I use Young Living oils & NOW) I wondered where arrow root fits in. I picked up a cpl spoonsful at the local Natural Food store after seeing a recipe that I cannot find! Grr. I love these butter sooo much that I could literally lie in the tub and slather them all over…. so yummy yet not such a great visual! thank you & I am grateful you’re still posting, as most sites were done a couple yrs ago so the proprietor is long gone, I’m in the midst of making a tiny batch of muscle rub & soon to make a batch of patchouli type of sachet! Wish me luck!

  25. Sandy May 13, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

    I am very excited to try this recipe. Can you separate the body butter into smaller batches and then add different essential oils to have different scents? or, can you add and whip in the essential oils after the fact if you don’t add initially and then change your mind? Afraid of making a batch and not liking scent I initially choose. haha Thank you

    • Sarah Lewis May 15, 2017 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can definitely split into smaller batches and add different essential oils. That’s a great idea!
      You can either add the essential oils in before you whip it, or you can whip it most of the way, then add in essential oils and finish whipping to mix in the EOs.

    • Johnnie October 12, 2017 at 6:36 pm - Reply

      You can also experiment with essential oil blends by using a small glass bowl. Add a drop of two then sniff, adjust ratio to your liking.

  26. Rita May 21, 2017 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    I wanted to thank you for posting this amazing recipe! I also wanted to add that this actually does make an amazing face moisturizer as well as a body butter and has never broken me out. I also make it for my girlfriends and they haven’t had any issues, even in hot and humid Texas.

    I usually use a mix of whatever oils I have on hand for the almond oil part including argan, jojoba, avocado, apricot, castor, evening primrose, Rose hip, carrot seed oils. I also add some vitamin E. I split it between a few containers and store the extra ones in the fridge until I need them. I keep my working container at room temp and it never melts, even when my house gets in the 80’s. It is so fluffy and luxurious!

    My face is so soft and clear now.

  27. Tiffany June 10, 2017 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    I love this so much! I believe that the two key ingredients are the kokum and mango butters.
    I tried to sell these at a festival, as I’m starting my own business, but between the heat and the sun, they melted quickly. I could tell that this was driving people away, and I wanted to tell them that it’d be okay once it cooled, but i also didn’t want to mislead anybody.
    Would this be okay solidifying after melting? Or would adding beeswax change the consistency? Any suggestions?

    • Sarah Lewis June 10, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Tiffany,
      Yes, this will definitely melt out in the sun and the summer heat. And unfortunately, while the butters and oils will re-solidify after cooling and they’ll still be very moisturizing, the texture won’t be the same unless the cooled butters/oils are whipped again.
      Adding beeswax would change this to be more of a salve than a body butter.
      Many people who sell homemade beauty products don’t sell body butters in the summer because of this problem. They can be great for fall and holiday marts in the cooler months of the year.
      Or you could try keeping the body butters on ice in a cooler (but if folks carry it around the festival after buying it, it will still melt and they’ll have the same problem)
      Or you could carry other items that don’t melt in the summer heat – like bath salts, bath bombs, dry body oil, body sprays, etc

  28. Lolah June 12, 2017 at 5:29 am - Reply

    I’m in the uk and we don’t use cups as a unit of measurement. Can you tell me what the amounts of the ingredients would be in more traditional measures (g/kg etc) please? I tried looking up cups online to convert it, but it said that there’s different types, so I’m confused!
    Lolah x

    • Emily August 20, 2017 at 12:25 pm - Reply

      I am an American living in Germany. Just google measurements or check conversion apps if you have a smart phone.


  29. Theresa June 13, 2017 at 8:07 am - Reply

    I made this for my daughters, they are both pregnant! I chose to mix in Immortelle essential oil and they are using for during the pregnancy to help prevent stretch marks (fingers crossed for them!). The both love the consistency and smell (well, one son in law doesn’t like the cocoa smell – so next time I’ll probably just double the kokum butter!). Thank you for this recipe!!

  30. Deborah Alexander July 13, 2017 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I am on my third round of this and I love it. I think it has helped with a patch of psoriasis on my elbow. I usually use it after my shower. I saw that my psoriasis on my elbow was looking better and thought what have I changed lately and I am pretty sure it is the body butter. Thank you for sharing it with us

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