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A DIY All PURPOSE BODY BUTTER AND WHY YOU SHOULD MAKE IT

When my son was a baby, I bought an all-natural diaper rash cream from an online store. It was so good, and I fell in love with it. I used it for other purposes as well. One such use case is after a shower to seal the moisture on my skin. It worked so well during the winter.

It was creamy, easy to dissolve on the skin and it became an all-purpose cream I used. I am not sure what to call it. It feels like butter because of the oils and butter that was in the product, but it had a creamy feel to it. I often refer to it as the magic butter because I can do virtually anything with it.

Fast forward to today, through trial and error, I was able to create a butter of the same consistency that I love. I know the ingredients that are in there, and I feel great using it on my body, and the entire family can use it. I now make my own magic butter, and it feels good to be able to do so.

Luckily for you, I figured out a nice mix of ingredients that provides a miracle in a bottle for dry skin, eczema, psoriasis, diaper rash, cracked heals and more.

Some people hate the smell of shea butter but love the benefits. By making this body butter, you gain all the benefits without dealing with the smell. The other products dilute the shea butter, making the smell go away. You can also add essential oils to enhance the smell.

Ingredients for the DIY, all-purpose body butter

You will also need a spoon, a bowl for the final product, and a pot large enough to hold the ingredients. Feel free to double, or triple the ingredients.

Our lovely ingredients. There is nothing here with a chemical name

Instructions for making the body butter

Here is a little background knowledge about kitchen scales, if you don’t already know. You need to weigh the ingredients without including the weight of the container. To do that you need to place the bowl on the scale before you turn it on.

After you turn it on, it starts with a zero value so the bowl weight is already zeroed out. When you are ready to put your ingredients in, it will only weigh the ingredients. Zeroing out your container is very important to consider, or your weighing will be off.

If you don’t already have a scale, you can get a very well-reviewed one from Amazon by going here. As a side note, a scale comes in very handy for other cooking and is handy to have in your kitchen.

Measuring the solids

First, add enough shea butter to the bowl until it weighs 4oz then transfer it into the pot.

Next, add enough cocoa butter to weigh 1 oz then add it to the pot with the shea butter. Cocoa butter is very hard. You will need to take a knife and break it up in small pieces so you can measure it.

We need to add the 0.4 oz beeswax pellets to the mix. Beeswax gives it some stability. Did I mention that this butter holds up well during all seasons? No more melted products during the summer.

Measuring the liquids

Let’s weigh the coconut oil and add it to the other ingredients. We only need 1 oz of this oil. Coconut oil is solid when it is cold and liquid when it is hot. Too much coconut oil can cause the end product to be too runny during the summer months. If it is solid when you need to measure it, you can scoop it out with a spoon.

Now we weigh 3oz of olive oil and add it to our other ingredients.

Finally, weigh and add 0.1 oz of vitamin E oil to the pot. You can double this amount to 0.2 oz if you want a little extra vitamin E. It is a tiny amount so it is barely visible in the bowl when on the scale.

The Mixture

Great, now that we added all our measured ingredients in a pot, can you guess what’s next? If you think of heat then you are absolutely correct! We need to melt them all together. We need liquids and solids to become one. Bring the pot to a stove and add it to low heat. We don’t want to boil the ingredients, we want them to slowly melt under low heat. It doesn’t take very long at all.

Slowing and gently mix the mixture until it melts completely. This is how it looks after 2 and 5 minutes.

The beeswax is the last to melt but be patient, it will melt eventually. Just continue to stir. This is what it looks like when all ingredients except the beeswax are melted.

Ta-da! The final product should look like this. You can optionally add some essential oils to the mixture. If you are planning on using the butter on a baby, I recommend not adding any essentials oils. You may need to make a scent-free batch for the baby.

Finally! All melted.

Pour the melted goodness in a heat-safe bowl for the final product. I do not recommend a plastic bowl. I am not a fan of using plastic containers when I can avoid it. Plastic contains phthalates, and that stuff is just awful. Your skin absorbs what you put on it.

The mixture is poured in the bowl

Note, the amount showed in the bowl above is double the batch size previously pictured.

Next, you want to add the mixture to the fridge for about an hour and a half. This is done to cool it down very quickly so that the texture is smooth. A slow cool will cause it to have a gritty texture.

At this point, it is NOT ready for use, it still needs several hours to set at room temperature. When you take it out, it appears to be solid, but it’s not.

Take a good look at the photo? It looks ready to use, but it’s not. Let’s zoom in, shall we?

Do you see the difference in color? It is solid on the top but still liquid in the bottom center. It needs several more hours to set before you can use this magical butter/cream/lotion. At least 6 hours should do the trick or overnight to be certain.

Are you ready to see the final photos? Here are some photos of the finished product. Does yours look like this? Good job!

Finished Product

The finished product undisturbed looks something like this.

The body butter melts into your skin, yet it stays solid. You can take a spoon and scoop it up, as it is soft and creamy.

Benefits of making your own body butter

It is quick

The entire process of actively making the body butter took me about 1 hour and that includes taking the photos at all steps to share with you. That means it should take about 30 – 40 minutes to make this all-natural product. The hardest part of the whole thing was chipping away the cocoa butter since it is hard. The product does need to set for several hours but that is not active time.

It is cheap

The ingredients themselves will probably cost more than store-bought body butter upfront, but the ingredients can make several batches. Over time the cost will be a fraction of what you spend on commercial products.

It is healthier

Did you see those ingredients? Shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, coconut oil, vitamin E oil, and beeswax. They are so natural you can almost eat them (fun fact, shea butter is used in food in some countries, however, please don’t eat the ones you buy unless it is food grade).

There are no ingredients with so many syllables even Phd’s don’t know how to pronounce them correctly.

It has a long shelf life

All the ingredients that are in this body butter are oils, which means there is no water for bacteria to grow. When you buy commercial lotions they include preservatives, often because the product has been made a long time before it gets to you. You can make a batch of this butter and use it several hours later. How cool is that?

The Ingredients for the magic butter

The butter takes 6 ingredients. You can buy them from a local store, but they are also on Amazon. For ingredients such as olive oil, it is easy to find locally. It might be more difficult though to find shea butter and cocoa butter locally. You can check the price on Amazon for shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil, beeswax, olive oil, and vitamin E oil. This aromatherapy kit is also a favorite of mine as well and is helpful when making homemade products.

Enjoy it!

Hopefully, you enjoyed making this as much as I enjoyed telling you how to make it. I am a huge DIYer because I like knowing what goes into my products. Plus it is fun and useful. Ever since I have been making it, I never spend a winter without it. Regular lotion just doesn’t quite cut it for me when the air is dry.

Quick Instructions for the All Natural Body Butter

If you have already read through the detailed steps, here is a summarized version of all the steps

The Ingredients

The Directions

Weigh all ingredients individually and add them to a pot. Transfer the pot to low heat and stir slowly until all has melted. The beeswax will be the last to melt. Remove from heat when all the ingredients have been thoroughly melted.

Pour the melted ingredients into a heat-safe bowl that you plan on storing the butter in. Refrigerate for 1.5 hours. Remove from the fridge and set for at least 6 hours.

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Author: Niki

Make your own all natural body butter at home with 6 ingredients. Good for eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, diaper rash and more. You don't need the fancy names you cannot pronounce.

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4 Responses

  1. This is an amazing body butter. I love the smooth texture. No need to work it in you’re hands as I have had to do with “store bought” Shea Butter creams. I love the small of Cocoa Butter for me but my soon Hates it. Is there an alternative to Cocoa Butter I can use for him? Even adding the essential oils didn’t bring down the smell of the Cocoa Butter. He had extremely dry but also acne prone skin so I’ve added Tea Tree oil as well.

    1. Hi Lynn, you can skip the cocoa butter altogether and just increase the amount of shea butter to make up for the missing cocoa butter. You can also substitute mango butter for cocoa butter. You can get creative and increase/decrease the number of solids to try different textures. I am happy you like it!

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Make your own all natural body butter at home with 6 ingredients. Good for eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, diaper rash and more. You don't need the fancy names you cannot pronounce.