How to Make Homemade Body Butter

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Body butter softens dry skin and smooths rough areas of skin. Thicker than lotions or creams, this skin emollient has a softened buttery consistency. You can purchase body butters in many fragrances in stores, but making your own at home requires only a few simple ingredients. Homemade body butters make thoughtful gifts and save you money over the expensive versions in stores -- and let you avoid unwanted ingredients.

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Heat 8 ounces of shea butter in the double boiler over boiling water until the shea butter is melted. Remove from heat.

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Stir in 1/2 cup olive oil with the wooden spoon. This helps thin the shea butter. You can also use almond oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil.

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Measure 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix into the oil mixture. The cornstarch makes the butter less greasy, according to aesthetician Keeley Selvage.

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Add up to 1/2 ounce of essential oil to your body butter. Lavender oil soothes, while peppermint oil invigorates. Stir to combine all the ingredients.

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Transfer the body butter to a glass or plastic container. Refrigerate overnight to help the mixture set up.

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