How to Make Homemade Body Butter

by Cynthia Myers ; Updated July 18, 2017

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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


  • Purchase shea butter at a natural foods store.

    You can combine different oils such as coconut and almond or olive and jojoba, as long as the total amount of oil equals 1/2 cup.

    Whip the body butter with an egg beater as it cools to give it a fluffy consistency.


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About the Author

Cynthia Myers is the author of numerous novels and her nonfiction work has appeared in publications ranging from "Historic Traveler" to "Texas Highways" to "Medical Practice Management." She has a degree in economics from Sam Houston State University.