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how to make body butter
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2-Ingredient Body Butter

Stay moisturized this winter! Learn how to make body butter with 2 simple ingredients you probably already have in your house.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Bath and Body
Cuisine: DIY
Keyword: moisturizer
Yield: 6 ounces
Author: Stephanie Gerber
Cost: $8


  • Double boiler
  • Hand mixer
  • Glass container with lid



  • Pour 1–2 inches of water in a small saucepan.
  • Place a heat-proof jar or measuring cup in the saucepan, and add the shea butter and coconut oil.
  • Stirring frequently, heat the oils over low heat until they’re melted and well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into a separate bowl and pop into the refrigerator until cooled to room temperature (about an hour). You’ll want to stir every now and then to help the oils cool evenly and prevent any chunks from forming.
    If you’re in a hurry, you can place the oils in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Just make sure to stir frequently.
  • With a hand mixer, beat the oil mixture for 5–7 minutes at a medium-high speed. The mixture should turn white and become fluffy, sort of like frosting.
    If you’re having trouble getting it to fluff, increase the speed and move your hand mixer up and down through the lotion add a little air. You can also try placing the whipped body butter back in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes before whipping again. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of your bowl occasionally.
  • If you plan on adding essential oils or colorants, you can do so now. Roughly 5–10 drops should be enough, but you’re free to add as much as you like.
  • Transfer the mixture to a glass container with a lid and store in a cool, dark place like a drawer or medicine cabinet for up to 6 months.


Apply 2–3 times a day.
Should last at least 6 months.