Homemade Body Butter


Now that it’s almost summer, it’s time to break out the body butters!

Why have I been buying expensive beauty products all my life when it is so easy to make them at home? If only I had known sooner that I could customize my own luxurious body butters without using any preservatives or things I can’t pronounce. In fact, most of the ingredients are edible! Here’s how easy it is:


1/2 cup cocoa butter wafers (NOTE: the cocoa butter will add a chocolatey smell which you may or may not like, so please keep this in mind when choosing your essential oils–next time, I might try just adding orange or peppermint oils)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup sweet almond oil

Plus whatever combination of essential oils you prefer for the scent. I like the following:
30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
45 drops lavender essential oil
15 drops peppermint essential oil


1. Melt cocoa butter wafers and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. If you don’t have a double-boiler, just create a make-shift one like I did below.


2. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the sweet almond oil and essential oils.


3. Put the mixture into your freezer until the oils start to partially solidify (see below), then use a mixer to whip it into a thick, creamy consistency.



4. Once it is fully whipped (see below), simply transfer your body butter into a storage container of your choice and store it in a cool, dry place.


This recipe makes 2 small jars of body butter and was only slightly adapted from this amazing tutorial by Rawmazing. You should definitely go to the Rawmazing site to read the full tutorial and all of the helpful tips and suggestions at the end before making your own. Enjoy!


About Kim McCoy

Kim McCoy is a passionate animal and environmental advocate with a B.S. in Business Administration from UT Knoxville and a J.D. specializing in Animal and Environmental Law. She graduated with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she served as Editor in Chief of the internationally acclaimed Animal Law Review and interned with the National Center for Animal Law and the International Environmental Law Project. Kim is a member of MENSA (the “high IQ society”) and previously worked for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in a variety of roles, including Executive Director, Director of Campaigns, and Director of Legal Affairs. Kim is also the former Executive Director of the One World One Ocean Foundation and the proud mother of a healthy, thriving son who has been vegan since conception. Currently serving as Executive Director of Big Life Foundation, which protects wildlife and wild lands in Eastern Africa, Kim remains deeply committed to the defense of animals worldwide.
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5 Responses to Homemade Body Butter

  1. Mike & Gloria McCoy says:

    I can almost smell this luxe body butter!

    Sent from Mike & Gloria’s iPad.

  2. This looks amazing! Is there a difference between shea and cocoa butters, or can they be used interchangeably?

    • Kim McCoy says:

      As far as I know, they can be used interchangeably for things like this. I think the rule is to be sure you are swapping a solid for a solid and a liquid for a liquid. The original recipe that I modified from Rawmazing used shea butter, but I didn’t have any, so I used cocoa butter, and it worked beautifully. I’m sure that shea butter would be great!

  3. Kayse says:

    This looks great! What an easy way to make body butter!!

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