I love this body butter recipe, it is so good for the skin and made with a few simple ingredients. I added a nice touch of infusing fresh rosemary leaves, this is optional but if you like rosemary I highly recommend it.
Note: If you are in a rush and just need the recipe itself you may skip to the bottom of this article to see our tutorial video 🙂
Body Butter vs Lotion
First a little note on what body butters are and how they differ from lotions.
Body Butters are a mixture of butters, oils and botanicals. They are concentrated moisturizers, loaded with nutrients and usually bit thicker in consistency. They can be whipped to make them light and fluffy. Body Butters are preferred by people who are looking to handle dry skin, repair damaged skin or simply maintain a healthy glow.
Lotions usually contain 70% – 80% water and about 5% – 10% of moisturizing butters and oils. Because lotions are mixing water and oil they usually require an emulsifier and a preservative to keep consistency and to prevent them from going rancid, most of the time man-made chemicals are used for this though there are some natural ingredients that can be used. In terms of consistency, lotions are lightweight and generally soak into the skin very quickly.
Because of this I generally prefer body butters for my skin, and recommend them to my friends and family. With a body butter you are simply applying a lot more nutrients on the skin and end up with a better result. They are also very simple to make and require very little time and effort.
For this Body Butter recipe I used Unrefined Shea Butter. You can use a different butter in place of it if you would like, however I picked shea butter because:
About Shea Butter
Shea Butter is a nutrient dense butter that is safe for all skin types. It is non comedogenic and contains antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids which are very good for the skin. Shea Butter is known for boosting collagen production and repairing cracked or damaged skin. It has also helped many with tough skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Our Unrefined Shea Butter is particularly beneficial as it is imported from a trusted, fair-trade women co-op in Ghana, Africa that has been making shea butter for many years. It contains no chemicals or additives so is pure, soft and rich, perfect as a base for a body butter.
Shea Butter has a melting point of 89 -100 ° F. So it will melt when it comes into contact with your skin and absorbs easily. This butter has a natural nutty/smoky smell.
Here is what it looks like:
How to use Shea Butter on your skin
You can use pure Shea Butter as a skin moisturizer, just break off a pea size amount and rub it on your skin until it’s absorbed.
It can also be used in skin care recipes, to make body butters, balms, salves, soaps and more.
Homemade Body Butter Recipe – Infused with Rosemary
You will need:
1 Cup (8oz) of Unrefined Shea Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 Cup Almond Oil
Fresh Rosemary Leaves (optional)
20 Drops Rose Essential Oil. This is optional if you want a stronger rosemary scent
1. Place Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil and Fresh Rosemary in a double boiler system on low heat until completely melted
2. Optional: Once melted you may keep the mixture on low heat for a couple of hours to allow the butters and oils to fully absorb the nutrients from the rosemary, or you can move onto the next step.
3. Strain the rosemary from the oil & butter mixture using a strainer, cheese cloth or coffee filter.
4. Place in the fridge, freezer or a bowl of ice for 1-2 hours, until it is firm but not completely solid (soft to the touch)
5. Add in optional essential oil, if desired.
6. Using an electric blender, whip the mixture for several minutes until it is light and fluffy
7. Scoop into your jars or final containers
Uses and Benefits
Use this homemade body butter as a body moisturizer, or for particularly dry, cracked skin or eczema. It will help heal the skin and/or maintain it so it feels soft and has a healthy glow.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, leave a comment below with your feedback and any questions you have.
Homemade Body Butter Video Tutorial
As promised, here’s the video version of this recipe. Enjoy!