November 15, 2012 by Stacy McDonald

Rich and Creamy Homemade Body Butter

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Yes, you can do this!

I think this recipe is my favorite essential oil-infused concoction so far. Maybe it’s because it took me so long to perfect. A few days ago, I got it nearly just right; then, the next day, after 3 attempts to duplicate it, I nearly gave up! Failure, after near perfection, is beyond frustrating.

I think I’ll definitely have to do a video on this one, since there are a number of extra tips I could share along the way. But, for now, here is the recipe…

Rich and Creamy Homemade Body Butter

  • 1/4 C. Beeswax pellets
  • 1/2 C. Grape Seed Oil (I get mine from our local Mediterranean Mart)…Sweet Almond oil would work too
  • 1/2 C. distilled water or reverse osmosis water
  • 1 T. Shea butter (or cocoa butter)
  • 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin or pure lanolin (I used Lansinoh┬« brand)
  • 15-20 drops of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils (single or blend of your choice)

On a double boiler, melt beeswax pellets until they are liquid. Remove from burner and quickly whisk in grape seed oil. The mixture will get cloudy; just keep whisking until the liquid is clear again. Add Shea butter and whisk until melted (if absolutely necessary, you can briefly place back over the heat and whisk just until liquid). Remember, gentle heating is key.

Continue to whisk non-stop until the mixture becomes thick and creamy, and barely luke-warm…nearly room temperature. This part is crucial, so that you don’t wind up with grainy lotion. Don’t ask.

Use a rubber spatula to pour the mixture into a food processor. Turn processor on high. Slowly (preferably using the little inverted cup that has a tiny pin hole on the bottom) stream your water into the mixture. Process for about four minutes. Stop every now and then to scrape the sides back into your buttery creation.

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Once you’ve placed your body butter into the glass jar, mix in your essential oils (I use a Popsicle stick). This keeps you food processor from absorbing the scent of your oils. Store in a sterilized glass jar for up to 3 weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to three months. Wipe all your utensils and tools thoroughly with paper towels and wash with hot, soapy water. I have found that the Thieves household cleaner works especially well!

Scenting Ideas:

  • Romantic Evening (Sensation blend plus 2 drops sandalwood)
  • Lime Bergamot (15 drops lime, 3 drops bergamot)
  • Exotic Evening (8 drops jasmine, 5 drops sandalwood, 3 drops lime)
  • Good Morning (15 drops grapefruit, 2 drops lavender)

Great for including in your holiday gift baskets!

I only recommend Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils because I know and trust their quality. Lower quality oils can even be toxic! The word “therapeutic grade” is not regulated, so anyone can put that on their label. Find out what we mean by “therapeutic grade” HERE and see if any other oil companies meet that standard!

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3 Responses to “Rich and Creamy Homemade Body Butter”

  1. Tehila says:

    Thank you for this recipe. It sounds as though it makes a beautiful product!

    May I also take the opportunity to share that I have just completed going through, “Raising Maidens of Virtue” with my daughter (11) . We both absolutely loved each and every chapter, and while my daughter was challenged time and time again in her feminine loveliness, I didn’t expect to be challenged too as much as I was!!! So, thank you so much for investing all that you did in writing the book. We will never be the same again after having read it!

    God bless you!

  2. Tanisha says:

    Hi there! I am all ready to try your recipe and I realized that something is missing. When do you put the vegetable glycerin or lanolin? Do you put it in with the grapeseed oil? Or do you put it in the mixture between the grapeseed oil and the shea butter? Thanks in advance!

  3. Stacy McDonald says:

    Oops. I put the lanolin in with the heated mixture, and I put the glycerine in with the grapeseed oil.

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