Updated on April 25, 2017
Pretty Fat Beauty: DIY Whipped Body Butter
I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of clean beauty. Over the years, as I’ve become more conscious of what I put on my body, I’ve learned a bit about what the mainstream media claims to be good for you, and what is actually good for you. This awakening has led to a bit of disenchantment with finding high-quality, environmentally safe personal care products. Even in the Whole Foods-era where there is an abundance of “natural” products, everything seems to be greenwashed and products that claim to be all-natural boast a long list of incomprehensible ingredients. Fed up with the options available, I set out on a journey to make my own beauty and personal care products at home (I know, scary, right?!). That is why I’m excited to share with you how to make your own multi-purpose whipped body butter!
Benefits of DIY Beauty Products
There are a multitude of benefits that come along with making your own products. For one, you save a ton of money while completely streamlining your beauty routine. And, when you make your own products, you aren’t beholden to the planned obsolescence of the beauty industry, who’s primary goal is to make you feel like you always need the next best thing! As I’ve become more comfortable in the DIY landscape, I’ve experimented with making a wide-range of products, from facial astringents and deodorant to leave-in moisturizing hair sprays, and I’m currently working on a mouthwash. Out of all my experiments, though, this whipped body butter has literally changed my life (I’m not being dramatic, I swear!).
Not only is it an amazing all-over skin moisturizer, including your face, but it also serves as an extremely effective hair butter for afro-textured hair like my own (my twist-outs have been incredible!). The days of buying name-brand body butter are long gone because this recipe is so easy to make, not to mention loads cheaper than the store-bought brands.
If you’re super low-maintenance like myself, making your own products may be the way to go. The added bonus is that you control the ingredients, which can be bought at your local natural foods store or online, resulting in an environmentally friendly, sustainable beauty product that you can be proud of.
With all that said, If you’re up for a fun experiment, check out the recipe below and let me know how it goes in the comments!
Here are the things you’ll need to get started:
- A hand mixer (a cheap one will do. I got mine for $6 at Curacao)
- A double-boiler or two different sized pots
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowl with lid
- Glass container(s) with lid
Pretty Fat DIY Whipped Body Butter Recipe
- ½ C. Raw Shea Butter
- ¼ C. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil
- 2 Tbsp. Real Aloe Vera Gel
- 40 Drops of Essential Lavender Oil (or essential oil or fragrance of choice)
This recipe yields about 1 ¼ C. of body butter
First, add the shea butter and coconut oil to the double boiler over low heat (If you don’t have a double boiler, learn how to create a makeshift version like l did). Stir occasionally until fully melted. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Once the mixture is cooled down, pour into a mixing bowl (preferably one with a lid) and add the jojoba oil, aloe vera gel and lavender oil. Stir ingredients (any utensil will do) until they are blended together. Place in freezer with lid for 15-20 minutes. The mixture needs to become mildly solid or the consistency of a thick liquid (think condensed milk). Once the mixture has cooled and begins to settle, remove from freezer and use the mixer to whip. Please note that the mixture will not whip properly if it is not in a semi-hardened, thick liquid state. Mix ingredients for 2-3 minutes or until you get a soft, whipped texture. Transfer to glass container with lid and store in a cool dry place.
That’s it! I hope you all enjoy the amazingness that is homemade body butter. My life has changed and I hope yours does too. Forget store-bought products!
Damn the man and make your own!
This recipe was adapted from Rawmazing. She’s an amazing blogger with a ton of all-natural recipes, tips and tricks. I absolutely recommend checking out some of her other beauty and food recipes. Note, I do not have any affiliation, I just love high-quality information!