Homemade Body Butter Recipe

This is the Homemade Body Butter Recipe I shared when I visited Martha Stewart Living Radio!


Homemade Body Butter

Pure Natural Diva Body Butter

I keep a small tub of my homemade body butter recipe in my car and shared some of it with Kadi Prescott – dynamo mother of 7 children.  Needless to say – she instantly wanted to know how to make it for her sensitive skinned little one.   Because we are both blogging diva’s – instead of emailing the recipe to her I told her I’d kick into gear and get the recipe posted.

All of the ingredients can be easily sourced – but the trickiest may be the beeswax.  You buy it buy the pound so one block will make a lot of lotion!  You can find it at Michael’s for $20 – but I found for less money, not to mention a more trusted source on Local Harvest.

This Homemade Body Butter Recipe has 4-5 ingredients, is easy to make and you’ll have the pleasure of knowing every ingredient that went into it.

Honey Citrus Homemade Body Butter Recipe

2 Tablespoons of Beeswax
1/2 Cup of Grapeseed Oil
1 Capsule of Vitamin E Oil
2-3 Tablespoons of Distilled Water
10 Drops of Citrus Essential Oil – or to preference

Homemade Body Butter Recipe Instructions

Combine the wax and oil together in a wide mouth jar. Microwave until the wax is almost completely melted.

Use a hand blender to whip – ensure it’s completely submerged for safety reasons!
Slowly add water and continue to aerate, then add fragrance. It will turn white and be thick and goopy.

Allow the lotion to settle for at least 15-20 minutes.

Scoop into a lotion container of your choosing, empty lip balm tubs.

Apply a small amount to any dry spots and enjoy!

A note about preservation… the vitamin e will help to extend the life of this product, but the formula does contain water… so it will only stay bacteria free for a few days without being refrigerated.   I suggest  keeping the bulk of your product in the fridge – and pulling out a couple days worth at a time in a smaller container.  IF you eliminate the water, then you could keep it out, but I haven’t had a chance to test the recipe without water.


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Who knew making your own Homemade Body Butter Recipe could be this simple?

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63 Responses to “Homemade Body Butter Recipe”
  1. Liz F says:

    It’s refreshing to see a recipe that DOESN’T use coconut or palm oil!!  Thanks so much, bought the ingredients the other day except for distilled water, can’t wait to try it out!

  2. Tania says:

    Can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you!

  3. Tania says:

    I have a few that I’m working on! But none that are ready to post. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss new recipes as they are published!

  4. Daisy says:

    I tried whipping up some of your body lotion but all I got was a liquids form  I used the yellow beeswax pastilles instead. Do you think this had something to do with it?Daisy

  5. Tania says:

    I don’t know if it’s related to the wax, or if the the blending just failed to go according to plan. Without being there it is really hard to trouble shoot. I can say I haven’t worked with wax beads.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Have you ever had this recipe return to liquid? I gave the above recipe a try with olive oil. It did set solid, but some of the small mason jars have returned to liquid. 

  7. Tania says:

    I have not had this happen. I really wish I had a suggestion for you. Sorry.

  8. barbara says:

    Any idea what makes cream crystalize after a period of time?

  9. Tania says:

    I haven’t experienced this, so I wish I could be of more help. Did you try doing a search for lotions crystalization?

  10. Mikala says:

    I made this several months ago now and put it into a refillable squeeze tube.  I put lemongrass essential oil in it but as the tube keeps most of the product airtight, I have not had any problems with rancidity.  They are called Coghlan’s squeeze tubes if anyone is interesting and you can get them at amazon and REI. 

  11. Daliah says:

    I made this and it came out great. I substituted a few ingredients. 1/4 cup avocado oil. I love it’s moisturizing properties. 2 Tbs aloe vera juice, 2 drops glycerine, 1 Tbs cocoa butter, Bergamot Oil, Lemon Oil. I wouldn’t use cocoa butter next time, maybe Shea butter, it’s odorless. I’m not sure my 2 oil scents are good together, that’s why I added the essential oils. Lotion does not smell yummy, but not bad, I’d just change the scent up next time. You mentioned water goes rancid, try aloe vera juice, it seems not to. I used it before and lotion is fine. To blend well, I found that you need the oil mixture to be cooled slightly. Good way to do that is to sit the jar with warm melted oil, in a bowl of ice, then blend. I use an old tall spaghetti jar. I don’t have a stick blender, I just use my hand held blender, it fits and works great.Elizabeth, I found my lotion turned liquidy when the weather turned warm. The a/c for the upstairs doesn’t work as well as downstairs so the weather has an impact. I decided it was old lotion anyway, so I dumped it and made fresh today. I’m not sure if I did, but my idea was to add a slight bit more beeswax since this is what keeps it solid. Too much beeswax and you get a lotion bar which I didn’t want. Because you can remelt these if you mess up, I added only what this recipe called for, 2 Tbs, and figured if it was not as thick as I wanted, I’d add more later.

  12. Daliah says:

    I meant I used 1/2 cup oil, not 1/4.


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