3 DIY Homemade Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipes

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Homemade coconut oil body butters are so easy to make. Several years ago, I started working on eliminating chemical from my home and my beauty products were one of the first things I looked at. Once I started paying attention, I was appalled at the nasty ingredients in commercial products. Even in the organic brands, there are often ingredients that I would prefer to avoid. So, I began experimenting at home making everything from deodorant to sunscreen to body wash to hair treatments. You can check out all of my homemade skin care recipes here.

For the longest time, the only butter that I used as a base was shea butter. It was inexpensive and easy to find at my health food store. As I continued to experiment, I branched off into other types of butters. The follow recipes use three of my favorites: cocoa, mango, and kokum.

Cocoa Butter is a common ingredient in many homemade skin care products (and commercial products too). This butter is super aromatic (smells like chocolate) and is pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao). The processing of the butter yield a gorgeous warm cream color and rich, decadent scent. It is often added to creams, lotions, and soaps, and adds a great scent, plus makes the skin feel great.

Mango Butter comes from the seed kernel of the Mango tree and is regularly used as a high-quality base for body care products and soaps. According to Mountain Rose Herbs, “mango butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.”

Kokum Butter is a butter that is not as common as cocoa and mango. It is comes from the Garcinia tree and is naturally white and incredibly smooth. Like cocoa and shea butters, kokum butter is beneficial for the skin and is a great additive to homemade skin care products.

Today, I am sharing three different body butter recipes with you. These body butters are rich and moisturizing. Living in Colorado, I have dry skin year round. No matter how good my diet is and how many healthy fats I eat, my skin always needs a little extra love. These creams use skin nourishing ingredients and can be whipped up pretty quick. They also make excellent gifts for loved ones, so double or triple the batch and share some of the love with others.

Recipe Ingredients

I get a lot of questions on the ingredients for this recipe, so here are my notes on that:

I get a lot of questions as to where I purchase my ingredients for my homemade skin care products. Most of the ingredients for my recipes are easily found at your local health food stores. Some things can only be found online. For this recipe, I got my supplies from my various affiliate partners:

Mountain Rose Herbs: The organic butters. Their quality is outstanding and while I may try other brands every once in awhile, I keep coming back to them.

Tropical Traditions: The coconut oil (I used virgin, but you could use their expeller-pressed if you prefer).

Vitacost: I have shopped around and I find that the best price on many of my common ingredients are through Vitacost. With their Vitacost Rewards program, of which I am a part of, you can receive a $10 off coupon for your first purchase of $30 or more. Once your order ships, I receive a coupon for referring you! The nice thing is that you can then refer family and friends and earn coupons for yourself. Sign up through this link.

Amazon.com: Red raspberry seed oil. This oil is known for it’s skin nourishing properties and makes a great addition to homemade skin care products. It can be a little hard to find, but this is where I purchased mine.

For more information about the essential oils I use for myself and my family, click here.

Check out my skin care videos!

Since I am a fanatic about keeping my skin and body care non-toxic, I get a lot of questions about what my routine is and what products I use. I created this video to discuss all of that and more. The video below that features a lot of the hair care products that I use, including henna and my favorite clean shampoo.

Do you make your own skin care products? What is your favorite thing to make? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!

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About Jessica Espinoza

Jessica is a real food wellness educator and the founder of the Delicious Obsessions website. She has had a life-long passion for food and being in the kitchen is where she is the happiest. She began helping her mother cook and bake around the age of three and she's been in the kitchen ever since, including working in a restaurant in her hometown for almost a decade, where she worked every position before finally becoming the lead chef. Jessica started Delicious Obsessions in 2010 as a way to help share her love for food and cooking. Since then, it has grown into a trusted online resource with a vibrant community of people learning to live healthy, happy lives through real food and natural living.

Discussion

30 comments

  1. Oh wow those look incredible! I think I might just make a foray into making some of these soon.

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    Soli
    Posted 12/05/13

    • Thanks Soli! They make great gifts too! Enjoy! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 12/05/13

  2. These look awesome! I want some! 🙂

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    • Thanks Starlene! They are fantastic! 🙂

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      Jessica
      Posted 12/05/13

  3. I am wondering if I have to warn people not to expose their skin to the sun after putting on the body butter that has the citrus essential oils? Some sites tell you that the citrus causes photosensitive skin . So I am always afraid to use citrus EO. But citrus smells so divine . Do you know if this is a problem?
    Thanks for your recipes
    Trish

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    Patricia Swayze
    Posted 01/26/14

    • Hi Trish – You are correct that some citrus essential oils are phototoxic (but not all). I was certain I included that in this post, but perhaps I forgot. I personally have not had any issues using these butters and going outdoors, but we are all different, so it is best to use caution until you know how your skin reacts. I’ll make sure I put a note in the recipe regarding that. Thanks for alerting me that I had left that out.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 01/26/14

  4. These look amazing! Do you have any suggestions for the best prices on essential oils? I’ve found them to be quite expensive and didn’t know if there were better sources than my local health food store.

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    Karissa
    Posted 01/28/14

    • Wow – totally missed the vitacost part – sorry!

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      Karissa
      Posted 01/28/14

      • No worries! I think their prices are pretty good. They seem to always run a few bucks cheaper than my health food store. 🙂

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        Jessica Espinoza
        Posted 01/28/14

  5. just a query on the raspberry seed oil… if I can’t get it what would be a good replacement?

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    sarah
    Posted 01/29/14

    • Hi Sarah – There really isn’t a good replacement for it, but you could leave it out of the recipe and it would be just fine. You’d never even know it was missing. 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 01/30/14

  6. Thanks! I want to try these. I made a body butter with shea butter and coconut oil and it’s a little but too oily on the skin, although it does soak in. Which of these is least oily and do you use it on your face?

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    Anne LaBelle
    Posted 03/08/14

    • Hi Anne – Yes, I use these all over. Try the one with kokum butter (the citrus vanilla one). I can’t really tell you which is least oily, as they all seem the same to me, but the kokum butter is especially good for the skin. Let me know you thoughts if you make them. You could also halve or quarter the recipe to start out and see how you like it. 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 03/09/14

      • OK, thanks! I’m gonna order some Kokum butter. That’s a new one on me!

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        Anne LaBelle
        Posted 03/10/14

  7. I am looking for a recipe for a contouring cream. Anybody have one they want to share.

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    Joyce
    Posted 04/18/14

    • Hi Joyce – I have not come across a recipe for that, but I will definitely add it to the list if I ever do! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 04/18/14

  8. Hi Jessica,funny how six months later this lovely post led me to the savings program. They are having a good sale on Aura Cacia at Vitacost now and I just placed my first order! Thank you so much!

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    Rashena
    Posted 06/03/14

    • Hi Rashena – That’s great! I love Vitacost and their savings program. I think I’ve gotten every single person I know to sign up and then they can turn around and use their links to get their family and friends to sign up! Thanks for the heads up on the sale too. I need to check that out! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 06/03/14

  9. Once you’ve whipped the slightly set oils together, do they stay in that whipped condition? Or do they end up separating and melting if the room temperature is warm. I’d like to make some for Christmas gifts and would like to know what to expect. Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom with us!

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    Rebekah
    Posted 11/15/14

    • They will stay whipped together. If the home is really hot (75-80+), then it will get really soft, but it never melts into a puddle. At least in my experience, and my house gets HOT during the summer! Have fun! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 11/16/14

  10. Well, darn. I have my answer. I followed your recipe to the letter & it all melted eventually, leaving an interesting thick layer of foam at the top.

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    Rebekah
    Posted 11/17/14

    • Hi Rebekah – I am sorry the recipe didn’t turn out for you! I have never had my body butters completely melt, even in the height of summer. They have gotten really, really soft, but not fully melted. You should be able to chill it and re-whip the mixture again. You may just need to store it in the fridge or a cool part of your house!

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 11/25/14

  11. What can be used in place of coconut oil as I’m allergic?

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    Melissa
    Posted 12/14/14

    • Hi Melissa – I have never used anything but coconut oil in these recipes, but the first thing to come to mind would be jojoba. I’m not sure how well it will whip though, as it has a different texture than coconut oil. It may be more of a lotion instead. Hope that helps! 🙂

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 12/15/14

  12. They look great. I will have to add them to my list. I love to make salves. I have recipes for many different kinds. Like dry cracked skin, a great muscle salve. A baby booty salve or butter that I have names after my niece Ella. Ella’s Booty Butter.

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    Mary Lynn
    Posted 12/26/14

  13. Hi! I have been looking for a good body butter! I would love to make this for a gift. I am wondering how long is the shelf life?

    Thank-you Anna

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    Anna
    Posted 02/07/15

    • Hi Anna – They should be fine for 3-6 months. You could store them in the fridge if you think you won’t use them up faster than that.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 02/08/15

  14. Can these be edible?

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    Giselle
    Posted 02/12/15

    • Hi Giselle – No, I would not eat them, as some of the butters are not edible and I also do not advocate internal use of essential oils.

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      Jessica Espinoza
      Posted 02/12/15

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