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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.


Amazon.com: Red raspberry seed oil, coconut oils, avocado oils, and sometimes essential oils. Red raspberry seed itsis 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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