This decadent Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter is pure autumnal perfection. It’s soft and creamy, and smells deliciously of cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and cloves. It sinks into the skin shockingly quickly for how thick and luscious it is, and the texture is utterly fantastic. In short, this stuff is amazing and you should make some.

How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

You’ll just need three (well, even two will work if you simply can’t wait until a new order of stuff arrives) to whip up the base of this kick-butt body butter. Not surprisingly, some pumpkin seed oil makes an appearance. I used some lovely bright orange stuff, but if yours is greenish I wouldn’t worry about it—once we whip the butter up it loses its warm tint completely.

How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

The thick, creamy awesomeness comes from a blend of rich shea butter and mango butter. Mango butter really is the star ingredient here in terms of that shockingly fast absorption speed; it feels dry on the skin, and sinks in incredibly fast. This is in stark contrast to shea butter, which hangs out on your skin for ages, leaving you feeling pretty greasy. The inclusion of mango butter is what makes this body butter wonderfully light and non-greasy feeling, so while you can use 75g (2.65oz) of either butter if you’ve only got one, this body butter will be quite heavy and greasy if you use 100% shea butter with no mango butter.

How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

Our essential oil blend is fantastic for fall. It’s mostly vanilla-y, thanks to lovely, sweet benzoin, with spicy hits from cinnamon, ginger, and clove. I’ve kept the spice essential oil amounts quite low as they’re all warming essential oils that can be irritating in large quantities. You might be tempted to use the ground spices instead as there’s a good chance you’ve got those if you don’t have the essential oils, but please don’t—that will make for a body butter that’s really gritty and will leave specks of ground spices all over your skin. Ick.

How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

We’ll wrap up our lovely whipped pumpkin spice body butter by adding a touch of mica to give it a warm, autumnal colour. There’s nowhere near enough mica in there to colour your skin, or even leave a noticeable shimmer behind. The mica is 100% optional, but I really like it for a body butter that isn’t just white.

How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

And that’s it! Whipped pumpkin spice body butter. You’re going to love it 😉

Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter

25g | 0.88oz pumpkin seed oil
25g | 0.88oz refined shea butter
50g | 1.76oz mango butter

6 “blobsbenzoin essential oil
5 drops cinnamon bark essential oil
1 drop ginger essential oil (make sure you get the CO2 extracted version as the steam distilled stuff smells like old socks)
1 drop clove bud essential oil

1/8 tsp gold mica (both micas are optional, they’re just for colour)
1/8 tsp bronze mica (I use these tiny measuring spoons for tiny measurements like this)

Weigh the pumpkin seed oil, refined shea butter, and mango butter into a smallish, deep, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Melt the oils and butters together with a few 15–20 second bursts in the microwave, stopping to stir and scrape the bowl down between bursts. Once everything has just liquefied, pop the bowl into the freezer and freeze for 15 minutes.

To whip up this beauty, you’ll need a set of electric beaters. We’ll be whipping for 3 minutes, scraping the bowl down, and then freezing for 3 more minutes. And then doing that a few times. Set timers! The whipping will feel like it’s taking way longer than 3 minutes, and 3 minutes of freezing will whip (ha) past without notice. You’re looking for soft peaks, like you’re whipping cream. Yum

Here’s what I did:

  • Whip 3 minutes, scrape down, freeze 3 minutes.
  • Whip 3 minutes, scrape down, freeze 3 minutes.
  • Whip 3 minutes, scrape down, freeze 3 minutes.
  • Add essential oils. Whip 3 minutes, scrape down, freeze 3 minutes.

Add the micas (if using), whip for 1–2 minutes, scrape down, and leave the body butter for about 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, if the body butter is still marshmallowy and soft, you’re done! Lightly spoon it into a 250mL/8oz tin and enjoy!

Having issues? Making Skincare has some great guidelines and troubleshooting tips for whipped body butters here.

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How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
How to Make Whipped Pumpkin Spice Body Butter
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