Body Butter Recipes

Got parched skin? Homemade body butter is just the thing! Learn how to make body butter using great natural oils, butters, and waxes with this great selection of body butter recipes.

Making Substitutions

Don’t have the oil or butter called for in the recipe? Here’s a guide on how to choose a good alternative from what you do have.

What's with the waxes?

Beeswax, carnauba wax, candelila wax, bayberry wax—how are they different? Can you use one instead of another?

Help, I made a mess!

My best tips for cleaning up your DIY messes 🙂
White Chocolate Body Frosting

White Chocolate Body Frosting

This delicious smelling white chocolate body frosting is rather divine. Light and easily absorbed into the skin, it smells of vanilla and cocoa, and may leave you wondering if you can lick yourself (I don’t recommend it). The base of this decadent whipped white...

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Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Rocky Mountain Foot Butter

Kristin wrote me with the most lovely sounding recipe request—she was looking for a “rich, tingly foot butter that smells like a pine tree”. Mmmm. As a lover of all things forest scented, I absolutely had to make this awesome (and as of yet hypothetical) rocky...

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Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm

Cool & Clear Eucalyptus Balm

This silky smooth balm smells clear and fresh, and leaves skin feeling lightly cooled and refreshed as well as gently moisturized. It comes together quickly and easily, and it's vegan to boot.   Want to watch this project instead of read it? Watch Now Eucalyptus...

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Whipped Mocha Body Frosting

Whipped Mocha Body Frosting

This creamy, decadent whipped mocha body frosting smells divine and sinks into the skin in an instant, leaving you wondering if it's really got lots of in it. It leaves your skin soft, moisturized, and happy, and the luscious texture might just...

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Honey Coconut Body Butter

Honey Coconut Body Butter

This light and creamy honey coconut body butter smells just like honey and a warm summer day, and I am utterly smitten with it. As I write this I am constantly pulling my hands up to my face for a good sniff—I imagine I must look a touch bonkers, but I'm ok with that....

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Vegan Hemp Butter

Vegan Hemp Butter

This glassy green vegan hemp butter sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it soft and slightly patchouli scented. Thickened using bayberry and , this simple and versatile body butter is 100% vegan and 100% easy to make. The inspiration for this...

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Baby Bum Balm

Baby Bum Balm

When I posted my diaper creme recipe, Melissa commented to tell me about her recipe, which was basically a herbal salve loaded with , and the idea stuck. So, when a coworker's wife had a squishy little baby girl, I thought it was time to whip up...

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Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm

Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm

This soft and creamy Monoi de Tahiti and Meadowfoam Lip & Body Balm comes together in a flash, and leaves you smelling of Tahitian gardenias and citrus. It sinks in quickly, and feels wonderful on the skin. The ingredient list is short, and you can use the balm on...

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Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar

Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar

This vibrant green Hemp, Oat, & Shea Eczema Body Butter Bar is loaded with eczema conquering goodies. It gets its smokey green scent from the ingredients, so fragrance-sensitive users need not worry. It's also wonderfully easy to apply thanks to the wonderful...

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Oreo Body Truffles

Oreo Body Truffles

My love for dark continues to grow with awesome projects like this one. These adorable little body truffles look just like dessert, feel great on the skin, and require just 2 ingredients and the ability to melt chocolate (which I have been...

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Perfect Body Butter Bars

Perfect Body Butter Bars

I'm having a hard time deciding what it is I love most about these perfect body butter bars. Is it how they melt perfectly on contact with my skin and absorb quickly? Is it their amazing, delicious scent, which comes entirely from the butters and oils they're made...

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DIY Egyptian Magic

DIY Egyptian Magic

I can't quite remember who first introduced me to the idea of making my own DIY Egyptian Magic. It may have been Meredith, it could have been a reader. It seems my memory isn't that great on this one. Anyhow, it was a great idea. As with many of the more natural...

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How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

How to Make Peppermint Belly Bars

It seems everybody around me is having babies. Most of my friends and coworkers are older than I am, so I'm chalking it up to that. Anyhow, I figure if my assorted DIY hobbies are good for anything, they're good for helping the lovely mums-to-be in my life soothe...

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DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm

DIY Mediterranean Wonderbalm

Back in September Carlee got in touch with a request—"Mediterranean Olive Almond & Sage Wonderbalm". I'd never heard of it before. Apparently Boots, the British chemist, makes it. Carlee described it as a deep treatment for dry lips, elbows, and hands, and...

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Peppermint Massage Bars

Peppermint Massage Bars

Every autumn I, along with the rest of my city (or so it seems), haul my arse back to yoga classes. It's not that I don't enjoy yoga enough to do it in the summer, it's just that there are so many things to do when the days are long and warm. Anyhow, my inevitable...

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The Easiest Body Butter Bars Ever

The Easiest Body Butter Bars Ever

I am absolutely in love with these days. It just smells so good, and it melts at just the right temperature, and it’s all smooth and soft (unlike some butters which are sticky on the skin). Best of all, it leaves you smelling of a beautiful,...

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Coconut & Monoi Body Butter

Coconut & Monoi Body Butter

Out of all the wonderful specialty oils with long histories of use in exotic and wonderful places, Monoi de Tahiti may be the most exotic. It's from Tahiti, and has been made for over 2000 years. It's the result of macerating the blossoms of the tiare flower (also...

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Peppermint Massage Truffles

Peppermint Massage Truffles

These cute little massage peppermint massage truffles are perfect for sore muscles, minor burns, or just cooling yourself down a bit before going to sleep on a hot night. They look good enough to eat (please don't, though), and their cute wee size makes them great...

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Palm Balm for Rock Climbers & Boo-boos

Palm Balm for Rock Climbers & Boo-boos

If you're a rock climber, by now you're well into your spring training regime (though if you live up here in Canada you probably aren't heading out to the mountains quite yet—brr!). And, unless you've been pretty diligent in the climbing gym all winter long, you're...

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Coco-Cocoa Whipped Body Butter

Coco-Cocoa Whipped Body Butter

Whipped body butter is like body butter, but far more decadent. The luxury factor is totally worth the bit of added effort—you feel like you're frosting yourself, but it a totally non-cannibalistic way. Whipped body butter makes great gifts that never fail to impress...

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Eczema Salve

Eczema Salve

When it comes to the vast majority of my DIY endeavors (especially the ones that are supposed to solve some sort of ailment), I'm my one and only guinea pig. That's hardly surprising, I suppose, as I am both cheap and very accessible! Sometimes my friends and family...

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Wood Shed/Hippy Body Butter

Wood Shed/Hippy Body Butter

My rather ridiculous desire to try new ingredients from New Directions Aromatics has left me with a lot of very interesting ingredients, some of which I haven't gotten around to trying yet. Ucuuba Butter and Tucuma Butter are two new butters have been sitting in my...

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Tropical Shimmer Body Butter (Shimmer Optional)

Tropical Shimmer Body Butter (Shimmer Optional)

Mangoes, coconut, cocoa, and lime... at this point all you need is sunshine, some sand, a swimsuit, and a cold beer, and you've practically got a tropical vacation. And while I suppose I could sit in my sandbox in a bathing suit, but it's December, and I would...

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Coconut Body Butter

Coconut Body Butter

I'd heard rumors of . Of an oil so fragrant with the scent of the tropics that it was almost unbelievable. I had coconut oil in massive 4L quantities for soap making, but this stuff wasn't the good stuff, it was the soaping stuff. So I...

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