Looking for a special home crafted holiday gift idea? Look no farther! This winter whipped holiday body butter recipe is irresistibly smooth, incredibly fragrant, ridiculously easy to make and wonderfully healthy for your skin!
There are a lot of homemade body butter recipes out there, but what sets this one apart is the subtle mint green color from grapeseed oil and my fantastic holiday inspired essential oil blends.
Each of these essential oil blends have therapeutic qualities and rich fragrances. Any essential oil suitable for topical use can be added to this body butter recipe to suit your tastes. Many single oils make wonderful aromas when added to homemade skin care products. You might like to try lavender, peppermint, wild orange, bergamot or patchouli.
All Is Calm — relaxing & soothing – 20 drops of lavender; 10 drops of vetiver; 5 drops of sandalwood or marjoram
All Is Bright – 20 drops of wild orange; 10 drops lemon; 5 drops of peppermint
Comfort & Joy -- calming & warming — 120 drops of bergamot; 10 drops roman chamomile; 5 drops cassia
Midnight Clear — balancing & grounding – 15 drops of patchouli; 5 drops of cedarwood; 5 drops of ylang ylang
Majestic Splendor – rejuvenating & transcendent – 20 drops of frankincense; 10 drops of cedarwood; 10 drops of white fir
Frosty Morning — cooling & energizing – 20 drops of grapefruit; 5 drops peppermint; 5 drops wintergreen
1-3/4 cups shea butter (unrefined is best)
1/2 cup coconut oil (extra virgin is best)
1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- Measure out shea butter and coconut oil (which will be solid at a room temperatures below 76 degrees) and melt over medium-low heat in a double broiler, stirring constantly until there are no lumps left.
- Let cool about 30 minutes, then stir in the grapeseed oil and essential oil(s) of your choosing.
- Cover the oil mixture and freeze for about 20-30 minutes, or refrigerate for 1-2 hours. You want the mixture to start to solidify but not completely harden, a consistency similar to soft wax or softened butter.
- Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl and whip until soft and fluffy.
- Spoon into a clean glass jar and smooth over skin anytime you need extra moisture.
- If the mixture won’t whip or stay whipped, you need to chill it longer.
- If the mixture has lumps in it after you’ve whipped it, let it set to soften a bit and then try again.
- Store in a cool area and if your home gets above 75°F regularly, you may want to keep it in the refrigerator.
- The body butter is designed to melt into your skin as it goes on. It will be a little oily at first but it absorbs quickly and leaves your skin very soft. It is perfect to apply after a shower, letting it soak into your skin before you get dressed.
- For gift giving, you can use repurposed glass baby food jars or inexpensive, decorative canning jars. Also visit your local craft store for other unique container ideas. Embellish your jars by gluing detailed fabric onto the lid.
**Makes 2.5 to 3 cups whipped body butter