How to Make Body Butter the Natural Way – Grapefruit

Learn how to make body butter, using all natural ingredients, for soft and smooth skin.

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Out of all the homemade beauty products I make, body butter and lotion are my all time favorite. My skin is pretty dry all year long, so I get the most use out of my lotions.

Do you have dry skin?

If you do, then you need to give this recipe a try! I slather on my body butter every time I get out of the shower. It makes me feel so revived and moisturized. Might I add, my skin stays feeling like this all day long.

What usually happens when you use a store bought lotion on your skin, by the early afternoon, your skin feels dry once again. Well, not with my homemade body butter. One application and you will be good to go for the rest of the day.

 

How to Make Body Butter

You can use any essential oil you want. Add your favorite or mix it up by adding two different essential oils. For this recipe, I used grapefruit.

I love citrus essential oils due to their energizing properties. Something about the aroma makes me want to jump out of the bed in the morning and get my day started on a good note.

If you’re looking for a, ‘before bed’ body butter, I recommend using lavender essential oil. Mmm, just by talking about it makes me feel so calm and serene.

If citrus isn’t your thing, take a look at my Cinnamon Vanilla Whipped Body Butter Recipe! It smells just like a cookie with a hint of spice.

This recipe fills one wide mouth half pint mason jar. If you are making this grapefruit body butter to give out as gifts or simply just want to make more for yourself, you can double the recipe.

Below I have included free labels that you can download, print, and use for your amazing creations.

Below I have included free labels that you can download, print, and use for your amazing creations.

  • I included 2 different sizes depending on the size of jar you plan on using.
  • I use these Avery Full Sheet Stickers for all of my handmade health & beauty products.

Ingredients:



Directions:

Weigh the solid ingredients with a kitchen scale while they are in their hard form. I like to use ounces instead of cups because you can get a more accurate amount that way.

In a double broiler add the shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. I like to use a small sized saucepan within a larger saucepan. Add a small amount of water into your larger pan. Just enough so the top pan is able to float.

How to Make Body Butter

On medium heat, wait until the ingredients melt into a liquid form.

Once melted, take your pan away from the heated stove and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then add 30 drops of grapefruit essential oil and mix.

Transfer your mixture into a bowl and wait for it to slightly solidify. This will take about thirty minutes to an hour.

Whip the ingredients for five to seven minutes. Give it some time, the mixture will start to get light and fluffy. This is where you add the pink colorant. I used 3 drops to get a pinkish orange color. Add one drop at a time until you get the color that you desire.

How to Make Body Butter

NOTE: You want the ingredients to have the perfect consistency in order to whip and get a body butter like texture. If the mixture is too liquidy, you’ll get a lotion or if your mixture is too hard the body butter will become very clumpy. Just eye it out and refer to my picture. You can always reheat again if you’re not satisfied with the texture.


I often hear people complain about homemade beauty products being too greasy. Honestly, the greasiness is what makes your skin so soft and smooth. My recipe will be greasy right when you rub it on your skin, but within five to ten minutes, the grease goes away.

Take your shower, use the body butter, put your clothes on, do your hair, and you will be smelling AND looking good in a matter of minutes!

If you have any questions on how to make body butter comment in the section below. I will be more than happy to help you along.

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Grapefruit Body Butter
Author: Sweet Nature's Beauty
Ingredients
  • 3 oz shea butter
  • 1.5 oz unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
  • 20 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • natural colorant
  • wide mouth half pint mason jar
Instructions
  1. Weigh the solid ingredients with a kitchen scale while they are in their hard form. I like to use ounces instead of cups because you can get a more accurate amount that way.

  2. In a double broiler add the shea butter, coconut oil, and almond oil. I like to use a small sized saucepan within a larger saucepan. Add a small amount of water into your larger pan. Just enough so the top pan is able to float.
  3. On medium heat, wait until the ingredients melt into a liquid form.
  4. Once melted, take your pan away from the heated stove and let sit for about 5 minutes. Then add 30 drops of grapefruit essential oil and mix.
  5. Transfer your mixture into a bowl and wait for it to slightly solidify. This will take about thirty minutes to an hour.
  6. Whip the ingredients for five to seven minutes. Give it some time, the mixture will start to get light an fluffy. This is where you add the pink colorant. I used 3 drops to get a pinkish orange color. Add one drop at a time until you get the color that you desire.

Recipe Notes

You want the ingredients to have the perfect consistency in order to whip and get a body butter like texture. If the mixture is too liquidy, you’ll get a lotion or if your mixture is too hard the body butter will become very clumpy. You can always reheat again if you’re not satisfied with the texture. This recipe makes about two 8-ounce jars.


How to Make Body Butter

12 thoughts on “How to Make Body Butter the Natural Way – Grapefruit

  1. I’ve been wanting to try making my own body butter! I love any citrus-type scent, so this recipe is perfect, thanks! #HomeMattersParty

  2. Hello. Mine did not turn out well at all. Not sure what I did wrong. It did get light and fluffy but never got the body butter consistently. Very upset because these ingredients are expensive. Any suggestions?

    1. Hello,
      I am very sorry to hear that! Did you whip the body butter for 5-7 minutes on high? It does seem like a long time, but after at least five minutes the ingredients will start to set in. After melting did you wait for the ingredients to partially solidify? If they are too much of a liquid consistency before you whip then it won’t get thick. If the mixture is too hard before whipping, the consistency will be too chunky. So it needs to be right in the middle of those too. Can you please explain the consistency of yours? You also can re-melt the ingredients and try again. Looking forward to hearing from you so we can get this problem fixed 🙂 You can also email me at rina(at)sweetnaturesbeauty(dot)com

  3. To keep the body butter from being greasy add 1 measure of cornstarch or arrow root powder. When I make it, if I use a tablespoon full of oils, I use 1 tablespoon of cornstarch.
    You mix it in when the oils are melted before chilling the oils.

  4. I found I have better success not melting the shea butter and just whipping it with the hand mixer like I’m creaming butter for a cake, then adding in the liquid oils. Comes out nice and fluffy and save some time. HTH

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