Many Christmases ago I was gifted a body butter by a well-known handmade company. And I was absolutely blown away by just how fluffy this stuff was. I’m talking chocolate mousse, whipped cream, or puffy cloud fluffy. It was that amazing.
I use this whipped body butter, especially during the winter months. Together with a nourishing coconut milk bath and gentle baby soap, it’s my go-to remedy for dry irritated winter skin.
Why I love This Whipped Body Butter Recipe
It Stays Soft
I lost count of how many whipped body butter recipes I’ve tried that I found on the web. They all looked great at first (soft, whippy) and then the next day – rock hard. I don’t know about you but I prefer my body butter to be spreadable.
Here’s why some whipped body butters turn hard: Most recipes don’t use enough liquid oil in my opinion. If 3/4 of a recipe consists of a cocoa butter (a brittle butter, completely solid at room temperature) and the other 1/4 of coconut oil (a soft oil which is also solid at room temperature) then guess what? Your body butter will also turn solid over time no matter how much air you whip into it.
I’ve made at least 5 test batches with the final version of this recipe and have tracked down it’s consistency at different room temperatures (66℉/19℃ – 74℉/23℃) and it stayed soft for me. If for some reason it doesn’t for you, I have a fix for that – keep reading.
No Grainy Shea Butter
Shea butter is very prone to graininess if it’s being heated until liquid and then slowly cooled down. Here we’re whipping up the Shea butter at room temperature, there’s no freeze-whip-freeze-whip cycle.
Sometimes Shea butter can melt and then solidify during delivery to you. Check for small crystals in your Shea butter before you begin this project. If you feel rough particles, warm the Shea butter over low heat in a water bath until completely melted (no more grains) and then put it in the freezer until solid. Let it come back to room temperature and proceed.
Whenever I used to follow a whipped body butter recipe in the past I would always be instructed to melt the ingredients then engage in a freeze-whip-freeze-whip frenzy. A tedious process that involved setting timers and whipping ’til the cows came home. In the end it didn’t make a difference in the final product.
Well, Mama ain’t got time for that (anymore;). We’re going to whip-cool-whip and we’re done. Beautiful!
No Coconut Oil
Now don’t get me wrong I LOVE coconut oil, just not necessarily in this recipe. Coconut oil takes a while to be absorbed into the skin. Considering that the bulk of this body butter is made of Shea butter which absorbs very slooowly, I didn’t feel like we needed another greasy oil in the mix.
About this Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Over the years I’ve tweaked and tinkered with the recipe for this whipped body butter as well as the combining method. Since this original post came out 2 years ago I’ve received many questions from you lovely readers. I’ll try to answer the most common ones here.
Can I make this Body Butter without Adding Clay for Color?
Yes, absolutely you can. The clay in the recipe is added for decorative purposes, you can simply leave it out.
What’s the Shelf Life and Do I Need to Add a Preservative?
The shelf life of your body butter should be at least 1 year if all of your ingredients are new. If at any point it starts to smell rancid, throw it out and whip up another batch.
This body butter is completely oil based. Since it doesn’t contain any water you do not need to add a broad spectrum preservative.
Will it Feel Greasy?
Shea butter is one of the greasier butters – so yes. I wanted to use it in this recipe because of it’s amazing skin benefits (very soothing for eczema!).
If we talk about a greasy skin feel we usually mean that a certain product isn’t quickly absorbed into the skin. To counter the slow absorbency speed of Shea butter, I’ve chosen cocoa butter and apricot kernel oil because they both absorb fast. This body butter is minimally greasy I think – you might be pleasantly surprised.
You can also add arrowroot powder, tapioca starch or cornstarch (amount stated in recipe) if it feels too greasy to you.
Help, My Body Butter Seized up and is Now Too Hard!
To achieve a mousse-like-texture that doesn’t deflate or seize up, you need to carefully balance the ratio of the soft butter (shea butter), brittle butter (cocoa butter) and liquid oil (apricot kernel oil). But the consistency also depends on the ambient temperature. Just like the butter we eat, it will be harder the lower the temperature and softer the higher the temperature.
After your body butter has come back to room temperature whip it again. To make sure you’ll love the consistency of your end product, leave the body butter out at room temperature for 12 hours and check if it’s still soft and spreadable. If not add another 5g of liquid oil (in our case apricot kernel oil), whip it again and wait to see if it improves. Repeat this step until you’re happy with how your body butter feels.
Help, My Body Butter is Too Soft or has Turned to Soup!
Again the consistency of body butter heavily depends on the temperature it’s in. If the body butter is way too soft when you’re whipping it up, try putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again. If your room temperature is very high the body butter will feel softer and possibly not as airy. Make sure you store it in a coolish place (70 – 74). The body butter will melt if exposed to high temperatures (like in a hot car, delivery truck or someone’s doorsteps.
Can I Use a Different Butter?
You can, but the body butter will have a different consistency. If you want to use mango butter, for example instead of shea you will most likely have to add more liquid oil. Basically you will have to come up with a different recipe.
Let’s Make Some Lovely Whipped Body Butter:
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