DIY- Whipped Body Butter

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Who doesn’t love soft, moisturized, and healthy skin? But better yet- who doesn’t love getting those results without putting chemicals and artificial fragrances and dyes on their skin!?

The butters and oils used in this recipe and the perfect combination that will leave your skin moisturized for days after applying. Customize your whipped body butter with any essential oil of your choice. This also makes a great gift for anyone!

What You Need:

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1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/2 cup Cocoa Butter
1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Fractionated Coconut Oil
15 drops Grapefruit Essential Oil*
15 drops Wild Orange Essential  Oil*

Double Boiler

Hand/Stand Mixer


1- Measure all butters and oils in glass jar.

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2- Fill a large skillet/saucepan with 1-1.5 inches of water. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the glass jar to the center of the saucepan to melt and combine ingredients.

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3- Stir every few minutes until the ingredients are melted and combined. (10-15 minutes)

Tip: Use a popsicle stick to stir for easy cleanup.

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4- Once everything is melted, remove from heat and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Add desired essential oils.

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5. Once essential oils are added, let it rest in a cool place (such as the refrigerator) until it has set.

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6- Once chilled, take out of refrigerator. With a stand or hand mixer, start on low and slowly turn the speed higher until the lotion becomes light and fluffy (around 3-5 minutes).

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7- You’re done! Store mixture in a glass jar and keep in a cool place.

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Note: The body butter should be stored in a cool place. If you need to re-fluff the body butter you can simply whip it back up to the consistency you like with a hand mixture.

This whipped body butter makes a great gift and can easily be customized by using your choice of essential oils. The options are endless!

* Citrus oils can cause photosensitivity so we don’t recommend using them if you plan on being in direct sunlight after topical application. The personal care products that dōTERRA produces such as the Salon Essentials, lotions, etc. are a little different. The shampoo and cleansers are wash off products so there is no concern there, as well as the products that stay on such as the lip balm and lotion are found in a small, appropriate amounts that will not cause any phototoxic harm. Because we work closely with experts in formulations, we are able to provide a safe formulation. Essential oils at full strength on their own are very potent and is why they carry the photosensitivity warning.

dōTERRA essential oils can be purchased online, or from any of our Independent Product Consultants. If you would like to locate a Product Consultant in your area, click here.

*These statements have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. dōTERRA products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. Pregnant or lactating women and persons with known medical conditions should consult a physician prior to the use of any dōTERRA product.

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  1. I need help. I tried to make it and mine was so greasy and stinky. I bought my Shea butter and Cocoa butter from amazon. Do you know a better place where i can buy it? Does all shea butter and cocoa butter smell? This is my first time using it.

  2. I was so excited to make this body butter. But, it’s been whipping for close to an hour and it’s still the same consistency as when I started :(
    I followed the directions exactly even down to using the same oils (the first time anyway). I am so disappointed that is’t not working. The directions say to whip for 3-5 minutes. I have read other comments where it says that it has to whip for a long time. Well, an hour is a long time; guess I did something wrong. Anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!

  3. My daughter-in-law and I made this, along with a few other of the DIY products, for bridesmaids gifts at her and my son’s wedding a couple of weeks ago (9/14/2013) and our turned out perfect…whipped up nicely, smelled good and felt wonderful!
    We used citrus bliss essential oil…

    I will be making more with various essential oils for our renaissance festival this weekend and am going to add Vitamin E Oil to help preserve the product…we’ll see how it whips up with that added to it

  4. I made this and recipe worked as written but it has this underlying cocoa scent. I even tried increasing essential oils by 50%. Is there such a thing as unscented cocoa butter? I will use what I made for me but was hoping to make and give as gifts. Any suggestions?

  5. Hey! I just wanted to share my experience with the body butter. I followed the recipe, but I subbed the 1/2 cup cocoa butter to 1/2 cup mango butter then I used 10 drops of cassia, 15 drops of peppermint. I bought my butters on Amazon, happy to receive great quality products. I melted the oils/butters (without oils) and chilled them for several hours. (Seriously, it’s ok to chill them overnight.) Then, I whipped the mix with the oils and it came together really great. I still did a full 2 mins even after it started to whip. I transferred to a mason jar then I tested the lotion from the wire whip. It was greasy/oily. My guess it’s from the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil since it still has all of it’s fatty oils. Probably a better idea to add more shea or mango butters and Fractioned Coconut oil instead. Smells great, after I wiped my hands they feel great! Hope that helps!!

  6. You can purchase the shea butter, cocoa butter, and many others from They have the best selection for use. Also recommend obtaining the body cream handout that they have too as well as they explain in detail the best uses of many types of body cream and which oils to use for what cream you are looking to make. Hope this helps.

  7. Where do you get your shea butter and cocoa butter? I would love to try this and have never bought either before, so I would love to know a good retailer to make sure my body butter turns out the right consistency! Thanks!

  8. Regarding some complaints about the smell of the body butter, the shea butter and cocoa butters come in refined and unrefined. The unrefined will have their stronger natural scents. I think that next time I’ll use something like jojoba oil vs the coconut oil b/c although I like coconut, I think the smell is still too strong and I feel like I smell like a cake when I first put it on! But the scent does fade pretty quickly.

  9. Best place to get all the butters except Shea is f you are making large batches :)

    And if you use the natural cocoa that has not been deodorized I really love adding peppermint oil to it because it smells like a peppermint pattie candy, which is kinda awesome since it is naturally scented :)

  10. This recipe turned out amazing. The body butter was a wonderful consistency and had a fabulous scent. However, the instructions are a little off. If you used unrefined shea butter, you’ll need more than 15 drops of each essential oil in order to offset the scent of the shea. Also, if you start mixing it before it completely solidifies, it takes an HOUR or MORE in the mixer on a high setting, not 3-5 minutes. You might be able to reduce that by leaving it in the fridge or freezer for longer, but that could also change the consistency. I will make this again, but I will plan for a longer prep time. I didn’t make it to bed until after midnight!

  11. How much would all these ingredients together cost to make? I’m doing a “make and take” class and want to provide my friends a fair price. There will be about 10 of us.

  12. I don’t have any Cocoa butter…Can I just replace it with organic bees wax or will it become a to hard to make be whipped? HELP?!

  13. My daughter-in-law and I made this recently and it turned out great! I even use it as a mouth rinse (I do oil pulling). Gotta lot of compliments on my fragrance & from those who have used it. I wonder if the lady who couldn’t get hers to whip maybe didn’t let it cool long enough? Wish I was better at chemistry :)

  14. Does any body knows how long does it last before it goes rancid? I saw a comment about adding vitamin E, does any body knows about it??

  15. thank you for sharing your whipped butter, looks gorgeous but why melt the shea butter if you just chill it to solid again? couldn’t you just melt the cocoa butter because it’s so hard and add the shea butter and coconut oils as they are and save all the waiting in the fridge?

  16. You will need to melt all of the ingredients together so they can fully combine. If you don’t melt them together there is a good chance that they will separate and not make a smooth body butter.

  17. Any ideas on how to make this a bit thinner? I’m a massage therapist and love using this as a massage lotion but it’s a little thick. Any ideas?

  18. Hi Whitney. To make a thinner lotion we would recommend adding more of the carrier oil you’re using, maybe 1 cup of Fractionated Coconut Oil instead of .5 cups. Good luck! Let us know how it turns out.

  19. These look amazing! Do you have any suggestions for the best prices on butter oil? I’ve found them to be quite expensive and didn’t know if there were better sources than my local health food store.

  20. Can I use all shea butter to avoid the cocoa smell? What about substituting grape seed oil for FCO?

  21. Just made this tonight. Turned out great even though I had to substitute FCO with a different oil since I ran out. And I did leave it in the fridge for a few hours. I used lavender which I thought dominated the Shea butter scent. However after applying on my hand and then smelling them I realized the Shea butter scent is still strong. I still like it. Hope the person I’m giving this too won’t mind the smell. Thank you for the great recipe and instructions.

  22. A tip for those who have trouble with it whipping correctly: put it in the freezer until it’s almost solid before you start whipping it.

    I found the cocoa butter to be too strong of a smell so I started substituting it with more shea butter and it works great; next time I’m going to try mango butter.

    I also substitute the FCO for kukui oil because it absorbs into my skin and balances the natural greases better.

    I buy all of my non-doTERRA ingredients on and they’ve all been great quality at fair prices. My favorite scent combination so far has been equal parts lime/ginger. Another good one is Slim & Sassy (two birds, one stone).

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