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Homemade Body Butter


  • 2 oz. cocoa butter
  • 1 oz. olive oil
  • 1 oz. coconut oil
  • 2 oz. shea butter
  • 1 oz. Jojoba oil
  • 1 oz. beeswax


Melt all ingredients, and mix well while cooling. If desired, add essential or fragrance oil. I think a drop or two of Rose Geranium essential oil would be great with this.

By Jodi from Aurora, CO

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March 11, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks for the recipe, will try it. Anne

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March 11, 20110 found this helpful

While this recipe will work, it'll also end up being a lot more expensive than body butter that you can buy. This is especially true because most people don't already have cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, Jojoba oil and beeswax at home. And since you usually can't just buy an ounce or two, you end up lots of leftover ingredients that you don't normally use, i.e. shea butter. Many people also can't find some ingredients locally, so they waste money on shipping/handling. All in all, a very expensive project for something that you can easily buy, even at Dollar Stores.


Or you can just rub Vaseline or baby oil on yourself. Baby oil diluted with water, then shaken, is great because it's less greasy and the water is absorbed into the skin while the oil becomes a barrier, keeping the water in. That seems more effective than this recipe, which contains no moisture, per se (keep in mind that oils and fats are not moisture; that's why oil and water do not mix). Moisturizing lotions will almost always contain purified or distilled water, and then a barrier like oil or wax to seal the water within the skin. This recipe has no water so it's best used after a shower or bath, when the skin has absorbed water.

Furthermore, the commercial stuff has ingredients to increase absorption, making your skin less greasy. This recipe is almost all fat, which not only increases the risk of accidents (slippage of the feet or while holding things), but it will also grease up clothes, bed linen and furniture, ruining them.

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March 11, 20110 found this helpful

I was shopping at the dollar stores the other day and checked the prices for a bottle of cocoa butter lotion. I purchased a 32 oz. bottle of Queen Helene Hand and Body Lotion for $2.25. And Family Dollar sold the same product but it came in a 16 oz. bottle for $2.00. What a great deal for 25 cents more I made out better at Dollar General. So you have to learn how to be a wise customer when shopping at the dollar stores.

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March 12, 20110 found this helpful

This looks totally awesome. I can't wait to make it. Thanks for sharing.
Cathy from MA

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February 29, 20120 found this helpful

You can go to a health food store and get the supplies on this list. While the cost is seems more initially it is worth it to make your own. Go in with a couple of friends and have a good time making it together and share the cost. I paid quite a bit of money from bath and body works for their heavily scented body butter($15). I also bought a 2 ounce jar from someone for $6.


At the health food store I bought a 16 oz jar of shea butter for less than $10. I used coconut oil which I always have around. I also used a little tea tree and clary sage oil. It is wonderful. My feet have never looked better. I made some for my daughter and she just raves about how nice her feet are. She put peppermint essential oil in hers for scent. Those who have poo-pooed this can continue to use the nasty baby oil or ineffective watered down lotions. I will stick with the more natural product and see results for my money. A little bit goes a long way.

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