How To Make Whipped Body Butter

Playing with cocoa butter and different oils to find the lightest, airiest whipped body butter has been great fun, and all of you wonderful ladies who tested and provided feedback during this 'butter' series can take a bow. Thank you! You all deserve applause! But, on this – my one year blog-a-versary day – I have some news.

I recently had a shocking realization....

The Shocking Realization

Going over my production notes, I added up the time it takes to make this product – then I gasped (and nearly fell off my chair).

If I were to price it so my time was covered, this simple, 3-ingredient body butter would be so gosh darn expensive that anyone seeing the price would probably become woozy and need smelling salts followed by cool liquids to calm their nerves. Compared to the modest price of the ingredients, it just didn't make sense. So I made a firm decision...

The Firm Decision

At the risk of causing health issues, fainting and other uncomfortable reactions, I decided to never sell the Whipped Bare Basic Body Butter with Cocoa Butter – to anyone – EVER!

But Lise, we want body butter! We demand body butter!
(I hear you saying loudly and stamping your feet)

Oh all right then, stop stamping your feet. You helped develop this product, and today is my blog-a-versary, so here it is...

Just For You

I'm going to show you exactly how to make the Whipped Bare Basic Body Butter With Cocoa Butter yourself. Then you can use the oils you prefer and add the scent you prefer (or have no added scent) and make this body butter 100% your own, melt-in, skin-loving body-buttery creation.

Roll up Your Sleeves! 

Prepare to dazzle yourself, your friends and your family with your amazing whipped body-butter making abilities!

This is a portion of 150 ml (approx 5 oz) and should last you an entire season (maybe even half a year, depending on how much you normally use).

You will need the following ingredients:

60 gr (2,11 oz) cocoa butter
85 gr (3,04 oz) oil (thistle, hazelnut, almond, apricot or a mix of these)
12 drops e-vitamin
5-6 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)

And the following equipment:

Latex gloves (recommended)
Thermometer (necessary)
Measuring equipment (for oil)
Scale (for weighing out the cocoa butter)
Large-mouthed beaker or other heat-proof glass container (for melting and mixing)
A sturdy, stable mixer (for.. well, heck, you know that one)
Spatula (for transferring the mixture to the plastic bag)
Plastic bag (for piping the mixture)
Containers (for your body butter)

Preparing Everything

Be sure your work area, measuring equipment, whipping blades for the mixer, and containers are all clean. Equipment that cannot be sterilized by boiling should be sterilized with alcohol.

1. Measure 

Measure out the cocoa butter as precisely as possible. (I have a scale that measures in increments of a tenth of a gram, so the pictured portion is a tenth of a gram short of 60gr).

2. Melt

Transfer the cocoa butter to your heat-proof glass container and melt ever so slowly over VERY LOW heat.

3. Monitor 

Keep the temperature under 35° C (95° F). The butter here is almost melted and the temp measures 32° C. Remove it from the heat at this point and stir gently until it has melted completely.

(If you prefer to melt over a bain marie/double boiler, be careful to keep the melting butter completely out of contact with any water or steam droplets. It is the complete ABSENCE of water in this product that makes it unnecessary to add preservatives).

4. Weigh the oil 

To weigh an oil, place a container on a scale and set to 0, add oil until your desired weight is reached.

5. Add Oil and E-Vitamin

Add the oil and e-vitamin to the cocoa butter. At this point everything looks like it's all the same ingredient, but the magic will start soon.

6. Chill and Whip Phase

This phase requires a bit of attention and monitoring. If you want a super-light, delicate, melt-in quality, you will need to babysit the mixture.
Chill the mixture to 19° C (66°F) and whip for 2 minutes.

7. Chill the mixture a bit more – to 17° C (62°F)

Whip again for 2 minutes. The color of the mixture will become lighter as you progress through the whip-and-chill phase.

8. Chill - Whip - Add Scent

Chill the mixture to 15° C (59° F). If you want to add scent, now is the time to add 4-5 drops essential oil. Whip continuously until the mixture has a light and fluffy whipped-cream-like texture (this can take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes depending on the temperature and humidity of the room you are working in). Check the temperature of the product periodically. If the mixture gets too warm, chill it again and continue whipping until your desired texture is achieved.

9. Prepare To Transfer

Note: Speed is of the essence for the next 2 steps. Transfer the mixture to a plastic bag and quickly work the mixture down so you can pipe the whipped butter out of one corner.

10. Transfer

Have your final container(s) ready. Snip the corner off of the bag and quickly pipe the butter into the container(s). Try not to handle the bag longer than necessary as the heat of your hands will start to melt the mixture (remember this body butter literally melts upon skin contact).

11. Let set at room temperature

Depending on the climate you are in, this process can take up to 24 hours. (I made this during a relatively warm summer day and it took the full 24 hours to set). Do not be tempted to let the mixture set in the refrigerator – unless you want a stiffer butter (which would pretty much ruin all the work and babysitting you put into the chill-and-whip phase).

12. Enjoy Your Melt-in, Deliciously Fabulous Whipped Body Butter

After all that hard work, you totally deserve it!
And now that you've made it, find 10 different uses for your body butter right here.


Boony said…
Seriously?! No more body butters from you?! EVER?! DAMN!

I guess it's a good thing we have your recipe then... :)

Thanks for that. And congratulations on your blog-a-versary! :)
LisaLise said…
Boony, I still do the super soft body butter, so no worries! :)
Alicyn said…
thank you, this is amazing!

and congrats on your blogaversary!! :)
Kerli said…
Well...I think I know what my mom and sister will get from santa! :D
Lola Zabeth said…
Thx so much for sharing this. I can;t wait to try it. So glad I found your blog (via Crunchy Betty).
Rikke said…
Ok, jeg forstår så udmærket den beslutning.

Den fremgangsmåde tillader jo overhovedet ikke nogen form for multitasking med fx. noget oprydning, hækling, servicering af katte børn eller mænd på ved siden af. Tak for advarslen *G*

Kh Rikke
LisaLise said…
@Alicyn - thanks so much!
@Kerli - Go for it. I'm sure it will be perfect!
@Lola - You are so very welcome. I hope you have success with it.
@Rikke - Ja, du har så ganske ret. Man skal passe blandingen som et lille barn undervejs!
Nina said…
Love your site! Especially the clay cleansing bars. Question: Can I use a 50/50 blend of Olive and Rice Bran oils instead of the recommended oils? I want something very moisturizing (hence the olive oil) and I thought the rice bran would add a nice skin-feel. Thanks!
LisaLise said…
Hi Nina. Thanks for your kind words! You can pretty much use any combo of oils and butters that suits your taste. Note that the texture will be different with each ingredient change, but if you make a small portion at a time you will be able to find what works best for you.Have fun with it!
Nina said…
Hi Lise, I thought I should report my results: The mixture became quite solid somewhere above 70 degrees, and was difficult to whip. I'm assuming this is due to the olive oil, which hardens when chilled probably much faster than the oils you recommend using. I think I will try again with oils more like the ones you used.

Thanks again for sharing your amazing recipes. I have had much success with several of the cleansing bars and can't wait to share them with friends!
LisaLise said…
Hey Nina, thanks for checking back! You could actually continue using the olive oil if you change the ratio of cocoa butter to oil slightly. Obviously, you'll need to play around with it until you are happy with the texture, but I'm pretty sure you could make this work. :)
LisaLise said…
PS: Thanks for all your kind words!
Lindsay said…
I know this is an old post, but wanted to say thanks for the recipe, I LOVE IT! :) I am wondering where you get the heat-proof glass beakers? I've searched all kinds of terms but not coming up with anything (at least not in the US). Can you point me in the right direction?
LisaLise said…
Hi Lindsay - thanks for your kind words! The heat-proof glass beakers I use are lab equipment, and I buy them from lab equipment suppliers. Looking for this in the US, I think you might get lucky if you check out Lotioncrafter right here:

Best of luck!
Sandra said…
Hi there,
I used your recipe
(organic unrefined cocoa butter + Apricot kernel oil is what i had on hand). It's lovely in terms of how it melts and spreads on the skin. But it is no where near SOFT at roomtemp. what might have gone wrong?
Is overwhipping possible and then make it turn SOLID (although not as hard of course as the cocoa butter was)

Was much looking forward to your soft texture. Is there a solution?
Sandra said…
Ooops, I forgot. Didn't use Vit E as I don't have any on hand. Thx
LisaLise said…
HI Sandra - You might not have done anything wrong. Not knowing which climate you live in, I am guessing this could be a factor. It is a little tricky working with cocoa butter as it is normally quite hard.