How to Make Your Own Coconut/Olive Oil Body Butter

In this article you’ll learn how to make the healthiest, most luxurious body butter you’ve ever used. Big claims, I know, but try it for yourself and see!  

There are several benefits that come with making your own coconut/olive oil body butter:  For one, you get to add far more nutrients (vitamin E and vitamin D) than what’s added to typical store-bought body butter creams, which is essential because the outer layer of the skin needs topical nourishment for optimum health. Second, you’ll know exactly what will be going on your skin (no laundry list of unknown chemicals here).  And finally, what homemade recipe would be complete if it didn’t save you a bit of money? This recipe makes 16+ oz and only costs several dollars to make.

I custom crafted this body butter recipe to contain high amounts of fat-soluble vitamins E and D, which have incredible benefits for restoring and protecting the skin from sun and age-related damage.  This recipe also calls for extra virgin olive oil, which has anti-oxidant and healing properties of its own. Beeswax is added to make the end product have a creamy/buttery texture that applies smoothly to the skin (plain whipped coconut oil, like some recipes call for, is more oily).

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup of water
1 tbsp of vitamin E oil (d-tocopherol)
1 tbsp of vitamin D oil (cholecalciferol)
1 tsp of essential oil (if desired – I used tea tree oil)
2 oz of beeswax (pellets are easiest, but you can also make your own shavings from bars)

This homemade coconut/olive oil body butter is incredibly easy to make, and it will nourish your skin like no other. Simply combine all of the ingredients, except for the vitamin oils, in a pot on the stove.  Heat the mixture on low (heating just enough to melt the ingredients) and stir frequently until ingredients are blended and melted.

As soon as the ingredients are heated just enough to melt, pour the mixture into a mixing bowl. Immediately begin beating with an electric mixer and add the vitamin oils.

Beat for a minute or so then place the mixture in the refrigerator for a couple of minutes.  Remove from refrigerator then beat on high for another 3-4 minutes.  The body butter should be congealed, smooth, and creamy.  If it’s still too warm and liquified, you may need to let it sit for a few more minutes, occasionally mixing it with the blender.  The main goal is to prevent separation or lumps by keeping the body butter mixed while it’s cooling.  The end result should look like the picture above, which I produced using the same method and recipe.  This is a great all-purpose body-butter cream, excellent in winter and summer months, effective enough for men and gentle enough for babies (my wife likes it for her legs)!  Enjoy!

NOTE: If you are allergic to bees or beeswax this recipe is not for you!

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  13 comments for “How to Make Your Own Coconut/Olive Oil Body Butter

  1. bina
    September 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I am a little confused as to why it does not say to add the water AFTER you take the oils off the stove. Of course the water and oils would not be heated together…

    • Queen C
      May 13, 2014 at 9:23 am

      @bina if you add water then you may need to add a preservative to prevent it from going rancid. However if you did add water then the product will only last a week before the bacteria begins to grow. Vitamin E is a antioxidant not a preservative

  2. August 25, 2013 at 9:59 am

    wohh just what I was searching for, regards for posting .

  3. Sandra L.
    August 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Jared – I saw the jar of body butter on Pinterest and thought I’d check out the recipe and ingredients. I have EXTREMELY dry skin and the hot,dryer summer weather is just ruining my skin. As soon as I find the coconut oil and beeswax, I’m going to make some. After all, what’s the worst that could happen? This is so full of natural ingredients and coconut oil has such a wonderful smell. Should it be kept in the refrigerator? How long will it last?

    • Amanda White
      Amanda White
      September 15, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      I made this recipe and didn’t refrigerate it. It seemed just fine. I used it up so fast though, I didn’t give it anytime to go bad! :-) I think I probably use up a batch this size in about a month.

  4. Ana
    July 21, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Question: How long does this keep? Does it need to be refrigerated?

    • Amanda White
      Amanda White
      September 15, 2013 at 1:52 pm

      Hi Ana! I used up a batch this size in about a month, and didn’t keep it in the fridge. I love how it moisturizes!

  5. Bree
    July 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

    I would recommend updating this recipe to call for DISTILLED water – as that will help keep harmful bacteria at bay (vs regular or even filtered water).

    • Amanda White
      Amanda White
      September 15, 2013 at 1:53 pm

      Bree, that’s a really good idea!

  6. Anna
    June 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    I just made this, substituting shay butter for beeswax, just because that’s what I had around, and without the Vitamin D. It’s wonderful. Great texture, super-moisturizing, pleasant, subtle smell. I love it! I’m evening thinking of putting a bit in my hair before I go to the beach to keep it from getting too dried out by the sun and salt water. Thanks!

  7. Ellen Greer
    June 9, 2013 at 3:42 am

    You can get beeswax on ebay, along with coconut oil, you will probably be better getting olive oil at wally world or local store. I usually make my own lotion, and find most of essential ingredients on ebay, Pinemeadows.net is a good source for lotion or soap needs, including jars you might need, Pinemeadows is on ebay, and they have a store too. This recipe looks good, easy too, I will have to try it, thanks

  8. Jilma R
    May 30, 2013 at 2:54 am

    Hello! I found this post on pinterest and I am really interested on making this! But I am having a hard time finding beeswax, can I replace it with something else? Like honey, maybe?

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