Honey Scented Homemade Whipped Body Butter

I made a set of homemade pampering goodies this year for Mother’s day which I wrapped up in a cute little package; homemade citrus salt scrub (which I showed you last week) and honey scented homemade whipped body butter. They were the perfect item to wrap up my Mother’s day shopping.

homemade whipped body butter

I found a pretty simple and easy homemade whipped body butter recipe from One Good Thing, which honestly looked good enough to eat.

I used the same recipe except I added beeswax to make it more solid. I found the recipe was a bit too runny for me. I also didn’t use essential oils, I’ve read online that they aren’t that safe. So an unexpected/added bonus is that the beeswax gives it a subtle scent of honey, even though honey is not used in the recipe.

*Just wanted to clarify, because I’ve gotten some questions: There is no honey in the recipe. The beeswax is what give the cream a subtle honey scent.

honey scented homemade-whipped body butter

You can download and print the recipe card here.

Tips:

The original recipe uses sweet almond oil which was too expensive at Whole Foods. So I used regular almond oil and it worked out fine.

Your best bet for finding all the ingredients in one place is by going to a local independently owned health food store. Whole Foods doesn’t seem to carry base ingredients for making natural products at home, hmm I wonder why?

OR you can order them from amazon which may be cheaper than what you can find;  shea butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and beeswax.

If you’re like me and don’t have a double broiler, just place a metal mixing bowl into a pan with water and heat, later use it to whip the recipe. (I used my metal rice cooker bowl)

This recipe makes enough to fill about 3-8oz jars. I got my canning jars at Tarjay for a steal of a price. You can find them in the Kitchen section.

Gather your ingredients:

homemade whipped body butter ingredientsHeat the solid ingredients in a double broiler; shea butter, coconut oil and grated honey until melted. Remove from heat and add in almond oil. At this point if you’re using a real double broiler, transfer the melted mixture to a mixing bowl. If you used a metal mixing bowl as a double broiler then just leave the stuff in there.

melting ingredients in a double broilerSet aside and let cool until you see it starts to solidify.

cooled body butterPlace it in the fridge for about an hour until solid.

solid body butterMix with a hand mixer until whipped, then transfer to a clean jar.

whipped body butter

These are the labels I used for the jar, you can download and print them out here.

whipped body butter labelsI used a hole punch to make a hole in the folding label and attached it to the jar with some kitchen twine.

For the packaging I bought some clear plastic goodie bags at Party City that come with their own twist ties. They fit the two 8oz jars like a glove. If the jars would have been even one 1mm larger they would not have fit.

I used a dollar store ribbon from my ribbon stash to hide the twist tie and to attach a Happy Mother’s day label.

homemade whipped body butter gift

I made some for myself and have been using it on my hands and elbows at night before going to bed. When you first apply it will feel oily, so use very little and keep rubbing it in. The oil will get absorbed after a little while. It feels great on your skin and what I love best is that the honey keeps it solid so the oils don’t melt and separate.

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Comments

Honey Scented Homemade Whipped Body Butter — 21 Comments

  1. Hello Jacky,
    Nice recipe, thanks for sharing. This body butter would make a great gift. ;o) I would recommend that you avoid artificial {man made} fragrances, but essential oils are wonderful to use in skincare products. Ture essential oils are plant extractions and offer many lovely aromatherapy benefits.
    Smiles, Paula

  2. Brilliant project.. for the fact that the honey makes solid not making the the oils melt makes it great. As i was following how it was done it was at the back of my mind wont the oil melt?

    Nice collections…

    • Thanks. I actually made the non honey version first and it was melting in the mixing bowl. So I had to go back to the drawing board and melt it again and add in the honey. Now it’s still solid.

  3. Great project, really excited to try these for Christmas gifts…. do you have any suggestions about which shea butter product to buy?

    • I don’t have much experience with shea butter, except with the one I bought. But I think if you buy it from a reputable place you should be ok. Just look for ‘pure’ or organic shea butter without any additives. Also, from what I’ve read it’s supposed to be a light yellow to cream color and not supposed so smell too strong (it does smell a little though). If it does or if it’s yellow it’s probably not good qaulity. Hope that helps!

  4. I bought the grade A yellow and grade A white shea butters to compare and have used both in my body butter, yellow will discolor clothes slightly so I use less. I have been very satisfied with the butters and the packaging they come in for storage, bonus free shipping. I also ordered the grade A mango butter which I am using for glowing skin. Good prices.
    http://www.cleopatraschoice.com/shea-butter.html
    I noticed last week online GNC carrys oils and essential oils when I checked my local store they where running a buy one get one campaign, bonus!

  5. Hi Jacky,

    I was just wondering about the shea butter. Is that eight ounces melted (liquid) or eight ounces solid that should be weighed first. Did I goof? I am melting eight ounces of solid shea butter to make the body butter.

  6. It is important not to use refined butters as they loose their benefits when they go through the refining process.

    Thank you for the link to the canning jars and for this recipe

    Lisa

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