‘Butter me up’ Natural substitutes for body butter

Hey everyone!

Welcome back, hope you all are having a great June so far.

As I have been promising, this is the week the reveal my body butter shenanigans.

Body butter was one of the hardest things I had to let go of when my eczema was bad. I particularly loved the body shop range, they smelt so sweet, but they started aggravating my skin, so they had to go. I have been really excited to make a natural alternative, plus they look fun to make!

Body shop butter and other lotions can contain parabins, artificial fragrances and other irritable chemicals. Even if I could, I don’t want these near my skin, they can’t be doing it any good.

There are quite a few recipes online for homemade body butter, I tried two recipes, and adapted them for the seasons. first of all I made a mango and lavender butter for summer and spring, it has a fresh smell to it. The next one I made was a cocoa butter and peppermint butter, this one reminded me of the after eights you usually eat at Christmas, it had a deeper smell. (Possible Christmas present eh?)

Things you will need 

There are 3 bases to homemade body butters, these are, natural butters, oils, and essential oils. Some examples are;

Natural butter 

  • Mango butter
  • Shea butter
  • Cocoa butter


  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil

Essential oils

  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Orange
  • Lime

Step 1 – Ingredients 

The great thing about making your own body butter is that you can decide what you want to put in it and make it to suit you and your skin.



Step 2 – Utensils 

Saucepan and glass bowl – for the double boiler method.

Glass jar – To store it in.

Measuring cup – To measure out the butter and oils.



Step 3 – Get messy 

Time to measure out your ingredients, first we start with the butters.


Step 4 – Add to double boiler 

This is where you put boiling water in the saucepan, about a third of the way up, then put a glass bowl (one that fits) on top.


Once you have added all the butters (such as mango) you want, keep mixing it, and then add in the oils (I used olive oil and coconut oil)


Step 4 – Ice ice baby

What to do: Place in the fridge to solidify.

For how long: Around an hour

Tip: Keep checking on it to make sure it doesn’t solidify too much, because this will make it hard to blend later and won’t give it a soft consistency.


Step 5 – Whiz it up 

Now you have taken it out the fridge, you want to remove it from the bowl and blend it up.





You can also use a hand blender if you prefer, I did this for my second batch.

Step 6 – Spice it up 

Once you have taken it out the fridge, you can add the essential oils of your choice



Step 7 – Fill er’ up

Time to put your mixture into the dish of your choice


What I used 


Mango and Lavender

  • Mango butter (1/2 Cup)
  • Shea butter (1/2 Cup)
  • Coconut oil (1/2 cup)
  • Olive oil (2 Tbsp)
  • Lavender essential oil (10 drops)

Cocoa and peppermint

  • Cocoa butter (1/2 Cup)
  • Shea butter (1/2 Cup)
  • Coconut oil (1/2 Cup)
  • Olive oil (2 Tbsp)
  • Peppermint essential oil (10 Tbsp)

End result



Have you ever tried to make your own body butter? If so What did you think?


Hope you enjoyed this!


Em x


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