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Incredible Non-Greasy Whipped Body Butter

Learn my recipe for a super smooth and fluffy, non-greasy lavender whipped body butter!

By following this really simple recipe, and potentially adjusting some ingredients to best suit your own skin, you’ll be able to make a fantastically rich yet fluffy and non-greasy body butter yourself, today. After a little bit of trial and error, I have crafted a recipe that reminds me of the thick Nivea face lotion I used to slather all over my face and body religiously growing up. Now, I have an alternative which is far more nourishing, made of entirely natural ingredients, that I can make all on my own in less than 10 minutes!

Read on to uncover the following topics with me:

Why Make My Own Whipped Body Butter?

Several reason why you may benefit from making this incredibly rich and light body butter yourself include:

  • Your skin will love you for it! Moisturising and smoothing out your skin, reducing scarring and reversing stretch marks, providing it with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
  • It is deeply nourishing and relaxing for the soul.
  • Has a very long shelf life made from natural pure ingredients.
  • It is incredibly easy, once you’ve got the ingredients, this will only take you 10 minutes.
  • The recipe is highly adaptable. Read on to understand how to make the ingredients work for your skin.
Simple ingredients ready to make some whipped body butter.

Ingredients for the Non-Greasy Whipped Body Butter

Shea softens the skin and eliminates wrinkles. It is suitable for all skin types and effective for relieving sunburn, insect bites, wounds, skin allergies, among many other benefits.

  • Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are whipped in with the shea butter to help carry the oils to their destination. These oils aid in increasing the creaminess and fluff as well as adding nutritional and nourishing properties. For this recipe, I have selected a combination of two oils that work well for my skin which are on the lighter less greasy and more easily absorbent side, to keep this body butter as non-greasy as possible. Consider the properties and comedogenic rating of each oil, avoid an oil with a rating over 2 to prevent clogged pores. Ultimately, through trial and error you will understand which oil is best suited to your skin type. Some non-greasy carrier oils which could be substituted in this recipe include:

Rosehip seed oil – Rosehip oil is highly suited for cleansing and moisturising skin. Particularly for reversing ageing, scarring, stretch marks and hyperpigmentation. Suitable for oily skin types.
Sweet almond oil – Sweet almond oil is perfect for dry skin which is prone to breakouts. It regenerates the skin by penetrating damaged skin cells and softens them to hydrate from within. Well suited for those with sensitive and irritated skin.
Jojoba oil – Jojoba oil mimics the consistency of our own sebum. It absorbs well into the skin and moisturises softly. This oil is more suitable for oily skin types as it helps balance the production of excess oil.
Apricot kernel oil – A fast absorbing oil, protective of the oils that balance sebum production of the skin. Apricot kernel oil is effective in sealing in moisture and healing irritation. Suitable for dry or sensitive skin types.
Grapeseed oil – Grapeseed oil is an extremely lightweight oil which is perfect for acne prone skin types. Highly absorbent oil.

  • Oil Absorption Agent

This recipe uses an essential ingredient to keep the whipped body butter as non-greasy as possible: tapioca starch. An alternative powder to tapioca starch which could be used in this recipe, is arrowroot power.

  • Essential Oil

To give the whipped butter a fragrant scent, mix in your choice of essential oil. I have chosen to use lavender in my homemade body butter. Some essential oils which would work well for this recipe include:

Lavender: For ultimate relaxation and a fantastic scent.
Rose: For anti-aging properties, to promote skin cell growth – and also a fantastic scent.
Rosemary or Cinnamon: for anti-inflammation properties, especially suitable for acne-prone skin.
Peppermint: To soothe and cool the body (ideal for muscle and joint pain or tension relief).

Airy, non-greasy whipped lavender body butter, ready to be scooped out of the jar.

The Recipe: Non-Greasy Whipped Lavender Body Butter

Makes a big jar (250ml) of incredibly fluffy lavender body butter

Ingredients:

  • 150g raw unrefined organic shea butter
  • 50ml organic jojoba oil
  • 50ml organic sweet almond oil
  • 4 tbsp organic tapioca starch
  • 40 drops organic lavender essential oil

Directions:

  1. Place your shea butter in a big clean bowl.
  2. Add the carrier oils. Using a whisk or egg beaters, whip up the mixture for approximately 3-5 minutes until it is smooth, fluffy and a buttery texture is achieved.
  3. Add the tapioca starch and essential oil. Whip further until incorporated.
  4. Using a spoon, scoop all of the body butter and transfer into a clean sterilised jar.
  5. That’s it! Your non-greasy whipped body butter is ready for your use.

Important Notes Before Using

Perform a patch test! Why? To make sure your skin won’t have adverse effects to any of the ingredients, it is a good idea (as with first time use of all beauty products, especially when exposing your skin to foreign ingredients) to test a small portion of your skin before applying the product to your entire body.

  1. Apply a small amount of the product to your forearm. Wait for 24 hours (or more if necessary for your skin sensitivity) and keep an eye on the area for rashes or irritation.
  2. After 24 hours, if no signs of redness or irritation have appeared, the product is compatible with your skin.

Patch testing properly can prevent severe allergic reactions and preventing acne. Before incorporating new beauty products into your regular skincare routine, it is a good idea to patch test absolutely everything. Be patient with your body, with your skin, get to know it to understand which oils and ingredients are a good fit.

Whipped body butter, basking in the sun, where it should NOT be…

Shelf Life

This body butter contains only oils, and no water or liquids, meaning it does not require a preservative to increase its shelf life. If the body butter is stored in a cool place and out of direct sunlight or sources of heat, it can last you a long time, between 1 to 2 years. Additionally, remember to check the expiration date of all the ingredients incorporated first.

For best use, wash and dry your hands before scooping any body butter out of the jar. This will prevent unwanted bacteria getting in. As a result, prolonging the life and efficacy of the butter.

Quickly whipped up body butter, using simple and natural ingredients.

How + Where to Store

This body butter is best storedin a cool, dry place. Out of direct sunlight, away from sources of heat or cold. It is important to note that this body butter may lose some of its airiness over time. You can always whip it again, or simply use as is.

If this body butter is stored near sources of heat, it will melt. Near sources of cold, it could harden.
To prevent this, keep your whipped body butter in a cool dry place. If the butter hardens over time, you could add a small amount of carrier oil and whip it back up. If it melts, you can refrigerate it until it hardens and whip it up again, though it may have a slightly less airy texture as before but will still get buttery.

Fluffy non-greasy whipped body butter, matching these white tulips

Now It’s Your Turn

Overall, making an all natural, non-greasy whipped body butter is so simple. My hope is that after reading about the process, you now feel confident to try it and out and possibly experiment with your own unique mix.

In my experience, the exact amounts really are not that important. As long as you stick with the general proportions, you will create a delicious body butter that feels and smells good enough to eat- but don’t! Your skin however will drink it right up and thank you for it.

Give it a go and let me know how your experience goes in the comments below!