Homemade luxurious recipe for Body Butter

May 23 2016
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I got to experimenting a couple of years ago, attempting to create my own homemade recipe for body butter. I knew I wanted to use coconut oil but I wanted to use the LEAST amount of ingredients as possible. I went looking online and many of the recipes I saw for body butter (or even just homemade DIY lotion) called for ingredients I did not have on hand and then what if I didn’t like how it turned out? Then I would have a bunch of money sitting in a cabinet in ingredients I might not use again! So, after some research I grabbed my tub of coconut oil, my lavender oil and I also happened to have some organic castor oil on hand. I wanted a literal “butter” consistency so I knew I had to “whip” it up. I honestly had no idea if this was going to turn out so I dropped a couple of cups of coconut oil in my mixer, included a dozen or so drops of lavender oil and started it up. As it whipped the coconut oil I slowly started drizzling in the castor oil and OH. MY. GOSH.

Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!

It was like whipped cream made in Heaven! I spread some on my skin and it was SO luxurious! It melted instantly, left no weird residue behind and was surprisingly light and not at all oily feeling! Holy crap guys this is AMAZING!!!

I’ve been using this recipe for two years now and literally cover my body with it after I shave my legs or shower, it leaves my skin incredibly soft and it literally smells good enough to eat!

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Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!

I literally just put two big spoon fulls of coconut oil in my blender, then add in my essential oil and while it whips on a slow speed I slowly drizzle in the castor oil. The exact measurements will depend on the types of oils you are using (some coconut oils are more solid the others) so just play it by ear, I really think this would be VERY difficult to screw up this recipe (perfect for me!) Just keep drizzling until it starts looking like whipped cream, scrape down the sides and bring it together with a spatula or spoon and whip it some more to be sure it is fully together and that there are no coconut oil chunks left and then store it in a cool dark place with a good lid. This WILL MELT at over 80 degrees but it still works whether it is in solid or liquid form 🙂

Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!

My family used to own a golf course and I started mowing there when I was about 14 years old, fast forward ten years and I was still mowing there lol We sold the golf course not too long after that but I learned a lot about my skin in that decade. All summer long I would literally be outside for upwards of fourteen HOURS a day nearly Every. Single. Day. And, at that point, there is only so much sun screen a person can slather on until it just seems silly. (Honestly some of the wind burns I experienced were far more crappy then any sun damage I remember experiencing) I became Pocahontas! I loved my tanned skin and I NEVER once got a sun burn whether I used sun screen or not (of course things have changed considerably now that I’ve been at a desk job for five years lol) my secret was that every day right before bed I would take a really hot shower and SCRUB all of my weather-exposed skin and then heavily treat it with aloe and a variety of moisturizers. Nowadays I am a lot more concerned about what is in my moisturizers and body butters! I am VERY picky about what I am now putting on my body’s largest organ! Now, I use nothing but this organic body butter and I LOVE it.

Honestly, this feels like a treat, like a little sneak of dark chocolate after a long day or a glass of wine when I should be drinking water because I’m on a diet. It is hard to believe something so good for your skin can be so utterly luxurious and wonderful!

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Homemade DIY recipe for body butter using lavender oil, organic coconut oil and organic castor oil - luxurious, moisturizing, fluffy, its like Heaven!Homemade tutorial of to die for body butter luxurious caster oil lavender essential oils organic coconut


  1. October 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    It LOOKS good enough to eat!
    🙂 gwingal

    • October 17, 2016 at 8:52 pm

      It smells like it too! lol, it feels amazing!

  2. October 19, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Think I’ll make some of this for Christmas gifts! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW DIY party!

  3. Traci
    October 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

    I definitely will be making some for gifts; however, I would love it too and wondered if the lavender hides most of the coconut smell? I love the results of ALL things using coconut oil (just refinished an old chest using nothing but CO) but I detest the smell (and taste) of it. BTW – I love love your website!

    • October 21, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Hey Traci, yup the Lavender masks it pretty well but you could also try a stronger smelling oil (peppermint comes to mind) to be sure you wouldn’t smell the coconut at all. Thanks for coming by!

  4. October 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Oh wow, that looks divine!! I absolutely need to try this! Pinned! 🙂 Lisa

  5. October 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    This looks wonderful!

  6. November 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I would love to make this! I use coconut oil on it’s own every day. Unfortunately, I don’t have a big mixer to whip it up so maybe that’s what I need to put on my Christmas list 😉 Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

    • November 2, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Angie, a kitchenaid mixer makes a fantastic gift, I love mine! My mom gave it to us as a wedding present 🙂

  7. November 2, 2016 at 2:43 am

    LOVE stuff like this Tarah, thank you! This will make wonderful Christmas gifts! ♥♥♥ #smallvictoriessundaylinkup

    • November 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Great idea! I’m planning on making a few batches for family for Christmas too! Thanks!

  8. November 4, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    What a great idea


  9. Jann Olson
    November 8, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Sounds wonderful! I make homemade lotion and love it too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. November 10, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I am like everyone else, thinking this would make fantastic Christmas gifts. Do you know how long it will keep? Does it go bad ever?

    • November 10, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Hi Chloe, last time I made far too big a batch so my stash is six months old and showing absolutely no signs of going bad and it works just as well as the day I made it. I do keep it in a sealed jar though so I bet that helps!

  11. November 11, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Wow…what a neat idea!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  12. November 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Looks fantastic! Pinned and shared

  13. November 17, 2016 at 12:45 am

    This looks wonderful!

  14. November 19, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    This sounds so awesome. I’ve got some coconut oil that’s about to expire for food purposes. Maybe a batch of peppermint body butter is in order for the holidays! Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!

    • November 21, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Leslie, that’s a fabulous idea and the peppermint would be good for aches and pains!

  15. November 21, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Tarah, I make a coconut, avocado and lavender oil lotion for my skin. When I made it up I wanted it to be whipped like yours. But, no matter how much I mixed it it wouldn’t come together … I wonder if the castor oil acts as an emulsifier? Interesting … I’ll have to research that xo

    • November 21, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Carla, now that’s a good question I really don’t know but that would make a certain amount of sense!

  16. November 29, 2016 at 8:00 am

    Ooooo… looks so good and simple!

    • November 29, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Thanks Rebekah for coming by!!

  17. December 1, 2016 at 1:31 am

    What a great idea. I have all of those ingredients so I might just whip up a batch tonight. Thanks for sharing at the Family Joy Blog Link Party this week!

    • December 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      Melissa, it is so lovely I use it almost every day! Thank you for coming by!

  18. January 9, 2017 at 3:00 am

    That looks so healthy and good for the skin.

    Bloggers Pit Stop

    • January 9, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      And it feels just wonderful! Thanks for commenting Kathleen and for coming by!

  19. January 14, 2017 at 8:04 am

    It looks so nice, and I bet it does wonders for the skin.

  20. April 20, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    This looks so great! I totally want to try it. Love finding good natural products to use. Thanks for linking up at the Friday at the Fire Station link-up.

  21. May 26, 2017 at 10:23 am

    This body Butter sounds amazing Tarah I love that it has three natural ingredients too – I have 2 of them just need to pick up some castor oil and I am good to go !!

    • May 26, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Amber, I use this almost every day and just love it!

  22. May 29, 2017 at 5:45 am

    I discovered coconut butter a couple years ago. Its all I use because of allergies and skin sensitivities. This recipe is perfect because its all natural and so easy to make. Thanks for the recipe.

    • May 30, 2017 at 3:36 pm

      Thanks Leanna, I use it almost every day and still love it almost two years after I first tried it!

  23. August 27, 2017 at 1:10 am

    I have been wanting to try a homemade body butter and this sounds wonderful. Can’t wait to try it.

    • August 28, 2017 at 3:08 pm

      This is one of my favorite recipes that I make, I use it all the time! Thanks Tracy!

  24. August 30, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I definitely want to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this with us at the Waste Not Wednesday link party. Hope to see you back again this week.

    • August 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks for coming by Denise!

  25. August 31, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Ah! I will have to share this with the girls – they are all things body products right now – lol! They’ve been into making scrubs…
    Thanks for joining us at last week’s Reader Tip Tuesday. I’m hoping you join us this week: http://www.jodiefitz.com/2017/08/29/reader-tip-tuesday-weeks-craft-recipe-party/

    We’re open all week & growing. Hope you have a GREAT weekend. xo

    • August 31, 2017 at 2:50 pm

      Hey Jodie I’ve been planning on making some scrubs too – maybe for Xmas gifts! Thanks for coming by!

  26. September 15, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Wow!It looks really nice. I can’t wait to make mine.Thank you.

    • September 15, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Thanks for coming by Stella, have a great weekend!

  27. October 16, 2017 at 12:41 pm

    I LOVE this! Thanks for sharing it with us on the Homestead Blog Hop!

  28. January 30, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Sounds amazing, looks really creamy too. Thank you for sharing the instructions at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

    • January 30, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting, this is one of my very favorite recipes!

  29. Debra Obinna
    April 18, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    May I ask why castor oil?
    Thank you.

    • April 20, 2020 at 8:27 am

      Honestly Debra it was what I had on hand but I’ve been really impressed with how silky it is when combined with coconut oil.

  30. Jackie Rhodes
    November 1, 2023 at 6:32 am

    I wonder how Frankincense EO would work in this recipe. It’s excellent for the skin and can alleviate pain.

    • November 1, 2023 at 9:47 am

      Jackie, I think Frankincense would be amazing in this!

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