DIY Whipped Body Butter: Great Gift Idea

DIY vanilla & cocoa body butter

This easy DIY whipped body butter is perfect for gifting this holiday season, or for keeping all to yourself! With the temperature dropping the air in my home is DRY, and hot, and with my pregnant skin starting to stretch, I need all the moisturizing I can get.

There are many ways to get the shea and cocoa butter and I suggest you spend some time looking for inexpensive options. I was seeing upwards of $100 for a kilogram of each delivered to my house and ended up, after some research, finding an small GTA company who delivered withing 12 hours for only $45. And they delivered within 12 hours of ordering, awesome service.

I had my kids help me with this as it is pretty easy once it is melted and hardened again. They really enjoyed whipping it up and watching it transform from a chunk of hardened oil into the luxurious finished product. Not only does it look delicious it also smells divine. The cocoa butter smells like chocolate and since I used my homemade vanilla infused coconut oil for this they claimed the finished product left them smelling like chocolate chip cookies, no complaints over here.

If you are looking for an effective and easy recipe to soothe and nurture your skin, look no further. Enjoy!

Cocoa & Vanilla Body Butter

You Will Need:

2 Cups of Shea Butter
2 cups of Cocoa Butter
2 cups of Coconut Oil-I used my Vanilla Infused Coconut Oil
2 Cups of Almond Oil (or any other carrier oil you choose)

Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer
Containers to store your finished body butterMetal Bowl and a pot or any double boiler


Measure out equal parts of the 4 oils and butters. I had four-2 cup containers to fill so I did 2 cups of each

Put all oils and butters into a metal bowl

Put metal bowl over a boiling pot of water to melt the oils/butters together. Mine took around 5 minutes to get into a fully liquid state.

When melted remove from heat and take the bowl off of the pot. Be careful the oil is extremely hot and so is the bowl.

I ran the pot under cold water to cool it down and than added ice and cold water to it. I put the hot bowl of oil directly on top of the pot of ice water, being careful not to put water in the pot and speeding up the cooling process.

Once the oil had cooled enough to be easily handled and I could see a small layer of hardened butter at the bottom of the bowl I put it in my fridge and took a nap.

I let it sit for a couple of hours and it was hardened completely.

This is the fun part, get out your hand mixer and start whipping this hard mass up. Be careful you don’t splatter this everywhere as it is oil. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and whip again to make sure there is no chunks in the final product.

Put in your containers and I put mine back the fridge to harden up again.


Aneta Alaei
Aneta Alaei

Aneta is a Toronto-based mom of four that loves a good meal, great company, and learning something new. In her free time, you can find her trying to keep yet another plant alive.

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  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy)
    December 4, 2014 / 12:37 pm

    I love how easy that is to make! I definitely want to try it.

  2. Fi Ní Neachtáin
    December 4, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    This looks so great, it’d be lovely gifted in a glass jar with a red ribbon tied around the top for Christmas time. Shame that the ingredients are so expensive though, the best stuff always is isn’t it? 🙂

  3. December 4, 2014 / 1:02 pm

    Wow this sounds amazing. These would make nice little gifts at Christmas or anytime of the year.

  4. December 4, 2014 / 2:07 pm

    I had no idea this would be so easy to make! It would make such cute gifts, too.

  5. December 4, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    I would love to get that as a gift myself. I love homemade beauty products.

  6. December 4, 2014 / 7:13 pm

    How amazing is this?! I LOVE a good DIY project and one of my best friends is obsessed with body butter. This was be a perfect gift for her. What’s better than a homemade gift from your best friend? <3

  7. December 4, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    What an amazing idea for a DIY gift! I bet it smells and feels amazing!

  8. December 4, 2014 / 8:01 pm

    What a great DIY gift! I bet it smells and feels wonderful!

  9. December 4, 2014 / 8:05 pm

    Yuum! I have all of these ingredients on hand and LOVE making my own body butters! I love wishing I could eat it too is that weird? I already know what that stuff smells like!!! This would be an amazing gift for my best friend!

  10. December 4, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Thanks for sharing, I am not DIY savvy but I want to attempt this

  11. December 4, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I received a huge jar of shea butter, which I totally love, but wanted to find a recipe such as this to use it in! I love DIY and I really love the sound of whipped body butter!

  12. December 4, 2014 / 11:58 pm

    Oh I must try this! I love making natural body products. Thanks for sharing!

  13. December 5, 2014 / 3:07 am

    I bet this smells so great! I love that you can make an all natural beauty product – it’s such much healthier than ones with chemicals.

  14. December 5, 2014 / 4:37 am

    The instructions are easy to follow. This would really make great gift ideas as moisturizers can really be useful this season.

  15. December 5, 2014 / 11:15 pm

    i would never have thought of making this. what a great idea.

  16. December 6, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Wow I never knew it was this easy to make whipped body butter. I love this and during the holidays this is definitely going to be one of my projects.

  17. December 6, 2014 / 7:14 pm

    I live by shea butter I feel we just never have enough, I never thought of making it myself. Thanks for the recipe.

  18. December 8, 2014 / 5:09 am

    Oh, I bet this smells amazing. I’ve always wondered how to make something like this.

  19. jamie hall
    June 19, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    thank you this looks amazing!!

  20. Dixie
    July 2, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    This looks super easy to make, and you know exactly what is in it so no fillers or chemicals 🙂

  21. July 2, 2015 / 10:54 pm

    So easy and it is so great on the skin. I love that I can re-whip it if needed and my daughter loves that we smell like cupcakes 🙂

  22. Judy Cowan
    July 3, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I have been thinking about trying to make some homemade body butter as Christmas presents, thanks for the instructions on how to do it!

  23. Caroline
    July 3, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    I think I am going to try this. I really like the feel of coconut oil and shea butter.

  24. KC
    July 3, 2015 / 11:27 pm

    That looks so amazing! I have got to try this!

  25. Maggie C
    July 11, 2015 / 11:11 am

    omg what a cool idea! I love to make this for my gf’s birthday this year!

  26. Theresa C.
    July 14, 2015 / 2:48 pm

    What a great idea to have your kids help you – we’re going to try this too! 😉

    July 15, 2015 / 11:29 am

    WOW learned a lot from this, may give it a try

  28. Lisa Gore
    August 13, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Thank you for all the info, I had never thought of making my own before this

  29. Cheryl
    August 21, 2015 / 8:25 am

    Sounds like a great cream!! And not t hard to make so I will have to try. Thanks 🙂

  30. William Deaffie
    August 22, 2015 / 9:20 pm

    What a great idea. Never thought to do something like this. Definitely gonna try.

  31. Debbie Bashford
    August 23, 2015 / 7:19 am

    wow had no idea I could make this at home, must give it a try

  32. lori n.
    August 23, 2015 / 3:08 pm

    nice gifts! Love the idea

  33. Amy Lovell
    August 25, 2015 / 10:50 am

    love this as a gift! thanks!

  34. Treen Goodwin
    November 2, 2015 / 8:42 am

    wow great idea love it , thanks for sharing 🙂 sounds like awesome stuff , def worth a try !

  35. Victoria Ess
    November 5, 2015 / 9:12 am

    This sounds amazing and I’d love to gift something like this at Christmas!

  36. Debbie White Beattie
    May 25, 2017 / 4:21 am

    I’ve never made my own lotions before but I bet this one is not only a great moisturizer but I bet it also smells amazing

  37. Treen Goodwin
    June 28, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    wow this sound so awesome , thanks for sharing the recipe , i will def be trying it out 🙂

  38. Shirley OFlynn
    May 9, 2019 / 10:33 pm

    This sounds amazing! I am going to try this and it sounds so easy to make.