A six-ingredient body butter recipe with coconut oil to nourish your skin and boost your mood! This citrus homemade body butter is as smooth as my favorite lip chap and made with many of the same ingredients. In addition, it uses real fruit zest (not essential oils) for its amazing scent and is made with all-natural ingredients like coconut oil and beeswax. Use this recipe for body butter for yourself or a thoughtful gift!
This citrus body butter recipe with coconut oil is perfect for the winter months and makes a thoughtful gift for friends, family, and teachers!
Note: this recipe uses the actual fruit instead of the essential oil for scent. If using the essential oil, do not apply the lotion and head outside. In particular, citrus oils are sensitive to the sun and can cause burns.
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Benefits Of The Body Butter Recipe With Coconut Oil
- no chemicals
- easy to make
- super hydrating
This is one of my go-to DIY body butter recipes because it's simple, hydrating, and keeps my skin smooth.
Furthermore, since my skin has adjusted to natural products I find that traditional products only dry it out. Those products contain harsher ingredients than my skin is used to and thus they don't work as well.
Besides this, since our skin absorbs what it comes into contact with, I strive to make sure it encounters the best possible ingredients- which is why I always have DIY lotion on hand!
You can learn more about how to choose butters for a body butter recipe. Cocoa or cacao is one of my favorites.
All of them have hydrating properties and coconut oil especially has been shown to have healing and anti-bacterial benefits.
Beeswax smells amazing but it also helps keep the lotion together and firm.
Quick Tip: make sure you purchase beeswax pellets to make your life easier. I got the bright idea to buy blocks of beeswax... do you know how hard it is to cut beeswax?! I have to freeze it, hammer it, and then use it. Save yourself the trouble haha
Infusing the oil with grapefruit and orange keeps this homemade body butter refreshing, uplifting, and perfect for summer. When possible I like to use the real product, so the rinds in this case. However essential oils work also!
Keep in mind, if using essential oils, do not use this recipe for body butter and head outside. It's been shown that citrus oils on the skin can cause burns in the sunlight.
What To Do If You Don't Want To Make Your Own?
Before you give up on making homemade body butter, check out everything you need to know about DIY products and making them simple.
If you still don't want to rock homemade body butter- aim to purchase from a quality company. Look for products that are as close to natural as possible.
One of my favorites is almond vanilla body butter from Primally Pure. Above all, it smells effing AWESOME and Primally Pure uses only natural chemical-free ingredients.
Seriously, I can pronounce and buy them all. #win If you do end up on their site, use code mamabear10 to save yourself 10% off your entire first order!
How To Use The Body Butter
After you whip up a batch either selfishly hoard it to yourself or share it with friends! It makes a very thoughtful homemade spa gift.
I find this citrus recipe for body butter works best on legs. It's a bit oily for my face but that's what makes it perfect on my arms and legs.
After you apply, let it sit on your skin for a couple of minutes before putting on clothes. This gives it time to absorb into your skin instead of any garments and means it won't stain your clothing either!
Kitchen Tools You May Find Useful
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Citrus Body Butter
- Double Boiler
- Mini Whisk
- Mini Mason Jars
- In a double boiler, combine all ingredients (except oils if using). Bring to a rolling boil and let simmer for fifteen minutes.
- Stir frequently with a mini whisk until all ingredients are combined. Let boil for another two to three minutes so make sure the beeswax won't leave any chunks.
- Pour the mixture through a small mesh sieve into two small mason jars. If using essential oils, add in the oils and whisk to combine.
- Let sit on the counter for twenty for hours to set.
Don't forget to pin this hydrating homemade recipe for body butter!
If you're looking for a hydrating, uplifting, and easy to make DIY body butter recipe with coconut oil- this is it! The orange and grapefruit scents make you feel refreshed and content while the homemade lotion itself keeps your skin silky, smooth, and soft. This citrus body butter is simple to make and perfect for any pampering!
The Best DIY Skin Care Recipes For Busy Moms
If you’re looking for a natural, simple, effective DIY skincare recipe check out DIY Skin Care For Busy Moms where I've created 21 indulgent but super easy DIY skincare recipes that are perfect for everyday moms. From homemade body butters to DIY face masks and energizing shower melts. Likewise, these DIY skincare recipes share a few things in common:
- They're simple to make (most are melt + pour + let sit!)
- They contain minimal ingredients
- Many ingredients are repeated throughout the book to make them cost-effective
- All-natural beauty products that are effective
Keep your skincare routine SIMPLE with these DIY recipes. I've also included video demonstrations for each section of the book as well as a download PDF of the ingredients you'll find and of course my best tips.