I absolutely LOVE body butter. And now, I’m totally loving my homemade body butter without coconut oil. It’s such a luxurious treat after a long relaxing bath or even a quick shower, which is definitely what I have most of the time. My 2-year-old always thinks I’m secretly having an ice-cream cone (or one of her favorite snacks) when I’m out of her sight for more than 5 minutes and would insist on finding me. So long relaxing bath is but a distant memory.
I’ve made my share of body butter with coconut oil, including this one. But I recently decided to make a homemade body butter without coconut oil. Why? Because not everyone’s skin (including mine, sometimes) can tolerate coconut oil. According to a number of sources, coconut oil has a high comedogenic rating, meaning it can clog pores, causing skin irritation and breakouts. I know. I know. How can anyone say anything bad about coconut oil!? It’s a miracle oil for our skin and body, and can be used to make a ton of great bath, body and personal care items. I know the wonders of coconut oil and use it in my recipes. Search “coconut oil” on this site, and you will pull up quite a few of these recipes.
But . . . Like any amazing beauty products, it doesn’t work for everyone. I have received quite a few comments on this blog from people who say they are allergic to coconut oil. For them and people who worry about clogged pores, this homemade body butter without coconut oil works well, because its main ingredients are shea butter and sunflower oil, neither is comedogenic.
Homemade Body Butter without Coconut Oil
Prep Time: 1 and 1/2 hour (including 1 hour of freezing/waiting period)
Yields: approximately 12 oz of homemade body butter without coconut oil
Ingredients Needed to Make Homemade Body Butter without Coconut Oil
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- Shea Butter – 2/3 cup. I use Raw Unrefined Shea Butter. I’ve also used NOW Foods Shea Butter.
- Sunflower Oil – 1/3 cup. I use Whole Foods Organic Sunflower Oil. You can also try Life-Flo Organic Sunflower Oil, or La Tourangelle Organic Sunflower Oil. I infused my organic sunflower oil with dried Organic Calendula Flowers. Oil infusion is a totally optional step though.
- (Optional) Vitamin E – 10 drops. I use NOW Foods E-Oil. I have also used natural Vitamin E capsules.
- (Optional) Orange Essential Oil – 10 drops. I use NOW Foods Orange Essential Oil; OR
- (Optional) Lavender Essential Oil – 6 drops. I use NOW Foods Lavender Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Essential Oil – 4 drops. I use NOW Foods Tea Tree Essential Oil.
- (Optional) Empty Containers – Ball Jars. I got mine from Target for a few dollars.
As this body butter does not include any synthetic preservatives, I usually make small batches that I know I and/or my loved ones can finish within a month or so of creating it.
How to Make Homemade Body Butter without Coconut Oil
1. Place shea butter and sunflower oil in a container. Here, I used calendula infused sunflower oil.
2. Place container in a pot that has about 2 inches of water. You are creating a double boiler to melt the ingredients.
3. Melt butter and oil completely. It took me about 10 minutes at medium heat on the stove.
4. Place melted ingredients in the freezer for 1 hour. It’s OK to leave it in there longer.
5. Use an electric whisk to whip the frozen homemade body butter without coconut oil.
It took me about 10 minutes to turn the frozen body butter into fluffily whipped homemade body butter without coconut oil. You will notice that the color of the body butter becomes lighter after being whipped.
6. (Optional) Add vitamin E and orange essential oil, OR
7. (Optional) Add vitamin E, lavender essential oil and tea tree essential oil.
8. (Optional) Fold Vitamin E and essential oil into the body butter.
9. Spoon your homemade body butter without coconut oil into clean containers. This luxurious body treat is ready for your enjoyment and/or gifting to some of your lucky loved ones.
That’s it! This is a very simple and quick homemade body butter without coconut oil. It has only 2 main ingredients, shea butter and sunflower oil, both are classified as noncomedogenic and will not clog your pores. Like I mentioned above, you can use organic sunflower oil, or an infused sunflower oil, which was what I did. I’ve recently started to use infused oil in my recipes, and absolutely love it for the added medicinal and therapeutic properties that it has. Stay tuned, my next post will be on how to make your very own infused oil. UPDATE: here’s my post on how to make infused oil.
Will you be giving this homemade body butter without coconut oil recipe a try? I’d love to hear all about your creation and experience. If you like the recipe, be sure to share it and pin it! Feel free to ask me any questions about this homemade body butter recipe or anything else about making your own bath, body and personal care products. Reach out and let’s connect!