Traditional Body Butter

body-butterThis is a marvelously simple and effective recipe for an all-oil-based body butter which is easily absorbed with minimal greasiness. We use a Mango fragrance in this instance but you can choose any fragrance you wish.

This recipe makes enough to fill 1 x 200ml jar (or 4 x 50ml jars) and can easily be multiplied if you want to make more.


  • A saucepan
  • A mixing bowl
  • Suitable jar/s or tin/s
  • Kitchen scales
  • Teaspoon and 1/4 teaspoon measures
  • Electric hand-held whisk



Weigh the cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter and beeswax into the saucepan and put on a gentle heat until completely melted. Continue heating gently for a few minutes (this helps minimise any grainyness in the final product) whilst gently stirring. Take off the heat and pour into the mixing bowl. Add the wheatgerm oil and the vitamin E (optional), stir well then leave to cool.

To speed things up you may wish to put the bowl into a fridge. Once the product has cooled to a soft semi-solid consistency, add your fragrance and take your electric whisk, whisking the oils until they take on a near mouse-like quality, which will happen when they take in enough air to solidify (you will notice the whisk slowing down as the product cools and thickens).

Spoon into suitable containers and allow to fully cool.