DIY Gift Idea: Homemade Body Butter

I recently made a batch of homemade body butter for gifts.  It was super easy to make, but I would probably make a few tweaks when I make it again.  Here's what I did this time around:

1) Melt equal parts coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil (these are two different ingredients), cocoa butter, and raw shea butter over low heat.  I used ~16 ounces/1 pound of each ingredient. 
2) Stir continuously until all ingredients are melted.  
3) Remove from heat.  When cooled to room temperature, refrigerate the pan and ingredients until product firms.  This took about half a day, so don't get impatient like I did and think that it's never going to firm up.  It will!

This is what it looks like when it has firmed.  I used the ultra-scientific method of sticking my finger in it to see how firm it was.  

4) Remove from refrigerator and use hand mixer to give it a whipped texture.  Add kaolin clay as needed if it is too greasy.  

This is what it looks like after it's been mixed.  It's a really nice consistency.
5) Use a small spatula to put the body butter into wide-mouth jars.  You definitely want wide mouth jars for this!

Other info:
1) I bought my ingredients from Amazon because I didn't want to buy 40 pounds of something only to end up hating it since this was my first time making body butter.  The best deal on these ingredients in bulk is probably at Soaper's Choice.
2) I used plastic jars also purchased from Amazon to hold the body butter.  I don't like plastic, but I realized that glass jars in a slippery bathroom would be a bad idea.
3) It smells like chocolate due to the cocoa butter, but the scent dissipates once it's on the skin for a while.  You can add essential oils for a particular scent if you like, but it smells good on its own.
4) This is a greasy, very moisturizing formula.  Next time, I would use much less fractionated coconut oil, probably 50% less.  Experiment to see what works for you.

Anyone else making gifts??


This sounds like something I would like to try making. Is the coconut oil just regular coconut oil? Or is it something special (extra virgin, etc.)?

Nostalgic Cook- Yes, the regular coconut oil is just any old kind you have hanging around and was not anything special. However, the fractionated coconut oil is different in that it is processed to remain in oil form and does not firm up as regular coconut oil does. Hope this helps!
Yes, it was the regular coconut oil I was wondering about, trying to figure out what I could find locally instead of ordering. Thanks! I'm going to give this a go.


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