Cocoa Shea Whipped Body Butter - backup

Posted by Hardip Kalsi on

Feeling parched? Need to get your summer glow on with fully natural ingredients? Well, you can create an all-natural, delicious body butter to indulge your senses and improve your skin with a few easy ingredients!

This is a perfect, luxurious butter to make with your little ones and share with your
friends and family. I will also make substitution suggestions in case you don’t have the exact ingredients in this recipe.


  1. Combine all the butters in a heat-safe bowl (such as a Pyrex dish or stainless streel frothing pitcher and melt in a double boiler**.
  2. Once the butters are all melted, add the liquid oils to the butters, stir well, and place in the freezer for about four hours. You could also cool it down in the refrigerator, but I’d give it about 12-18 hours to harden if you use this method.
  3. Once hard to the touch, but still easy to dent, use a cake batter mixer to whip the butter andoil mixture to a luxurious whipped cream consistency. You want to be careful not to whip too much, as this will add heat and melt the butters so they become liquid. But fear not- of this does happen, just stick it back into the refrigerator again for a short while to solidify until it has a thick paste-like consistency and whip again.
  4. Once the butters are a whipped butter consistency, add the tapioca starch, fragrance, and preservative if you need to. The preservative is only necessary if you may end up accidentally introducing water to the jar. If you use clean, dry hands to apply the whipped butter, you can simply skip it!
  5. You can now take it up a notch and spoon the butter into a piping bag with a large star nozzle and pipe the butter into jars. This recipe will make about three jars. If you don’t have a piping bag, you can simply spoon the butter into a jar.
  6. This butter was such a hit here in the lab that it simply had to have a little dusting of gold mica on top, so if you plan to give some of the jars away as gifts, I would spruce it up a bit before gifting it.
  7. Slather all over and enjoy!

*You can leave the preservative out if you are careful to not introduce any water to this formula.

** A double boiler method is simply having a larger pot with water in it to boil the water, and a smaller (preferably taller) heat-safe container with your butters in it, to place into the water. This method is used when you want to heat butters to melt them without heat-damage. Because the boiling point of water is 100 C (212 F), the temperature of your butters will not heat up too quickly, or to too high a temperature, preserving the healthy properties of the butters you choose.

Pro Tips:

  1. When working with butters, especially shea, mango, and kokum butters, you want to cool the mixture down as quickly as possible. This is because a slow cool-down, particularly in warmer weather can lead to the butter being grainy. Don’t be alarmed if this does occur- the little “grains” are simply certain faits clumping together. To fix this, simply re-melt the mixture and stick it in the freezer to speed up cooling. This should sort out the issue!
  2. Raw unrefined shea butter has a nutty aroma that may not be suitable for all. If you don’t dig this aroma, use refined shea butter and you’ll never go back to anything else.
  3. Raw cocoa butter has a chocolate like aroma can serve as the fragrance in this formula, so you either do not need any additional fragrance, or you can use a complementary fragrance to enhance this natural aroma. My favorites are vanilla (in oil base), orange or tangerine essential oil, or copaiba balsam oil.
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