The Best Homemade Body Butter for Dry Skin in Winter

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Learn how to make homemade body butter for dry skin in winter with just a few ingredients. This body butter recipe is soft and creamy and will make your itchy, dry skin disappear.

The lightweight DIY body butter is perfect for keeping your skin soft and supple all winter.

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homemade body butter for dry skin
This body butter recipe is soft and creamy and will make your itchy, dry skin disappear.

Winter is my favorite season, even if I spend every summer on the seaside, enjoying my home office view, hot beach days, etc. There is much to love about crispy and cold weather, with freshly fallen snow and cozy snuggles under the blanket. 

But winter is not only cozy moments and hot chocolate. There’s also dry, sometimes itchy skin that comes with the cold weather. 

If you’ve followed me for any time, you know I’m a DIYer and love to make my beauty products, especially body butter.

When you look up DIY body butter for dry skin online, you’ll find many soft body butters or creams recipes. I’ve been sharing winter skincare products all week, and it was time to add an easy body lotion (and you should try this homemade body lotion for glowing skin).

dry skin DIY body butter

What causes dry, itchy skin?

There are many reasons why millions of people suffer from dry skin, especially in the winter. 

Various factors, including genetics, aging, climate, and lifestyle choices, can cause dry skin. Individuals with a family history of dry skin are more likely to experience this condition. Our skin produces less oil as we age, leading to increased dryness. Cold, dry climates can also exacerbate dry skin, as can hot water, harsh soaps, and other environmental irritants.

Several causes contribute to dry, dehydrated skin. It may be one core cause or a combination of any of the following:

  • Lower sebum production
  • Aging skin
  • Dehydration or lifestyle choices
  • Overexposure to elements or drying conditions
  • The primary symptoms and characteristics of dry skin include:
  • Tightness and discomfort, especially after showering or bathing
  • Irritation, itching, soreness, redness, and flaking
  • Inflammation and/or cracked skin
  • Rough or scaly patches of skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the eyes and mouth
  • Dullness and lack of radiance
DIY body butter for dry skin with hemp seed oil

How to make homemade body butter for dry skin

If you haven’t used body butter before, you’re in for a treat! It’s like butter for your skin. Homemade body butter is an easy DIY project for anyone. It’s so simple; you must melt and whip lovely oils together in your kitchen, and your beautiful homemade body butter for dry skin is ready. 

Ingredients: Shea butter, hemp seed oil, and essential oils will be needed.

homemade body butter for dry skin with shea butter

Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or saucepan over low heat to make body butter. A large Pyrex measuring cup will work if a double boiler is unavailable. 

Next, remove the melted shea butter from the heat and mix in the hemp seed oil and essential oils. Mix well to incorporate the essential oils. 

whipped body butter DIY for dry skin

Cool the mixture until it starts to solidify. Add the colorant if using. You can speed this up by placing the container in the fridge or freezer and stirring occasionally.

whipped body butter dry skin

Whip with an electric whisk. If it gets soft or liquid during whipping, cool down some more.

Continue with the process of cooling and whisking until you get your desired consistency.

Scoop into the desired packaging.

body butter recipe with shea butter

Homemade body butter for dry skin ingredients

Shea butter

Shea butter is a popular ingredient in skincare products for dry skin, as it is rich in fatty acids and vitamins that help moisturize and soothe the skin. 

Shea butter is an excellent moisturizing agent that melts on contact with the skin, protects against water loss and outside weathering (sun, snow, rain, and wind), and boosts the skin’s protective layer and barrier repair function. It hydrates, moisturizes, softens, and smooths dry, dehydrated, and damaged skin.

Instead of shea butter, you could use another soft butter (e.g., mango butter). You could also swap the carrier oil (sunflower oil) and essential oil (lemongrass) for different ones.

Hemp seed oil

This oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, making it an effective ingredient for dry skin. It helps hydrate and soothe the skin while reducing inflammation and improving its health and appearance.

Essential oils

Essential oils are the best way to scent your DIY body butter for dry skin naturally. They also add to the skincare qualities of your body butter for dry and irritated skin. 

I used German chamomile and vanilla for dry skin in this homemade body butter

best homemade body butter recipe for dry skin in winter

How to store the DIY body butter

Because this homemade body butter recipe is oily-based and natural, it may melt if stored in a warm environment. Therefore, keeping this homemade body butter for dry skin in a cool, dry place is best. Then, if the oils begin to melt by chance, you can refrigerate the butter and re-whip it.

homemade body butter for dry skin

Body Butter for Dry Skin

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: easy

Learn how to make homemade body butter for dry skin in winter with just a few ingredients. This body butter recipe is soft and creamy and will make your itchy, dry skin disappear.

Instructions

    Melt the shea butter in a double boiler or saucepan over low heat to make body butter. A large Pyrex measuring cup will work if a double boiler is unavailable.

    homemade body butter for dry skin with shea butter

    Next, remove the melted shea butter from the heat and mix in the hemp seed oil and essential oils. Mix well to incorporate the essential oils.

    body butter for dry skin with essential oils

    Cool the mixture until it starts to solidify. You can speed this up by placing the container in the fridge or freezer and stirring occasionally.

    Whip with an electric whisk. If it gets soft or liquid during whipping, cool down some more.

    Continue with the process of cooling and whisking until you get your desired consistency.

    whipped body butter dry skin

    Scoop into the desired packaging.

Notes

What can I use instead of hemp seed oil?

When formulating natural skincare products for dry skin, you'll want to look for ingredients known to soothe, moisturize and hydrate the skin. 

You may substitute any liquid oil in place of the hemp seed oil. However, I suggest using avocado oil. It's rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, making it an excellent choice for nourishing and hydrating dry skin.

Can I use body butter to moisturize my face?

Since this is body butter without coconut oil, you can. The moisturizing and nourishing qualities of the shea butter and the soothing effect of the chamomile essential oil are also beneficial for the face.

How to use body lotion for dry skin?

Massage a small amount of body butter into the skin using gentle, circular motions. Wait a minute for the lotion to absorb into the skin before putting on clothes. You can use the lotion on your entire body several times daily.

If storing the lotion in a star, clean your fingers before taking out the product or use a cosmetic spatula.

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FAQs

What can I use instead of hemp seed oil?

When formulating natural skincare products for dry skin, you’ll want to look for ingredients known to soothe, moisturize and hydrate the skin. 

You may substitute any liquid oil in place of the hemp seed oil. However, I suggest using avocado oil. It’s rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E, making it an excellent choice for nourishing and hydrating dry skin.

Can I use body butter to moisturize my face?

Since this is body butter without coconut oil, you can. The moisturizing and nourishing qualities of the shea butter and the soothing effect of the chamomile essential oil are also beneficial for the face.

How to use body lotion for dry skin?

Massage a small amount of body butter into the skin using gentle, circular motions. Wait a minute for the lotion to absorb into the skin before putting on clothes. You can use the lotion on your entire body several times daily.

If storing the lotion in a star, clean your fingers before taking out the product or use a cosmetic spatula.

More homemade winter skincare ideas

Whether you need more winter skincare ideas or enjoy making natural products, the following homemade beauty recipes will make your skin look and feel great!

Bath & Body

Cocoa Butter Lotion Bars

Crunchy Orange Lotion Bars

Peppermint Body Butter

Himalayan Salt Scrub

Hand Cream without Beeswax

Face

face moisturizer for aging skin

peppermint lip balm

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