How to Make The Best Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe Right at Home

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Are you tired of store-bought body butters leaving your skin feeling heavy and greasy? Look no further! Today, I’ll show you how to make the best non-greasy body butter recipe with simple, natural ingredients. This DIY whipped body butter feels luxurious and delivers maximum moisture to the skin. 

My step-by-step guide will walk you through the process, ensuring your DIY body butter is velvety smooth and absorbs quickly, leaving your skin feeling nourished and refreshed.

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Easy, non-greasy whipped body butter recipe with vanilla and tangerine essential oils

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If you want more nourishing DIY body recipes, check out this ultra-moisturizing shea butter lotion and my simple shea butter cream facial moisturizer. And today, we’re making the best silky smooth body butter recipe for the whole body: face, arms, legs, feet…wherever you need moisture.

By making your body butter, you have complete control over the ingredients, allowing you to tailor it to your specific needs and preferences. The possibilities are endless, whether you want a light, refreshing citrus scent or a calming lavender aroma. 

Save money and say goodbye to greasy skin by creating your non-greasy body butter right at home. Get ready to indulge in silky smooth skin like never before. Let’s get started on this exciting DIY journey together!

What you’ll love about this non-greasy body butter recipe

Ultra Moisturizing: This non-greasy body butter recipe is formulated to deeply moisturize your skin, leaving it soft, supple, and hydrated throughout the day. The lightweight formula ensures quick absorption, preventing any sticky or greasy residue.

Non-toxic and Natural Ingredients: When you make your homemade body butter, you can choose high-quality ingredients that benefit your skin. Natural oils like coconut, shea butter, and almond oil are rich in vitamins and antioxidants that promote healthy skin.

Easy to make: Non-greasy body butter can be customized to suit your skin’s specific needs. Whether you have dry, sensitive, or combination skin, you can adjust the ingredients to provide the right level of moisture and nourishment.

Inexpensive: A store-bought natural body butter can cost a fortune. That’s why making your own beauty products, like body butter, is the best and the cheapest route. Buying the ingredients is an extra cost, but once you have them, you can make multiple jars of your own non-greasy body butter (and other products).

Scent and Aromatherapy: Homemade body butters allow you to add your favorite scents and essential oils. This enhances the overall experience and provides aromatherapy benefits, uplifting your mood and promoting relaxation.

What is a Body Butter?

Body butter is a rich and moisturizing skincare product usually made with butters and oils, like shea butter, cocoa butter, jojoba oil, or sunflower oil. Body butter can be used as an alternative to lotion since its primary job is to nourish and hydrate the skin.

DIY non greasy body butter recipe with vanilla and tangerine

Body Butter vs. Body Lotion. What’s the difference?

Many people don’t understand the difference between body butter and body lotion.

Both keep your skin soft and hydrated with natural ingredients, but they are very different.

The body lotion tends to have higher water content and more liquid consistency. It’s lighter than body butter, has a less greasy feeling, and absorbs quickly into the skin. The lotion is an emulsion blend of water and oils, perfect for those with not-so-dry skin. They are non-comedogenic and do not clog pores. 

Homemade lotion must be used quickly, or a preservative should be used (due to the water and bacterial growth). It also requires an emulsifier to blend the oil and water properly.

The body butter is usually thicker and creamier (like, well, butter). Body butter is more concentrated than a lotion, and because body butter contains no water, it isn’t prone to microbial growth and has a longer shelf life. Body butter is raw and cannot be applied to the face because our facial skin is very sensitive, and applying it can lead to acne or dark facial color due to excessive greasiness and less water content.

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Ingredients for non-greasy body butter

I believe it’s important to know the ingredients used to formulate homemade skincare products from scratch and learn how they work. I have packed this body butter with moisturizing ingredients that will keep your skin hydrated and radiant and absorb quickly into the skin.

I will give you a substitute you can use for each ingredient, but keep in mind that swapping any of the main ingredients may impact the final result. 

You’ll need simple, nourishing ingredients for the perfect non-greasy body butter recipe. Here’s a list of the essentials:

Shea Butter: Shea butter is a rich and creamy base ingredient that provides deep moisturization and helps restore the skin’s natural elasticity. Shea butter is the perfect base butter since it’s soft, easy to work with, and melts into your skin.

Alternative: Mango butter, suitable for normal or dry skin. It will change the texture of the recipe to more solid. 

Jojoba Oil: Balancing, softening, soothing. It balances sebum production, which is great for oily skin, acne, or sensitive skin. Anti-inflammatory may treat eczema and psoriasis—light and well absorbed.

The jojoba oil can be replaced with any carrier oil you choose, such as sweet almond, peach kernel, or apricot kernel. You could use a single oil or a blend and incorporate oils such as avocado or sunflower. Anhydrous products will always feel quite oily on the skin. To reduce the oiliness, you can use drier-feeling oils like fractionated coconut or macadamia nut oil. Experiment until you find your perfect blend.

Rosehip Oil: A light and non-glossy oil that quickly absorbs. Packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and fatty acids, rosehip oil has significant anti-aging benefits. Rich in vitamins C and A, this oil also stimulates collagen production in the skin by reducing the appearance of wrinkles. 

Essential Oils: I scented the whipped, non-greasy body butter with a simple blend of botanical vanilla extract and tangerine.

Vitamin E Oil: Vitamin E is a wonderful skin moisturizer and a powerful antioxidant that can help fight free radical damage on your skin.

(Optional) Arrowroot Powder

If your body butter is still greasy, there’s a simple solution – add arrowroot flour/starch. Arrowroot is a natural starch (used in cooking to thicken soups, sauces, and stir-fry) that will absorb the greasy feel of the butters and oils, without drying out your skin.

Now that you have gathered all the ingredients let’s move on to the step-by-step guide to making your own non-greasy body butter.

Step-by-step guide to making non-greasy body butter

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1. Gather ingredients: Use your scale to measure the shea butter, jojoba oil, and rosehip oil. Having everything ready beforehand will make the process smoother.

Mix arrowroot powder with carrier oil (optional).

If you’re planning to use arrowroot flour, in a small bowl, whisk the flour into the carrier oil. Set the mixture aside. If you’re not using arrowroot flour, skip this step. 

2. Melt the shea butter and oils: In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, gently melt the shea butter, jojoba, and rosehip oil until they become liquid. Stir occasionally to ensure even melting.

3. Let the mixture cool: Once melted, remove the bowl from heat and let the mixture cool for a few minutes. It should still be liquid but not hot to the touch.

4. Add the essential oils: Slowly pour in your chosen essential oils. Stir well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

5. Incorporate vitamin E oil: Add a few drops of vitamin E oil to the mixture. Vitamin E oil helps preserve the freshness of your body butter and provides additional nourishment for your skin.

non greasy body butter recipe

6. Whip the mixture: Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, whip the mixture on medium-high speed for a few minutes until it becomes fluffy and creamy. This step incorporates air into the body butter, giving it a light and velvety texture. Just be careful not to over-whip the mixture.

7. Transfer to containers: Spoon the whipped body butter into clean, sterilized containers. Airtight jars or tins work best to preserve the freshness and extend the shelf life of your body butter.

Congratulations! You have successfully made your own non-greasy body butter. Now, let’s explore some tips for customizing your non-greasy body butter recipe.

Tips for customizing your body butter recipe

Customizing your non-greasy whipped body butter recipe allows you to cater to your specific needs and preferences. Here are some tips to help you create a personalized body butter:

1. Choose your favorite essential oils: Essential oils add fragrance and offer various benefits for your skin. Research different oils and select the ones that align with your goals, whether relaxation, rejuvenation, or skin brightening.

2. Experiment with different butter and oil combinations: While shea butter is popular, you can explore options like cocoa butter and mango butter. Each ingredient has unique properties that can enhance the texture and benefits of your natural body butter recipe.

3. Add natural colorants: If you prefer a visually appealing body butter, consider incorporating natural colorants like beetroot powder, turmeric, spirulina, or even mica powder. These can add a subtle tint to your body butter without compromising its non-greasy texture.

4. Adjust the consistency: Depending on your preferences, you can make your body butter thicker or lighter by adjusting the ratio of oils and butters. More shea butter will have a thicker consistency, while more oil will make it lighter and easier to spread.

Finding the perfect combination for your non-greasy body butter recipe may take a few attempts. Feel free to experiment and have fun with different ingredients and scents.

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Storing and preserving your homemade body butter

Proper storage and preservation ensure your homemade body butter stays fresh and effective. Here are some guidelines to follow:

1. Use clean containers: Always use clean, sterilized containers to store your body butter. This helps prevent contamination and extends its shelf life.

2. Store in a cool, dark place: Keep your body butter away from direct sunlight and heat sources. Store it in a cool, dark place like a pantry or bathroom cabinet.

3. Avoid introducing water: Water can introduce bacteria and mold to your body butter, causing it to spoil quickly. To prevent this, ensure your hands and utensils are dry before scooping out the product.

4. Check for signs of spoilage: Natural ingredients can degrade and spoil over time. Watch for any changes in color, texture, or smell. If your body butter develops an off odor or changes in appearance, it’s best to discard it.

Following these storage and preservation tips, you can enjoy your homemade body butter for several months.

non-greasy whipped body butter recipe
Easy, non-greasy whipped body butter recipe with vanilla and tangerine essential oils

Using non-greasy body butter for different skin types

Non-greasy body butter suits various skin types, including dry, sensitive, and combination. Here’s how you can customize your non-greasy body butter recipe for different skin concerns:

1. Dry skin: Add nourishing oils like avocado or argan oil to your body butter recipe if you have dry skin. These oils provide intense hydration and help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

2. Sensitive skin: Choose gentle essential oils such as chamomile or calendula for sensitive skin. These oils have soothing properties and are less likely to irritate.

3. Combination skin: Combination skin requires a balance of moisturization without clogging pores. Opt for lighter oils like grapeseed or jojoba oil, which absorb quickly and won’t leave a greasy residue.

Everyone’s skin is unique, so testing the body butter on a small patch before applying it all over is essential. This will help ensure compatibility and avoid any adverse reactions.

DIY body butter gift ideas

Homemade body butter makes a thoughtful and personalized gift for friends and loved ones. Here are some DIY body butter gift ideas that you can try:

1. Custom scent combinations: Create custom scent combinations based on the recipient’s preferences. For example, mix lavender and vanilla for a calming effect or citrus and mint for an energizing blend.

2. Decorative containers: Package your body butter in decorative containers like mason jars or glass bottles. Add labels, ribbons, or personalized tags for an extra special touch.

3. Gift sets: Create a body butter gift set by combining different scents or variations of body butter. Package them together in a gift box, basket, and other self-care items like bath bombs or handmade soaps.

4. Personalized labels: Design and print personalized labels for your body butter jars. Include the recipient’s name and a heartfelt message to make it unique.

Frequently asked questions about non-greasy body butter

Is non-greasy body butter suitable for oily skin? Yes, non-greasy body butter can be beneficial for oily skin as well. Opt for lighter oils like grapeseed or jojoba oil and incorporate ingredients that help balance sebum production, such as tea tree or bergamot essential oil.

Can I use non-greasy body butter on my face? Non-greasy body butter can’t be used on the face. Body butter is raw and cannot be applied to the face because our facial skin is very sensitive, and applying it can lead to acne or dark facial color due to excessive greasiness and less water content.

How often should I apply non-greasy body butter? The frequency of application depends on your skin’s needs. Generally, applying body butter once or twice a day, preferably after a shower or bath, helps lock in moisture and keeps your skin hydrated throughout the day.

Can I use non-greasy body butter on children? Non-greasy body butter is generally safe for children, but it’s best to test it on a small area of their skin first to ensure no adverse reactions. Avoid using essential oils on infants or young children, as their skin is more sensitive.

Making your own non-greasy body butter at home is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Not only does it provide intense moisture and nourishment for your skin, but it also allows you to customize the scent and texture to suit your preferences.

Indulge in the joy of DIY and share the gift of handmade body butter with your loved ones. Start your journey towards healthier, nourished skin today.

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Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe

non-greasy whipped body butter recipe

This DIY non-greasy body butter recipe is super nourishing, super versatile, and all-natural.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Combine shea butter, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and vitamin E oil and melt in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, take off the heat and let it cool down to 40º (113ºF). You can speed this up by placing the container in the fridge or freezer. 
  3. Add the essential oils.
  4. 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.
  5. Whip with an electric whisk. If it gets soft or liquid during whipping, cool down some more.
  6. Continue with the process of cooling and whisking until you get your desired consistency.
  7. Scoop into the desired packaging.



Keep in a cool, dry place.

Approximate shelf life: six month

This is a basic formula for a 100 g batch

As a matter of fact, you can use more or less the same ingredients to make a solid & non-greasy whipped shea butter with orange essential oils, too! 

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16 thoughts on “How to Make The Best Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe Right at Home

    • Lora says:

      Yes, you can. From a very basic level, it is important to be aware of whether your oils and butters are refined or unrefined. Most of us understand that unrefined likely means it was minimally processed, while refined would indicate further refinement or processing of the oil.

  1. Steph says:

    Also, I used Mango Butter in place of Shea Butter because it is said to be less greasy. I used essential oils as well. I have added several TBSP of Arrowroot powder because it is greasy. I am trying to figure out how to make a non-greasy body butter. If there is any other feedback you could give, that would be wonderful. Thank you!

  2. Red says:

    How can a mango be butter? Mangoes aren’t oily.
    Also how can the above recipe be considered non-greasy when it’s made with Shea butter?

  3. Christina says:

    Hello. I just found this recipe and it was great. I’m still a little confused on how to make a bigger batch. Are u able to help me with that?

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