DIY Non-Greasy Whipped Body Butter Recipe with Vanilla & Tangerine

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Learn how to make deliciously smelly and silky smooth non-greasy vanilla tangerine whipped body butter!

While many types of homemade body butter recipes are thick and greasy, this is a wonderful whipped body butter recipe that works very well. The non-greasy whipped body butter absorbs quickly and locks moisture in the skin, making it feel silky smooth, and healthy.

This non-greasy body butter is perfect for your entire body and feels exactly like store-bought lotion!

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

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DIY Non-Greasy Whipped Body Butter Recipe with Vanilla & Tangerine

Formulated with natural, non-toxic ingredients and infused with essential oils, this non-greasy whipped body butter recipe moisturizes and revitalizes tough, dried-out skin. The DIY non-greasy body butter suits all skin types.

My friend Katy travels a lot in Northern Europe (believe me, it’s really cold up there) and always asks about DIY body butter for dry winter skin. This easy homemade body butter is lightweight, absorbent, and not greasy. 

DIY non greasy body butter recipe with vanilla and tangerine

What Does a Body Butter Do?

What are the benefits of body butter? No matter how we try to protect our body (with clothes and skincare products), it’s regularly exposed to cold temperatures, wind, sun, and other environmental influences. Many store-bought soaps and shower gels dry out the skin further. Dryness can lead to inflamed and cracked skin.

A good quality body butter is essential for healthy skin. And here comes the best part…you can make your own non-greasy whipped body butter recipe at home.

Body Butter vs Body Lotion

When it comes to natural skincare, many people don’t understand the difference between butter and lotion. 

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

The lotion tends to have higher water content and more liquid consistency, while the butter is usually thicker and creamier (like, well, butter).

The body lotion is lighter than body butter.

The lotion is lighter than body butter and has a non-greasy feel that it absorbs quickly into the skin. It’s actually an emulsion blend of water and oils, making it great for those with not-so-dry skin.

They can be applied to the face and contain some amount of SPF, which is an add-on point when you go for lotions.

Lotions can be used both during the day and at night. They are non-comedogenic and do not clog pores.

Body butter is raw, and lotions are refined.

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 butters are raw and basic, and lotions are more refined. It cannot be applied to the face because our facial skin is very sensitive, and applying butter can lead to acne or dark facial color due to excessive greasiness and less water content.

Body butter can clog pores, unlike lotions. 

Body butter contains more oils, thus giving it a thicker consistency than body lotion. The choice between the two depends on your skin type. Those with relatively drier skin can benefit more from body butter than lotions.

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What are the Benefits of Homemade Whipped Body Butter?

The main benefit of homemade body butter is to moisturize and hydrates the skin. The DIY body butter also helps smooth, soften, restore, and protect the skin.

Applying body butter helps to:

  • nourish and moisture the skin
  • easy to make (non-fancy tools – just melt, stir and pour)
  • smells great
  • has flexible ingredients (so you can pretty much use what you have on hand)
  • treat dry skin by providing hydration
  • improve skin health

Another benefit of making homemade body butter is that you can control and customize the ingredients and know exactly what is in your product.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget that what you put on your skin can hugely impact your health. 

Many commercial cosmetics are usually laden with chemicals and preservatives, which are harmful. Most of them contain disrupters, like Parabens, paraffin, and ETDA, to name a few.

Known and probable carcinogens like formaldehyde, 1,4 – Dioxane, phthalates, coal tar dyes, and petroleum by-products are prevalent in many store-bought products. 

And many of those toxic ingredients are hormone disruptors like parabens and triclosan. Here is a quick read with a bit more information about the most egregious ingredients in skin care products. 

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What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Non-Greasy Whipped 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 non-greasy whipped body butter recipe with moisturizing ingredients that will keep your skin hydrated and radiant and absorb quickly into the skin.

Shea Butter

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 protective layer and barrier repair function of the skin. It hydrates,  moisturizes, softens, and smooths dry, dehydrated, and damaged skin.

Jojoba Oil

Balancing, softening, soothing. Balances sebum production, so great for oily skin, acne, or dry skin. Anti-inflammatory may be used to treat eczema and psoriasis. Light and well absorbed.

The jojoba oil can be replaced with any carrier oils, 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 oil. Anhydrous products will always feel quite oily on the skin. You can use drier feeling oils like fractionated coconut oil or macadamia nut oil to reduce the oiliness. Experiment until you find your perfect blend.

Rosehip Oil

A light and non-greasy oil that is quick to absorb. 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. 

Vitamin E Oil

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

Essential oils (optional)

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

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What are the best essential oils for body butter?

This non-greasy whipped body butter recipe can be left unscented, or you can have some fun adding essential oils and different scents to your recipe. I used Vanilla and Tangerine for a creamy scent for my DIY body butter. Smells Yummy!

If you’re going to be using this lotion while you’re out, under the sun, I don’t recommend using any of the citrus essential oils. My favorite scents for body butter are:

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender is probably the No 1 essential oil for healing skin conditions, burns, and cuts. It has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help soothe inflamed skin. Lavender oil contains antioxidants that help protect the skin from free radicals and may be beneficial for anti-aging.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil promotes smooth, healthy skin and relieves irritations with its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Soothing and relaxing. Suitable for dry skin.

Rose Otto Essential Oil

Potent for moisturizing the skin, rose essential oil can help promote youthful beauty by balancing the skin tone and maintaining skin elasticity.

Make sure you get 100% pure, certified organic (if possible) therapeutic-grade essential oils. Always check the label for the Botanical name, plant part, country of origin, and expiration date.

Here are some options for essential oils you might like to use:

Skin soother: 21 drops of lavender essential oil + 9 drops of chamomile essential oil.

Floral: 18 drops of geranium essential oil + 12 drops of lavender essential oil.

Fresh: 18 drops of peppermint essential oil + 12 drops of lime essential oil.

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Other Non-Greasy Oils for the Whipped Body Butter

If you want to make non-greasy body butter, you should carefully choose your carrier oils. The trick is to use a fast-absorbing carrier oil:

Apricot Kernel Oil

Cold-pressed oil from apricot kernels. It is absorbed by the skin at medium speed and is ideal for facial and body massage.

Camellia Oil

Camellia oil comes from the seeds of the plant that makes green tea. It’s a nice moisturizer for the skin because of its exceptionally high oleic acid (omega – 9 ) content. It is light and is quickly absorbed into the skin, much like olive oil. Since it feels dry, moisturizes the skin, and doesn’t clog pores, it’s an ideal oil for oily skin.

Sunflower oil

Sunflower oil is nonirritating and non-comedogenic, which means it will be absorbed by the skin easily and won’t clog the pores. It’s rich in oleic acid – a fatty acid that is known as a natural moisturizer that can penetrate deep into the skin. 

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is one of the least greasy, light, and fast-absorbing oils. It leaves the skin with a smooth and matte finish. 

Greasy Oils to Avoid

  • Castor Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Oil

If you want to make non-greasy whipped body butter, you should avoid water-based ingredients because they become a cream or a lotion. If that happens, you’ll need an emulsifier and probably a preservative.

  • Honey
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Tea Blends
  • Fresh Herbs

More Homemade Body Butter and DIY Orange Skincare

If you like this DIY non-greasy whipped body butter recipe, you might also enjoy some of my other homemade skincare ideas:

Nourishing lavender body butter

DIY Chocolate Mint Body Butter for Dry Skin

Easy Rose Body Butter

Orange Body Butter

DIY Body Butter for Glowing Skin

Easy Homemade Body Lotion

Body Butter with Beeswax and Honey

DIY Hand Cream Recipe without Beeswax

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Non-Greasy Vanilla Tangerine Body Butter Recipe

Materials

  • A bowl 
  • A pot 
  • Clean jars (sterilize jars in boiling water for 10 minutes)
  • Hand mixer or a silicone whisk

Ingredients

  • 70 g (2.8 oz) Shea butter
  • 17 g (0.68 oz) Jojoba Oil
  • 6 g (o.24 oz) Rosehip oil
  • 6 g (0.24 oz) Vitamin E oil
  • 0.5 g (0.02 oz) Vanilla essential oil
  • 0.5 g (0.02 oz) Tangerine essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Combine shea butter, jojoba oil, rosehip oil, and vitamin E oil and melt in a double boiler.
  2. Once melted, remove the heat and let it cool down to 40º (113ºF). You can speed this process 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 process 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.
Yield: 1

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

Ingredients

  • 70 g (2.8 oz) Shea butter
  • 17 g (0.68 oz) Jojoba Oil
  • 6 g (o.24 oz) Rosehip oil
  • 6 g (0.24 oz) Vitamin E oil
  • 0.5 g (0.02 oz) Vanilla essential oil
  • 0.5 g (0.02 oz) Tangerine essential oil

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Storage

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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FAQs

How long will the whipped body butter last?

You can store the homemade body butter at room temperature for up to 6 months. It’s best to keep the DIY whipped non-greasy body butter away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture.

Should you put preservatives in body butter?

For those who enjoy making their own homemade cosmetics, body butters are quite popular because of their simplicity. This recipe needs only oils and butters, so there is no need to add a preservative or an emulsifier. 

How to make the DIY Whipped Body Butter less greasy?

Use fast-absorbing oils like grapeseed, sunflower, safflower, rosehip, and apricot kernel oil.

Avoid using greasy oils that don’t absorb the skin well, such as castor oil, olive oil, palm oil, and coconut oil. 

Add natural ingredients that absorb oil, such as arrowroot powder, tapioca starch, cornstarch or/and clay. 

Why does my body butter feel grainy? (and how to fix it)

Your body butter is grainy because it didn’t cool properly or because it re-melted/softened too much in too-hot storage conditions and then re-cooled in a less-than-ideal way afterward.

To avoid your body butter getting grainy, you need to melt the butter, and add it to your formula. then place the container in the fridge, freezer, or over an ice bath to quickly solidify.

How do you keep whipped body butter from hardening?

To keep our whipped shea butter soft and fluffy, add a little bit of jojoba oil to the whipped shea (less than 10% of the mixture). Some people also use coconut oil for the same effect, but we prefer jojoba because it has its beneficial effects.

How long does body butter take to whip?

Whip the butter using a stand mixer or handheld mixer until it is light and fluffy. This will take 5-10 minutes.

Why is my whipped body butter not fluffy?

The consistency of body butter heavily depends on the temperature it’s in. If the body butter is way too soft when you’re whipping it up, try putting it in the freezer for 10 minutes and try again. If your room temperature is very high, the body butter will feel softer and possibly not as airy.

Why is my homemade body butter so greasy?

Different butters/oils have different skin feels and absorb at different speeds.  If your body butter is made entirely (or mostly) from heavy feeling, slow-to-absorb butters, and oils (like shea butter or oat oil), that will make for a heavier, greasier end product.

How do you make body butter not melt?

To keep your body butter from liquefying in warmer temperatures, you must reformulate your recipe to increase hard oils or include beeswax. For example, a higher percentage of cocoa butter or the inclusion of beeswax would raise the melting temperature of your body butter.

Should I refrigerate my body butter?

Store your whipped body butter in a cool, dry place and keep it out of direct sunlight. You may keep your body butter refrigerated. You can repeat this process if you accidentally forget your body butter in the sun.

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9 thoughts on “DIY Non-Greasy Whipped Body Butter Recipe with Vanilla & Tangerine

    • 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. Andrea says:

    I experienced the same. Very oily and did not whip. I followed all directions very closely?? What can I do to salvage? It smells wonderful I am just looking for the whipped consistency.
    Thank you !

  3. 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?

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