Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter: Homemade Gift Ideas

How to make homemade whipped body butter cream with coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils. Great for personalized Christmas and holiday gifts or to pamper yourself during the winter season.
Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter via FoodforMyFamily.com

“Teeth, hair, lunch box, backpack, coat, shoes, snow pants, boots, hat, mittens,” the morning chant escapes my lips.

“I don’t know where my gloves are,” pipes my five-year-old, his hair standing on end after a rough night of falling out of bed no less than three times. His backpack lies on the floor next to him, folder askew out the top, lunch box nowhere to be found.

“Okay, let’s start with your shoes and coat, first,” I say kneeling in front of him, and then a bit louder towards the belly of the house, “Can one of you bring me a brush?”

I carefully untie his double-knotted black laces, picking apart the individual strings until they’re free and then handing him the first blue sneaker as my daughter appears with the hairbrush. As she reaches to hand it over I grab both the brush and her arm.

“Not so fast.” I reach up and untangle the back of her sandy blonde hair which is desperately in need of a trim, the ends falling halfway down her back in a haphazard fashion far from her small arm’s reach. Quickly I braid the front, trying to make her appear as though I spent more than 30 seconds on the task, and then turn back to the second blue sneaker and its knots.

I can hear the sounds of explosions coming from somewhere in the house, explosions made by small lips pressed together and vibrating as air is pushed through.

“Stop playing and get out the door!” There is a groan and the clinking of LEGO in response as my 9-year-old emerges from his bedroom, hair flopping in his eyes, backpack slung over his shoulder, coat dragging behind him. “The coat is for wearing on your body.” I meet his glare as he raises his thick black lashes up towards mine. “Zipped.”

“MOM,” he protests. My eyebrows raise, a challenge.

Blue sneakers on the feet, I help arms get tucked into coat sleeves. Hastily I grab for the lunch boxes, handing two over and tucking the third into its home. I stare at the mess of bags and boots and shoes that are scattered through the living room and entry, trying to locate a pair of blue and orange mittens amidst the black.

“Has anyone seen Magnus’ mittens?” desperation reaches my lips. I start mentally cataloging alternative options I could send him out the door with. There’s a pair of black gloves – no, he lost one last week. Lene has an extra purple pair somewhere. I turn in her direction, her name at my teeth, my lips parted, when I see her face.

The morning sun has risen, illuminating the room rightly for the first time since we woke. The first bits of grey daylight are making their way through the glass and giving the room a cooling sensation as it glances across each surface. All but my daughter’s cheeks.

Cracked and irritated, the winter wind shows in the space on either side of her small pink mouth. Beneath each crack is red, irritation pushing towards the surface. I had missed it last night, sending her to bed in our lamp-lit living room, kissing her forehead, and unaware that the days of below-zero temps had taken their toll.

“The jar for your face, Lene.” She spins and heads down the hallway, ever a willing participant.
Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter via FoodforMyFamily.com
We live where it is cold, continuously battling the frigid air outside and the dry, heat-infused air inside. When I was younger I suffered from chronic dry knuckles. They would crack and bleed on demand each winter, and no amount of store-bought cream rubbed in and sealed with gloves seemed to lessen the issue. My brother’s hands are the same way.

My daughter’s sensitivities land on her face, sensitive to both sun and winter wind, she seems to constantly be battling against nature. Perhaps it’s just her instance to spend so much time immersed in it, soaking up everything she can taste and touch and feel.

Long ago I learned that over-the-counter creams were nearly worse than using nothing at all, often the “extra” ingredients causing painful reactions or serving to dry out or create dependence on the product, doing more damage than good. The alternative, as with most things, is to simply create your own, holding the keys to the cocktail of ingredients necessary to heal.

In addition to personal uses, these little jars make wonderful gifts, too. I know what my baby brother is getting for Christmas. No dry elbows? Try this homemade rosemary mint shaving cream, a ginger coconut oil body scrub, or lip balm and gloss.
Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter via FoodforMyFamily.comNotes:

  • A little goes a long way. This is a thick, rich cream, and you only need a small amount for high moisturizing effect and seal. Because there are oils in this, they will melt slightly as they are applied to skin to help them rub in easier, but the cream is stable at a wide range of room temperatures.
  • Eucalyptus and peppermint essential oils are used for soothing and refreshing qualities, as well as respiratory clearing qualities in the eucalyptus.
  • Cocoa butter or cacao butter is also called theobroma oil and comes from the cacao bean. It smells a bit like chocolate, and it helps give this cream a thick consistency. This oil is used to increase skin elasticity and reduce dryness.
  • Shea butter comes from the shea tree. It helps seal moisture in, protecting skin from winter conditions. It can be found in health and beauty stores, on Amazon, in Whole Foods, online.
  • Both refined and unrefined coconut oil can be used. I personally choose an unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil. Be sure not to choose a fractionated coconut oil, which comes as a liquid. Coconut oil should be a solid at temperatures below 74º F.
  • The jars pictured are from Weck Canning.

Eucalyptus Mint Whipped Body Butter

 

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut oil (112 grams)
  • 6 tablespoons shea butter (81.78 grams)
  • 6 tablespoons cocoa butter (90 grams)
  • 1 tablespoon carrier oil (approximately 14 grams)
  • 1½ teaspoons castor oil, can substitute extra carrier oil (7 grams)
  • 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops peppermint essential oil

Directions

  1. In a small double boiler over very low heat, warm the coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter until softened. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  2. Add in the carrier oil, castor oil, eucalyptus essential oil, and the peppermint essential oil. Stir together. Place the bowl in the refrigerator until the oils are soft and thick. (This can take several hours depending on if you melted them completely in the first step.)
  3. When the mixture is firm but not hard, remove from the refrigerator and whip using hand beaters or a stand mixer until soft and fluffy. Transfer to mason jars. Seal until ready to use.
  4. Makes approximately 2½ cups whipped body butter
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Puritan’s Pride sent me a few products to test out and give away. They have a great online store full of healthy lifestyle products at reasonable prices. For the body butter I used their Aromappeal Eucalyptus Essential Oil, their Peppermint Essential Oil, and their Wonder Oil as the carrier oil in the recipe. The Wonder Oil is a great mix of carrier oils, including olive, sunflower seed, wheat germ, sweet almond, sesame, and jojoba oils with some citrus essential oils making it a great all-purpose oil for skin and hair. The set also includes Aromappeal Lavender Essential Oil and an Aromatherapy Plug-in Diffuser, which turns essential oils into instant aromatherapy for your house.


Comments

  1. Susan Turnbull says:

    Would love to start using these products

  2. Can’t wait to try this! A girlfriend and I were just trying to come up with clever DIY beauty gifts for the holiday.(Plus this is a good excuse to buy those Weck jars I’ve been wanting forever.) Hit the nail on the head didn’tcha Shaina?!

  3. Kay Roberts says:

    Have not ever made any home made care products…i am going to try this body butter. My aging skin surely needs winter attention.
    Thanks, k.

  4. I really need to make this for my family! I also have four little ones and we recently moved to the mountains. We are experiencing lots of dryness and cracked knuckles! I usually aquaphor their entire faces and hands before bed… but this would be so much better! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to check out the other links, as well!

  5. I’ve made scrubs and bath salts/bombs but have yet to make any creams salves or bombs. I’d love to though!

  6. I’ve never made any home personal care products, but this looks like something I’d like to try. I have trouble with wind/cold chapped skin and lips every winter.

  7. No I have never made beauty products. This looks so lovely, rich and creamy though that I just may start :)

  8. I actually making my own oil blend for cleansing my face. I’ve been making my own household products for about a year now. It’s hard to break away from your beloved personal care products.

  9. Susan Marcille says:

    I make personal care products like salve and lip balm. Have never made body butter but will this year for my daughters and granddaughters!! Thanks for all your great information.

  10. Ms Gretchen Ann Luper says:

    I have never made my own products before but I can’t wait to learn how and give it a try. What a moneysaver!

  11. Gretchen D says:

    I have never made any personal care products, but my daughter and I are experiencing some dry skin this year and I was looking for something natural to curb it.

  12. Whoa – this stuff looks amazing! It looks like whipped cream or something. I’ve recently gotten in to making my own natural products at home, so this is something I’m looking forward to trying :)

  13. This looks amazing… I need to find somewhere to get shea butter, and I am going to be all over this. :)

  14. I just made my own lotion bars, it was so much easier than I thought it would be. I would love to win these oils to add to my next batch.

  15. I make my own version of “Tiger Balm”; my husband loves it on his aching muscles.

  16. I make my own deodorant, shampoo, and conditioner.

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  17. I’ve made my own lotion bars and want to try deodorant.

  18. I can’t wait to make this Mint Butter & add to my Handmade soaps! Thank you!

  19. I have severe eczema so I’m always on the hunt for new creams and personal care I can make myself.

  20. Im curious if I could leave out the mint & use lavender? Please let me know when you get the chance! :) thanks!

  21. I haven’t made any products like this for myself but would love to try it! My husband suffers with dry, cracked hands and feet in the winter. I’d like to try your recipe for him!

  22. Shaina – love how luxurious this sounds – I could almost eat it ;)

  23. awesome post! Sounds amazing!

  24. christen baker says:

    I have made my own mostly soaps though :)

  25. i made a sugar and a salt scrub.

  26. I need this! My skin is so dry lately!

  27. I have made bath bombs, sugar scrubs, and salt scrubs, but never a lotion; unless making a leather conditioner counts. I am interested in giving it a try. I also love the combination of eucalyptus and mint. I have a pillow and linen spray that I use all the time.

  28. Made this today and its so heavenly! Love it!

  29. I have made lotion, which I loved. I like the list of ingredients for the body butter much better.

  30. I have made body wash with added essential oils, my family loves them!! I can’t wait to try this

  31. Ooo, this looks amazing. I would never think to make my own skin care products!

  32. I just would love to have the sent ball. All these ingredients look divine!!!

  33. Hi Shaina,

    This product looks awesome! Can’t wait to make it! How long is the shelf life for this product?

  34. You know I love your homemade beauty products! I’m almost out of my last batch of body butter, this one is up next.

  35. I can’t wait to try this once I can find some shea and cocoa butter! So many DIY’s use this stuff, I just need to invest in it already! This looks super moisturizing though!! Can’t wait to try :)

  36. Georgia Beckman says:

    I have not yet made any of my own concoctions. I am just getting into essential oils. I have a few on hand. Now i need to get a good carrier oil, a hand blender & a few other things to mix up some goodness!

  37. How long do you whip it? I just made a batch but it only filled three 4 oz containers, you say it makes 3.5 cups. FYI, I whipped it for 5 or 6 minutes and it was fairly firm out of the fridge. Even so, I love this!

    • I was able to fill four 5.6-ounce containers, and I didn’t whip it that long, maybe 3 minutes until it was fluffy? I did partially whip mine twice because I started whipping it and then realized that the center hadn’t set yet, so I put it back out (in the snow refrigerator) until it had firmed up some more. It may just be I was able to get a bit of extra air in mine.

  38. You always have the prettiest homemade body care items. I’m loving this!

  39. I have! I make soaps, salves, toothpaste & essential oil rollers for my family & myself.

  40. I recently learned how to make lip balm! And I’ve also done homemade deodorant.

  41. I have made a few and striving to make more. I have made lip balm, face scrub, deodorant, face toner, and hard lotion bars.

  42. I’m new to DIY essential oil products, so I’m excited to begin!!!

  43. David Smith says:

    We haven’t made anything yet, but with the oils, we could make skin care and homemade soaps too.

  44. I love your writing style. This could have been my family getting ready for the day. All the crazy chaos is what makes parenthood so much fun. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  45. That was fresh and creative! My favorite body butter includes 3/4 cup solid coconut oil, 3/4 cup Palm Shortening & essential oils like Lavender or orange. I have to try this one also :)

  46. Mom in High Heels says:

    I think I’d like to make this as gifts for some friends. How long is the shelf life?

  47. crosswind says:

    These are easy directions. I love the photos too. Thx for sharing. Whipped body butter sounds delightful, especially during HOT summers here out west and the respiratory benefits during dust storms & allergy season.

  48. Can another oil be used in place of the Carrier Oil? Olive oil? Almond oil? I have everything except for a carrier oil.

  49. Was wondering if the peppermint can be substituted with spearmint? If so how much would you recommend?

  50. Melanie Luna says:

    What kind of Shea and Cocoa butters did you use? I looked on Amazon and found both refined and unrefined. What should I buy for this recipe?

    • I use unrefined, but you can also use refined. It’s going to come down to personal preference. I prefer unrefined because they haven’t been bleached and are in a more natural form. The refined oils don’t have as strong of smells, though, so if you aren’t a fan of their scents, then refined might be the way you want to go.

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