DIY | Zero-Waste Body Butter Recipe | Veggie Magnifique

{ DIY } Zero-Waste Body Butter Recipe



I’m just going to go ahead and say it… I’m not very DIY.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m crafty in my own way. For example, I’m surprisingly adept at creating bespoke paper pockets out of index cards in books and planners, building IKEA furniture, and I love rigging up make-shift systems for things. (Ask me sometime to tell you about my paper towel holder…) But I don’t really make my own shoes, or bird feeders, or candle holders out of jars, and up ’til now, I’ve never really made my own beauty products. That’s more Chloe’s schtick (and she’s rrreal good at it.)

That being said, I believe in myself, and the power of doing research, and… well, I was motivated.

Reducing Waste

See, here’s the thing… We really ought to reduce our one-use plastic consumption and overall waste production. There’s no excuse these days, knowing what we know. And it just ain’t mindful living to consume, consume, consume, like we’ve grown up doing.

As such, I’ve created a zero-waste body butter. It’s not rocket science, nor is my recipe particularly unique, I just wanted to de-mystify the process if you, too, have been hiding from homemade cosmetics like I had been.

Pure Ingredients

In addition to saving the planet bit by bit, as I mention in the video, most lotions and creams on the market have waaaaay too many ingredients, many of them either nebulous, and/or harmful.

Do some research here and here, but suffice it to say, one of the only ways you’re going to be 100% sure that what you’re putting on your skin isn’t harmful at all is to either find some hippie mom and pop cosmetics company (they do exist), or make it yourself. And the latter is certainly the most cost effective and, if I’m being honest, feel-goody. (Seriously. After making this body butter a couple times now, I’m feelin’ like an bonafide Earth Mama.)

So give today’s recipe a try. If I can do it, so can you!


NEW VIDEO: DIY Zero-Waste Body Butter Recipe

{This video was shot at the kitchen of my gorgeous friend Tiffany. Definitely check out her STELLAR Parisian theatre company, The Big Funk.}

Zero-Waste Homemade Body Butter

You DO have to be patient with the melting, and then later as it firms up in the fridge – no instant gratification here – BUT it's so worth it when you have your jar of whipped perfection to slather on your bod.

Prep time

5 min.

Cook time

20 min

Total time

1 hour

  • 1/2 cup-ish of cocoa butter
  • 1/2 cup-ish of shea butter
  • 1/2 cup-ish of coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup-ish of sweet almond oil, if you like.
  • Optional: a few drops of your fave essential oils. I love lavender and ho wood.
  1. Melt all the ingredients (except the essential oil) in a double boiler over medium heat until entirely melted. 20 minutes-ish.
  2. Put the bowl carefully in the fridge until almost entirely solid. Could take 30 minutes or potentially an hour.
  3. Once it’s almost entirely solidified, whip it with a hand mixer (or whisk if you’re extremely patient, and I mean extremely,) until it’s the consistency of whipped cream.
  4. Add your essential oils. Whip again for a sec.
  5. Scoop into an airtight container and enjoy lavishly. Again, share a pot of this with your bestie/mom/neighbor – it’s a wonderful gift.
Notes & Tips
  • This recipe makes around two little jars of body butter, give or take.
  • Your body butter will last for months, but don’t put it in your bathroom cupboard and forget about it… that would be a shame.
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So there you have it!

Reducing our ecological footprints and feeling mighty proud in the process! Yes!

Definitely leave me comment below to let me know if you make this homemade body butter! And please let me know which essential oils you added so that I can try your propriety blends on my next batch. 😉

P.S. Don’t worry, I was craving whipped cream (that I could actually eat) after making this recipe, too. Here you go.

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