How to Make Homemade Body Butter that Absorbs Immediately!

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DIY Body Butter fast absorbing

In this post I’m going to show you how to make a 3 ingredient homemade body butter that is not only easy to make, but will actually penetrate your skin quickly! My non greasy body butter recipe will relieve your dry skin and be easy to use.

Remedying dry skin can be a full time job-nobody’s got 30+ minutes to wait for their homemade body butter to absorb! I’m guessing we’ve all been there-waiting and waiting to put your pants on but your DIY moisturizer is just sitting on top of your skin? Whether you’ve dabbled in DIYing or consider yourself a DIY beauty pro, I bet you’ve made a body butter and found it oh so discouraging when you realize it is too greasy to be functional. 

This is actually the second fast absorbing body butter recipe I’ve attempted. I got a bit ambitious with the first and tried to tint it pink with hibiscus. Brilliant idea (if I do say so myself :)) but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped. I say I “attempted” because I added shea butter to make it extra nourishing and found that shea butter rendered the DIY a bit too greasy. While the original DIY body butter recipe is somewhat fast absorbing-it’s not as fast as today’s new recipe! 

Why Make a Homemade Body Butter?

DIY Body Butter is a fantastic option for relieving dry skin. Making a DIY body lotion contains about 50% of water. Plus, lotions take much more time to make and they require a preservative. A DIY body oil is a great option but you don’t get the benefit of a butter since a butter is solid. A body butter is pretty easy to make, not diluted with water and thoroughly moisturizing. 

How to Make a Non-Greasy Body Butter

First things first, you must pick a carrier oil that is known for quick absorption.

Next, picking a butter is a no brainer-I find cocoa butter and shea butter much too greasy. Kokum butter might be a good choice but I can’t say for sure. Mango butter is a butter that has all the emollient benefits to the other butters but absorbs so quick, you won’t believe it!

BONUS: A little trick that will help relieve greasiness is adding arrowroot powder to your body butter. It is a light powdery substance with no smell. Adding just a small amount can make a big difference when it comes to keeping that “greased pig” feeling at bay!

Homemade Body Butter Ingredients:

Hazelnut Oil is great for oilier skin types and absorbs quickly.  It is very gentle and would be great for sensitive skin types as well.  It has amazing astringent properties and is hydrating and balancing! 

Baobab Oil has one of the fasted absorption rates of carrier oils. It is extremely high in antioxidants which makes it a great addition to a body oil. It’s also very high in vitamins A, C & E.

Mango Butter absorbs into the skin “shockingly fast”.  This is a plus since butters tend to be greasy. This butter is also non-comedogenic so it is safe for oilier skin types since it won’t clog pores! It’s high in vitamin A and C which we know are both beneficial when it comes to keeping the skin looking youthful. It also has been known to be helpful in repairing cracked skin from dryness.

Arrowroot Powder is optional. I wish I had had enough ingredients to make 2 butters-1 with arrowroot and 1 without. I made mine with arrowroot and can say that this body butter absorbs in less then a minute. However, common sense tells me that a butter without it would be more hydrating. Since I’ve chosen 2 very fast absorbing ingredients, I personally don’t think the arrowroot is necessary. 

Essential oils are optional. I did not add any to mine but lavender is always a good idea! Chamomile is very calming and healing and smells great with lavender or on it’s own. 

DIY Body Butter Fast absorbing

Homemade Body Butter Recipe:

3 TBSP. Hazelnut Oil (find it HERE)

3 TBSP. Baobab Oil (find it HERE)

6 TBSP. Mango Butter (find it HERE)

1 TBSP. Arrowroot Powder (find it HERE) *optional*

10 drops Essential Oils (find it HERE) *optional*


  1. Fill a pot half way full with water and place on the stove top.
  2. Add your oil and butter in a glass pyrex measuring cup and place in the pot.
  3. Turn the stove top to medium heat. 
  4. Allow the butter to melt than remove from the stove top.
  5. Depending on your mixer and the size of your measuring cup, you might need to pour your mixture into a larger mixing bowl. I don’t because I use a stick mixer. I do have some splatters but I’d rather clean up splattering then deal with an extra bowl to clean. You can use a Kitchen Aid or a hand mixer if you chose.
  6. Allow your mixture to cool enough that it starts to harden. This takes about 10 minutes.
  7. Mix until butter starts to look like whipped cream.
  8. Add essential oils and mix again for about 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Spoon into a glass container and enjoy!

Whipping a body butter can be tricky. You need to stay engaged until you have your final product. Depending on your mixer, you might be able to mix at different consistencies. My stick mixer isn’t great at breaking through and whipping a hard balm so I have to monitor the softness and get it just right. Honestly, you just need to hop right in and adjust as you go.

There is no worry with ruining your body butter though. If you need to remelt you can. In fact, you might be able to skip the mixing all together and just have a balm. I don’t believe skipping the mixing would leave your butter too hard to scoop. 

This recipe makes a little less than 1 cup. 

DIY Body Butter fast absorbing

I feel like I post a body moisturizer recipe every year about this time. We’ve had 1 or 2 warm days where I’ve had to pull out the dreaded shorts and holy hell are my legs white and dry. I’ll get some color eventually but dry, ashy skin just won’t do and it’s time to play catch up hydrating my skin! I’m betting I’m not the only one who does this! 

This body butter is easy to make, absorbs crazy fast and will hydrate skin just in time for warmer weather!

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xx, Jenni


DIY Body Butter fast absorbing

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Jennifer Phillips worked as a licensed aesthetician for over 8 years before creating the green beauty blog, Jenni Raincloud and her natural skin care line, J. Raincloud Organics. Jennifer has been blogging full time for 7 years and loves to gain and share knowledge on living a natural lifestyle.

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