Soothing Body Butter with Aloe Vera

Body Butter

So another weekend unfolds, and my kitchen, once again, resembles a meth lab (Breaking Bad fan over here.) This weekend I’ve been experimenting with body butter. And I don’t mean to “toot my own horn” but, after some trial and error, I’ve really nailed it–this body butter is one-of-a-kind!

With coconut oil, shea butter, avocado oil, vitamin E oil, and aloe vera, this body butter is soothing, nourishing, and highly moisturizing.  Use as your daily, body moisturizer or to sooth after-sun skin. If you’re pregnant, rub it on your baby-bump (and boobies) to ease the itchiness of a growing belly.

A bit about aloe…

This is my first time experimenting with aloe vera in my lotions, and after researching it further, it seems like a no-brainer. Aloe vera gel, commonly used for soothing sun-burns, has so many incredible properties. Aloe vera is rich in nutrients, and when consumed, is believed to aid in digestion, relieve ulcers, and help combat constipation. There have also been claims that aloe “boosts the immune system and acts directly on abnormal cells, thus preventing or treating cancer.” Used externally, it has been suggested that aloe vera gel is highly moisturizing, helps treat acne, and can decrease the appearance of scars, stretch marks and aging. So naturally, I wanted to incorporate it in to this body butter.

This soothing body butter is easy and affordable to make–I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Body Butter with Aloe Vera
 
Soothing Body Butter with Aloe Vera
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Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp Shea Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Aloe Vera
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil (OR Olive, Jajoba or Almond Oil)
  • 10-15 Drops of Essential oils of choice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Melt coconut oil and shea butter in a double boiler. You can create this by putting the ingredients in a small, glass jar and then placing the jar in a pan of simmering water.
  2. Remove from heat once melted and let the mixture cool until it's opaque (to speed this is you can put it in the fridge, but don't let it become solid.)
  3. Next, add the remaining ingredients and the coconut/shea mix to a stand mixer bowl, and whip until ingredients are well combined, and the mixture is light and fluffy (about 5-10 minutes.) It's finished when the body butter can stick to a spoon when held upsidedown.
  4. Transfer to an a small container or jar and store in a cool place.

 

 

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52 comments on “Soothing Body Butter with Aloe Vera

  1. Hi Carly,

    I was super excited to try this recipe and bought all the ingredients and now the recipe has disappeared. Could you please repost?

    Thank you 🙂

    1. So sorry about that! I have no idea where it went and had to re-write it! Thank you for letting me know!

  2. My bf put my cooling liquid in the freezer; it turned solid and even after warming up a bit it won’t whip up – it’s like a waxy-salve consistency is there any way to salvage it? I’m so bummed. The ingredients aren’t cheap I so hope I can save it.

    1. Hi Jade, that’s really too bad! I’ve never experienced this before so I’m not 100% sure what to do, but you can salvage it! If you can’t turn it into a “Butter” you can always make a nice Lotion (I’ll help you.)

      Have you tried re-melting it? If you haven’t added the aloe yet, then don’t. Try re-melting it, and re-whipping and get back to me. If it doesn’t work, we can turn it into a lovely lotion. Do you have any bee’s wax?

      1. here are you taking about lotion bars or liquid lotion. i was searching for a lotion recipe but all i found were lotion bars and i really need one for oily skin. can you please help?

    1. Yes, that should be perfect! And something I’ve been meaning to add to the post – Make sure that your aloe gel is room temperature when you add it. And don’t skimp out on whipping it 🙂

  3. Hi Carly!! I’m very excited to try this body butter! I’ve been researching a lot of different butter recipes and I’ve come across quite a few that include corn starch…they claim it keeps them from feeling too greasy. Your thoughts??

    1. Hey Kathy! Thanks for your comment. I agree, cornstarch does help with the greasy-feel. But instead of cornstarch, I use arrowroot powder, which is essentially the non-GMO version of cornstarch 🙂
      Carly

  4. Made this last week and I love it! Was going to put together another batch but the recipe seems to have disappeared. Hope you can get it back up soon!

    1. I’m working to get my recipes back! I don’t know what happened. I guess something went wrong with the Easy Recipe Plugin that I used. Sorry about this. Feeling a bit panicky myself.

  5. Hi there! This recipe sounds awesome. I have super oily and acne prone skin so I’ve been looking for a recipe that includes aloe and jojoba… yay! A few questions…could I use 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 2 tbsp of jojoba oil to make it less greasy? Also, I may have misunderstood, but do you not melt the jojoba oil with the shea butter and coconut oil? It seems like you’re saying to add the jojoba with the aloe and that didn’t seem right to me? I’m going to be making 8 small jars of this for Christmas gifts so looking forward to your reply! Thanks!!!

    1. Hi Laura,

      Because you need to whip this body butter, I wouldn’t swap jojoba for coconut. Plus, I don’t think the swap would really make it less greasy. Try adding a tsp of arrow root powder, after the oils have melted, to help with avoid the greesy feeling.

      I add the jojoba at the end because it’s already in liquid state and doesn’t need to be melted. You can add it to the coconut oil and shea if you want. Either way works.

      Thank you for you comments and questions 🙂

      Carly

    1. I haven’t tried fresh aloe, so I’m not entirely sure how it would. You can omit the aloe all together if you like.

    1. No, I don’t think it would whip into body butter if you omitted the coconut oil, but you could try adding a little more shea and a couple tbsp of olive oi or sweet almond oil. No guarantees but let me know how it turns out if you give it a try!

  6. do you use aloe gel or aloe liquid in this recipe??
    yesterday I made your face cleanser and LOVE it!! best I’ve made and used yet and I’ve tried many homemade recipes. someone had pinned it on Pinterest and well the rest is history … THANKS SO MUCH for sharing!!

  7. Hi Carly, Not sure if you will want to answer my question but have not been able to find the answer anywhere I grow Aloe Vera plants and want to use my own gel, but cannot find a way to change the actual gel removed from the plant into a gel like substance that one buys in the shop like toothpaste consistency so that i can rub the substance into my skin as apposed to using the raw gel.. I would really appreciate any input, blessings jenny, my email address is jenny.davison@icould.com

    1. Hi Jenny, unfortunately I don’t have the answer for you. I’m sure a little google search can help you there!

  8. hey Carly…sounds like a great recipe for my first venture into the world of homemade body butters.
    i have two questions….i have aloe vera oil which is basically a fusion of aloe essence and sweet almond oil..can i use it in place of coconut oil?…..also what would be the shelf life as we are using aloe gel and not just oils and butters…..please reply 🙂

    1. Hi! No, you can’t substitute the coconut oil if you want a fluffy body butter, but you can 1-2 tbsp. of the aloe oil if you like. The self life is about 2-3 months if left on the counter. Stored in a cool place, it will last much longer.

  9. Hi Carly, have saved this recipe for a while and cannot wait to make it! I have previously made a body butter from another recipe I found online… with very similar ingredients and instructions, btw… it called for aloe vera “juice”. However, while the bulk of the recipe stated to store in the fridge, a small amount was kept in a small jar by the submitter, for easy access on a daily basis. The problem was that once I started applying the butter, the warmth of my body caused the aloe vera juice to separate into a watery liquid and was so hard to rub into my skin. Both jars (fridge and counter) then had aloe “water” in the bottom which increased in volume every time the mixture got used. I only bring this up because you mentioned to another poster that substituting “juice” for “gel” should work fine. Have you actually tried your recipe using “juice”. If so, that would be great because I have so much aloe vera juice leftover in my fridge from that first recipe fiasco, lol!!!

    1. I have tried the juice! It does work too but you really need to whip it in well. Perhaps store in a cool place in you bathroom instead of the fridge 🙂

        1. It will last for MONTHS, maybe years, on the shelf. All of in the ingredients have a very long shelf life (honey’s is forever), so I wouldn’t even worry about it. You’ll use the creamer looonnnggg before it ever goes off.

          1. Hi thanks for responding. .. why I asked is because I’m planning on using the aloe Vera gel straight from the plant and I have no preservative… maybe u bought the aloe gel from the store?

          2. Hi Sorry for the delayed reply. I have a three week old baby and am trying to take some time off.

            I did usse aloe gel from the store. Adding aloe does add a shelf life to the butter, so be sure to store in a cool place.

  10. This looks great. If I wanted this to be “balmy”, can I just add wax? If yes, recommended amount?

    1. If you want it to be like a balm then just don’t whip it…and don’t add the aloe or else it won’t emulsify…so pretty much it won’t work as a balm lol.

  11. Do we need to put in a preservative if we use aloe vera gel? I was told anything with water in it needs a preservative because it could go moldy. I also was told that aloe vera gel is predominately water. Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Tina, yes you could put a preservative in it if you like, but I don’t just because I try to avoid them. I keep my aloe body butter in the fridge for this reason and only make it in small batches so that I use it up before it goes bad 🙂

  12. Hello,
    I have tried to make the body butter with aloe 3 times and it has never whipped up like the picture. I measured everything carefully and followed the instructions step by step. At most it whips up into a thick liquid. I am using a stand mixer with the whip attachment. The longest I whipped it for was for 20 minutes (trying to get that thick consistency). I appreciate any suggestions.

    Thanks!
    Jamie

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