DIY Body Butter With the Annmarie Skin Care Team

DIY Body Butter - Essential Oils

The ASC team is a motley of artists, healers, activists, and professionals. We need every kind of individual in a company like this because each person’s uniqueness has a place to shine. With all of our differences, it can be difficult to get us into the same room. But once you get us together, we’re unstoppable.

Have you ever met a group that can talk about vetiver for 25 minutes? We can. And did…

We all love skin care (obviously) and many of us are makers at heart, so we decided to spend our recent team happy hour at the office making body butter. It turned out fabulous — creamy, moisturizing, and an aromatherapy treat! We decided to let you in on how we did it.

Body Butter

We wanted the body butter something we could use all the time — something with a creamy consistency that absorbed really well into the skin and left a lasting softness without leaving a film (skin care professionals over here). We chose several different carrier oils and butters to give it the texture and moisturizing properties that we like.

Staying true to our nature, we spent quite a long time choosing which essential oils to add to the formula. It easily filled our conversation while we blended the body butter together. We're all big fans of vetiver, which is a really important base note that's used in tons of perfume formulas. (We talk about how to properly pair vetiver in this article.) While some of us favor a sweet vetiver creation (add vanilla or peru balsam) others of us favored a more woodsy result (use cedar or spruce).

DIY Body Butter - Essential Oils

First we melted together cocoa butter and shea butter.

DIY Body Butter - Melt

Then we added coconut oil, jojoba, kukui nut, and macadamia nut oils to the blend and let it cool. (See the recipe below for some alternative oils you can use.)

Body Butter - Mix

To achieve a fluffy, whipped, creamy texture, we took turns hand-whipping the blend together—which was quite the workout—until it was the perfect consistency. We spent a lot of time pausing while we were whipping it to test it out and by the time we got it perfect, we were exhausted and covered in body butter. Note: hand whipping was fun, but if we were going to do this again, we would bring an electric mixer.

Once the butter and oil blend cooled, we added our essential oils.

DIY Body Butter Recipe

Here’s the recipe that we used. This makes a lot of body butter so if you’re just making it for yourself, it might be good to cut the recipe in half:


  • 1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa butter
  • ½ cup shea butter
  • ½ cup kukui nut oil (or substitute grapeseed oil)
  • ¼ cup jojoba oil
  • ¼ cup macadamia nut oil (or substitute avocado oil)
  • About 20 drops of essential oils of your choice – our base formula had vetiver, spruce, and cedar, then we individually added other essential oils to make our own unique scent.

We all love the body butter we made and it’s fun to come into work and smell someone wearing theirs… It brings back such a fun memory of us laughing together, testing scents, and whipping the butter! It also works great after a homemade body scrub!

Do you have a favorite body butter recipe? Tell us about it!

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  1. lisa says

    I love whipping up my own body butter and have experimented with different formulas/combinations. I recently discovered a secret ingredient that changed everything. I learned the secret from local vendor at farmers market who makes a delicious lavender body butter. I tested hers and it felt so smooth and silky and asked her how she creates it. Turns out that Arrowroot makes the butter slip into the skin better. Without it I found the butter to be rather heavy and a bit oily. The arrowroot made it lighter, fluffier and silkier.. it absorbs into the skin much better and quicker without leaving the heaviness. I am thrilled with it!

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