Bronzing Whipped Body Butter

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It’ll make you want to eat it.

Cacao powder, cinnamon, nutmeg-all whipped up into a creamy spread. This whipped body butter looks and smells so yummy you’ll want to eat it. But, seriously…don’t.

Although it’s perfectly harmless (which I LOVE), it’s not all that tasty–as a few of my family members can attest. This past weekend, I made this whipped body butter as Christmas gifts for friends. Ezra (my son), only a toddler, couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t let him lick the whisk. My husband, not a toddler, did lick the whisk. No, dear. It’s for your body, not your mouth.  Sorry, honey!

Later, I handed a jar to my mom and before I knew it, she’d scooped up a glob into her mouth. Needless to say, after a quick explanation that it was BODY butter, she was NOT happy. Lesson learned: label your jars.

Once clearly labeled, whipped body butter can be enjoyed by all! It’s homemade with all-natural ingredients, moisturizes and nourishes the skin, AND imparts a sun-kissed glow.

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DIY: Bronzing Whipped Body Butter


1 cup (8 oz) shea butter
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup good olive oil
1-2 Tablespoons cocoa or cacao powder
1 teaspoon naturally-derived Vitamin E oil (optional)
5-10 drops essential oil (I used peppermint)


2 Tablespoons ground cinnamon

(if you use cinnamon, make sure it is very finely ground)


  1. Shea butter can be substituted for cocoa butter
  2. Olive oil can be substituted for sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil or something similar
  3. choose an essential oil that is “skin-friendly”–not all essential oils are
  4. Bronzing body butter will remain whipped at room temperature unless it’s very hot. In hotter climates, store in the fridge. Otherwise, just store in an airtight container!
  5. The Vitamin E helps preserve the bronzing body butter for up to one year.
  6. Depending on how dark you want your bronzer, add more cacao powder. Since I have very fair skin, I only add 1 tablespoon.
  7. *The photos above are taken without the cinnamon and nutmeg. I added that later to get a more sun-kissed glow, so the body butter will look darker than photographed.


  1. Using a double boiler (or a small bowl that fits over a small pot), melt the shea butter and coconut oil on low heat. When they become completely liquified, remove from heat. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  2. Then mix in the olive oil, cacao powder (and cinnamon if desired), essential oil and vitamin E.
  3. Place the oil mixture in the freezer to firm up.
  4. When the oil mixture is partially solidified, remove from freezer and whip the partially-solidified mixture until peaks form. (The consistency will be like whipped butter!)
  5. Scoop into a clean, glass jar.


Ps. It makes a great gift! Did I mention you should label it, though!? 

DIY Bronzing Body Butter with all-natural ingredients

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