For a good while, I’ve been longing for a creamy, soft, nice smelling, chemical free body butter. Some months back, I prepared a mint infused coconut oil that I was planning on using for a hair mask.
Next time, I’ll try to make something like the Body Shop’s candied ginger body butter, the smell is just fantastic!
I would never use palm oil for anything, due to it’s grave environmental impact such as deforestation of the rain forest and death of endangered species.
Yes, there is a substitute for coconut oil for those who are allergic to it – raw cocoa butter, which just happens to be great for people who suffer from eczema and dehydrated skin.
For example, you could play around with different percentages of cocoa butter to soft oils, like 30% raw cocoa butter and 70% other oils, to help keep it soft and fluffy. I made a wonderful similar body butter recently (after reading a ton of sites) with 2 parts shea butter to 1 part cocoa butter to 1 part oils (I used a combination of almond and jojoba oil).
Hm, I don’t know what the problem is, but I doubt you have done anything totally wrong. I have another question…does the finished body butter have to go in glass jars or can u used metal or plastic? As Leslie over at Crunchy Betty posted some improvements to my scrub candy recipes, she talked about the perfect timing with Valentine’s just around the corner. I’ve been both drooling for and disgusted by the ones that Body Shop makes – they look and smell so incredibly fantastic, but then you turn to the ingredient list and find silicones, perfume, PEG and all kinds of nasties.
I haven’t gotten around to doing that yet, so I figured I could just as well use some of it for this body butter. If you are using herbs, heat the mixture for about 20 minutes, then strain carefully and don’t forget to squeeze out the last of the oil from the herbs.

Until then, I have this gorgeous lime-lavender smelling body butter with rose and rosemary!
It still contains coconut oil though, so kari who posed the original question about substitute from cocnut oil might not get much help from this. I melted the shea and cocoa butter in a makeshift double boiler, removed it from the heat and stirred in the oils, put it in the freezer for 5 minutes, whipped it, and put it back in the freezer for 5 minutes a few more times with whipping in between.
I would avoid the cheap coconut fat which is refined and not very good for you (if you want to be 100% sure, buy organic). You can keep the body butter in room temperature for months without it going off, probably up to a year or so. I have been making skin salves lately, but I LOVE that this is a whipped cream instead of a hard butter. I’ve been stocking up on ingredients and just need to get my hands on some shea butter and then we’re good to go! Plastic jars can let out some chamicals that are potentially harmful for your body, and metal might as well let out something which might change the smell of the product. An essential oil is pure oil extracted from an herb, flower or similar, so it is very concentrated and you often need only a few drops to get the benefits of it. It won’t make a difference with how well it moisturizes your skin, but it feels sooo nice with this buttery consistency! In Rawmazing’s recipe they used almond oil, I can imagine that avocado, jojoba or apricot oil would be divine! But even though the result won’t be as fluffy as this body butter, it’s definitely going to be nourishing for your skin in any case! I always take the environmental impact into consideration just as much as how the products affect myself personally.

I guess different shea butters might react differently as well, some taking longer to become fluffy than others.
Anyway, I put it in the fridge and later tried to whip it with my electric beater, but it never whipped back up.
You can follow the instructions here.Or you can just leave this step out as it takes some preparation. When it comes to lotions and other recipes that require mixing of waters and oils it’s more important with the measures. When I made this for the first time, I got really impatient and what I actually did was that I took some ice and put it in a larger bowl, and then put my bowl of body butter into that one to make it cool really quickly, then I whipped while it was cooling. This releases some essential oils from the herbs into the vegetable oil, but as you can guess, it’s much more diluted and you can use it as a base for any recipe which calls for a vegetable oil. It’s more or less the same thing as if you would take a vegetable oil and mix a few drops of essential oil into it. I haven’t made this exact recipe with only shea butter, but my guess is that it will be slightly more solid than with coconut (if you find it too solid, add more vegetable oil next time you make it). If you want to experiment, you could even try using a bit more oil to shea butter to see if it gets fluffier that way (though I can’t vouch for that).

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