Body butters are super nourishing and moisturizing. This means they can be pretty greasy too. Still, does it have to be that greasy? Can’t we, somehow, make it less fatty and more enjoyable to put on? Luckily, there are a few simple solutions to this matter and I invite you to discover them here.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- All the available and frequently asked questions about this type of DIY. Many of us simply love to use and make body butter, which is why there are so many questions. I’ve put up a nice list of solutions to your concerns, so be sure to go through them all.
- A section of tips and some nice butter recipes to try out with all sorts of ingredients. You can have lots of fun trying out new beauty butters.
How to Make Body Butter Less Greasy – Frequently Asked Questions & Troubleshooting
A body butter feels luxurious and pleasant. That is what most women say about applying that thick cream to their skin. I also agree.
What makes them thick and fatty is their composition. Butters are very high in fatty acids. In fact, the name “butter” suggests just how fatty the product is.
For some women, it’s just what they need. For others, while they still like to use body butter, they don’t exactly appreciate the greasy feeling it leaves behind.
Well, if you’re one of them, this article is for you. Next, you’ll find answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about personalizing body butter.
Let’s start from the beginning and see what a body butter is first.
1) What is body butter?
The body butter is vegetable fat that can be applied to the skin for beauty and medicinal purposes. This fat is extracted from the seeds, kernels, and pulp of many fruits.
At room temperature, they are usually solid. They can become liquid oils when melted on a double boiler. But, for example, many do become liquid during the hot summer months. Coconut is one of them.
Body butters don’t evaporate, only essential oils can do that. They do contain some phenolic compounds though that give the butters characteristic aromas.
On the cosmetics market, you’ll find tons of body butters. The downside is that you don’t know where they came from or how they’ve been extracted.
These are two very important details. The soil and the extraction method can influence the final effects of the product.
Commercial products also contain all sorts of harmful chemicals meant to enhance the smell and shelf life.
A pure and unrefined plant butter does not always smell the best or lasts the longest. Therefore, something that smells nice is more appealing to the buyer.
Don’t worry, this last part can be solved by adding essential oils. They will change the smell of the butter and enhance its therapeutic effects.
Also, simply for the pleasure of smell, you can always add a few drops of your favorite perfume and smell it all day long.
2) What is it used for and what are the benefits of body butter for the skin?
For women, skin and hair care have always been a matter of concern. In fact, that’s how plant oils and butters have been discovered.
There are a lot of these products out there that have a real history and tradition. For example, we have the Amazon Indians. They have used Ucuuba and Murumuru
Because of their chemical composition, plant
Unfortunately, there are many cases where the skin can really use our help. The way most people live and the environment can be harsh to the skin.
That’s why vegetable butters and oils are so appreciated. Especially today, when it’s all about natural skin care.
Here are some of the most important benefits of the body butter:
- Many have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
- They are very nourishing and moisturizing too.
- Body butters can maintain the skin plump and elastic by creating a protective barrier on its surface. Thus, the water doesn’t evaporate so fast anymore. It stays inside the skin cells.
- Butters are full of antioxidants, which makes them great for sun protection and UV damage prevention.
- Body butters can also soothe burns, scratches, and irritation. Just like they can help the skin heal faster and prevent lots of scar tissue.
- They can soften the skin on the heels, knees, and elbows.
- One can use body butter to improve the aspect of stretch marks. You can also use it to prevent new tears in the skin. Keep in mind that stretch marks form while gaining weight. This means it’s always a good idea to keep your skin moisturized all the time.
- It soothes eczema and dry or cracked skin.
- Fills in fine lines and improves the aspect of deeper wrinkles.
- Body butter can also be used to nourish and moisturize the scalp.
- It can also give the hair luster and shine.
- You can use certain body butter varieties to soothe and prevent dandruff.
- Also, a bit of body butter can improve the aspect of split ends and tame frizzy hair.
This list provides a look into the main benefits and uses of the butter. Still, you can add lots more to this list, depending on how you like to use your own body butter.
3) Why make your own butter?
When you think about body butter, you don’t think about too much work. The body butter is already a finished product. So technically, you’re not making it yourself. You’re just adjusting it to your own liking.
- You can add essential oils to vegetable butter.
- Or you can mix it with other types of vegetable butter you like or need.
- If you want, you can also mix the butter with carrier oils.
Your skin’s needs may change from season to season. This makes it more likely to change the ingredients you use in your skin care regimen too.
Still, with today’s technology, interested people can actually make their own body butter. It involves the adding of certain substances into any carrier oil they like.
They will give the oil the fluff and texture of a butter. I will tell you more about this practice in the DIY section.
4) Which vegetable butter to choose for your DIY recipes?
Even though it may seem overwhelming, having plenty of options is actually a good thing. Depending on the chemical composition of each butter/oil, your skin may react differently.
Studies show different results in people who’ve applied these products to their skin.
Some butters retained and prevented water loss better than the others. Other people got their skin irritated with products that others had no problems with. The list can go on.
As I said, it’s good to have options and try something else until you find the perfect solution for your skin. And trust me, when you search enough, you’ll find it!
These plant fats contain different amounts of fatty acids. They are SFAs – saturated fatty acids and UFAs – unsaturated fatty acids.
Body butters should be chosen for your own skin type. There are less greasy body butters that can be used by oily or combination skin too.
Other butters are very thick and oily and more suited for normal or dry skin. Generally speaking, most body butters can clog the pores.
However, they have anti-inflammatory and cleansing properties too. This helps to balance the comedogenic effect.
This is why some people with acne can use body
You should never “drown” your skin with butter. Luckily, a very small amount will spread easily on larger portions of skin.
This is one of the reasons why small recipients last a very long time. Body butters are usually worth the investment.
5) How to make body butter (whipped or not)
When it comes to DIY body butter, everything is easy. All you need to do is simply melt and add a few ingredients, then whip up and you’re done.
Is the butter going to be oily and greasy? Yes, it will, mainly because it’s only fat in there. Adding some water to make the butter (or lotion) lighter and non-greasy gets more complicated.
Water is the perfect environment for bacteria growth. You’d need to add preservatives in your product and then store it properly.
Still, once you make it like this too, it’ll not seem difficult anymore. Water-based body butter and lotion need to be used faster than a full-fat body butter.
Making body butter can be very simple or a little more advanced. It depends on your excitement and level of practice. If you’re a beginner, it pays off to learn how to make body butter less greasy from the start.
All the rage right now goes around the whipped butter. Whipping the butter recipe is not necessary, yet, many prefer it this way.
Why? By whipping the mixture, which is quite thick, you make it easier to use. It has a more pleasant consistency, it feels nicer, and it spreads easier on the skin too.
Now, let’s see the basic steps toward making whipped personalized body butter.
Less Greasy Whipped Body Butter
a) Prepare your ingredients and recipients.
So you’ve decided which butter/s you want to use. Gather every ingredient you’ll be using in one place. You need them handy so the process can go smooth and fast.
Prepare a double boiler. Try to use only glass, ceramic, or plastic bowls and spoons. The bowl in which you’ll be mixing and melting the fat needs to be larger. You’ll be thankful when you start whipping.
The proportions are easy: to begin with, use equal measures of butter. I suggest using 2 – 3 ingredients per blend.
Keeping the recipe simple will actually benefit your skin more. If you’re using essential oils, you should not add more than 6 drops per ounce (30 ml) of butter/oil.
In a body butter, you can also add beeswax for consistency. Beeswax, you say? What are the benefits of beeswax in body butter?
Well, beeswax is very emollient and it enhances the effects of the butter. It’s packed with great vitamins for the skin.
The content of vitamin A in beeswax is very high, which acts as a strong anti-aging agent. Beeswax is also very good against cellulite.
The good part about it is that you can mix essential oils with beeswax too. You can do everything with it just like you would with a vegetable butter. In conclusion, you can make a whipped body butter with beeswax all you want.
b) Start melting and mixing.
Melt all ingredients on the double boiler. I’ve seen people not melting the butter but adding the other ingredients over while whipping. I don’t agree with that practice because:
- Vegetable butter tends to crystallize when it hardens. This grainy texture is not pleasant, neither to the touch nor to the skin, when it’s applied.
How to avoid this grainy butter texture? You can do so by melting the butter on a double boiler (bain-marie) and quickly hardening it in the fridge.
Make sure they don’t get in contact with direct heat because it can destroy some of the beneficial properties. This is the part where you add everything you have.
Depending on the essential oil you want to use, take into account its flashpoint.
Essential oils are highly flammable and some have a low flashpoint. That means they can catch fire the second you’ve poured one into the hot melted butter.
Generally, it is best to add it when the mixture is warm or very close to hardening. For more details, check out this guide on making scented candles.
c) Prepare the mixture for whipping.
Once you’ve stirred in all your ingredients, take it to the fridge. Keep it there for a few minutes, until the butter starts to harden a bit.
For a more creamy consistency, take the butter out after 10 minutes. If you want it soft, yet more compact, take it out after about 20 – 30 minutes. Make sure it’s not too hard though because you’ll need to whip it.
d) Whip the body butter.
Ideally, you’d have used a large bowl to store the blend. Now, it’s time to turn the mixer on and give the butter a good whip. It’ll start to get fluffy very fast.
This is basically the moment where you get to make your butter less greasy. You simply have to add an absorbent powder to the mix. You’ll then keep on whipping.
The absorbent agent can be anything from arrowroot, tapioca, and rice flour to Isopropyl myristate. Check out the next question for more details.
e) Store it in pretty little (or bigger) glass or plastic jars.
The whipping can last until you’re satisfied with the texture of the butter. Once that’s done, place the product in some nice recipients. You can use it for yourself or give it away as gifts.
You’ll find lots of cute or fancy recipients to buy. The best conditions for storage and maximum shelf life are in the fridge. The best way to make sure it’s still fresh is to use it within a 6 month period.
Your whipped body butter can be spread on the skin with the fingers. However, if you don’t whip it, you can also make solid body butter sticks.
It looks just like a creamy deodorant or lip balm, and you can apply it directly to the concerned areas.
It’s not messy and it’s easy to carry and apply. Mainly, these body butter sticks use beeswax in their composition. They are also made only from one or more vegetable butters.
6) How to make non-greasy body butter from carrier oils?
Have you ever wondered whether you can make oil less oily? It is possible to take any carrier oil you like and turn it into body butter.
It will have the properties and benefits of the oil. The substances you’ll be using will also add some of their own benefits to the butter.
Why would you want to do that in the first place? One would welcome the option because the butter varieties are not that many. So, if you’re in the mood for some Apricot, Almond, or even Tomato butter, you can make them.
For that to happen, you can use two ingredients:
- Stearic acid (vegetable) – Thickens, enriches and stabilizes the oil. It’s often used to harden balms of all sorts, candles, and soaps. This fatty acid is naturally found in a lot of vegetable
butters. It is very emollient and can make the skin smooth.
- Cetyl alcohol (vegetable) – it stabilizes emulsions and gives them consistency. It makes a blend more creamy and luxurious to the touch. It’s a fatty type of alcohol extracted from vegetable fatty acids (usually coconut). It makes the skin soft and prevents dehydration.
These two ingredients are added in the oily phase of the product. After that, the process continues as normal (cooling then whipping).
7) What are the best ingredients for making body butter less greasy?
I’ve detailed the steps to make a non-greasy body butter recipe as best as I could. You’ll just have to give it a try and then add some of your own insights and tips to the list.
The body butter is fat by definition. Still, luckily, we can add some ingredients to make it less greasy. I would say the right amount of greasy. These ingredients are:
- Arrowroot powder – this is one very popular mattifying agent. It’s used in many anti-acne or beauty products meant to reduce face oiliness. It has good absorbent properties. It gives the butter a fluffy texture and cuts down on the greasy feeling
- Rice flour and tapioca powder – both ingredients have absorbent properties. They are mostly used in the kitchen, but small amounts can also make a butter less greasy.
- Isopropyl myristate – it’s a vegetable ester that comes from the reaction of myristic acid with isopropyl alcohol. It can also cut down on the greasy feeling of butters. It also has good skin-conditioning effects.
8) How do you make homemade lotion less greasy?
A homemade lotion is different than a body butter. A lotion is a lot lighter simply because it contains water. The level of thickness or oiliness depends on the oils or butters you use.
Carrier oils can be much thicker than a vegetable butter. Wheatgerm and Borage oils, for instance, are very thick and pore-clogging.
Fortunately, you can use the same ingredients to make a non-greasy homemade lotion.
9) What essential oils are good for body butter?
Essential oils are volatile essences. This means they evaporate into the air, which is how they can fill a space with their specific scents.
They are not true oils because they don’t contain any fatty acids. Essential oils are called so because they float above the water. That is due to a heavier molecular weight.
Only body butters and carrier oils are true oils.
Essential oils are very concentrated plant essences. As a consequence, they are most often used for medicinal purposes.
But they have really great beauty benefits as well. Because they’re so potent, essential oils need to be diluted before use.
You can mix them with carrier oils like Argan, Jojoba, etc. But you can also add them to body butter and stir really well. The butter needs to be in a liquid form first. Essential oils can enhance your butter’s properties and smell.
Thus, the essence you choose for your body butter depends on purpose and preference. If you need an anti-aging face & body butter, you can use:
If you need an anti-acne body butter, you can use:
- Clary Sage
- Tea Tree
If you’re simply looking to give your butter a more pleasant smell, you can always go for:
- Sweet Orange
If you’re looking to soothe mild pains and aches, you could choose between:
Do a bit of research into the properties, benefits, and side effects of an essence. Figure out what you can use it for and then get to the action.
10) How long does homemade body butter last?
For someone who applies butter daily, the shelf life is not even a concern. Still, you wonder how long does homemade body butter last.
Well, stored properly and without adding preservatives, body butters can last up to 6 months. If you add some vitamin E in it, your body butter can last up to a year.
Also, you must avoid contaminating it with water to avoid bacteria growth. Tip: scoop it out with dry fingers.
11) What are some other uses of body butter?
Body butter can be used in many other situations, not just for beauty. As crazy as it sounds, people have used vegetable fat to oil machines for a long time. They still do. They’ve also used it to give leather shoes a nice shine.
Can you use body butter as a hair mask too? Yes, you can definitely do so.
- Gently heat a certain amount of butter in a glass recipient.
- Spread it on the scalp, roots, and ends.
- You can, of course, spread it all over the hair length too.
- Keep the hair in a shower mask for 30 – 60 minutes, then rinse with shampoo. You’ll know your hair is fat-free when it squeaks.
You can use pure and unrefined body butter for almost anything you want. Generally speaking, body butters are great for pregnant women or babies. Still, you should ask the doctor for his opinion about this first.
Tips on How to Make Body Butter Less Greasy and Recipes
Before starting to create your own non-greasy body butter, I have some more tips for you. Now that you know the basics, it’ll come in handy to know some extra advice. This way you’re almost guaranteed to get your dream body butter right from the start.
- Always start small! Make a small batch of whipped body butter and see how you like it. You can then think of making more. Also, it’s good to use equal amounts of vegetable butters and keep track in spoons and teaspoons. It’s just easier to make and remember.
- The butter may be very liquid or melted (if it’s very hot outside, it will happen). In that case, you don’t have to place it on a double boiler anymore.
- If you want to give your body butter a certain smell, use a neutral smelling one.
- If you have a very hard butter, use a softer one to change its consistency and make it more manageable.
- Combine butters only with dry carrier oils. Adding carrier oils, especially very thick and slow-absorbing ones, can make your body butter greasier. So, if you want a less greasy body butter, add only dry carriers. They can be Macadamia, Hazelnut, Grapeseed, Watermelon, etc.
- How do you fix runny body butter? Simply add one of the ingredients I’ve talked about above. Most people use arrowroot powder. If you already did that and it’s still runny, add some more until it hardens again.
All-Natural Body Butter Recipes
I’m sure you’re already excited to get it started, am I right? Well, in that case, I’ve got a few simple recipes for you to try, if you need some guidelines.
Arrowroot Powder Vanilla Body Butter
- Cocoa butter: 2 tablespoons
- Shea butter: 2 tablespoons
- Vanilla-infused oil (Jojoba preferably): 2 tablespoons
Melt the butters over a double boiler. Add the Vanilla-infused oil and whisk well. When it’s cooler, place the recipient in the fridge. When it starts to harden a bit, take it out and start whipping.
Shea butter is greasy, but it’s very well absorbed into the skin. Its smell is more to the neutral side. You can use Shea, or Karite, as the French call it, as main butter in your recipe. You can make a non-greasy Shea body butter recipe easily.
Non-Greasy Body Butter Recipe for Mature Skin
- Mango butter: 1 tablespoon
- Coconut oil/butter: 1 tablespoon
- Argan oil: 1 teaspoon
- Frankincense essential oil: 3 drops
- Vitamin E (optional): 2 – 3 drops
Follow the usual steps making sure you add the essential oil last when the mixture has cooled. Apply on damp skin, after shower all over the body.
This butter can be used on the face too, just not around the eyes. The presence of the essential oil can irritate the eyes.
All in all, it’s important to also listen to your body, or skin in this case. Sometimes, depending on the season, your skin simply doesn’t need all that moisture and fatty acids.
That’s why we use light creams and lotions, and drier carrier oils in the summer, and thicker ones in the winter.
You simply wake up needing something thicker on your skin, and this is where the body butter comes in.
I think they should be used mostly in the colder months of the year. That, of course, if you don’t have super dry skin, in which case you’d do great with them in the summer too.
Now you know how to make body butter less greasy. You might already have some of the ingredients in your kitchen. In which case it’ll be easy to make your own body butter right away.
Does it seem complicated? Is it something you’ll be doing soon? I’d very much like to know how your butter turns out. Just remember to start with small amounts so you don’t waste more product than necessary.