A thick and nourishing honey body butter for radiant skin. Use as needed on the body, but this may be too heavy to use on your face. Its mixture of rich oil and nut butter helps condition your skin where it needs softening and smoothing.This recipe makes just over one 3.38 fl. oz (100 ml) pot of honey body butter using plant-based butters and oil, honey, and essential oil. You can make larger batches by scaling up the recipe, though the cooling time will be longer.
Measure the shea butter and cocoa butter into a small saucepan. Float this saucepan in another pan filled with simmering water to melt.
Once the oils have fully melted, place the pan on a potholder and pour in the sweet almond oil and honey. Gently whisk together. If you notice the oils solidifying, place the pan back in the pan of water until fully melted again.
Next, wipe off any moisture from the pan of oils, then place it in the freezer for five minutes.
After five minutes have passed, take the pan out of the freezer, add the essential oil, if you’re using it, and whisk together well. Place the pan back in the freezer for five more minutes.
Ten minutes in the freezer should have cooled the mixture to a consistency where there’s a thin solid skin on the surface. Underneath this skin, it should still be a little liquidy. Whisk it all together a final time, and you’ll have a beautifully scented and creamy honey body butter that’s easy to scoop out into a container. Work quickly, though, because it will quickly set solid.
Scoop the honey body butter out of the pan and into your desired container. It could be a recycled jam jar, a pretty vintage pot, or a cosmetics tin like I’m using. The important thing is that it’s clean, sterilized, and perfectly dry.
The body butter’s final consistency is like dairy butter that you’ve taken out of the fridge and has softened a little. It’s firm but easily scooped up. This honey body butter has a shelf-life that’s determined by the shelf lives of any of the ingredients that you used. Check the back of all of the bottles and the closest date is your shelf life. However, once you begin using it and getting your fingers in it, make sure that you use it all up within six months.
If the honey that you’re using is liquid, follow the steps as described. You may have set honey that’s solid at room temperature, though. If you’d like to use it in this body butter recipe, add it to the pan of oils while they’re melting so that the honey can melt too.