How To Make Coconut Lemon Body Butter: Do It Yourself

by Devie T on February 12, 2013 · 35 comments

How To Make Coconut Lemon Body Butter: Do It Yourself

Hey Gorgeous Gals,

Coconut Oil is a tried, tested and much-loved ingredient for skin and hair care. One of my favorite uses for the oil is as a body moisturizer, but taking out the oil from the bottle, rubbing it on until it’s absorbed and then dealing with the smell all day is something I can’t do on a daily basis. To speed up my after-shower moisturizing routine, I decided to make myself some coconut oil body butter; just something I can scoop out of the jar and apply (instead of my old melt oil, take out into bowl, apply and put on a clothespin on my nose!).


At its most basic, this body butter just needs one ingredient – Coconut Oil. Coconut Oil is one of the easiest oils to whip into a butter. By itself, the oil moisturizes the skin and protects it from aging and damage. This recipe combines Coconut Oil with a few other ingredients to make a rich and creamy body butter. The Lemon oil adds a pleasant fragrance, Jojoba and Vitamin E oils aid absorption and the Cornstarch reduces greasiness.


Ingredients Needed:

Coconut Oil

  • One Cup Coconut Oil.
  • A few drops of Lemon Essential Oil (optional; can be replaced with any other essential oil or fragrance).
  • Two Tablespoons of Jojoba or Vitamin E Oil (optional).
  • One Tablespoon Corn Starch.

Utensils and Tools:

Large Bowl, Whisk, Spoon, Glass Jar and Measuring Cup.


Four Steps to One Awesome Body Butter:

Step One:

Melt one cup of Coconut Oil. You can use any 100% Coconut Oil. I had Parachute lying around the house and that’s what I’m using. You can put it out in the sun or immerse it in hot water; whatever works for you. You just need to melt it enough so that you can easily take it out of the container and mix other products into it.

Step Two:

Add a few drops of Lemon Oil or your choice of fragrance, followed by two tablespoons of Jojoba Oil and finally one tablespoon of Cornstarch. Besides the Cornstarch, everything else in this step is optional. Feel free to add any other liquid oil (Olive oil will do, no cooking oil, though!).

Coconut Body Butter

Step Three:

Whip it, whip it good. Coconut oil does not whip well when it is in a liquid state, so wait for it to solidify a little bit before you start to whip it. The goal is to soften the oil before you start whipping. If it’s totally solid or liquid, it won’t whip properly. If your house is warm, pop the mixture into the refrigerator for about five minutes. You can whip this by hand or with an electrical mixer.I am too lazy to get my large mixer out, so I chose to do this by hand which isn’t tiring at all. Do not use a food processor/ mixer grinder (“mixie”) to whip this because the heat from it will keep melting the oil. Whip until the texture resembles that of cake icing.

Body Butter Texture

Step Four:

Scoop the mixture into a glass jar. Make sure that you have washed and dried the jar beforehand. It’s very important that no moisture be present in the jar, because even a little moisture can lead to fungus/ mold growth in the jar. Coconut oil melts at about 24-25 degrees Celsius, so unless you’re living in the Himalayas, it’s a good idea to store your body butter in the refrigerator. You can pop it out of the refrigerator whenever you need it. Make sure to label it, you wouldn’t want any family members eating this up by mistake!

Lemon Body Butter

This is a great body butter to moisturize your skin. It’s super easy and cheap to put together. It uses all natural ingredients (most of them edible, too), no petroleum products, no preservatives, and no stabilizers, etc. If stretch marks are an issue for you, like as they are for 99% of women, Coconut Oil is known to smooth them out and this butter will help with improving their appearance.

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Dee February 12, 2013 at 11:12 am

Down south in Chennai have never seen coconut oil in the cream form… its always liquid…. so then what to do… can we put it the fridge and keep the completed form of body butter also in the fridge…

One more thing… can you please review the jojoba oil… have always wanted to get one… but couldn’t find it…


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:40 am

Hey Dee,
I store my body butter in the fridge and just take it out before I shower. That gives it just enough time to soften but not turn into liquid. Once I’m done, it goes back in the fridge.

I’ll review Jojoba Oil soon, it’s one of my favorite carrier oils. I buy mine online and you can get some from Flipkart, if you’d like 🙂


Radhika February 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

Hi devie…very nice DIY 🙂 :)!! Where did you buy these EOs from??


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thanks, Radhika. I buy all my oils from Almost all of them are NOW Foods brand because it’s the best quality at a decent price 😛


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Moderation… 🙁


jomol February 12, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Devie rescuing 🙂


Manisha February 12, 2013 at 11:13 am

looking so delicious…. yummyyy… 🙂
gr8 DIY … will try soon…


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks, Manisha! Let me know how it turns out for you 🙂


rama February 12, 2013 at 11:14 am

sounds interesting and all the ingredients are easily available.
will give it a try …….thanks for sharing


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Thanks, Rama 🙂


neha February 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

super like..luscious!


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thanks, Neha 😀


jomol February 12, 2013 at 11:43 am

Wow…what a discovery Devie….that’s super cool, I never knew you could whip cream out of coconut oil ……..I am gonna definitely try this…..actually can’t wait……thanks Devie 🙂


Devie February 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

Thanks, Jomol! Let me know how it turns out! 😀


jomol February 12, 2013 at 12:14 pm

oh yes Definitely Devie, do come up with more such DIYs……Despite being a malayali, I never knew coconut could be whipped into a cream….I feel shame shame puppy shame 😛


Surabhi @ Womanatics February 12, 2013 at 11:55 am

Awesome it is devie.. I was thinking of doing this. Read it online that we can whip solid coconut oil.. now that you have shown it, I am gonna do this for sure.


Devie February 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Awesome, Surabhi! If you do a variation on this (different fragrance or oil) do share the recipe, I’d love to try them! 🙂


sweta February 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

oh god what a wonderful DIY… I can smell coconuts now 😀


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Haha…someone told me I smelled like Thai food when I was wearing this 😛 I like Thai food, so took it as a compliment 😀


shilpi February 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

you guys are tempting me to make my own body butter and save some bucks…I need to buckle up..:-D


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Doooo it! It’s the best. Most professional Body Butters, even the natural and organic brands, just fill it with water. This is the real deal 😉


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Mod 🙁


Pooh February 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Yummy 🙂


aparajita February 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm

excellent DIy! 😀 applauds!!!!! i use drops of coconut oil all throughout the year after shower to maintain the mositure in my skin. this will be heavenly! coconut is known to have anti ageing properties too 🙂
awesome work devie!


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:42 pm

@ Pooh – yup it is 🙂

@ Aparajita — Thanks, girl. Since you’re the DIY queen of IMBB this is a compliment 😛


Nafisa Ali February 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

super dupe cool! my mom uses coconut oil a lot as a moisturizer for her body..i’l make this for her 🙂 thankuuuuu soooo much for sharing!!!! 🙂
i want Argo naam ka corn starch too! i loveddddd that movie so much 😀


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm

LOL, I didn’t even make the connection between the movie and the cornstarch brand! Now I’ll giggle whenever I use it 😛


Shami February 12, 2013 at 3:05 pm

i have never seen (or didnt know that) coconut oil in solid form before.. here in chennai its always liquid form only 😀

lovely DIY, it looks yummy!!


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Are you serious? I have never seen it in liquid form 🙁 I used to microwave it before I applied it, but soon figured that whatever concoction the plastic bottle and the microwave would make wouldn’t be safe! This BB has been a life saver!
Thanks 🙂


vineetha February 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Excellent DIY ! detailed explanation 🙂


Devie February 12, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Glad you liked it Vineetha 😀


Dee February 12, 2013 at 11:34 pm

Thnax devie…. eagerly awaiting yr jojoba oil review…. will try it and remember to put it in the fridge…


Vidhi V February 12, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Wow this ones really good ! Thanks so much for sharing.. I never knew we could whip coconut oil… I’m trying this one on Sunday 😀


Abinaya April 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

I made this today, but added lavender oil instead of lemon and skipped vitamin E. It was so fluffy and look so pretty <3 *jai ho*


Maicurls August 1, 2013 at 11:39 am


Great write up and explanation! I didn’t know you could make coconut butter from its oil!!! *woot*
Is it the cornflour that basically gives it that “creaminess” because if you have coconut oil in the fridge it also become firm but not creamy. Also have you every tried it on your hair? I am thinking of trying this but I wonder about the cornflour e.g once it is in the hair will there be a “white power” look? Do you not get that on your skin?

Sorry for all the questions! Just very intrigued!



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