Learn how to make DIY whipped pumpkin spice body butter and keep your skin looking and feeling amazing! This homemade whipped body butter recipe is perfect for your fall skincare routine and made with skin-loving shea butter, pumpkin seed oil and lanolin. The all-natural non-greasy body butter is scented with a fragrant, pumpkin pie spice inspired essential oil blend. Just perfect to care for your skin in autumn!
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DIY whipped pumpkin spice body butter recipe
This pumpkin spice body butter recipe couldn’t be easier! Learning how to make body butter is super easy, and may become one of your favourite homemade beauty recipes. DIY pumpkin body butter can be made in less than an hour, and the skin-safe pumpkin spice essential oil blend is just heavenly.
Many people get dry skin in autumn and winter and a look for ways to moisturize the skin. It’s hard to find an all-natural, organic body butter, and also so expensive! It’s much more affordable (and more fun) to make your whipped body butter at home.
What is whipped body butter?
Like regular (e.g. not-whipped) body butter, whipped body butter is created by melting hydrating butters and oils. The melted ingredients are then whipped into a fluffy, light-textured DIY body butter. Whipping creates air pockets and gives whipped body butter a soft, fluffy and airy texture. Whipped body butter feels extremely smooth and melts into the skin.
How do you make whipped body butter less greasy?
How do you make whipped body butter less greasy? This question comes up a lot. One answer is to use a body butter recipe without coconut oil. Coconut oil is very oily and will make body butter greasy, too.
For my pumpkin spice body butter DIY, I used ingredients that are less oily. The base of this natural moisturizer is shea butter, which significantly less greasy than coconut oil. I also added a little lanolin, arrowroot powder and silk powder which improve the texture greatly and make the body butter less greasy.
Okay, now let’s learn more about the materials we need to make this non greasy shea body butter recipe.
Homemade whipped pumpkin spice body butter ingredients
Let’s talk about the ingredients you need for this DIY pumpkin spice whipped body butter recipe. I want to explain each one of these pumpkin body butter ingredients, so you understand the skincare benefit of shea body butter and the other materials. The amounts you need are in the DIY card below.
Shea butter is the primary ingredient in our non greasy shea body butter recipe. This plant-based butter pampers the skin and is excellent for natural skincare. Body butter with shea butter is wonderfully moisturising and hydrating, and your skin will feel softer afterwards.
And did you know that shea butter is 0 on the comedogenic scale? While it feels luxurious, shea butter doesn’t clog your pores. Shea butter absorbs quickly into the skin and doesn’t feel greasy or oily, which is key to make non-greasy body butter.
Jojoba oil, a liquid wax very similar to human sebum, is great in homemade body butter for glowing skin. The oil creates a lipid film on the skin and locks moisture, making your hands soft and supple. Hypoallergenic jojoba oil fights the signs of skin ageing and has excellent anti-inflammatory and healing properties. I also love it in my DIY oil cleanser.
Pumpkin seed oil
Since it’s pumpkin season, so I thought why not make body butter with pumpkin seed oil. This oil is rich in antioxidants, fatty acids, and zinc, which deeply nourish and keep your skin firm. The zinc in pumpkin seed oil can also soothe acne and reduce excess oil.
Lanolin is very similar to human sebum and an excellent emollient, meaning it softens and soothes dry skin. Lanolin is occlusive, which means the product retains water in the skin cells making your skin feel supple. The ingredient isn’t oily and will give our non-greasy body butter a smooth, creamy texture.
Lanolin is a vegetarian ingredient, but not vegan. If you want to make vegan body butter, prepare the whipped body butter recipe simply without it.
Arrowroot powder is a fine, white powder made from the arrowroot. This ingredient will help to make body butter less greasy. If preferred, arrowroot powder can be substituted for kaolin clay, which is even more absorbent but can be too drying for dry skin.
Silk powder (optional)
Silk powder is made from the cocoons of the mulberry silkworms and gives the body butter an incredibly silky and smooth texture. It contains over 18 amino acids, which are essential for rejuvenating and maintaining healthy, nourished skin. Silk powder has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, while also moisturizing dry skin.
If you buy it and have leftover silk powder, try my DIY vanilla cleansing bars.
I mixed a small amount bronze mica into the whipped shea body butter recipe to give a subtle colour and slight shimmer. The mica won’t be visible on your skin, and I listed this ingredient as optional. You can omit it and still have an amazing moisturizing body butter.
Pumpkin spice essential oil blend for body butter – Essential oil combinations for body butter
I decided to stick to the classic pumpkin pie spices for this autumn-inspired body butter with essential oils: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice. Not only will these essential oil combinations for body butter give your product a rich fall fragrance, but they’re also beneficial for your skin. Read on to learn more about the benefits of spice essential oils for skincare.
Cinnamon leaf essential oil
Cinnamon is a prominent flavour in pumpkin pie spice, and our homemade cinnamon body butter wouldn’t be complete without it. Cinnamon leaf essential oil is rich antioxidants that are helpful to prevent and remove free radicals from forming on your skin. The essential oil also helps skin cells to retain moisture, which will keep your skin hydrated.
Nutmeg essential oil
Aromatic nutmeg essential oil is a must for any autumn essential oil blend. The oil is a powerhouse of vitamins, trace minerals, and antioxidants, that nourish the skin and can fight the signs of skin aging, making an excellent addition to our moisturizing whipped body butter recipe.
Ginger essential oil
Ginger essential oil brings warmth into our DIY pumpkin spice essential oil blend for skin. Like cinnamon, ginger is rich in antioxidants that fight free radicals. This essential oil also soothes inflammation and swelling and reduces skin redness.
Clove essential oil
Clove essential oil is rich in potassium and vitamin C and an excellent skin-balancing oil. The oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties can help to reduce excess oil on your skin and reduce skin inflammation.
Allspice essential oil
The antiseptic and stimulating properties of allspice essential oil can help to heal small cuts and scrapes. The antioxidants in this oil are also said to promote the production of elastin and collagen cells, which give the skin elasticity and structure.
Essential oils safety
Spice-based essential oils are very potent, more so than other, milder EOs. While the topical application is generally considered safe, spice essential oils should only be used in moderation. Don’t exceed the amount of essential oils recommended in the recipe. Cinnamon, in particular, can cause rashes on some skin types.
If you have sensitive or hypoallergenic skin, don’t use any essential oils. The whipped body butter will still be beneficial to your skin, and you can be sure that you made a natural body butter without synthetic ingredients.
You also should consult with a doctor or medical caregiver about the use of essential oils while pregnant. Clove essential oil, for example, is a no-no for pregnancy.
How to make body butter – Tips for the best whipped body butter
How do you make body butter naturally? There are a few keys tips to keep in mind to create the best whipped body butter that I’ll show you. We want to ensure that our DIY body butter feels smooth, creamy and rich. So let’s discuss how to make body butter and you’re on your way to crafting whipped body butter!
To start, whisk together the jojoba oil, pumpkin seed oil, vitamin E and essential oils. It’s best to mix the oils in a small pitcher as we’ll later pour the liquids to the body butter.
Then we’ll melt the shea butter and lanolin in a double boiler. Stir occasionally to help the melting process and be careful not to overheat.
Transfer the melted shea butter into a cold mixing bowl and chill in the freezer for about 5 minutes. The shea butter shouldn’t freeze completely but cool enough to be whipped.
How to make body butter more creamy
Next, beat the chilled shea butter lanolin mixture to fluffy peaks. This can take a few minutes, depending on how cold the mixture is. Don’t rush this step. The end result is totally worth it, so keep going.
Still whipping with the mixer, slowly pour small amounts of the oil mixture from step 1. Before adding more oil, make sure the body butter starts to look homogenous and white. Don’t dump it all at once or you will end up with an oily mess.
Lastly, incorporate the arrowroot powder, silk powder and mica. Make sure it’s all mixed, so the body butter has no lumps and feels smooth.
Fill the pumpkin spice whipped body butter in airtight storage jars or cosmetic containers and you’re done!
Tools to make whipped pumpkin spice body butter
Tap the links below to shop the items needed to make this DIY shea body butter recipe:
- double boiler – A double boiler comes in handy to melt ingredients for homemade skincare recipes.
- glass mixing bowls – You need a mixing bowl to whip this easy natural body butter to fluffy perfection.
- hand mixer – A hand-held mixer will work best for this body butter recipe.
- storage jars – These glass jars are perfect for storing your whipped body butter and giving the pumpkin spice body butter as a gift.
Storage: how to keep body butter from hardening and stay whipped
Keep your body in an airtight jar or container in a dry place, away from moisture, sunlight and heat sources. To make your body butter stay whipped and soft, store whipped body butter between 65°F to 70°F / 18°C to 21°C, which is room temperature if you live in a moderate climate.
Homemade body butter will melt at temperatures above 80°F / 27°C. Temperatures below 52°F / 11°C can make whipped body butter hard, which is why I don’t recommend storing in the refrigerator if you want to keep your body butter from hardening.
You can soften hard body butter by either letting the body butter come to room temperature or by warming it in the microwave (lowest setting) for a few seconds. You may have to mix the body butter with the mixer for a minute to make it smooth and fluffy again.
How long does homemade body butter last?
The shelf life of pumpkin spice whipped body butter is six months.
How to uses pumpkin spice body butter
This homemade whipped body butter can be used in so many different ways. You can apply it to your neck, upper body and arms, rough elbows and knees, itchy legs, even dry feet and cracked heels – any area where your skin feels dry and in need of love.
When not using my homemade hand cream, I use this pumpkin spice body butter to moisturize my hands during the autumn months.
To use the whipped body butter, pick up a small amount and massage it gently into the skin. Pumpkin spice body butter absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a greasy film on the skin. As the body butter is very rich, keep in mind that a little goes a long way.
More fall beauty recipes with essential oils
Can’t get enough homemade pumpkin spice beauty products? Try some of these natural DIY beauty recipes:
- pumpkin spice bath bombs – My 3 pumpkin spice bath bomb recipes are a lot of fun and give your bath time the autumn makeover.
- pumpkin spice body scrub – This easy homemade sugar scrub recipe smells like pumpkin pie, perfect in the fall!
- pumpkin spice bath salts – You’ll love this pumpkin spice latte inspired bath salts recipe.
- DIY pumpkin spice lip balm – One of my favourite DIY lip balm recipes!
- pumpkin face mask – Because we want glowing skin in the fall, too!
- homemade fall beauty basket – Turn your homemade beauty products into a beautiful fall gift basket, a great DIY gift idea for autumn!
Printable Pumpkin Spice Body Butter Label
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