Sustainable Body Butter – Make Your Own

History of Body Butter

The skin is the largest organ of our body and is also our protective shield, protecting us from all the toxins floating around us. This shield, however is not just utilitarian, it is also the human body’s dressing cloak and provides the first impression of who the person in the body is. 

The history of moisturization goes back to the ancient Greeks and Romans when oils and beeswax were mixed with various scents to create fragrant moisturizers. In fact, the moisturizers of our ancestors more closely resembled all-natural body butters rather than modern day commercial products.

Moisturizers were made out of all natural products and were scented with spices like cinnamon and cardamom or made flowery with rose water and lavender.

Cocoa Body Butter Recipe


1 cup cocoa butter, raw

1 cup coconut oil

½ tsp vanilla bean ground

½ tsp vanilla essential oil


  1. Place a medium-sized skillet over low heat.
  2. Add coconut butter and allow the melting process to begin, approximately 2 minutes.
  3. Add coconut oil and ground vanilla bean to mixture, stir until melted and well-combined.
  4. Scoop mixture into a freezer-safe container and place in freezer for 30 mins. 
  5. Place cocoa butter mixture in a food processor and whip 
  6. Spoon into 3 8 oz. jars and store in a cool place.

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