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Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter Recipe

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Remember When You Were In The Fifth Grade . . .

And it was fun to smash bananas in your hair, rub avocado all over your face and talk your bestie’s dad out of a foamy lager for the perfect shine boosting rinse? I do, and it’s not because of all the explaining I had to do after coming home smelling like a Boston pub!

For most of us, though, the charm of recipes that turn brown after two hours, have to be stored in the fridge and require us to walk around looking like the creature from the black lagoon just isn’t there anymore . . . not to mention that many of them just don’t deliver!

If you’re nodding your head right now, I’d love for you to check out my new ebook, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes. It’s filled with simple recipes for hair, skin and body care that don’t take a lot of time to make, are relatively inexpensive and – best of all – REALLY WORK!

Whether you’re looking for gifts to give away for the holidays (4 luxurious lotion bars for $5? Yes, please!) or a lather-rich shampoo that will leave your hair soft and shiny (made in 3 minutes flat!), there’s something in this book for everyone.

Now, How About A Little Recipe From The Book?

This Mint Chocolate Body Butter is formulated with cacao powder, which diminishes the oily finish associated with many body butters and also serves as a light bronzer. Slather it on during the blah winter months or when shorts season hits for a little sunkissed glow!

Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter


How To Make Whipped Body Butter:

  1. Prepare an ice bath by filling a large bowl with ice and fitting a smaller bowl inside. The inside bowl needs to be able to hold at least 4-5 cups of liquid.
  2. Using a double boiler or a pot of boiling water with a smaller pot fitted inside, melt cocoa butter and mango butter over a low simmer.
  3. Add coconut oil and melt until completely liquid.
  4. Remove cocoa butter/coconut oil mixture from heat.
  5. Measure 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder into a small bowl and gradually add several tablespoons of jojoba/almond/olive oil. Mix thoroughly and then add to cocoa butter/coconut oil mixture along with remaining jojoba/almond/olive oil.
  6. Place mixture in chilled bowl (which should still be resting above the ice bowl) and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove mixture from ice bath and whip until stiff peaks form. If after a few minutes it does not seem to be thickening return the bowl to the ice bath and whip there.
  8. Store in an airtight jar – Amber or cobalt are best but a clear jar is fine if kept out of direct sunlight (which promotes oxidation).

A Few Notes:

This recipe contains no preservatives, but the oils and butters themselves have been selected because they are naturally antimicrobial. Cold-pressed, high quality oils are recommended as lower quality oils can go rancid quickly. Assuming quality oils are used this body butter can be expected to stay fresh at room temp between 3-6 months without the optional Vitamin E. With the Vitamin E it can stay fresh for up to a year. Always use clean hands when scooping out a little whipped decadence!

If this butter is stored in a very warm environment it will melt. No fear, though, just chill and re-whip into decadent body care goodness!

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120 Responses to Mint Chocolate Whipped Body Butter Recipe

  1. laura says:

    Yayyy!! Just ordered my book! Thanks! Can’t wait to read it! :)

  2. Bethany Nash says:

    Yeah, I totally want this to be a food.

  3. Monica says:

    Oh my goodness, I need this in a food version, it looks that good!

  4. Tai says:

    What is mango butter? I didn’t see it in the instructions…

  5. Karen says:

    When is your book coming out? I just preordered, and am looking forward to reading it!

  6. Renee N. says:

    Heather, wow! This looks incredible!! I wanna make it right now!

    And I cannot wait to have the money to buy your e-book. It really looks like one of those that will be worth the money. I hope there’s lots of pretty pictures, because that totally matters (haha). ;)

    • Heather says:

      LOTS of pretty pictures, and I truly hope you’ll find it is worth the investment! I spent almost as much as the cost of this book on non-toxic shampoo and body wash for my kiddos before I learned to make my own :)

  7. Sarah says:

    I just went and pre-ordered your book. I cannot wait to get it. If all the recipes are as amazing as this one look, I am going to have so much fun making them and giving them away for the holidays this year!

  8. Laura says:

    I do not see where to enter for the giveaway on the book page. Where is that?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Laura! There’s a link to my contact form on the page – just send your mailing address with “Body butter giveaway” in the subject line and you’re good!

  9. Jessica says:

    Oh my! That makes me want to sit down with a spoon and eat! Can’t wait to try this recipe. Your photo is amazing too! :)

  10. Jessica says:

    This looks great! So fun!

  11. Melissa says:

    What brand of cocoa powder do you recommend?

  12. Loretta E says:

    This seriously does look like frosting! I love making my own beauty products and this one looks like a giant keeper…And I bet it would make wonderful Christmas gifts.

  13. Angie says:

    I tried to pre-order the ebook today but for some unknown reason my paypal is in chinese and I obviously can not read it. Anyone know how to change your language on paypal? So I can pre-order the book.

  14. RockStar Mom says:

    I love this and shall share on my page! Rockstar Mommas

  15. Erin says:

    Were do you get your Mango Butter, and do you think Shea Butter could be used instead?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Erin! You could definitely use shea butter instead! I actually mention that in the step-by-step video that comes with the book but forgot to mention it here – thank you for reminding me! I’ve purchased butters from several places online with great results. The main thing I look for is that they are extracted without hexane. Hope that helps!

  16. Mary says:

    This stuff looks good enough to eat! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. […] I know that this is body butter, but I kind of want to eat […]

  18. Betsy R says:

    How much does this recipe yield?

  19. I just finished making this, and it absolutely smells wonderful!! I whipped & whipped & whipped till I got it to the consistency I wanted, but it seems to melt really quick, how do you keep the consistency?? My house is not hot…just wondering.

    • Heather says:

      Hi Mary! It will melt on contact with your skin but shouldn’t melt in the container unless the room is warm. Is it returning to a liquid state or just settling a bit from the light, airy whipped state?

  20. Wow… the body butters are great, especially in the cold and dry winter

  21. Kristina says:

    I made this exactly as you said to and have been whipping non-stop and it is still liquid. :(

    • Heather says:

      Don’t worry, Kristina! It’s probably just that the ice bath didn’t chill it enough. Try chilling it again and then whipping it while the bowl is still sitting in the ice bath.

      • Kristina says:

        You’re right! Once I almost gave up I looked and it was thicker! This stuff is amaaaazing, the scent is so delicious I wanted to eat it! (But it definitely doesn’t taste good – LOL) thanks so much for the recipe.

  22. Tricia says:

    I just went to Mountain Rose Herbs to price out some of these ingredients and holy cow, the ingredients in my cart add up to $75!!! For 1lb Cacao butter, 16oz Hemp Seed Oil (was cheaper than Jojoba), 8oz vitamin E oil, and 1oz peppermint oil. I have the rest of the ingredients in my kitchen already. Granted I could probably make 2 batches but still… That’s WAYYY more than I want to spend on a body butter. Is there a better place to buy good quality ingredients?

    • Heather says:

      Hi Tricia! You can probably find good quality cacao butter/organic liquid oil at your local health food store, the vitamin E is optional (not really necessary if you’re planning to use it within 3 months ot so) and you might find a local essential oil distributor that has stuff stock so you can save on shipping. Hope that helps!

    • Hi Tricia,

      I just ordered from Essential Depot, and their products are wonderful! Many have been on sale for the holidays, so you should definitely check them out. High quality for less. :) My cocoa butter smells heavenly – I’m very happy with my purchase and would buy from them again.

      This is a recipe that I’ve found elsewhere on the internet, but I made it and I find it to be quite heavy and oily, although it does absorb into my skin well…especially right after a shower or bath. I’m going to try the recipe again with less coconut oil and slightly less jojoba, and see if I can still manage the whipped consistency. I’ve also read that adding a teaspoon or two of arrowroot or cornstarch can cut the oil a bit. I might try that, too. Thanks!

  23. Rhiannon says:

    Loved the end result but it took a bit of time to get there. I kept trying the ice bath but it would not cool down enough. I finally gave up on that and put it in the freezer for about 20 minutes. Whipped up perfectly after that!

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  26. Laura says:

    Made this yesterday. It’s amazing! Thank you!

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  28. Marisa says:

    I looked for your beauty book in the Amazon Kindle store, but couldn’t find it. Is it available for Kindle?

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  33. April says:

    I don’t get why to use a double boiler or two pots?

  34. Lindsey says:

    Heather, do you have any brand recommendations for the “naturally derived vitamin E” you mention in this recipe? I seem to remember searching for something acceptable a few months ago and having a heck of a time! I want to start making some of my own makeup, and I believe the vitamin E helps extend the shelf-life a bit?

  35. Mandi says:

    Hi there, I tried making this today and no matter how long I let the oils cool (even tried refrigerating it) and how long I whipped it for, it never stopped being a liquid. I live in a pretty hot climate, so tried adding a little more shea butter thinking more naturally solid oil would help it firm up, but still…a bowl of cold oil. Any tips on getting this right?

  36. Lauren says:

    Anyone know where to order small glass jars so I can keep this in my purse, desk at work, and give out as gifts?

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  38. Melissa says:

    Hi Heather,
    Did you use refined or unrefined butters for this recipe? Do you have a preference in general? I’ve heard it’s good to use unrefined, but wasn’t sure about the smell (esp with Shea butter). Thanks for your thoughts!

  39. Cali says:

    Hi, I really want to try this but my skin gets a rash when I use cocoa butter, could I make this with a combo of shea and mango butter? Thanks!

  40. zanica says:

    Do you have any hardcover books available yet?

  41. Hillary Raver via FB says:

    made it, love it, and gifting it!!!

  42. Genevieve Marie via FB says:

    Vanessa Nicole Rivers!

  43. Rebecca Rose Heidenreich via FB says:

    I would want to eat that…

  44. Yeah, I don’t think I could make that without eating some.

  45. Ruthie M DeGood Trobridge via FB says:

    Just noticed that in the recipe it says cocoa..but when I click the amazon link it goes to cocao.

  46. Vanessa Nicole Rivers via FB says:

    Ohhh!!!!! I love this!!!

  47. Vanessa Nicole Rivers via FB says:

    Must make.

  48. Rebecca Berlingeri Walke via FB says:

    Hey Penny, look at this!

  49. Amy Pogrebin Bremenstuhl via FB says:

    Wait a minute…didn’t you just have a baby? How on earth do you find time and energy to post these awesome things? I have a blog but haven’t even updated it so long (and my baby is 8 months).

  50. Lol, Amy Pogrebin Bremenstuhl. Truth be told, I am on bedrest after our trip to NYC to have Levi’s tie revised. Running through an airport with a newborn to make a flight 3 minutes before it takes off is a little too much exercise for a postpartum mama. My mom is here taking care of me.

  51. Nicole Adams via FB says:

    Is you DIY Organic Beauty Recipes book still available? I tried to click the link for it and got nothing….

  52. Lindsey Merrill via FB says:

    Jessa Jahn Bedke & Anna Christine Farrell

  53. leng says:

    hi heather!
    i just made this yesterday and i have noticed that once it sets, it hardens. is that how it is? i thought its going to remain soft like the whipped-state.
    would love to hear from you.

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  55. Erica says:

    I’m making this currently and it won’t form into peaks. Is still completely liquidy. I read the comments so will try to cool it longer. I’m wondering also if I should use the hand mixer you are using rather than my hand blender. Unfortunately my blender doesn’t have the mixer or whipping attachments…

  56. Lisa says:

    I am so excited to try this, but it would be so helpful if you could put how many ounces your recipes make, so that I know the size my containers should be. :) I am assuming this will make 2 cups, but when whipped is it more?
    Thank you!

  57. Sarah says:

    This stuff is INCREDIBLE. So luxurious and the scent is off the chain. My kids try to eat it. They asked me today where the hot chocolate was after they smelled it on me! I’m totally gifting this! One question: my cocoa/oil mixture had clumps but I didn’t know until I finished whipping everything and was putting it into jars. Can I re-melt and re-whip the whole shebang? Thank you SO MUCH for all the time and energy you invest in this blog. You have helped and inspired me in SO many ways since I started our “wellness” journey over a year ago. You’re totally amazing.

  58. vm says:

    I made this today, and am totally in love with it. I made a few adjustments. For the butters, I used the same amount of cocoa butter, and 1/4c each mango and shea butters (because I was running low on the mango, and thought the shea smell would overpower the cocoa butter scent). For the oils, I used the same amount of coconut oil, and 1/4c each jojoba and almond oils (jojoba is friggin expensive!). I also decreased the peppermint oil to 1/2tsp, and it perfectly complimented the cocoa scent without overpowering it. I used the arrowroot instead of the cocoa powder also. It made about 30 fl.oz. of fluffy white goodness. Imade this for gifts but am seriously considering hoarding it all for myself.

  59. Tanya says:

    How much does this make, and I didn’t see where in the directions to add vitamin E oil or the essential oils. Do you add them right before whipping? Also, do you not use any beeswax? If one wanted to add beeswax, would that be okay, and how much? I am new at lotion/body butter making. But most recipes I have read use beeswax.

  60. ErinElizabeth says:

    I finally went out and got the ingredients to make this yesterday to give as Secret Santa gift (half the batch anyway, I’m keeping the rest).

    The texture turned out lovely but I’m SO glad I trusted my instinct regarding the essential oil, I only put 20 drops in (1/6th the low amount in the recipe) and it’s still very pepperminty to me, I like my lotions on the barely scented side.

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  61. Amanda says:

    Okay so i just tried making this recipe. Which i was so excited to try. Im reading the comments and see alot of people are having problems with it being to runny. My problem is its HARD! I dont know what i did wrong, but pretty much as soon as i added the room temp oil/cocoa mixture it turned clumpy like. What a waste :(

    • Heather says:

      Hi Amanda, I’m so sorry you had trouble with the recipe. Is it possible that it is just too cold? Perhaps if that is the case it will soften as it reaches room temperature.

  62. Mary says:

    I bought a rice cooker that I use to melt my oils, I don’t even have to clean it after use, just put the lid on it to keep the dust out. Works great!

    • Mary says:

      I bought a rice cooker that I use to melt my butters, I don’t even have to clean it after use, just put the lid on it to keep the dust out. Works great!
      ..and this recipe is awesome!

  63. Christina says:

    Hi Heather! Thank you for the recipe. I’m really looking forward to making this. I’d love to make a bigger batch though – does this recipe double well?

    • Heather says:

      It does if you have a big enough bowl :)

      • Christina says:

        Lol! That’s just what I was hoping :)
        I’ve only done one body butter, and it wasn’t heated so I just wanted to make sure the cooling would work well with a larger amount. Can’t wait to try it! I might even do it tonight while I’m at my brother’s house for Christmas dinner.

        Happy holidays!

        • Christina says:

          I did it! I chickened out and only made a standard batch, but I’m glad I did because I want to adjust the amount of cocoa powder. Any problem increasing the cocoa powder? I love this! Thank you for posting. I look forward to reading the rest of the recipes in your book.

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  66. Gabriella says:

    This sounds so luxurious! I’ll be featuring it on my blog ( tomorrow and sending folks your way for instructions! You’re doing a great job!

    I would also like to invite you to on Fridays for a brand new link-up; it would be a delight to have you join us!


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  69. Laura says:

    This recipe has been on my mind since I first found this blog.. When I think of Mommypotamus, in my head I instantly make a connection to THIS recipe (not joking), marshmallows and gummy stars (can’t make them though, no one wants to send grass-fed gelatin to my country:(:(:( I just dream about them:D), morning sickness article and an awesome mother, who just literally knows everything..

    That being said, I just wanted to share my excitement over emptying my body butter jars and shopping for ingredients to make this one! :) I have been waiting for this moment a loooooooong time!

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  73. Laura says:

    What method do you use to measure out solid butters such as the cocoa, shea, mango, etc.? Do you have to melt some and then measure out of that? (Which would be a lot of hassle.) Or do you have another way? I wish more body care recipes gave the measurements in weights! I’d really appreciate your response! :)

  74. […] This whipped body butter is divine and Mom is sure to love the smell. It uses ingredients like cocoa butter, Shea butter, essential oils and a few others that are really good for the skin. You just have to whip it all together and then choose a container to hold it. A Mason jar is a great idea or if you have a decorative container on hand then you could just put it in there. Add it to a basket or give it on its own. Either way, this is a great gift that Mom is going to adore. DIY Instructions – Mommypotamus […]

  75. Tre says:

    hmmmmmmm….We may have to try this!

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  77. Sarah says:

    Hello! I was wondering if anyone else has had trouble with it being far too oily? I had to shower 30 minutes after applying to my legs because it was so oily. I uesed a small amount. I followed the recipe but halved the portions in case of user error. It whipped well and smells great but leaves a layer of oil that settles on the skin. Any suggestions? (The book is great!)

  78. Katie says:

    I love the sound of this. I do have a question. There are a lot of recipes that are measured in cups. My butters (cocoa and shea) are in solid form when i buy them. What do you do to measure in cups? I love making home made items, i just started a few weeks ago. Any help would be great.

  79. Holly says:

    I am making this now and my kids are hovering asking me when they can eat it…lol!!!! Guess I better hide this one up high somewhere!

  80. Kristin says:

    I’m sensitive to coconut oil. What could I substitute for the coconut oil and still have the recipe turn out? Or would nothing else work?

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  82. Maria says:

    This is my first homemade beauty product and I have to say I wasn’t expecting one thing – that my cat would be licking it off my legs ;). Can’t blame him, the smell is absolutely amazing, I love the combination of mint and chocolate and this butter smells just like the real thing (maybe becuse it IS the real thing ;) ). I had some trouble with the whipping, so I took the advice from one of the previous comments and put the mixture into the freezer for about 15 minutes – after that it whipped in no time. Thank you for the recipe, I got both of your ebooks and I’m anxious to see how other recipes would turn out.

  83. Manuela says:

    I just made this yummy smelling body butter. I love it! I do have one little problem though… When I apply it do the skin its grainy- like little pieces of shugar. I did use the cocoa powder I already had at hand. I guess it’s from there…? Any suggestions of what I could do about this?

  84. Lisette says:

    Hi Heather!

    Where can I find jojoba oil? Since this takes 1/2 cup I cannot find it bigger than 4 ounces. So I am wondering where you purchase yours. Thanks!

  85. Gina says:

    Anhydrous products don’t require preservatives because they don’t contain water or glycerine (hence, the reason they’re called ‘anhydrous’).

    However, should the product be something like an anhydrous sugar or salt scrub, where there’s an excellent chance that water droplets are going to get inside the product, then yes, it would need a preservative – preferably a combination of two.

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