Body butter softens dry skin and smooths rough areas of skin. Thicker than lotions or creams, this skin emollient has a softened buttery consistency. You can purchase body butters in many fragrances in stores, but making your own at home requires only a few simple ingredients. Homemade body butters make thoughtful gifts and save you money over the expensive versions in stores -- and let you avoid unwanted ingredients.
Heat 8 ounces of shea butter in the double boiler over boiling water until the shea butter is melted. Remove from heat.
Stir in 1/2 cup olive oil with the wooden spoon. This helps thin the shea butter. You can also use almond oil, jojoba oil or grapeseed oil.
Measure 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and mix into the oil mixture. The cornstarch makes the butter less greasy, according to aesthetician Keeley Selvage.
Add up to 1/2 ounce of essential oil to your body butter. Lavender oil soothes, while peppermint oil invigorates. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
Transfer the body butter to a glass or plastic container. Refrigerate overnight to help the mixture set up.