Easy DIY Peppermint Body Butter

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Learn how to make the best homemade whipped body butter with peppermint essential oil in this easy to follow step by step DIY beauty tutorial.

Half pint mason jar of pink DIY Peppermint Body Butter on a pink and white chevron paper

If you prefer not to DIY, you can buy a really great body balm from Suki Skincare. It’s my favorite deep moisturizer to buy.

Close up of homemade peppermint body butter in a squat mason jar on chevron paper

How to Make Peppermint Body Butter

Learn how to make a moisturizing body butter with essential oils in this beauty recipe.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 15 minutes
Cooling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Makes: 8 ounces



  • Mixing bowl
  • Half pint mason jar


  • Add the coconut oil and the shea butter to double boiler and heat on low until melted, stirring frequently. Remove the double boiler from the heat and let set until cooled to room temperature.
  • Transfer the mixture into a bowl and set in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  • Remove from the fridge and add the pink food coloring (optional) and the peppermint essential oil. Use a hand mixer to beat the ingredients until whipped (2-3 minutes).
    Pink peppermint body butter whipped in a glass bowl
  • Scoop the body butter into an airtight container, such as a mason jar, and seal. Keep the body butter at room temperature for about 6 months. If you see any separation, simply stir well.
    Pink peppermint body butter in a mason jar with lid open.


See tips and tricks below

Tips for Making the Best Body Butter

Answers to all of your questions about making body butter, including tips and substitutions.

How to use it.

Body butter works best when applied to freshly cleaned skin (right after a shower or bath is perfect!).

Apply a small amount of the cream your to skin and rub until absorbed. A little goes a long way so don’t go overboard.

Apply more as needed.

Works great before bed.

What’s the purpose of whipping the body butter?

When you whip it rather than leave it in a more solid state, it’s much easier to apply and absorb into skin.

It’s lighter and I find it helps keep skin from feeling greasy after application.

What’s the difference between a lotion and body butter?

Lotions have water based ingredients in them like purified water or aloe.

Body butters don’t contain any water based ingredients, so they’re leave your skin feeling much more silky and hydrated.

Yes, exfoliate!!!

When dealing with dry skin, it’s so important to exfoliate before you moisturize if you want your skin to absorb the lotion or butter.

I like this recipe for Peppermint Sugar Scrub Bars. You can exfoliate in the shower and then use your body butter afterwards for the ultimate skin moisturizing routine.

What if I don’t have shea butter?

I like working with shea butter because it has wonderful moisturizing properties for dry skin.

If you don’t have shea butter, you can substitute another moisturizing butter like cocoa butter or kokum butter.

Help, I’m allergic to coconut oil!

I get so many emails asking what oil to substitute for the coconut oil I use in various beauty tutorials because of an allergy.

You can substitute other oils like jojoba or sweet almond in most DIY beauty recipes that use beeswax (without much change to the texture).

You can use other oils, but the consistency may be slightly different. See my Carrier Oil Guide for tips on choosing the right oil.

Can I substitute another essential oil?

Absolutely! You can swap peppermint oil for your favorite essential oil blend.

Check out my Free DIY Beauty Products Guide to choosing the right essential oils for your homemade beauty products to get some new ideas.

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