When I started making my own body butter and cream 15 years ago, one of my struggles was how to make body butter less greasy. Often my legs would end up looking way too shiny and greasy. Through the years, I learned tips to make creams and body butter less greasy and heavy on the skin, which I will discuss in this blog post.
If you are just starting your own journey towards a healthier lifestyle and wants to ditch the chemicals, making your own body butter and body cream is a great first step. I am sharing a non-greasy body cream recipe down below which requires only 3 ingredients! Shea Butter, safflower oil and arrowroot powder. You will find this easy body cream recipe below!
By choosing the right ingredients and carrier oils, you can create body butter at home that absorbs quickly and moisturize your skin without a greasy feeling.
Tip #1 how to make body butter less greasy
Choose a fast-absorbing carrier oil
The trick to non-greasy body butter is to use a fast-absorbing carrier oil. These include the following carrier oils:
Each carrier oil carries its own skin benefits as well.
Camellia seed oil, typically sourced from Japan, is highly emollient, is rich in Omega-6 linoleic acid and antioxidants are known as polyphenols that fight aging.
Safflower oil contains about 78% of linoleic acid and helps to fight against acne problems. It has a very light texture and absorbs well onto the skin.
Apricot kernel oil contains high amounts of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which helps to tighten and firm the skin. It also contains high amounts of vitamins A and E.
Grapeseed oil is a very light carrier oil that is rich in vitamins A, C and E. It contains both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids that help to combat inflammation. Grapeseed oil has been used to normalize oily skin and to reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
Rosehip oil is high in antioxidants that have an anti-aging effect on the skin. Rosehip oil has a neutral pH that helps maintain the skin’s mantle and has been used to diminish scarring and combat damage from UV rays. The only thing is that it is a litte bit expensive so its best to use this oil only on your face.
Tip #2 how to make body butter less greasy
Add natural ingredients that absorb grease
In addition to using a fast-absorbing carrier oil, you can add ingredients that absorb excess oil. Both arrowroot powder and tapioca powder help to minimize the amount of oil in your body butter.
Arrowroot powder is starch extracted from the root of tropical plants. In addition to absorbing oils, arrowroot powder is high in B vitamins, helps to improve circulation and can also improve your skin’s ability to absorb other nutrients.
Tapioca powder is another type of starch and is derived from the South American cassava root. While it is not nutrient rich, it can help to thicken your homemade body butter.
Tip #3 how to make body butter less greasy
Non-greasy butters for your body cream or body butter
In addition to or in place of your carrier oil, you can use plant-based butters to create a thick and luxurious feeling body butter. To create a homemade body butter that will not feel too heavy on your skin, use shea butter, cocoa butter or mango butter.
Shea butter is made from the fruit of the Shea tree, and is a veritable superfood for your skin! It contains high amounts of cinnamic acid, which helps to reduce inflammation. It also has a skin-smoothing effect due to its high fatty acid content.
Cocoa butter is another perennial favorite, that is high in anti-aging fatty acids like oleic and palmitic acid. Its high antioxidant content helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, scars, and to even skin tone.
Mango butter is made from the fruit kernel of the mango tree. It is very emollient and is often used to help soothe eczema, sun burn, rashes, insect bites and poison ivy. It is also high in antioxidants and can help to prevent UV damage.
Tip #4 how to make body butter less greasy
Avoid slow-absorption carrier oils
If you do not like your body butter greasy on your skin, you should avoid using the following oils:
- Palm oil
- Neem oil
- Coconut oil
- Macadamia oil
These are rich oils and while many of them do contain important nutrients from the skin, it’s best avoided if your skin is not dry. Palm oil, neem oil, coconut oil and macadamia oil should be reserved for especially tough and dry parts of the skin where their oiliness can help to form a protective residue.
By carefully selecting the ingredients that you add to your homemade body butter, you can create a light formula that has major health benefits for your skin!
Melt oil and butter together in a double boiler
add the arrowroot powder
Once melted take it off the heat
Once melted take it off the heat.
Start mixing with a hand mixer for 2 – 3 minutes until fully combined and creamy consistency.
Pour in pretty containers!
Non-greasy Body Cream Recipe
- 6 tablespoons of organic refined shea butter
- 6 tablespoon of organic safflower oil
- 1 teaspoon of arrowroot powder
- Melt oil and butter together in a double boiler
- Add the arrowroot powder
- Once melted take it off the heat
- Start mixing with a hand mixer for 2 - 3 minutes until fully combined and creamy consistency.
- Pour in pretty containers!
I’ve love to hear from you about this DIY beauty recipe, do you think this was helpful to learn how to make your own body cream or body butter?
Please take two minutes of your time to let me know your thoughts in the comments below!