DIY Mother’s Day Gift: Coconut Body Butter

Get ready to love me. I mean, I know you already do, but I’m about to take you to a whole new level of lovin’ (after you remove your mind from the gutter).

You know how I was just talking about how cheap I am while I showed you my eco-friendly organization tips? Well, the biggest threat to my thrift loving heart is gift giving. I like to give good gifts. I like to give perfect gifts. But my budget is nowhere near unlimited so this can take a lot of planning. Sometimes my procrastination gets the best of me. Other times, brainstorming for blog ideas helps me out. 😉

Well. Let me tell you. I not only discovered an awesome gift idea, but I discovered an awesome thrifty gift idea–which is about ten thousand times better in my book.Cuddles & Chaos | DIY Mother's Day gift coconut body butterI’ve been more than a little obsessed with coconut oil lately. Just ask my mom and sister. My incessant chatter about the stuff has turned them into devotees too.

There are a million and one uses for coconut oil. Seriously. You can eat the stuff, rub it all over your body, moisturize your hair, treat skin issues… the list goes on and on and if I don’t stop talking about it I’ll never get to the real point of this post.

You can make the most amazing body butter in the universe with just one ingredient. Yep. You guessed it: coconut oil.

coconut oil body butter recipeI took a cup of my new BFF (which, as you can see is actually solid at room temperature. Once it’s more than about 80°F it turns into a liquid, but you can keep it in the fridge to keep it solid), threw it into my KitchenAid mixer (you can also use a hand mixer but I was multitasking with a toddler at the time and loved being about to walk away) and added three drops of lavender essential oil.

The essential oil is not at all necessary, but the coconut oil that I have right now has no scent and I wanted to add a (really light) scent to my body butter. I put the mixer on high and walked away for about ten minutes (taking peeks once in a while and scraping the sides of the bowl if needed).

diy mother's day gift idea coconut body butter

The result is divine. It’s soft and creamy and melts right into your skin. It was exactly what my dry, cracked hands were needing. Better yet, you can use this butter anywhere on your body–including on your face and in your hair!

And don’t be greedy. I know you’ll love this so much you’re going to want to keep it all for yourself. But it’s perfect for gift giving! I’m a sucker for lotions, but a homemade lotion? Be still, my heart!

Just make sure you dress it up nice and pretty. I used a cute little 4 oz quilted mason jar, fabric scraps and some twine and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Isn’t it adorable?

Looking for other DIY Mother’s Day gift ideas? Here are some of my other favorites from around the internet:

A round up of 31 necklace tutorials from Henry Happened
Bird nest necklace tutorial from Sarah Ortega
Painted serving utensils from Collect & Carry
DIY ice cream sundae gift box via Tip Junkie
Homemade bath salt from Everything Etsy
DIY letter writing kit from Poppytalk

UPDATE: Make sure you don’t let your body butter get too warm like I did. I threw it in the car so my mom could try it while we were running errands and it was a liiiiittle bit warmer out than I thought. My butter melted and solidified back into plain old oil. If it’s warm out, just pop it in the fridge and you won’t have to worry!

Linking up with: Craft-O-Maniac, Skip to my Lou, Sumo’s Sweet Stuff, Cupcake-n-Bake, Alderberry Hill, and Keeping It Simple.

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    1. Me too! And I read somewhere that it’s a good energy booster, which made me even more excited about it. This momma is always looking for some energy!

  1. I absolutely love coconut oil! I thought I made a mistake buying the Costco sized tub, but it’s almost halfway gone! Between cooking with it and all the stuff I’ve been using it for in my skincare routine, I’m gonna have to buy another tub! Love this stuff!

    1. Me too! The jar I have right now doesn’t smell like coconut, which is highly disappointing so I’m in the market for a big old tub of the stuff that smells dreamy.

  2. Hi,
    I was just wondering, how long does this keep for?
    Also,should it be stored in the fridge or at room temperature?

    1. Hi Ella!

      Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and shelf stable. That said, if moisture is introduced (say by hands that are damp) it may speed up the spoiling process. I’d say if you haven’t used it all up in 6 months (which I can’t see happening!), toss it and make a new batch.

      As for storage, leaving it out of the fridge won’t make it go bad faster BUT warm temperatures will turn it into a liquid. At about 80 degrees it’s completely liquid and it starts softening in the 70s. I would keep it in the fridge if you want it to stay nice and creamy.

    1. It is heavenly! Let me know if you try it!

      We made a batch this weekend and added a little vanilla to it. It took all of my self control to not start licking my arm. Ha! 😉

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