Orange Coconut Whipped Body Butter + 5 Winter Skin Care Tips

Full disclosure: I live in Arizona. So while most of the country is in a deep freeze, it’s citrus season where I live. Don’t hate me! Nevertheless, it’s still winter and that means dry skin (even for us Arizonans!). What better time to make a decadent body butter?
Orange + Coconut Oil Body Butter | Henry Happened I haven’t experienced frigid winters in a long time, but I grew up in Ohio so I know what they’re like! You skin takes a beating during the cold months. Hands get dry and cracky from frequent hand washing, and your face and body need extra TLC with the dry heat blasting all the time. The cure for winter dry skin is lots of moisture. So it’s the perfect time for an exceedingly rich body butter.

The oranges in my backyard were the inspiration behind this recipe. The light, happy scent of orange essential is perfect if you’re in a winter wonderland with springtime temps still months away. I used coconut oil, shea butter, a bit of sweet almond oil and orange essential oil to make this rich body butter. You’ll need to let the coconut oil solidify so if yours is runny just pop it in the fridge for an hour or so.

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Orange + Coconut Whipped Body Butter

  • ½ cup coconut oil (make sure it is somewhat solidified)
  • 1½ tablespoons shea butter
  • 2 drops sweet almond oil
  • 25 drops orange essential oil
  • Medium-sized glass bowl
  • Electric hand mixer
  • Rubber spatula
  • Glass container with a lid

  1. Place the coconut oil, shea butter, and sweet almond oil in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Use a hand mixture to beat the ingredients for a few minutes to combine them. Add the essential oil and continue to mix for 5-7 minutes, or until the mixture becomes fluffy. Use the rubber spatula to scrape down the sides of the bowl, as needed.
  3. Transfer the body butter to a glass container with a lid. If you live in a warm environment, you may want to refrigerate the body butter so it doesn’t melt.
  4. Use sparingly.

If you’re pregnant, you should not use essential oils. For more facts and safety information about essential oils and aromatherapy, check out the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

5 tips to avoid dry skin this winter:

  1. Use a humidifier in your bedroom (or any room where you spend a lot of time). A humidifier helps keep moisture in the air, which helps replenish your skin.
  2. Stay hydrated. You might not think much about it during the colder months, but you still need lots of water to stay hydrated. Not only is water good for you in general, but your skin will benefit as well.
  3. Bundle up to keep your skin protected against the elements when you go outside. That means wearing gloves, a scarf and, while you’re at it, throw on a cute hat!
  4. Apply your moisturizer and lotion shortly after bathing while your skin is still damp. This helps trap moisture in your skin. Pat yourself dry then apply a rich body butter.
  5. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen. The sun can still beat down on you (and not in a good way) when it’s cold out. Sunscreen will help protect your skin from the negative effects of the sun.

Whipped Body Butter + Winter Skin Tips | Henry Happened

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  1. says

    This is so important… What most women don’t realize is that going natural is not a sacrifice! With a little trial and error (at first), you can find great products that leave you looking and feeling divine. Thanks!

  2. vicki Klabusich says

    A friend made this body butter with essential orange oil. It is wonderful! I’m going to make some myself! Why does it need to be in a glass jar and not plastic? Does it really make a difference? Is there an expiration time fore this cream?
    ps This cream is NOT greasy! It soaks right in! Love it!

  3. Jasmine says


    Could we actually get real drops from the orange? I know that is probably not a question you’re ever, and I’m not sure if it could be possibly? If it can be done how long would this cream last for?


  4. Juli says

    I love your blog :)
    I would love to make this for the kids that I nanny, but they have a nut allergy. What can I use in place of the sweet almond oil?

  5. says

    That sounds like a lovely body butter, but I’d like to give a small warning – citrus essential oils tend to make skin photosensitive, which is to say it’ll sunburn much more easily, so avoid using this on anything exposed to sunlight (like face or neck). Or use another essential oil like lavender which doesn’t have the same effect!

  6. says

    In winter skin becomes dry and thus its important to provide additional care to skin so that it remain healthy and hydrated. In winter, normally I switch to natural products like soap, lotion and creams and made them itself because then I know what is in the products that I am using rather than using chemical products because they make skin dry.

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