Citrus Mango Body Butter Recipe

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How to make body butter

Wrap yourself in happiness! This citrus mango body butter recipe smells DIVINE! Refreshing, mood lifting, and so sweetly citrus you'll smell good enough to eat! (Plus with glitter, you'll sparkle!)

Deeply nourishing and skin-soothing, this recipe absorbs nicely into the skin without feeling greasy, and it's good for rough, cracked skin, wrinkles, stretch marks and eczema and psoriasis. Suitable for all skin types.

The sweet citrus essential oil blend purifies by helping balance both dry and oily skin, as well as helping to repair problem skin. As an added bonus, this particular combination of butters and oils is also good for easing muscle aches and pains.

Citrus Mango Body Butter Recipe


2/3 cup (4oz) Shea Butter

1/3 cup (2oz) Mango Butter

1 teaspoon Jojoba oil

3 teaspoons Grapeseed oil

1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)

10 drops Bergamot essential oil

8 drops Lemongrass essential oil

8 drops Palmarosa essential oil

2 drops Cypress essential oil

1 drop Geranium OR Ylang Ylang essential oil

1 teaspoon Corn Starch (reduces "greasy" feeling)

cosmetic Mica (optional - makes it glittery)



Put about an inch (2.5cm) of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer.


Place the Mango and Shea butter in a large heat-proof glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex.) Place the measuring cup in the water and warm slowly over a low heat until the butters are melted.


Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Using a metal spoon, stir to combine. (A wooden spoon absorbs the scent of essential oils.)


Using an electric hand mixer, whip the butter continually for several minutes (just like you would frosting.) As you keep mixing, it will start to look like whipped cream. The more you whip it, the lighter it will become (surprise!)

  • Option 1: Cold Water Bath. Set the measuring cup into a large bowl filled with ice water to help cool the butter faster. Whip the butter continually until peaks form on top.

  • Option 2: All Day Method. Let the mixture sit for several hours to cool and set. As it's setting, whip every couple of hours during the course of the day until the mixture has set to the correct texture.


Spoon into dark glass or PET plastic jars. To reduce air bubbles, tap the jar sharply on the counter occasionally as you're filling it. Makes about 8 ounces (250ml) of citrus mango body butter.

Customizing Your Body Butter Recipe

This recipe makes a fairly firm body butter. To make it lighter, replace some of the mango butter with shea.

Stirring the mixture with a spoon will give you a very firm consistency, more like a bar than a whipped butter. Pour the body butter into a deodorant tube or a silicone cupcake mold and let it cool.

You can also reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, though, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total body butter recipe. Also, citrus essential oils can cause sunburn, so don't use this before going outside to play!

Choose carrier oils for your skin type: For a richer body butter recipe, replace the grapeseed oil with apricot kernel or kukui nut oil.

One of the great things about making aromatherapy body butter is that if you don't get it right the first time, you can just melt it back down and start again. So if your body butter is too hard the first time, re-melt it, add a bit more shea butter and re-whip it. Play around with the recipe - experiment to see what works best for you. Have fun! (Take notes!)

Where to Buy Body Butter Ingredients

I like Mountain Rose Herbs - they're my one-stop-shop for base ingredients. Their prices are good, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their quality is excellent. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this citrus mango body butter recipe...

After some experimentation and comparison, I switched my oils to doTerra because I found they work better. They cost more than some other brands, but that's because the quality is higher. There's no fillers or substitutes to drop the cost of making them.

You can shop retail by clicking doTerra's Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on how to maximize your savings.

For the best variety of any online store ever, browse Amazon. They have every brand you can imagine, and a wide range of prices.

Please remember - you get what you pay for, especially with essential oils. If a bottle of oil only costs a couple of dollars, it's only going to be worth a couple of dollars. There are no laws enforcing purity so you have to trust the supplier. Buy the best oils you can afford.

Here's how I think of it... For budget, choose Mountain Rose. For quality, choose doTerra. For variety, choose Amazon.

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