Coconut Body Butter Recipe ~ A Gift In A Jar

This coconut body butter recipe is the perfect Mother’s Day gift in a jar! It could be given alone or in addition to another handmade Mother’s Day gift like a Spa In A Jar.

DIY Coconut Body Butter
I love making gifts in a jar and with Mother’s Day on the way, I wanted to make a Mother’s Day gift in a jar but wasn’t sure what to make. Then, I came across a Pin from Katie at The Crafty Blog Stalker for making your own lotion and knew it would be a perfect gift! What mom couldn’t use a little pampering and with summer on the way we all want our legs and feet feeling soft.

Lotion_IngredientsI didn’t follow the recipe exactly and my body butter ended up being rather expensive but not nearly as expensive as the $20 body butters you find at Ulta. I wanted to use Bath and Body Works lotion because I love the scent. But I’ve noticed that the basic Bath and Body Works lotions aren’t very moisturizing. By adding in the Vaseline and vitamin E cream the moisturizing factor went way up. A little of this body butter goes a long way! I used one Net Wt 7.5 oz jar of Vaseline Cocoa Butter petroleum jelly, three 8 fl. oz bottles of Aruba Coconut body lotion (bought it on sale) and two Net Wt. 4 oz jars of Studio 35 Vitamin E cream. I got the vitamin E cream from Walgreen’s. It would’ve been way cheaper at Walmart but since it was snowing like crazy, I didn’t want to drive 30 miles to Walmart. I wanted to try using coconut oil but I couldn’t find it at any of the stores in my area. I thought it would be at one of the grocery stores that carries a lot natural products but it wasn’t. So, once I do find it, I will make another version!

Body Butter RecipeI put all of the ingredients into the mixer and whipped them together.

Whipped Lotion Recipe

Coconut Body Butter PrintableI made a cute little label to put on the jars using Ribbet. I was so excited to see that Ribbet FINALLY has a BLANK CANVAS option! Woohoo! That means you can start with a plain white background (or any color for that matter) and add pictures and text to it. I made my own blank canvas a long time ago and have been using that but THANK YOU Ribbet for putting this on your website free of charge.

You can download the free label here: Coconut Body Butter Printable

To print, I opened a blank Word document, inserted the image, resized it and then copied and pasted until I had 6 labels on the document.

Coconut Body Butter RecipeI filled six 8 oz mason jars with the body butter. As you can see, my printer has decided to think outside the box and the colors of the labels didn’t print like they were supposed to so just pretend that they look exactly like the printable above.

Labels Coconut Body ButterI put a strip of aqua striped washi tape across the top of the jars and attached the labels with glue spots. Now they are ready to give as gifts! Except for the one that is on my bathroom counter and is already being used by me. Besides giving gifts to our moms and my kid’s Godmothers, I like to give Mother’s Day gifts to my friends to let them know that I think they are doing a great job raising their kids. But since I only have six five mason jars of coconut body butter, I will have to make some more or find another gift to give some of them.

I would love to hear if you have tried making your own lotion. You can leave me a link in the comments or just tell me know you did it because I really want to try some more recipes! If I do try your recipe, I will give credit to you with a link to your site or if you don’t have a site I will mention you by name.

Coconut Body Butter Recipe ~ A Gift In A Jar
  • (1) 7.5 oz (Net Wt) jar of Vaseline Cocoa Butter petroleum jelly
  • (3) 8 fl. oz bottles of Aruba Coconut body lotion
  • (2) 4 oz (Net Wt) jars of Studio 35 Vitamin E cream
  1. Put all of the ingredients into the mixer and whipped them together.
  2. Fill six 8 oz mason jars with the body butter.
  3. Add a strip of washi tape across the top.
  4. Attach a label to the front.

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  1. Dee. Lavers says

    i need to purchase supplies! Where do you get yours? I am also looking for fancy French Laundry labels! Thank you Dee

  2. Cindy says

    Thanks,for these wonderful ideas! I’m sure going to try this,I love getting into all different things. Again thanks to all,cindy

  3. deb nolan says

    I would love to purchase some of your product, but could not figure how to do so. Do you still have the products for sale and for how much….Look forward to hearing from you. Regards, deb Nolan

    • Tonia says

      Hi Deb,
      Unfortunately, I do not sell this body butter. Instead, I shared the recipe so that you can make it the same way I did! Best of luck!

  4. Kathy says

    Thank you Tonia for answering me back so quickly I didn’t realize that you could use any lotion and still get the same results. God Bless You. Kathy

    • Tonia says

      Hi Kathy,
      I bought the Aruba Coconut body lotion for Bath and Body works but it was a seasonal scent so it is no longer available. Their lotions cost $11.00 when not on sale but there are always deals on their lotions. They have other coconut scents though like Exotic Coconut and Coconut Lime Breeze. You can substitute any lotion, by any company, in any scent, if you want to. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Evie says

    Hi, just reading your website, sooooo many interesting things. I’m going to try the coconut body butter
    and I found coconut oil in the shortening section at our local walmart. They don’t have a lot, just a few
    so you may have to hunt for it. Also went to the Katie Crafty site and will try her recipe also.

  6. says

    Hello Tonia,
    I come from holland so excuse me if i don’t say it right. While I was reading your site, I was amased of the stuff you can do with things you have at home.
    The only problem is we don’t have baking soda in holland, I’d love to make some soake en scrub!
    But I did make the butter. I love to make this it was so fun to do! The receipe i did change in what was available.
    I used moisturize, dead sea creme, Q10 bodylotion and vaseline. It smells greate!!!! My skin is smooth en soft.
    I compared it whit a butter who I already had en my own is better!

    Another things I did make was a sack with Lavender bath salt and lavender flowers, I used a organza bag so you let it soak in your bath and the salt will solve and the flower will be stored in the bag but will give smell to the water.
    Maybe when i find the bakings soda and epsom salt I will make the Bath salt myself! And look on your site how to do that!!
    Keep up the nice ideas!!
    Greetings Mirthe

  7. Tammy says

    HI Tonia, First thank you for the recipes and the wonderful gift ideas. I have a question about the size of the Vaseline and the 8 oz. jars.
    24 oz of Aruba plus 8 oz of Studio 35 plus less than an ouce of Vaseline, would be almost 33 oz. Does the whipping increase the volume that much?? Just wondering. Also do you think 4 oz jars are too small to make a nice gift, when added with the foot soak (4 oz) and hand scrub (also 4 oz.)? Thanks again so much for all of your hard work and creativity.

    • Tonia says

      Hi Tammy,
      The Vaseline and Vitamin E cream are measure in net weight rather than in fluid ounces like the Aruba lotion is. I added that to the post just in case others were confused too. Those are the amounts listed on the packages. As far as what size jars you use, that is completely up to you. I think using 4 oz jars for all three items would be perfect. I’ve been using my coconut body butter daily for almost two weeks now and have barely made a dent in it! And I am still LOVING it! I went to my friend’s house on Saturday evening and she was like “What are you wearing? You smell fantastic!” :)

  8. Julee says

    Love this idea and I have some deserving friends who would just love this! I have coconut oil. Which ingredient would you replace with the coconut oil?

    • Tonia says

      Hi Julie,
      Great question but I really don’t know the answer. It seems like it would have a long shelf life because all of the ingredients have a long shelf life. Nothing perishable was introduced. That being said, the ingredients might start to separate as time goes on. Since this is my first time making it, I will just have to wait and see. If any of you reading this post have experience with making lotion like this and can chime in, I would love to hear how long it has lasted for you.

      • danna says

        I made something similar to this several years ago with baby lotion, vitamin E cream, etc. and gave them as gifts. We moved and I forgot all about this concoction until about a week ago I found an almost empty jar in the bathroom and was still good as new..Have been using it so I can have the jar!!!!!

        • Ann Jones Brownlee says

          I too have made something very similar to this that was called moisture cream. A nurse gave me the recipe, and it does last for years. All ingredients come from the dollar store. 1 8 oz. baby lotion, your choice of scent. 1 7 or 8 oz. Vaseline, 2 6 0r 8 oz. vitamin e cream. Put in blender, or mixer and mix. (mix well) I just took the labels off the cream jars and used those bottles for mine.

  9. says

    Oh this is such a perfect gift idea and I’m crazy for coconut. I need to find some of those small mason jars. The only ones I’ve been able to find are huge.

    • danna says

      I just bought some half pint jelly jars at WalMart yesterday. Last year (haven’t seen them this year) I bought some jars with designs on the lid at WM….You’ll find them in the “canning” section but you need to hurry. They’ll quit carrying them pretty soon. Hardware stores sometimes carry them, too!

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