Key Lime Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe

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This whipped coconut oil recipe is the perfect moisturizer for summertime (or when you wish it was summertime!). Key lime pie is one of my favorite desserts, so it comes as no surprise that I rather enjoy smelling like key lime pie in the mornings after applying this whipped moisturizer. The sweet, tangy combination of lime and lemon essential oils brightens my mood, lifts my spirits, and makes me dream of lying in the sun on a tropical beach somewhere–even if it’s below freezing outside!

A New and Improved Whipped Coconut Oil Recipe

My key lime coconut oil recipe contains a few extra ingredients that weren’t in my original whipped coconut oil body butter recipe. One is a small amount of liquid oil, such as olive oil or castor oil. (I recommend a low-PUFA oil because vegetable oils aren’t your friend–either in your body or on your skin). Another is aloe vera gel, which is soothing to the skin, and great for treating acne, wrinkles and scars. Both the liquid oil and the aloe vera gel keep the coconut oil on the softer side (even in frigid temperatures).

The lemon and lime essential oils not only give this whipped moisturizer its tantalizingly indulgent aroma, but they have beneficial properties as well. Both citrus oils have antiseptic, antiviral, antibacterial, disinfectant, and astringent properties. I notice they combine well with the moisturizing properties of coconut oil, and tend to keep it from feeling excessively greasy–a common complaint about using coconut oil as a moisturizer. The skin on my face absolutely glows after using this combination!

I’m quite impressed with the results, and am secretly pleased that this body butter recipe easily outperforms an expensive facial cream I tried recently. Just imagine: a facial moisturizer that contains only food-based ingredients and costs pennies on the dollar compared to department store creams. What’s not to love?

Key Lime Whipped Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe

(Makes About 1 Cup of Whipped Coconut Oil)

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1. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Note: Do not melt the coconut oil first. It will only whip up if it’s solid.

2. Mix with an electric mixer on high speed with a wire whisk attachment for 3-7 minutes or until whipped into a light, airy consistency. (After 3 minutes, check back every minute or so until it reaches the right consistency.)

3. Spoon the whipped coconut oil body butter into a glass jar and cover tightly. Store at room temperature, or in the refrigerator if your house is so warm it melts the oil.

Tip: An electric hand mixer will work, but my KitchenAid stand mixer did the job quickly and easily with little effort on my part (love it!). A blender or food processor will not work with this coconut oil recipe, because they tend to warm the oil too much and prevent it from whipping up. If your coconut oil is too soft to whip, try putting the bowl in the freezer for a few minutes before mixing.

Have you made this body butter recipe? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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  1. I love this idea. I’ve been thinking about what I could add to make the straight whipped coconut oil more of a stable lotion. My bathroom gets a little steamy and warm by the time I’m done within my shower, which is when I use my whipped coconut oil, so its been starting to melt at the bottom. Does this new recipe stand up to the heat a little better? Perhaps a high speed emulsification in the VitaMix might help? Thanks!

    • Not sure about it holding up to heat. It may actually hold up to heat even less this way, because of the olive oil. Adding shea butter or cocoa butter might help, as these have a higher melting point than coconut oil.

    • I made the key Lime Moisturizer this evening. I used Sesame Oil instead of Olive Oil because I am a Vata (Ayurvedic Dosha) and prefer the combination of Cocount and Sesame oil – anyway the finished product was “perfect”. i couldn’t believe how soft and creamy the texture is and the smell was right on Key Lime Pie. I used it this evening as an all over moisturizer and facial cream. My skin is so soft – so far I love it. I’ll continue to use it and in a few weeks will have more first hand experience to share. So fun to try new things!!

    • I just wanted to add something important with the use lemon or citrus oil. These E.O oils are photo-sensitizing oils and can produce harmful effects if applied to skin that will be in contact with the sun. Just a word of caution when using these oils especially on the face outdoors.

  2. I apologize, I see you have addressed that this particular method doesn’t work in a blender. Makes sense, because of the heat but also because it wouldn’t be so airy and whipped.

  3. I’m guessing this would have to be kept refrigerated during summer months. If it melts, can it be re-whipped once it’s been cooled again?

  4. Hi Elizabeth! I tried out your receipt with a Sweet Orange and Patchouli blend that turned out great! I don’t know if you ran into this problem too, but after a day, the whip separated from the oils and turned into liquid again. I do keep my home pretty warm (76-77 degrees) so I’m wondering if it may be from heat. I still use it and it works out great for my skin. I just wish I could figure out how to make it less messy.

  5. Can you use different essential oils? I don’t have the lime essential oil but I have orange and lemon and some others. I’d love to make this and the original one too. Is this one mainly for the face or is it body too? Just found your site and I love it! Thanks!

    • Definitely! I love experimenting with different essential oil combinations. Peppermint is my latest favorite.

      I used the key lime coconut oil on my face and body. It works well all over!

      So glad you’re enjoying my site, Amber! :)

  6. I love this idea. Living in Hawaii means this would have to be refrigerated, which would probably feel darn good in our warmth. I only have a blender and an old fashioned hand whip. I’ll have to give the recipe a try using that. But, the BlendTec has variable speeds, so their might be one that would work w/o heating up contents. I’ll do a test or two both ways and let y’know.

  7. Do you have suggestions for brands of cocoa or shea butter to purchase? Also wondering if any types/brands of essential oils have worked best for you? Thanks!

  8. Do you think the “Aloe Vera & Vitamin E” baby oil would work as a sub for the oil and aloe parts? Also is cocoa butter as in cocoa butter LOTION? I have the Equate Cocoa Butter Conditioning Body Lotion, would that work? I don’t have any essential oils and I don’t know where I can buy them locally. I hate waiting for online shippments lol.

    • I don’t recommend using commercial products as substitutes in these recipes, as they might have chemical additives. Cocoa butter lotion isn’t the same as pure cocoa butter, so I don’t believe it would work.

  9. This sounds “delicious!” Be careful using essential citrus oils when you’ll be out in the sun. I found out the hard way that they are photosensitive (meaning they SOAK up sunshine) and could lead to sunburned skin!!!

  10. My face LOVES this stuff. My thyroidectomy scar LOVES this stuff. My pocketbook LOVES this stuff. I even caught my boyfriend putting it on top of his shaved head! I also put a pearl sized dab in my short hair as a leave-in conditioner. It makes my hair even softer than leave-in straight coconut oil. . . maybe the aloe is balancing the ph of my hair.

  11. I have made a recipe for body butter similar to this using coconut oil, shea butter, aloe, vitamin e, and lime essential oil. It turned out well, light and fluffy but then had similar issues that it turned more liquidy over time in the heat (storing in bathroom cupboard). I was wondering if chilling the mixing bowl before hand would make any difference? I also only added 2 tbsp of shea butter to 1/2 cup coconut oil, wondering if I should add more to thicken it up. Any tips?

  12. Hi Elizabeth, I made my very first body butter with your recipe today!
    I used 1/4 cup of coconut, 1/4 shea butter, and the rest was the same. I used Castor Oil instead of olive.
    It looks and smells so yummy- if anything changes I’ll let you know as it’s my first try but I wanted to thank you for the recipe!

  13. I have tried different recipes for body butter, and given some to my daughters as well. This is by far the favorite of all of us! From now on, when I want a different scent, I’ll just use different essential oils in this recipe. :)

  14. Would love to try this, but I live in AZ and my coconut oil is always liquid in the summer. How much shea butter would you recommend adding to keep this firmer?

  15. I’m a little leery to try this, as last time I mixed coconut oil and aloe vera gel, the aloe vera molded! I did let it sit a couple of months at room temperature without using it, but it makes me wonder about the shelf life without refrigeration. Has anyone else had this experience, with this recipe or with aloe vera in general? Does sound so yummy though!!!

  16. I made a double batch of this as a Christmas gift today, only I did an “orange spice” scent – sweet orange, clove, and cinnamon essential oils. I also added a few squirts of sweet almond oil. I think it needs a little something extra like shea or cocoa butter, but otherwise I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to try a peppermint one, a floral one, maybe even a woody one like sandalwood!


  17. Where can you find the coca butter? I’ve used the raw organic Shea butter and it smelled horrible! I felt like a walking raw hide bone and ended up throwing the whole batch out. Which stinks because it was expensive!

  18. Hi there!

    How would you describe the consistency? is it watery and lightweight like a store-bought cream or lotion or is it very dense and oily like whipped shea butter for instance?

  19. i make many body butters & lotions. Just wanted to add that the aloe is a water based plant so it may perpetuate separation of the mixture. Any water based items have more of a chance of growing microorganisms. My favorite mixture is coconut, sweet almond, & grape seed oil. It whips nice & light and will last 3-4 months with no preservative. I usually add a little vitamin E too. I love the key lime! Another favorite is tangerine with a few drops of vanilla.

  20. Hi, I just made this! Im so happy, it smells great, makes my skin feel wonderful, and its so pretty fluffy white! Thank you so much for your site and recipes!!!!

  21. This sounds so delicious I can’t wait for my order of oils to get here! I don’t know if I just missed it somewhere but do you use refined or unrefined coconut oil? I’ve been making a lot of beauty products with it but the coconut scent in the unrefined oil takes over EVER essential oil that I add to the point that it’s all I smell.

  22. 1. I order Shea butter to make homemade body butters and I really hate the smell of the Shea butter so anyone thinking of using it, just know it has a smell(May change your overall smell.
    2. I use Young Living oils and for this amount of body butter that sure seems lik a lot of essential oil. If you choose to use oils that can burn I would out them in a little at a time.

  23. I just made this and it flopped big time. I used 1T jojoba oil instead of 2T aloe vera gel. I whipped it forever with a hand mixer and it never really solidified. It stayed runny. What did I do wrong?

  24. Question: I used Shea butter, coconut oil, grape seed oil, rose hip oil, olive oil and it turned out the best fluffy texture. However, I can’t get it to smell the way I want. I’ve dumped in tons of orange, grapefruit, bergamot, lavender – and it still smells like nothing. How much essential oil can you use before you might get a reaction?

    • Really? That’s odd. I use exactly the amount I say in the recipe and mine definitely has a nice aroma. 40 drops of essential oils in a 1/2 cup of oil should definitely have a noticeable aroma.

  25. I just tried to make it…not sure what I did wrong. I used the organic fresh pressed coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil and 20 drops of lemon, and 20 drops of lime. It really didnt whip up light and airy like I expected. Did I miss something. I know for sure I only bleded about 3 min and when i cam back look at the instructions its says 3-7 mins. Is that the key? I have a kitchen aid hand mixer. I did sample a little from the spatula and it felt great! Heeelllp!!

    • Was the coconut oil soft or hard when you started? If it was really solid, it probably just needs a few more minutes of blending. If it was too soft, refrigerate it for about 10 minutes first and then try again.

  26. I’m trying to make an all organic healthy facial moisturizer for my daughter, and I can’t get the ingredients to mix without separating. I’m using a formula that includes coconut oil (hard paste), aloe vera gel, jojoba, vitamin E, and lavender. I’ve mixed at room temperature. I’ve mixed with the coconut oil just liquified. I’ve mixed with a blender. I’ve mixed with a slow blender, a fast blender, a high speed mixer. I’ve put it in the refrigerator, but when it comes out it separates again. I’ve tried everything everyone has written about how to do this, but why am I not able to get these ingredients to stay together without separating. Maybe it’s the aloe vera that separates, but I don’t know for sure. Does anyone know how to get these ingredients to stay together in a smooth paste?

    • My guess is that it’s the aloe causing the problems. Some aloe gels done mix well with oil. I would leave that out, and it should work well. She can always apply the aloe separately if needed. :)

  27. Hi, I tried the same recipe but the oil seems to melt, if kept at room temperature and is frozen in the fride. it feels wonderful on skin though. what can I do to make it fluffy and less sticky. I am from India & weather in my city is hot and dry.

  28. This was so good! I made mine with dandelion blossom infused olive oil which gave it a beautiful buttery colour as well as lovely little dandelion petal specks all throughout it! It smells so, so good I just want to eat it! Thanks for the great recipe, take care :-)

  29. I love this whipped coconut butter. I have not done the Key Lime and Lemon oils but I will now thanks for the suggestion. I made this with lemongrass and orange and took it to work and it is now the lotion of choice.

  30. Just found your website recently looking for a recipe for whipped body butter using coconut oil, and this really worked nicely for me. I’ve used straight coconut oil as a moisturizer before, but found it very greasy and messy–this recipe makes it much more pleasant to put on, and it seems to absorb better into my skin this way. I didn’t have any lime essential oil so I used 10 drops each of lemon, orange, and grapefruit and boy does it smell pleasant, although I may use more of each next time because the smell isn’t very strong and it was quickly overpowered by the coconut oil smell. Glad I read the comments all the way down and will try refined coconut oil next time to see if that helps as well. I’m new to making my own natural body products (this is actually the first recipe I’ve ever tried :) so I’m finding the website very helpful and will definitely try some of the other recipes from here. Thank you!!!

  31. Hi there! I’ve been wanting to make some of my own body butters and keep seeing recipes like this with aloe vera as an ingredient. Usually it needs to be refrigerated by itself; does this body butter require refrigeration or is it shelf stable?


  32. […] ½ cup coconut oil 1 tablespoon olive or castor oil 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel 20 drops lime essential oil 20 drops lemon essential oil This recipe smells so wonderful you will want to eat it! The lemon and lime essential oils give this a “key lime” scent. Aloe vera gel is good for wrinkles, acne, and scars. Get the rest of the recipe here: […]

  33. I live in vegas and just made this yesterday. I did have to put coconut oil in fridge first but it whipped up great after that. It feels great and I have used it on my acne prone skin for the first time last night and woke up with my face looking bright and feeling so soft. I do use a zinc sunscreen on top during the day though. So glad I found this website love the recipes.

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