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Vanilla and Cacao Homemade Body Butter


  • 2 tablespoons beeswax
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (find organic coconut oil in bulk here)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao butter
  • 1/2 cup Shea butter
  • 1/2 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean (about 6 inches), split lengthwise (find organic vanilla beans here)
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (optional)


  • Melt beeswax & cacao butter over a double boiler. Whisk this occasionally to avoid burning.
  • When the beeswax and cacao butter are completely melted, add coconut oil and Shea butter. Stir to combine.
  • When all the ingredients are completely melted, whisk well to thoroughly combine. Set aside for 30 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Whisk in the seeds (scraped from the inside of the vanilla bean), along with the almond extract. Again, set aside to continue cooling for 1 hour.
  • Using a hand or stand mixer, beat the body butter for 1-2 minutes to increase volume.
  • Scoop into 4 ounce jars with a spatula (the warmth from your hands will start to melt the butters) and let cool completely to solidify.
  • Store in a cool dark cabinet to prevent oils from , and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer for long term storage.