DIY Body Glow Butter

Right out of high school I worked at a salon/spa as a receptionist/bookkeeper/shampoo girl while I took classes at the local community college. I loved all of the perks of working at a salon, including very discounted haircuts, color, and discounts on all the beauty products. I learned a lot about makeup, nails and hair from all the girls that worked there, went platinum blonde, and never went a week without my nails perfectly manicured.

Makeup and beauty hacks are and always have been an obsession of mine. I used to do makeup for proms and weddings back in the day for friends or friends of friends, and occasionally overflow during busy season at the salon! I knew at a young age fitness and nutrition were my true passion, so I eventually left to pursue that, but my love of all things beauty will never fade.


One of my FAVORITE ever products the salon carried was this bronzing lotion. I can’t even remember the name of the brand but it was amazing. I’d slather it on before heading out to a party dressed in my Brittany Spears looking attire, all ready to go. Oh to be young and insecure again (not). Those were really good times though.


Summer is right around the corner! Today’s recipe will give you that sun kissed glow without all that time in the sun, and much healthier than something you’d buy in the store. It is semi-homemade in a way, meaning you control MOST of the ingredients going in, then there’s a small amount of store-bought stuff.

My sister-in-law had us all pick out gold dresses for her wedding, so I will definitely be slathering some of this all over my shoulders, chest and collarbone for an added glow!


I made this similar to how I make body butter. First measure out the shea butter in a measuring cup. It is squishy, so you can kind of press it down to roughly measure.

Then, place all ingredients except the bronzer and essential oils (if using) in a double boiler, or an empty metal bowl over a saucepan with a few inches of water (in the saucepan).

Once all the ingredients have melted down, place them in the freezer. I will transfer it to my Kitchen Aid mixer bowl, since that is what I am mixing it in.


Use any bronzer you like. I just grabbed one from my makeup bag. The only area I haven’t completely cleaned up as far as “chemicals” go is my makeup. I try my best, but try to balance out my beauty with all the DIY homemade stuff I DO use. This is Physician’s Formula, which had a 1-2 rating in skin deep (the EWG app that rates your beauty products for risks of allergies and harmful chemicals), so it’s not too bad.

I would recommend not getting something with pink in it, this did and I had to make another batch with just bronze.

If you have something that is at the end of its life, like when it starts to look like this, it would be perfect:

Once the shea mixture is solid (about an hour) take it out. It should still be soft to touch if you put a spoon through it.

Turn your kitchen aid mixer on the highest level (or handheld mixer) and whip it up for 5-10 minutes. If if doesn’t stiffen enough and starts to melt, place it back in the freezer for 20 minutes. This may happen if your kitchen is warm or you mix it too long. It’s all good, once it is cold again it will whip up nicely.

Towards the end, add your bronzer and lavender or EO of choice (if using).

Once it is done you will have your glow butter!


DIY Body Glow Bronzing Butter


Place shea butter, coconut oil, avocado oil, jojoba, beeswax and Vitamin E in a double boiler (or a metal bowl on top of a saucepan that is filled with a little water). Heat the saucepan on low. Once the mixture starts to melt sit it with a rubber spatula. a little. Once it is completely liquid, turn off the heat, allow it to cool for a few minutes and place in the freezer (if using a hand mixer), if using a kitchen aid transfer the liquid to the kitchen aid specific bowl, then freeze. After an hour or so, when it is cold and solid (but soft to touch), place the bowl in your kitchen aid and while on high. Cover it with a towel so it doesn’t splatter, and scrape the sides occasionally. As I said above, if this starts to get too warm, place it back in the freezer for 10-20 minutes. Towards the end add your bronzer, test it and add more about 1/2 teaspoon at a time as you whip until it is your desired shade of glow.

If you want some aromatherapy add lavender or another essential oil to it, mix until completely combined, done!

I would just avoid citrus/photosensitive oils { <— see graphic} if you plan to wear this in the summer and spend time in the sun.


Have a beautiful day!



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