Homemade pumpkin spice body butter

Friends. I’m so excited to tell you about this!!

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As you know, I’m been pumpkin-gasming over everything lately. But, I hold off on some of the ridiculous things. #1: pumpkin M&Ms. I like M&Ms every now and again. I love pumpkin. However, everything about the concept of pumpkin M&Ms is ALL WRONG. Just look at the M&M’s face; he thinks it’s gag-worthy, too.

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 Something else I’ve held off on: pumpkin body butter. I really liked the body butters at Trader Joe’s until I read the ingredients. Don’t get me wrong, as I’m not 100% natural with all of the products I use, but if I notice something on a package that makes me raise an eyebrow, and I think it would be worth making or exploring another option, I put it down. This why I didn’t end up buying the Trader Joe’s pumpkin body butter.

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Usually I buy my body butters and lotions from Sue at Somethin’ Special. She doesn’t test on animals, and hand makes the products with love. Also, THEY SMELL AMAZING. No creepy ingredients and I can walk around smelling like my beloved LUSH bath bomb (the Sweet Petals flavor is my very favorite). After putting the pumpkin body butter down, I thought I’d check and see if Sue had a pumpkin fragrance (she does! Pumpkin crunch and pumpkin cheesecake), and also thought it would be fun with experimenting with homemade body butter.

The verdict? It’s surprisingly easy to do!

I found a recipe online for pumpkin spice fragrance using essential oils. I ordered the oils on Amazon (this one and this one) and made the pumpkin spice oil mix by combining the two. I’ve been adding the oil to water in my oil warmer with a little water and the entire house smells like Christmas. It is GLORIOUS. To take it one step further, I mixed some of the oil into some homemade whipped coconut body butter using coconut oil and vitamin E. (Heads up: I did a lot of research to make sure the oils were safe to use on skin. It seems like cinnamon is ok in small doses, but worth checking all oils on a tiny spot to make sure that you don’t have a reaction. If you are allergic to the food, you will certainly be allergic to the oil. Also, oils are not intended to be put on the skin undiluted. You need to use a carrier oil, like coconut oil or vitamin E as a carrier for the essential oil.)

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Step one: Make sure the coconut oil is solid before you start whipping it. Put half a jar of coconut oil in the stand mixer, or into a bowl to use a hand mixer. 

Step two: whip it good, on high for about 7-8 minutes. At this point, it should be frothy and white.

Step three: stir in 1 teaspoon vitamin E. (I used a mix of stuff I’d bought from Trader Joe’s and capsules left over from putting on my thumb after stitches. Vitamin E is fantastic for scar healing after the wound is sealed and the stitches are out.)

Step four: add the oils! A little goes a long way. It’s better to add some drops, whip and add more from there than to add too much initially. I ended up using about 3 drops of clove oil and 4 drops of the holiday mix.

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Step five: package up to gift to friends, and store in the fridge or in a cool area until ready to use.

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This would be a fantastic teacher’s gift or holiday gifts, too! Or.. a gift for yourself 😉

Some more of my favorites since we’re getting into the gift-giving season:

Rose facial spray

Orange shower gel

Bath bombs

Hope you have a lovely evening!!



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  1. WHAT! never even thought I could do this so easily! This would be a perfect gift for my gals and family!

  2. I recently bought the TJ’s pumpkin body butter and do like, but silly me – I didn’t look at the ingredient list before purchasing =/

  3. Love this as a gift idea! My pumpkin rage is a bit out of control over here so mayhaps smelling like it all day will allow me to get my fix….oh I mean, the person I’m giving it to will get their fix.

  4. Very cool idea! I use coconut oil as a moisturizer all the time.

  5. How does this feel on your skin? If I just use coconut oil on my skin as a moisturizer, it is uncomfortably oily. Is this better as it is whipped with other oils mixed in or is it similar in feel? I would love to do something like this as I have very sensitive skin and have a hard time finding butters I like without too strong of a scent.

  6. What a cute and easy gift idea to give to friends! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Love this!!! What type of pretty containers would you use to package it up in?

  8. Haha your pumpkin comment cracked me up! I’ve been skeptical about the Oreos and other treats with pumpkin flavoring. They just don’t seem right. This little creation seems very right though. Definitely a great gift idea!

  9. Super cute! I have to ask because I’m a little neurotic about fragrances, does it end up smelling like food? Or does it smell like fall?

    I have a sort of weird aversion to smelling like a food dish (ie, all those kind of off cupcake-y fragrances at Bath and Body Works, or the like). But I don’t mind citrus-y fragrances when it doesn’t smell like you bathed in lemonade.

  10. I am soooooooo excited that you posted this!! I have been BUMMED ever since I found out my trader joes was OUT of the Pumpkin Body Butter FOR THE SEASON! I can NOT wait to try this!!! I will be sharing on my blog as well!! 🙂

  11. so perfect for the upcoming holiday season! i will definitely be making many batches of these, thanks!

  12. Great holiday gift ideas! We are doing a Dirty Santa gift exchange for my family Christmas this year and gifts can’t be over $20…I’m thinking some homemade body butter may be in order. Thanks for the tips, Gina.

  13. You are so crafty! This actually doesn’t look that difficult, and I have all the ingredients on hand. Nice work!! I love pumpkin everything. 🙂

  14. I’m with you, pumpkin spice M&Ms sound nasty (and I love M&Ms!)! I bet your body butter recipe smells amazing! I’m loving pumpkin everything right now. 🙂

  15. How funny you posted this today. I was just standing at Trader Joe’s earlier contemplating that pumpkin body butter. However after inspecting the ingredients I too put it back on the shelf knowing it wasn’t the best for my body. This sounds easy and I’m sure amazing!

  16. OH wow. This sounds incredible! And so easy! And perfect for the season!

  17. This sounds awesome and pretty easy! I’m definitely making it – eating pumpkins isn’t enough! I also need to smell like one!

  18. SUch a great gift idea!! I love coconut oil on my skin and my hair loves it too. More pumpkin is always a bonus – considering they pile up in my kitchen it’s good to have more use for them 🙂

  19. This looks great!

  20. I’ve been wanting to experiment with my own homemade body products– this looks like a great place to start. I just received some essential oils in the mail, and have the right ones for this! Close enough, at least. The clove one would be wonderful!

  21. Must make immediately! I love the idea of a homemade body butter – and the fact that it is pumpkin? Even better. I’ve really been enjoying your homemade shower scrub so I can’t wait to give this a try. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  22. Oh my gosh, I can’t wait to make this! I keep coconut oil with me all the time and use it as a moisturizer, but have been hearing a lot about essential oils and am curious to experiment. Now you’ve got me all in a DIY crafty mood! 🙂

  23. This is genius! Think of all the yummy seasonal flavours you can now create!

  24. Hi, Gina. Have you ever tried products from Ava Anderson (http://www.avaandersonnontoxic.com/)? I think the stuff would be right up your alley.

  25. Courtni H says:

    I love this! This will be so cute to add to Christmas gifts for family and friends as a personal touch. 🙂

  26. Genius! This is so awesome. Such a great gift to take to someone for hosting Thanksgiving, or just something to slather on before bed. LOVE!

  27. What?! This looks like something even I could do 🙂 I love to give homemade gifts but have a hard time finding something unique and useful. And being pumpkin makes it even better!…..Thanks for sharing

  28. This sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing! I really want to try making some of my own stuff like this.

  29. I’ve been using the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Body Butter, but these ingredients are a lot simpler! Me — and the kids! — love smelling like pumpkin pie! 🙂

  30. This sounds so easy! Imagine all the other possible fragrances you fragrances you could create. I love candy cane scents for Christmas. I bet i could make a refreshing peppermint body butter! Thanks for the recipe!

  31. Seeing as we are totally deprived of all the pumpkin-spice wonder you guys have in the States, this will definitely need to happen ASAP! Although, I probably will never be able to give up my beloved coconut body lotion, so I will just smell like a… cocokin? YUM. 🙂

  32. We do homemade Christmas gifts in my family and I think this gift will be PERFECT for the ladies 🙂

  33. Those M&M’s aren’t anything special. Don’t waste the calories! I think it’s funny that you mentioned they must not be good based on the look of the M&M on the front of the bag because that was the same exact thought I had!

  34. What a great idea! And it’s so easy! I already have coconut oil and a bunch of essential oils, so I’ll just pick up some essential oils and get to making my own blend. Thanks for sharing!

  35. Have you thought about using different essential oils? I recently got into Young Living and LOOOOVE the purity of the oils. I use lavender and shea butter for a great lotion!

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