Whipped Coffee Butter Tutorial

This recipe is a variation of the classic and well-loved Whipped Shea Butter tutorial that was eventually turned into a Soap Queen TV episode. It’s hard to deny the ease of making a whipped butter (just three steps in this case!), and you get such a wonderful result. Plus, the combination of the Coffee Butter and Tamanu Oil’s natural fragrances mixed with Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil and Almond Cybilla Fragrance Oil is downright sinful. Use this whipped butter on super dry patches, like elbows and knees, for extra happy skin.

Whipped Coffee Butter


16 oz Coffee Butter

1 oz Rice Bran Oil

0.5 oz Tamanu Oil

6 mL Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil

3 mL Almond Cybilla Fragrance Oil

3 Glass Bail Jars

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ONE: Whip the Coffee Butter on a low speed using a hand-held or stand mixer for 30 seconds to 1 minute to lighten up the texture a bit.

Whipping the butter

TWO: Add the Rice Bran Oil, Tamanu Oil, Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil, and Almond Cybilla Fragrance Oil. Continue to whip the mixture on low until all of the oils are fully incorporated. Increase the speed of the mixer and whip until the butter has taken on a light and fluffy texture.

Adding oils to butter

THREE: Using a spoon or spatula, scoop the whipped butter into the bail jars (tap the jars on your work surface to pack the butter in there) and secure the lids. You’re done!

Scooping butter into jars

Shelf life of this luxurious whipped body butter is approximately 12 months. It does not need a preservative because it does not contain water.

Whipped coffee butter in jar

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  1. Leslie says

    Oh my goodness! I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for the longest time and only just made it tonight. It is a-MAZ-ing. I love the fragrance, and the texture is so light and silky. I did add a scant tablespoon of tapioca to lessen the oiliness and it is just perfect. I will definitely making this again! Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Linh Nguyen says

    hello thanks for this post ^^ can you tell me about the expiry date of all lotions,butters or soaps made by shea butter or cocoa butter? and how to preserve them. thank you so much ^^

  3. P Hogan says

    I made this but it is SO greasy! I did substitute Argan oil for the Tamanu oil, because I didn’t have that, and I subbed dark chocolate for the fragrance. It smells amazing, but everything I touch gets all greasy and it doesn’t absorb into the skin. Is it the oil substitution, or just this recipe? I’ve made goat’s milk lotion with Argan oil and it’s not at all greasy and absorbs very well, so I rather doubt it.

    Also, I whipped this with my Kitchen Aide stand mixer, but there are still little lumps of butter in it, even though it mostly got light and fluffy. How do I avoid this, or is it just the way the coffee butter is?

  4. Toni says

    I really love this recipe and coffee butter but I am all out. :( I really love the feel and consistency of your coffee butter but since I don’t have any at the moment can you recommend another butter that has a similar consistency and feel as your coffee butter? I have quite a variety of butters on hand so I have lots of options. :)

      • Toni says

        I was wondering if your avocado butter would be a bit more similar than shea. The coffee butter I receive from you is softer and tackier than my shea butter from you which is a bit harder and isnt sticky/tacky before its whipped. I’ve noticed I get a different consistency that is a bit fluffier and lighter with your coffee butter than I do when I make whipped shea.

  5. Hailey says

    Hi! If I add an emulsifier, would it prevent the lotion from becoming “unwhipped” or melted in heat?

    • says

      Hi Hailey!

      So glad you’re going to give this a try! Because this recipe does not contain any water, an emulsifier would not be necessary. Emulsifiers are meant to bring two different types of liquid together that would normally not mix well, like water and oil.

      There is so real way to prevent this from melting if it comes in contact with high heat. I would recommend storing it in a sealed container, and keeping it in a dry, cool place. If it does not come into contact with high heat, it will retain its whipped texture :)

      I hope this helps!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. TONI AYERS says

    i want to make this and do not have rice bran oil nor tamanu oil. what substitutes could still make a lovely body butter to give as christmas gifts?

  7. says

    Hi! I came across this while trying to research the shelf life of Shea Butter. My whipped butters that are only about 4 months old smell like they have turned. These are products I had planned to sell, so this is a bit of a problem. I have vitamin E in my mix just for skin, not as a preservative, but how can I change my recipe, since its all oil, to extend the shelf life? My recipe is very like this one – shea butter, almond oil, vit. E and eo’s. Thank you!

  8. Mary Lou says

    Greetings, because I love this recipe so much I thought I would be brave and try Almond butter as the substitute instead of the coffee butter. I reversed the amounts of fragrance, and the rest of the recipe I followed like you have in the tutorial. When I first started to whip the almond butter by itself I noted it seemed a bit grainy with greasy blobs, but I kept up hoping the fast blender would smooth things out, and it did for the most part. The finished product still has some of the blobs but they do melt on skin contact, it is still useable as is, but I would like to make it like the coffee butter with the smooth airy feel. I was thinking perhaps tomorrow after it has set up to try to whip again. Or to melt the whole thing, then let it come to room temp. and try to whip again. I did not put any powdered item in it like corn starch or tapioca powder. I do not usually put it in the coffee butter, but I have both of those powders. I would apprecieat your feed back and if you think either of my ideas might work. Thank you ML

    • says

      Good morning, Mary Lou!

      If you are finding that any body butter is a bit too greasy for your liking, you can always add Tapioca Powder (at a 1 tablespoon per pound rate) to your batch to help prevent that. When you were making your batch , did you happen to heat up any of the oils or butters? Sometimes if a butter is heated, it can get a bit grainy, so you will want to be careful with that! I hope this helps. Let us know how your next batch turns out. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      Tapioca Powder: http://www.brambleberry.com/Tapioca-Powder-P3803.aspx

      • Mary Lou says

        Hi Becky, well the almond butter was grainy when I took it out of the bag. The only oil I heated was the Tamanu for 20 seconds in the microwave as suggested. It is not that it is greasy it is that the grainy lumps are greasy and I would like the butter to be smooth, and whipped. I hope you can help me, do you think the melting suggestion might help? Or rewhipping it either room temp or set in the refrigerator overnight?
        Thanks so muc

  9. Cheryl says

    I’m really anxious to try this recipe. My question is…are these measurements by weight or liquid measure?

    • says

      Hi Cheryl!

      You will just love how this whipped coffee butter feels on your skin and the scent of it is absolutely divine! All of the recipes that you will find on the Soap Queen blog are by weight (unless indicated otherwise). I hope this helps! Be sure to keep us updated on how this turns out for you, we’d love your feedback. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  10. says

    I have never worked with % before. How do I determine how much that is supposed to be if I do 5% to this exact mixture?

  11. says

    I made this recipe and man does it smell amazing!! I was very pleased with it. My only problem is that I live in Florida and I store my finished product in my garage aka my work area/storage for products. Though it’s not as hot as it would be outside, it does heat up in there. I went to open my finsihed coffee butter and it was completely liquified! I make a coconut lime body butter with olive oil, shea butter and coconut oil and it does not turn this watery consistency. I store them in the same jars. Is there something additional I could add to this recipe to “thicken” it up a bit? Maybe beeswax or cocoa butter. I appreciate any feedback.

    • says

      Good morning!

      You can add something to the whipped coffee butter if it is melting on you. I would probably suggest experimenting with beeswax at different usage rates (like 2%, 5%, and 10%) to see what gives you the best balance between your desired consistency and the non-melting qualities. You can go higher than the rates I suggest, but the more beeswax you add, the more of an altered consistency your whipped coffee butter is going to have. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)

      Yellow Beeswax: http://www.brambleberry.com/Beeswax-Yellow-P4206.aspx

      White Beeswax: http://www.brambleberry.com/Beeswax-White-P4211.aspx

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • leah says

        I have never worked with % before. How do I determine how much that is supposed to be if I do 5% to this exact mixture?

        • says

          Hi Leah!

          If you haven’t ever worked with percentages before, it can be a little tricky, but we are here to help you out!

          First, you will need to find the total weight of your product. In this case, the total weight of the Whipped Coffee Butter would be 17.8 ounces. To get 5% of any mixture you could do one of two things:

          First, the easiet way to find any percentage is to enter it into Google. For example, I just searched What is 5% of 17.8 and it came up with .89. You can do this for any percentage and number combination and come up with the right answer.

          Or, if you aren’t near a computer, to get 5% of any given number you can divide it by 20. So, in this case, you would divide 17.8 by 20 and get .89.

          I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions. =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

          • says

            I thought for sure I had found the solution to my problem. I so badly want this to work out for me because this product seems amazing. I made some revisions. Here is what I did…
            16 oz. coffee butter
            8 oz. natural cocoa butter
            1 oz rice bran oil
            0.5 oz tamanu oil
            3 ml vanilla essential oil in jojoba
            and added 1.30 oz of beeswax instead of the .89 you recommended due to my amounts going up.

            I heated evertything up and let it cool a bit, placed it in the fridge for several hours and whiopped it with an electric beater. The consistency was great! I left it out all night in my garage in my soapmaking studio. I went to check it just now and it’s all liquid again!!! Ughhh except this time it’s frothy like an espresso from Starbucks. I think that is due to the beeswax? I realize being in Florida the temp in an un-airconditioned work area can get pretty hot in these summer months. Even if I store it in the frige until shipping wouldn’t I still be taking a chance when I ship it in the hot months that it will melt before it arrives to my customer? I don’t knnow what else to do. I just love the whipped coffee butter. My very first batch came out like the picture above but then it got liquidy. I so badly want to solve this issue. Let;s try this one last time….hope you can offer any other suggestions. :-/

        • says

          Hi Leah!

          I am so sorry to hear that you are having such frustration with this recipe. We are totally here to troubleshoot this issue and make this recipe work for you. It sounds like the heat in your area is definitely a factor in your whipped coffee butter acting odd.

          If the 5% Beeswax is not enough to keep your whipped butter from melting, you can go as high as 10% of your recipe to make sure it really stays hardened up. In your particular recipe, that would be up to 2.5 ounces of Beeswax. The consistency of your whipped coffee butter will change with the amounts of beeswax you add in, so that is something you will definitely want to be aware of.

          I hope this helps! Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you. Keep us updated. :)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  12. Becky says

    Made this today and its decadent! Love the feel, the scent, everything. And so easy and fast too. Perfection!

    • says

      Anytime! We are here to help you out and answer any questions or concerns you might have. Keep us updated on your progress and let us know how it turns out for you. And, if you get any pictures of your final product, we’d love to see how it turned out. You can share pictures with us on Bramble Berry’s Facebook page. Happy Whipped Butter Making! =)


      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  13. Suzanne Alexander says

    Could I substitute Sweet Almond Oil for the Rice Bran Oil? I have some Sweet Almond Oil on hand.

    Also, if one left out the Vanilla Select Fragrance Oil and Almond Cybilla Frgrance Oil to make this Whipped Coffee Butter more “natural,” would the scent from the coffee butter and Tamanu Oil be enough to give a good scent, if only slightly?

    Thanks for your help.

    • says

      Hi Suzanne!

      If you’d like, you can substitute out the Rice Bran Oil for the Sweet Almond Oil in this recipe. But, I would make a small test batch first to make sure you like the consistency and feel. You can absolutely leave out the fragrances to have more of a natural scent from the coffee butter (it smells fabulous). I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  14. Elizabeth says

    Can a different oil be unsed in place of the Tamanu oil? Or can it be omited all together?

  15. Rebecca B says

    I just went to make this and I don’t have a full 16 oz of the coffee butter can I add shea butter to make a full 16 oz?

    • says

      Good morning, Rebecca!

      You can add in the Shea Butter to this recipe if you don’t have a full 16 ounces of the Coffee Butter, but the consistency will be a little different. I’d try a small test batch with the ratio you’d be using in your big batch first. Then, if you like how it feels you can make your full 16 ounces. I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  16. Ginny says

    I was so psyched to make this! Down I went to grab my coffee butter and I have only cocoa butter. Well, I’ll improvise. Here’s my question… that coffee butter is hard as a rock because my basement is like a subzero fridge (well, not really!). What should I do to make it workable? I plan to add shea butter, 10x orange essential oil and coffee fo. I’m not so worried about the shea mixing up… I’ll be using a stand mixer, but this coffee butter, not so sure… HELP! Also, what would you recommend as a ratio between the coffee and shea butters? As usual, thanks! Ginny

  17. says

    This sounds amazing. One of my best sellers is my Coconut Lime All Natural Whipped Body Butter. My question is can these be used as a face cream only? I have heard caffeine is great for againg and maturing skin?

    • Anne-Marie says

      You could definitely use this for face cream though it would be extremely heavy – and I’d decrease the fragrance by 50% since you want fragrance free or extremely light fragrance for anything on the face.

      Caffeine has a great reputation because it’s a natural tightener so it temporarily helps to make the skin look a bit tighter. =)

  18. says

    I’ve made whipped coffee butter before. It had coffee butter, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, a blend of dulce, aloe, and evening prim rose extracts and then I added dark rich chocolate for an fo. It smelled AMAZING! I actually still have a small amount left that I use from time to time when I need a wake me up. :) I always use my stand mixer though as I get more air whipped into the mixture so not only do I get more volume but it gives the whipped butter an excellent light and fluffy texture.

    • says

      Stand mixers are also a great tool to use with this project. We used a hand mixer for those crafters that don’t have a stand mixer at home, but either one is going to make you a super whipped coffee butter that feels so great on your skin. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  19. shreya says

    How do you determine the shelf life of any body butter? I had made one using shea, cocoa, sweet almond oil and coconut oil 6 months ago. I am not sure if it is safe to use now.

    • says

      Hi Shreya!

      Typically, most oils are going to have a shelf life of 6 months to a little over a year. Here is a great forum post from Teach Soap that will give you the shelf lives of the most common soapmaking oils:


      Shea Butter will last you about a year (even longer if it is refrigerated). Cocoa Butter has about a year shelf life while Sweet Almond has about 6 months to a year and Coconut Oil has a year. I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  20. Dawnia says

    Oh My!! This sounds yummy!! Just made your Soft lotion today, tomorrow I will make this!! I’ve been meaning to try whipping the coffee butter, so glad you worked it out first for us!!! Your recipes are always great! I constantly watch Soap Queen for the next new one! Thanks Again!!

  21. says

    I just made this (I cut it by 4) and it is so freaking delicious. The only substitution I made (besides the batch size) was that I used Vanilla Oak and Almond (rather than cybilla) FO’s, because I had them on hand. Yum!