How Much Fragrance Oil to Add to Body Butter

  • By: Carl
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Adding fragrance oil to your body butter is a great way to enjoy your favorite scent all day long. The amount of fragrance oil you add will depend on how strong you want the scent to be. So, how much fragrance oil should you add?

Add 1-2 tablespoons of fragrance oil for every 16 oz of body butter. If the fragrance oil is too strong, add more body butter until the desired scent is reached. If it is not strong enough, then add more fragrance oil.

Remember, when adding fragrance oil to body butter, it is best to start with a small amount and increase as needed. This will help ensure that the fragrance oil does not overpower the other ingredients in the body butter and that you get the desired scent.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the specifics on adding fragrance to body butter.

How To Add Fragrance Oil To Body Butter

Begin mixing the fragrance oil with the body butter starting with the lowest possible amount of fragrance oil. Then as you mix it, add more, and test it as you go to make sure the fragrance has not become too overwhelming.

If you add too much fragrance oil you will have to add more body butter to the mixture to dilute the fragrance.

When To Add Fragrance Oil To Body Butter

The fragrance oil can be added at any time while making the body butter provided that it is fully mixed in.

However, it is recommended to add the fragrance oil after the body butter is complete, but before it is put into containers. This will help to make sure that the fragrance oil is evenly distributed.

What Are The Best Fragrance Oils For Body Butter

Essential fragrance oils are by far your best choice for ad ing lovely scents to your homemade body butter. There are some basic scents that you can choose from. And it depends on what you like most and the mood that you want to achieve.

Let’s take a look at some popular choices that you may want to try, especially if it’s your first DIY.

The following should give you some idea of what you may want to use:

Vanilla extract– This scent is sensual, sweet, soothing, and warm. Vanilla is also known as a sexy aroma that can also be relaxing

Lavender– This fragrance is very popular among women and children, as it calms and eases stress and is thought to relieve depression.

Neroli– Another popular scent, Neroli is a delicious blend of floral and citrus zest. It calms, soothes, and elevates your mood.

Rose– This fragrance evokes feelings of happy memories while enhancing your mood.

In addition, you may also go for fruity or nutty scents that invigorate and refreshes such as:

Almond oil




Juniper Berry scent

What Are Carrier Oils?

Carrier Oil is one of the base ingredients of body butter that help deliver essential oils and nutrients to the skin. They are added as a component for better absorption and for improving the texture of the finished product. Here are some popular types of carrier oils that are used for making body butter.

  • Cocoa Butter
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Grape seed oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Walnut Oil

You can also use a mix of different carrier oils to make your body butter more personalized. Experiment and see what works best for you.

What is the Difference Between Fragrance Oils and Essential Oils?

Most DIYers would think that fragrance oils and essential oils are the same. However, they are not since fragrance oils are more potent as it takes only 0.1%-0.5% to perfume a finished product.

Fragrance oils tend to be stronger as it also contains a combination of natural and synthetic materials, enhancing their active properties. This is why fragrance oils tend to last longer than natural essential oils.

The average shelf-life of fragrance oil is anywhere between 6 to 12 months. And it may last longer if kept in a cool dark place. Essential oils, on the other hand, can last between 2 to 15 years and, are deemed to be “neat” with no additives.

Thus, it is considered to be safer for body and skincare applications. Do check the label for manufacturer recommendations regarding the correct ratio per volume.

Some fragrances are specifically manufactured for candle use and have a very low leave-on usage rate. They are also not allowed for use on the skin at all. Again, you will want to verify the applicable usage before using any concentrated fragrance.

Flavor Oils Vs. Fragrance Oils

Flavor oils are mainly manufactured for lip care applications. However, despite its name, flavor oils don’t have flavor but are fragrances specifically made out of GRAS or Generally Regarded as Safe ingredients.

What is the recommended ratio of fragrance to unscented base body butter?

The ratio for both fragrance and essential oils is surprisingly the same. You may add 2% max fragrance for each to add on to the total body butter recipe.

You may also want to check IFRA standards, which is also known as the International Fragrance Association. Their website has a guide that lays out parameters on the use of fragrances for purposes of safety and regulation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you store body butter?

You can store body butter for up to six months

How long can you store fragrance oil?

You can store fragrance oil for up to 12 months

How do you store body butter?

You store body butter in a cool, dark place.

How do you store fragrance oil?

You store fragrance oil in a cool, dark place.

Does body butter go bad?

Yes, body butter can go bad. It has a shelf life of six months.

What is the shelf life of fragrance oil?

The shelf life of fragrance oil is six to twelve months.


Fragrance oil is a blend of natural and synthetic materials that are added to body butter to improve its smell. It has a shelf life of 6 to 12 months and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

The recommended ratio for a fragrance oil, when added to body butter, is 2% max. It is important to check the IFRA standards before using a fragrance oil, as some fragrances are not meant for skincare applications.

Flavor oils are fragrance oils that don’t have flavor and are made out of GRAS ingredients. They have a shelf life of 6 months. Body butter has a shelf life of 6 months and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

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