For years I have been a huge fan of using coconut oil on my skin, and I only recently decided to try shea butter. I only put natural products on my skin, and have been a label-reader for years. I avoid anything with chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, and so on. I figured mixing shea butter with coconut oil would be an amazing combination!
You can adjust the recipe as needed to make the amount you desire (e.g. double the amounts if desired).
This recipe can be adapted with different oils, which I learned will work apparently as long as you stick with a ratio of 75% solid ingredients and 25% oils.
- 1 /2 cup organic shea butter
- 1/4 cup coconut oil (solid)
- 1/4 cup almond oil (liquid)
- essential oils (optional)
Measure out your solid shea butter and coconut oil.
Heat until melted. Most recipes I found have you melt the ingredients in a double broiler, but I simply microwaved mine in increments in a glass bowl. The coconut oil melts faster than the shea butter, so I mixed often. The shea butter melted much slower, and there were even soft swirls of it remaining, but it wasn’t a problem.
Mix in your oil (in this case, almond oil) and essential oils. I added about 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
Use oils at your discretion as far as strength – it is up to you how strong you want the scent, and if your skin is sensitive or not. If you are prone to irritation or prefer an unscented product, you may want to leave out the essential oils all together.
At this point, pop the mix into the freezer for 15 minutes, up to 20 minutes. By 20 minutes, my mixture was too hard, and I had to microwave again for a tiny bit to soften up a little bit, so you will want to check it periodically.
Using a hand mixer, mix thoroughly. I did not have to mix for long, as the ingredients whipped up nicely into a smooth, even consistency. The bowl I used was a little bit too big, and although I had no problem whipping the products together, it would have been easier if I didn’t use such a large bowl – so use something that will be just the right size for mixing as well as scooping out into your body butter container.
Place your whipped body butter in a container to store. I prefer glass containers, but you can use whatever works best for you.
This is a very nourishing body butter, and has a nice consistency. I love using it on my feet before bed, and putting it on my daughter’s eczema.
With these oils and the shea butter, I bet this body butter feels amazing. My skin is so dry right now, it would absorb every bit of it. I’ll have to get the ingredients and try to make some of this.
This is something that I need to make. It sounds great for my dry skin.
That butter seems like a great way to get the skin you want and so smooth. I love all the ingredients and all together they must be amazing
I love using body butter but haven’t tried making my own. It sounds great to try!
It sounds great for my skin. Thanks for the tutorial.
Wow! I heard of body butter but it’s the first time I saw a homemade one .Thanks for sharing this
Love to use natural products for my body. I use a lot of vegetable oils for my skin. That’s why I am so curious to make this body butter at home!
I know that this is for the body to achieve healthy and supple skin. However, whenever I look at your photos, I couldn’t help but think about desserts. Anyway, thanks for the tutorial. I can use this as homemade gift items.
This body butter formulation looks really rich. I will try adding coconut oil to mine next time
Since we are mostly staying at home this day and we are very limited to go out, self-pampering is a must. Been looking for some body butter and am glad I came over this post. I learn something new today.
This sounds great. I do love homemade products you can screen what goes into them. I often use lavender as it’s great for the skin.
I love using body butter, but I’ve never tried making one. It would be fun to try making this sometime.
Wow this is a great idea! Now, I’m gonna start looking where to buy an organic shea butter here.
Oh wow, I love a good body butter and when it’s natural and homemade, so awesome 😍 I’ll definitely try this recipe 🙂
Ooh this looks lovely and will save a lot of money, thank you for sharing!!
This recipe for homemade body butter looks amazing. I always wanted to try making this at home. This is perfect for the winter when I have very dry skin.
This looks easy to make. I have never thought its possible to DIY but I would love to try. Thank you for sharing this and will start sourcing the materials/ ingredients.