Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

Anyone else have super dry skin after the crazy winter we just had?! This all natural body butter recipe is the perfect remedy for dry, scaly skin, and it’s incredibly easy to make!

Dry, scaly skin? Fix it right up with this all natural, handmade shea body butter recipe! Leaves skin feeling baby soft, plus it's all natural so your skin doesn't absorb any hazardous chemicals!

I love homemade skincare products because I know exactly what goes into them; no chemicals for me! Remember, your skin is your body’s largest organ, and it will absorb anything it touches. So instead of absorbing all those chemicals in store-bought lotions and creams, why not try this all natural body butter recipe instead?!

This body butter recipe contains Young Living Melrose and Lavender essential oils, so besides leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth, it also helps heal and repair damaged, scaly skin!

Melrose is a blend of essential oils, all of which have antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, and Lavender is also anti-fungal and antiseptic. These oils both help promote tissue regeneration and prevent scarring. Perfect for dry, scaly skin that needs a bit of rejuvenation!

Homemade Whipped Body Butter Recipe

Here’s what you need to make your own natural shea body butter: (affiliate links below)

Coconut oil and shea butter are both solid at room temperature, so the first step is to melt them down into a liquid. Place the coconut oil and shea butter in the top of a double boiler, turn the heat on, and stir until melted.

Remove from heat and let the liquids cool down for half an hour.

After half an hour, stir in the almond oil and essential oils. Then place the mixture in the freezer to chill. This step is SUPER important! The oils have to just barely start to solidify again so that you can whip the body butter to the correct consistency.

Leave the mixture in the freezer until the edges just start to solidify, anywhere from 10-20 minutes.

Once the edges have started to solidify, remove it from the freezer and whip until the whole thing is smooth like butter. This piece of the process reminds me of whipping egg whites until they form “stiff peaks”; you basically want to keep whipping the mixture until it thickens and forms peaks that can stand up on their own.

Once you have stiff peaks, transfer the body butter into a clean glass jar, and enjoy!

Dry, scaly skin? Fix it right up with this all natural, handmade shea body butter recipe! Leaves skin feeling baby soft, plus it's all natural so your skin doesn't absorb any hazardous chemicals!

This body butter will leave your skin healthy and soft; just remember, a little bit goes a long way!

Dry, scaly skin? Fix it right up with this all natural, handmade shea body butter recipe! Leaves skin feeling baby soft, plus it's all natural so your skin doesn't absorb any hazardous chemicals!

Have you ever made your own body butter before?

Body Butter Tips & Tricks

  1. No need to refrigerate this body butter! If you stuck it in the freezer long enough before starting to whip it, it will hold it’s whipped consistency without refrigeration. And there’s no water in the mixture, so you don’t need to worry about mold.
  2. The body butter will melt a little as you apply it, and it may feel oily at first. But it will absorb into your skin quickly, leaving it soft and smooth! Just remember, you only need a little bit to cover a large area of skin. If your skin is still shiny and oily after about five minutes, you probably used too much. I use a tiny pea-sized amount and it fully covers both of my hands!
  3. If the body butter doesn’t whip up into stiff peaks, it probably wasn’t cold enough. Put it back in the freezer for a few more minutes and try again.
  4. Be careful if you substitute any of the ingredients; coconut oil and shea butter are both solid at room temperature, while almond oil is a liquid, and it’s important to keep the same ratio of solids to liquids otherwise you won’t be able to whip it into stiff peaks.

Young Living’s Lavender essential oil is probably my favorite of all the ones they make; it’s so versatile! It’s great for helping you relax, and as I mentioned before, it helps heal chapped, dry skin, minor burns, and itchy bug bites.

If you’re interested in learning more about essential oils, just let me know or join our Facebook group! I’d be happy to get you more info or get you a sample to try out!

Or if you are ready to start using essential oils, you can get the Young Living Premium Starter kit at a HUGE discount and get all your oils at 24% off for life when you sign up as a wholesale member. The starter kit is everything you need to get started living a happier, healthier, more natural life with essential oils, and the 24% discount on any future purchases of Young Living oils and products doesn’t hurt either! Check out this page for more details.



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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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  1. Jacky Geerman says

    8 years ago

    Hi jessi,
    I’m from Aruba an island in the Caribbean,where can I buy wholesale beeswax,essential oils,shea butter,vitamin E oil etc?? trying to make lotion bar and your whipped body butter.

    Happy holidays!!

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      8 years ago

      Hmm, good question! Here in the states I can find it online on Amazon, or at local health food stores near me. You might try a health food store if you have one near you!

  2. Carol Chapman says

    9 years ago

    I’m new to the oils. Just got mine this week. I’m wondering where you get shae butter. I’ve bought it from someone already made up but want to make my own now. Thanks.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      9 years ago

      I found mine at Whole Foods! Whole Foods actually has a great selection of carrier oils and other ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, etc.

  3. Shannon says

    10 years ago

    Could you substitute jojoba oil for the almond oil? I have the other two ingredients.

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

      Yep, absolutely Shannon! Both jojoba oil and almond oil are liquids, so you should be fine!

  4. Laura says

    10 years ago

    Hi Jessi,

    Fellow lemon dropper here (yay!). I made my own lotion…2 1/2 months ago, and just now about to run out, so it’s time to make more. Mine turned out REALLY solid, so I had to use a little scooper thing to get it out. And while it melts in my hands before applying it to my legs, I would like a smoother cream. So, I’m looking for a new recipe, and came across yours. I cannot use Coconut oil, due to a topical allergy, Grape seed is my CO of choice. Do you think 1/2 cup shea and 1/2 cup of Grape seed would be sufficient to receive a smoother, creamier consistency? I know you said equal liquid to solid, but depending on temperature, coconut oil is solid…what do you think? Of course, I can always just try it, just wondered if you had any insight before I start.


    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

      Hey Laura! You should definitely be able to do it with just shea and grape seed, but I would only do 1/4 C grape seed and 3/4 C shea. You need a 3 to 1 ratio of solid to liquid to make sure you get nice “peaks” when you whip it. Though shea is definitely more solid than coconut oil, so maybe do a little less than 3/4 C of shea and a little more than 1/4 C grape seed… I think 1/2 C each will be too liquid though. I would try it with 1/4 C grape seed and 3/4 C shea, and if, when you try to whip it, it’s too solid, add a tiny bit more grape seed right at the end and keep whipping. It should work out great!

  5. Stacie says

    10 years ago

    Do you measure the coconut oil and shea butter before or after melting it (or does melting it even change the measurement)?

    • Jessi Wohlwend says

      10 years ago

      I’m sure the measurement changes a little bit once it’s liquid instead of solid, but recipes that call for measured amounts of coconut oil and shea butter usually mean measure it in solid form. I just use a measuring cup and scoop it out of the tin, then use a butter knife to scrape it flat. 🙂

  6. Gwen says

    10 years ago

    Wow… that is amazing! There is not end to what you can do with those oils!!!

  7. keri @ shaken together says

    10 years ago

    This sounds awesome – Melrose is on my must buy list, now!!

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