22 January 2015

Homemade Body Butter

This time of year dry skin is at it's worst!  It seems like no matter how much I moisturize, my skin is always super dry and itchy.  Well, I couple years back I found a solution to these winter dry-skin blues when I came across a recipe for homemade body butter.  I have been using this stuff for about 2 years now and I just made my third batch for myself and friends.

Because I know many of you are experiencing the same issue as me with these bitter cold temperatures, I thought I would post the recipe I have been using.  This body butter comes out so velvety smooth, and because it contains all natural ingredients, it is great for people with sensitive skin.  As another added bonus, it also contains shea butter, which is great for preggo friends because it helps prevent stretch marks.


1 1/4 cup shea butter
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup olive or almond oil
2-3 drops of essential oil (optional)

How to make this amazing stuff:
Melt down the shea butter (I used African shea butter which is a little more moisturizing and is more yellow in color) and coconut oil in a double broiler or fondue pot on low heat.  Both melt down pretty quickly, so it shouldn't take too long.  Let cool for about 30 minutes or so and add in your almond or olive oil along with your essential oil (if using).

Let it set in the refrigerator for about 2-2 1/2 hours.  When you poke the mixture, it should be a little soft still, but hardened at the same time.

 Put your mixture in a mixer and whip it using your whisk attachment to give it the nice, whipped texture.  I usually put the finished product into mason jars.

This stuff lasts forever because a little goes a long way.  It does tend to go on oily, but it sets in your skin pretty quickly.  I use mine almost every time I get out of the shower.  It is especially heavenly when your skin is still warm from the shower or bath! 


  1. This is awesome! I know what I will be making this weekend! Thanks for sharing


  2. Where do you buy your shea butter? Craft store like Pat Catans in the bar form?

    1. No I buy an unrefined African Shea butter off of amazon. It's fairly cheap. I'm not sure if they sell it at a craft store.

  3. I love these kinds of DIY projects! Can't wait to try it:)

    Heidi D.

  4. My legs get so gross and dry! I will def have to try this. I like it because it'll not full of perfumes and other crap that makes me break out in hives. Thanks for sharing Natalie! (:

    1. Yes and the natural scent of it is nice enough that you really don't need to harsh it down with perfumes.

  5. Nice recipe! I will have to try this one :)
    Marly Rae

  6. I need to try this out this weekend. It looks lovely and inexpensive!
    xo ClassToCloset