Homemade Body Butter – Shea & Cocoa Butter

I’ve been a fan of good skin care and skincare products ever since I had to rescue my acne-riddled face in college. Before being vegan, I paid a ton of money for a ton of chemicals, and didn’t think twice about it. But I think twice now, and I do still love good skincare.

Over time, I started to thin out my products. I began by getting rid of products that tested on animals; then, I got rid of products that contained animals; finally, I stopped paying for the chemicals. With your skin being your body’s largest and most absorbent organ, why not treat it with the same kindness we treat others? Moisturizer is my first need. So here’s a fantastic, kind, easy recipe for homemade whipped body butter that will make a cream that is just as good as anything you’d pay top dollar for — but, unlike what you’d buy retail, this one has 5 ingredients, which are all organic, and it makes way more than you’d ever want to buy at the store. Plus, it makes a really thoughtful gift. Bonus. So give it a try.

I got all of my ingredients from Amazon. They were easy to find, and while I pay around $40 for all of them together, that one purchase makes 4+ large batches that last a long time.

All of the main ingredient proportions are 1:1:1:1 — meaning, the same amount of each. I always use 1/2 cup of each ingredient, and the end product fills a 1 pint mason jar.

NOTE: This mixture can be quite oily and absorb slowly. Before you smear this all over, test a small bit so that you can get used to how it absorbs. For me, applying it all over right out of a warm shower makes it absorb really quickly and completely. Perhaps that will work for you too. If you find that you put on more than will absorb quickly, be sure to use a towel to wipe off the excess before you put on those nice clothes. 


Organic Unrefined Raw Shea Butter

Organic Unrefined Raw Cocoa Butter

Sweet Almond Oil

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

Lavender Oil (20 drops).




Shave off 1/2 cup of the Cocoa Butter. It’s a hard brick, so using a sharp knife will make it easy. The smaller the shavings, the more quickly it will melt, and that’s what you want. Put the shavings into a double boiler (a glass bowl over a shallow pot of boiling water — indirect heat).





Cut out 1/2 cup of the Shea Butter. This is much softer. No problem. And don’t forget to rub it into your skin, rather than wash your hands. This is good stuff. Now, put that into the double boiler.



Next, do the same thing with the Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil.

Boil them and whisk it all together, until they are all just melted, then cut the heat.




Refrigerate the mixture until it’s mostly solid, but still gives a little when you press on the surface — about an hour (but maybe my fridge sucks, so keep checking it).



Add about 20 drops of your favorite essential oil — just know that this already smells like chocolate, so use something that blends well with that fragrance: lavender, vanilla, orange. Once it absorbs into your skin, you can’t smell it anyway, so just pick something that makes you happy.

Mix. I use an emersion blender, but you can use beaters if that’s what you have. They both work well. Now whip it up. Don’t over-blend it because it will break and separate, and then it’s no good. Just blend until it’s thick and creamy.

Scoop, cap and enjoy. I use wide-mouth mason jars, so that I can reach to the very bottom. I’ve also given away smaller mason jars as gifts and people love them!  Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions to improve it.

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