For my birthday in September my hubby got me shea body butter from a certain super well known chain. I have what I’d call very “irritable” skin-I’ve struggled with dry skin, excema and psoriasis since I was little and have a hard time finding lotions that work well for me. The shea body butter was absolute perfection though…my skin was smooth, moisturized, and I noticed less irritation.
BUT I was going through that stuff like it was my job and it’s not cheap. And y’all know me, it got me wondering if I could make my own DIY body butter.
I scoured the internet and tried my hand at a few recipes and today I’m sharing with you my favorite concoction! This would also make an awesome last minute gift for the holidays!!
Shea Body Butter
Makes 3 cups
1 cup organic raw shea butter
1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 cup coconut oil
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler or a glass bowl sitting on a pot of boiling water (this is my method since I don’t have a double boiler). Sorry for this horrible picture, my camera kept fogging up from the steam- I just thought you’d appreciate seeing what the melting process looks like!
Once everything is melted remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.
Stir in almond oil. I chose not to scent my body butter but if you want yours scented this is when you would add essential oils. I have not tried it yet but from my research online it seems like you have to add quite a bit of essential oils for the final product to smell and not all oils are suitable for skin application-research your options first if you go that route. See my Essential Oil page for more information and resources!
Place oil mixture in freezer to chill/harden.
Once the mixture solidifies but it in a stand mixer and whisk until it turns a creamy-buttery consistency. It took mine about 6-7 minutes to get good and creamy.
I scooped my body butter into mason jars and keep it in a cool, dark cabinet. I’ve found it feels a little more oily than the store bought stuff at first but it soaks in quickly and is great after the shower!