DIY Body Butter-Last Minute Gift

homemade body butter

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!

making body butter


Once everything is melted remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes.

Stir in almond oil. If you want your body butter scented this is when you would add essential oils.

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.

how to make body butter

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!

diy body butter



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  1. says

    I love body butter! I buy a large jar from L’Bri (one of my sisters sells the L’Bri products) and it’s great. But it is NOT inexpensive! Your idea is so cool, and such a loving, personal touch for a holiday gift, as it is home-made and something any woman would gladly use during her personal “spa” time. I have extremely dry skin and living in SE Wisconsin during the winter doesn’t help matters any. Body butter really works and I feel like a queen when I use it. How much better that I’d have hand-made as a personal gift. Awesome! Happy Holidays to you and your family.


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