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April 3, 2013



Are you ready for softer skin? This body butter has you covered. All of you! I put it on from head to toe and it keeps my skin feeling soft and supple all day. And best of all, it’s not too greasy and doesn’t clog my pores. I like to add essential oils for fragrance, but this butter has a sweet nutty scent on its own. A little goes a long way, so this batch should last you several weeks. Enjoy!

p.s. Make it a gift! Put your body butter in a glass jar and add a cute tag to it. Voila!








Yield: Makes about 1 pint

INGREDIENTS (use organic wherever possible)

1 cup raw shea butter (found here)

1/2 cup raw coconut oil, softened

1/4 cup almond oil (found at Wholefoods or online)

1/2 teaspoon Vitamin E oil (you can also use 2-3 Vitamin E capsules as well. Carefully split them open to drain oil)

Essential oil in your favorite scent, optional (about 40 drops, that may seem like a lot but the drops are tiny!)


1. In a double boiler, melt shea butter and coconut oil together over medium-high heat. This will take about 10 minutes. Shea butter melts at a very high temperature so it will take longer than the coconut oil.

2. Let the melted mixture come to room temperature and add the almond oil, vitamin E oil and essential oil (if using). Chill the mixture in the fridge for 30min-1 hour, until it becomes opaque.

3. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of a standup mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Whip on medium for 5 minutes or until thickened.

4. Keep body butter in a lidded container.

Note: While this cream does not need to be kept refrigerated, I prefer to because it keeps the body butter more firm (which I like).




  • Restores elasticity to the skin
  • Helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring
  • Minimizes stretch marks
  • Natural sun protector


  • Moisturizes
  • Rich in antioxidants


  • High in vitamins E & D
  • Moisturizes


  • Strong antioxidant
  • Prevents premature aging
  • Promotes healthy skin


Disclaimer: I am by no means a medical expert or esthetician. These home remedies are based on my own research, opinions, likes, and experiences. I’m sharing them because they have worked for me. If you are allergic to any of the ingredients that I am suggesting, please DO NOT attempt the recipe. If you have any other concerns, please consult your doctor. Thanks, I love you, please don’t sue me!

117 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2013 12:47 am

    Reblogged this on serenaiyama.

  2. April 3, 2013 4:44 am

    This is amazing! Can’t wait to make some!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:08 pm

      It’s really great body butter, I hope you enjoy it!!

      • Ashley permalink
        February 4, 2015 2:59 pm

        I am in love with this recipe. even my dad stubborn against all things natural loves it!

  3. VVernhard permalink
    April 3, 2013 5:36 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food und kommentierte:
    Mal was anderes als Essen. Aber sicher auch was für die Seele.

  4. April 3, 2013 5:38 am

    Sounds amazing…. I always get sketched out by the crazy ingredients in store bought lotions and stuff so I cant wait to make this!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:31 pm

      Me too! I prefer the natural route :)

  5. April 3, 2013 3:00 pm

    Reblogged this on lovedelara and commented:
    God willing, I cannot wait to try this! Looks amazing, taking my coconut oil love to another level!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:35 pm

      It’s good stuff! I hope you like it !

      • April 5, 2013 5:07 pm

        It’s a great gift idea too ;)

      • December 8, 2015 6:12 am

        Love this stuff and you are adorable. I made this for me and also for my pregnant daughter for her belly. We can’t have stretch marks :)!!! Happy Holidays!

  6. candyflossequations permalink
    April 4, 2013 2:45 am

    This looks like gorgeous stuff!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 5, 2013 2:36 pm

      I love it, it keeps me moisturized all day and it’s not too greasy, my skin just soaks it in. I hope you give it a try :)

  7. April 28, 2013 7:48 am

    Reblogged this on NOSH-ME and commented:
    Very good info – I will try out for sure soo

  8. Lauren permalink
    May 4, 2013 10:18 pm

    I made this for a mother’s day gift and it turned out great! I’m so glad I filled a half pint jar for my mom and one for me. I’ve used it multiple times in just the last 24 hours.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 6, 2013 8:51 am

      Lauren, that’s awesome!! I hope mom enjoys!! I’m posting a Mother’s Day edition of homemade beauty this Friday as well! xo

  9. honesthealthblog permalink
    May 7, 2013 6:50 am

    Sorry to bother you, but just a quick note from to let you know that I recently featured your article in my new blog post on the top 12 DIY body butter recipes.

    We found your recipe online and really liked it, but let me know if there is a problem! We have linked it back to your site.

    If you enjoy our post please share it with your fans!


    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      May 7, 2013 9:47 am

      Yes, of course! Thank you for featuring me in your round-up and thank you for giving me a heads up, I appreciate it.

  10. love and cupcakes permalink*
    May 7, 2013 8:35 am

    Yes, of course! Thank you for featuring me and for giving me a heads up. I appreciate it :)

  11. Jenn permalink
    June 7, 2013 6:46 pm

    will this work with cocoa butter instead of shea?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 7, 2013 7:13 pm

      I’m sure it’ll work just fine!!

  12. Debbie Gomer permalink
    November 13, 2013 4:14 am

    I just made a big batch this weekend. It is so yummy. My skin is so happy. It will make a great gift for the holidays.

  13. November 25, 2013 6:47 am

    I don’t think my coconut oil is raw. Is that ok?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      November 25, 2013 2:41 pm

      I think that’s fine! Enjoy!

  14. January 20, 2014 8:36 am

    I am really excited to try this but I do not have a stand up mixer.. do you think hand beating it will work?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 20, 2014 10:14 am

      Hi Alli,

      I think a hand mixer will work just fine. Good luck!

  15. January 20, 2014 5:06 pm

    I detest coconut. Can it be substituted with something else?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 21, 2014 2:51 am

      Try replacing the coconut oil with raw cocoa butter :) all of these ingredients are easily found on Amazon or health food stores. Good luck!

  16. Chloe permalink
    January 21, 2014 12:59 pm

    This looks great! Can’t wait to make some, was wondering where you got that label from? I like it :)


    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 21, 2014 3:28 pm

      The labels are from Paper Source :)

  17. yojalma permalink
    January 28, 2014 9:48 pm

    I made this a while ago and I am in body butter heaven! Never Again will I buy any! Thank you!!!!

  18. Dawn permalink
    February 16, 2014 1:45 pm

    This is my 3rd time making this and I love it! When I was almost out this time, my husband put in a request for some. I use it in my kinky curly hair, on my face and body. It has even kept my feet smooth this winter. Great moisturizer! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  19. leigh permalink
    March 26, 2014 8:03 am your recipes!! I’m starting to understand the benefits of using all natural ingredients on my skin and the family. Where do you purchase those cute glass jars?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 10, 2014 9:34 am

      You can find mason jars at most grocery stores :)

  20. megan permalink
    March 31, 2014 4:52 am

    hello! I’d love to try this recipe, and I have everything to make it. My one question is, can I use an electric mixer instead of a stand mixer? Will it produce the same results?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 31, 2014 10:15 am

      I’m sure it’ll work out just fine w8th a hand mixer!

  21. Larissa permalink
    June 5, 2014 1:19 pm

    Where would I find real/Organic shea butter.

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 5, 2014 1:26 pm

      I purchased mine on amazon :)

  22. Sheena permalink
    June 10, 2014 8:30 pm

    Have you ever made this with beeswax? I want to make your recipe because I haven’t seen any comments on it leaving you “greasy” feeling but was just thinking of adding beeswax for more nutrients for my skin. I’ve been doing lots and lots of research and I keep reading that oils will just sit on your skin and not get absorbed but I kind of beg to differ with that. I use organic sweet almond oil as my “lotion” and my skin just soaks it right up! With the beeswax I was thinking that maybe it would lock the oils in per say while adding a bit of extra yumminess. What do you think?

    • Georgia permalink
      June 11, 2014 1:59 am

      How long will it last for ? im making some for friends ! :) thanks x

    • Jen O permalink
      July 10, 2014 7:46 am

      I was wondering about the beeswax as well. Has anyone tried with beeswax yet?

      • LuLu permalink
        July 23, 2014 11:46 am

        The beeswax will make the recipe firm up. If the grease is a real problem add a small amount of tapioca starch. It will cut the grease and leave a smooth finish.

  23. Rochele Keeler permalink
    July 12, 2014 5:32 am

    I have been looking for shea butter . I was buying it at walgreens tell they stopped selling it. I was so happy to see. Cant wait to make. Thank you.

  24. Joy permalink
    August 9, 2014 11:28 am

    I don’t have a standing mixer with a whisk attachment. Can I just use my regular mixer or do this by hand with the same effect?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      August 9, 2014 5:31 pm

      Joy, yes! That should work fine :)

  25. August 27, 2014 9:37 pm

    Reblogged this on gottagetagift and commented:
    This sounds so wonderful and it looks luscious. Not to eat of course but imagine how good it would feel on your skin.
    I made a short cut version with baby lotion, vitamin E and vaseline which was good, but this is much better. Especially when you can add the essential oil. Love lavender!

  26. Beth permalink
    August 29, 2014 11:25 am

    Thank you so much for all these amazing recipes! I made the shea body butter last night and it turned out greasier than I hoped for. It whipped great and does soak in after about 5 mins. Is there a way to re-melt the final product to add something to cut down on the oily feel or do I need to start from scratch?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 3, 2014 8:05 pm

      Hi Beth,
      I’m not sure if you can re-melt because I’ve never tried but it seems like it would work. I’d love to know how it works out for you.

  27. Meike permalink
    September 1, 2014 6:09 pm

    Hi, so excited to try this and other recipes. Wondering, as there are no preservatives, what is the shelve live unrefridgerated? thanks for sharing :-)

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      September 3, 2014 8:07 pm

      None of the ingredients actually need to be refrigerated, so I’d think the shelf life is indefinite but please don’t quote me. I’ve had some of my homemade butters well over a year and they’re still working just fine.

  28. jyoti permalink
    November 23, 2014 8:27 am

    Can I use half shea and half cocoa butter? I made this last year and felt like it could use some smell/flavor. What do you suggest?

  29. jyoti permalink
    November 23, 2014 8:30 am

    I hit send too soon – it was amazing on my skin though :)

  30. margaret woodford permalink
    December 13, 2014 1:15 pm

    looks wonderful!…can i add some cornstarch (how much) to make it less greasy? ..thanks

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 1, 2015 8:50 am

      I’m not sure about adding cornstarch, I’ve never tried. It’s not very greasy to begin with though. A little goes a long way :)

  31. Michelle permalink
    December 26, 2014 3:31 pm

    Just made this (my first personal care DIY) and I *love* it! I looked at so many recipes and was concerned about wasting high cost ingredients for a flop. This turned out to be a great success! Easy, smells great even without essential oils, and no greasy residue. Love!!!

  32. Amanda permalink
    December 28, 2014 6:21 am

    I just made this yesterday and I LOVE it! I don’t know why I waited so long to make body butter. :) Thanks for the recipe! For the 1/4 c liquid oil, I used half (2 Tbsp) sweet almond oil and half (2 Tbsp) macadamia nut oil. Yummy. I put it on my face last night, and even with this dry winter air, I woke up with silky smooth skin.

  33. jacca permalink
    January 2, 2015 9:24 am

    I made this using African shea butter and I don;t like the smell at all. Does all shea butter smell the same?? It also came out very lumpy and greasy. Could I use a blender??

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      January 3, 2015 6:56 pm

      I’m not sure if all shea butters smell the same but using essential oils like lavender can camouflage the scent if the natural shea butter isn’t something you’re into. As far as the lumpiness, the processing should have solved that issue, I’m not 100% sure that a blender would render the same smoothness as a food processor. Maybe something like a Ninja, Blentec or Vitamix might work. I wish I could be more helpful! Sorry it wasn’t successful.

  34. Ashley permalink
    January 19, 2015 2:01 am

    am I able to add lavender to it at all?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 22, 2015 9:24 am

      Sure, you can add any essential oil of your choice.

  35. Sherry Gammon permalink
    January 19, 2015 6:50 am

    For the past 14 years I’ve use this recipe except I add tea tree oil and minus the coconut, for my rosacea. It works like a gem and the best part: no prescription meds needed!! Thanks for the post. Think I’ll try added the coconut oil. I’ve been reading great things about it!

    • Sherry Gammon permalink
      February 27, 2015 7:44 am

      Good for the face?? or too greasy?

      • love and cupcakes permalink*
        February 27, 2015 7:46 am

        Maybe a little too greasy for my taste, but if you just use a tiny bit that might feel okay.

  36. Krista permalink
    January 19, 2015 8:21 am

    Love this recipe! I’ve used it so many times that I know it by heart! Thanks so much for sharing!

  37. Pat permalink
    January 19, 2015 1:43 pm

    Mine turned out darker than what is pictured.

  38. Tara permalink
    February 14, 2015 4:44 pm

    Sorry if this was already asked, but will this harden because I’ve made a few body butters that harden then I can’t use them?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 27, 2015 7:42 am

      Hi Tara, my butter hasn’t hardened and it’s been about a year since I last made a batch. Hope that helps :)

  39. Dawn B permalink
    March 5, 2015 2:15 pm

    I would like to know where I can find those little wooden spoons?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      March 10, 2015 1:18 pm

      They’re leftover inventory from the online shop my husband and I used to have. We closed it down last year after having our daughter. I actually have dozens left and I’ve always had it in mind to have a flash sale on the blog to get rid of our inventory. If that ever happens, I’ll let you know!

  40. March 17, 2015 10:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I just made it using half cocoa butter and the addition of lavender and vanilla essential oil sand jojoba and extra virgin olive oil in place of almond oil. Great recipe! I’m gifting it along with some homemade soap and bath soaking salt. Quick question if you can offer advice: I live in Central Texas and the house can be anywhere from 70 degrees to close to 80. Should I store this stuff in the fridge or should a dark, cool cabinet/pantry do fine? Thanks a ton! :)

  41. Deb permalink
    April 27, 2015 8:12 am

    Can you use sweet almond oil instead of almond oil?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      April 27, 2015 8:25 pm

      Hi Deb, I’m not sure what sweet almond oil is or what it’s health benefits are but you can basically substitute any natural oil.

      • Katie permalink
        May 4, 2015 6:47 pm

        Hi! Mine didn’t firm up…? Do you know why that might happen?

        • love and cupcakes permalink*
          May 5, 2015 3:31 pm

          Hi Katie, it’s hard to tell but maybe it’s too warm? Have you tried refrigerating it for a little? I hate not being able to help properly but since I can’t see it or how you made it for myself, it’s tough to trouble shoot! So sorry it didn’t work out for you. Hope you give it another try, this really is a favorite recipe of mine :)

  42. June 15, 2015 7:51 pm

    Hi There, this recipe looks great. I’m looking for recipes like this to put on our website in New Zealand and to sell some of the ingredients as well. Could we please put your recipe on our website and credit and link it to you? Our website is Look forward to hearing from you.

  43. Amanada permalink
    February 15, 2016 6:35 pm

    Where did you get the shea butter. The link posted is in a blob and i was looking for the one that looks like the one you used. Looks hardened. I dont want the softened

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      February 15, 2016 7:08 pm

      I purchased my shea butter on amazon. The link may no longer be the same since I posted this so long ago but do a quick search on Amazon and you will probably find something that works for you :)

  44. June 11, 2016 7:45 pm

    This stuff is amazing !!! I made all my sons teachers a spa day gift basket for end of school year !
    They all absolutely loved it !! Thank You Thank You

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 15, 2016 7:31 pm

      What a sweet idea!!

  45. Ellen permalink
    June 24, 2016 8:08 am

    I have a nut allergy. What other oil would you recommend

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      November 10, 2016 7:44 pm

      Hi Ellen, sorry for the delayed response. I think olive oil or grapeseed oil would make a good substitute. I’m not sure what the consistency would end up like though. It may be a little more liquid than a coconut oil base but should still have the same moisturizing benefits. Hope this helps!

  46. Tyler permalink
    July 16, 2016 11:58 am

    Can you use his in your face?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      July 26, 2016 4:18 pm

      Yes, definitely. I don’t like my face to feel too greasy so I would just spread a dab on my fingers and gently apply to my face.

      • lewis permalink
        July 28, 2017 10:40 am

        hi i was wondering the shelf life of this product thanks very much

        • love and cupcakes permalink*
          November 2, 2017 3:58 pm

          I keep what I’m not using in the refrigerator and what I am using in my bathroom cabinet and I’ve never had any trouble with mold and anything becoming rancid. I want to say indefinitely but, of course, I don’t know if that is exactly true. I can, however, vouch they this will last several months. I use mine so within a few months, it’s all gone. Hope this helps.

  47. Jessica permalink
    October 21, 2017 6:33 am

    This does WONDERS for my skin, but even after adding extra lavender, I cannot seem to mask the unappealing odor of the shea butter. Any tips?

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      November 2, 2017 3:54 pm

      Yeah, Shea butter seems to be more of an acquired scent. If your sensitive to it, I’m not sure you’ll ever fully mask it. It sounds like you’ve already made this recipe but maybe in the future, you can use a substitute like mango butter or cocoa butter. Even grapeseed oil might be good although this may result in a more liquid lotion. Hope this helps.

  48. Niasha permalink
    April 25, 2018 8:02 pm

    I needed a quick gift for tomorrow, luckily I had all the ingredients on hand. This recipe whipped up in no time and feels and smells so amazing! I added lavender essential oil. I will be making again, thank you!


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