DIY Body Butter using essential oils

As they say in Game of Thrones… Winter is coming.

Which means it’s that time of year when my skin gets as dry and ashy as a White Walker with a bad case of the blue eyes.  Yeah, not pretty.

Before someone sticks an obsidian shiv in my ribs, let me show y’all how I have started making my own DIY Body Butter using essential oils!

DIY Body Butter Recipe

This recipe is super simple, but you’re going to need a few key ingredients first.

Whipped Body Butter Recipe:

1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup raw shea butter
2 oz sweet almond oil (you could sub jojoba oil)
Young Living essential oils of your choice (see below for my suggestions!)

Using a saucepan over low heat, melt all those oils together completely until they are liquified. Pour into a stainless steel bowl (I used my Kitchenaid mixing bowl) then sit it in fridge. Once it starts to harden back up so that you can see your fingerprint in it (this could take anywhere from a few hours to overnight), whip it up for a few minutes with the mixer until it is light and fluffy like cake icing.  Yields one to two cups.

This recipe makes about one cup, which fits perfectly inside these cute half pint Mason jars (I get them at Walmart).  If you add essential oils, be sure to avoid any delicate areas like your eyes, ears or other sensitive parts! (You know the ones…) and always store in an airtight glass container so the oils won’t leach any yucky chemicals out into the lotion. If you keep it stored in an airtight container in a cool place without direct sunlight it should last quite a while! I’ve had some I’ve been using for about 6 months. If it gets hot it will melt and lose it’s fluff, though, so keep that in mind.  If it does melt, no worries…it would still be useable, just not as light and creamy.


Now comes the fun part!  Using this body butter cream as a base, you can mix in a few drops of essential oils to make it smell absolutely delicious. Here are a few of my favorite scents to take this body butter from excellent to over-the-top-amazing:

Add 20 drops Lemon essential oil to make it smell like lemon custard ice cream. YUMMMMMMM.  Please don’t eat it, even though you might be tempted.


Or, add 20 drops Lavender essential oil for a calm, relaxing scent that smells like a lavender sachet under your pillow….


Or, add 20 drops Peppermint essential oil for a happy, invigorating foot cream.


Are you ready to dip your toes into the world of essential oils yet?  Click Here to get started!


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  1. Darn, I’m a day late! I’ve been thinking about the oils since Haven! I’m very interested in learning more! LOVE the body butter idea! xo

  2. Oh how nice! It will be lovely to make these myself. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Eva Salas says:

    Hi! I like your easy recipe for body butter. I wouldn’t, however, use lemon EO on a leave-on product such as body butter. It’s photosensitive and greatly enhances absorption of the sun on the skin.

  4. I love this! Did you purchase the ingredients from the amazon links you provided? I am trying to decide how much of each I would need to order to triple the recipe.

  5. Carolyn Geis says:

    I have read your recipe for the body butter a million times and do not see where it shows how much this recipe makes. The basic ingredients add up to 20 oz, does it make 20 oz of body butter or what? this is critical ti deciding if I want to do this or not.
    Also 20 + drops of essential oils seems like a lot , I do not want this to me too intense. I would appreciate your opinion on this, thanks.

    • Hey Carolyn. This recipe will make about 1-2 cups of body butter, depending on how much you whip it to make it big and fluffy. The more air that gets incorporated = more volumes of body butter. Your results may vary. It’s a super flexible recipe, though, so give it a whirl and see what you think!

      20 drops in that amount of carrier oils is not over doing it, in my opinion. In fact, the shea and coconut butters have very strong smells by themselves, so it takes a fair amount of the essential oils to cover them.

  6. Carolyn Geis says:

    This recipe is different than the one I had pulled earlier, it is smaller but still has quite a bit of essential oils added….I hope this works.

  7. Can use May Chang EO for a lovely lemon scent and no photosensitivity

  8. I want to try this out, but I don’t have a kitchen aid! Could I possibly use my magic bullet? and do you absolutely need the sweet almond oil? like what would be the differences if I didn’t use it?

    Thank you!

  9. Brandy Barrett says:

    I melted my shea butter and my coconut oil in a saucepan. I put it in my mixing bowl and then in the fridge for less than an hour. When I pulled it out, it was solid, not frozen just solid. I am waiting for it to come back to a softer state before proceeding. Is this going to effect the outcome of the butter?

  10. Hello,

    Does it make a difference in the measurement if you use cocoa butter instead of shea? Also, what does adding the sweet almond oil do? I used a different recipe before seeing this one and it was only coconut oil and cocoa butter and then essential oil and I probably didn’t let it sit long enough or mix it enough because although it smells great and does soften it is more of a mashed potato consistency rather than smooth and creamy. I also have a hand mixer and not a big standalone mixer, but I don’t think that should make a difference. I am looking to make these for Christmas and although I love the one I made I would like it to be creamier. Thanks for any help you can be!

    • I’ve never used cocoa butter so I cannot speak for the consistency, but I expect it’s similar to shea and could be a good sub. The sweet almond is liquid at room temp, so it helps to make it “fluff” up when you pour it slowly into the mixture while whipping. A hand mixture should work ok. Have you seen my video tutorial showing how to make body butter? Be sure to check it out for the process!

  11. I just did a couple 4 ounce jelly jars (one peppermint and one grapefruit) and they came out AMAZING! (I did check out your video this morning and so glad you posted it! Thank you!)

    I don’t have anything but a regular ol’ hand mixer and have “naturally refined” shea butter, but let me tell you! This whipped up BEAUTIFULLY! I did put the bowl back in the fridge a couple of times when things got a little soft during the whipping process, but I am super impressed with how this turned out and how easy it was to make. I tripled the recipe and the melted oils are chilling in the fridge right now and will be making this batch lavender. (That’s a popular fragrance!)

    These will make wonderful compliments to the coordinating bath salts and sugar scrubs I am making for my friends for Christmas.

    Thanks for posting this!

    ~~Jules, your new follower. 😉

  12. P.S….The triple batch of lavender came out terrific, with some leftover (yay!).

  13. I just made your recipe using cocoa butter instead of Shea butter and it turned out great!

  14. Jen Sutton says:

    So I made some of this with the intention of giving it to several people for Christmas, but I tried some myself on my hands and I did not like it – very oily and did not soak into my skin well at all. I ended up having to wipe the inside of my hands off. Is this the norm? The body butter I’ve bought pre-made has not been like this. I didn’t put the almond oil in because I saw other recipes that didn’t include it, so didn’t think it was necessary – is that the problem?

  15. …and now I am making a small batch of tea tree-lemon…I used my lavender last night and am ridiculously hooked!

    Thanks, Beth, and Merry Christmas! 😀

  16. Do you have any suggestions for getting it to be thicker? It’s so nice but it gets really oily when I put it on and I have to wait for it to dry.

    Thank you!


  17. I definitely put the almond oil in at the beginning, is there any way mine will still work?

  18. LOVE this recipe! I used grapeseed oil and it still kept its nice white color. I was never able to get mine to whip to that consistency until I added a 1/2 tablespoon of melted bees wax to it. I don’t know if I did something wrong or what but adding the beeswax worked great and I LOVE the way it makes my skin feel!

  19. great recipes am planning a mother daughter day for friends these will be easy recipes to use! thanks

  20. Is it common for the Shea. Butter to be a little funky smelling?

  21. I have made body butter a few times and the essential oils that I use to not make a lasting scent at all. Is there a brand of essential oils that you reccomend?

  22. Jessica Madrid says:

    Hello I would like to make this body butter but can I use avocado oil instead? and what would the amount be? thanks!

  23. Quick question~where do i add the esstenial oil? Into the cream or on my feet

  24. Hi!
    Love it! :-)
    Storage time?


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