This is a super simple lavender body butter recipe that your skin is going to love! It will give you a great moisture boost, will help heal those pesky winter skin cracks and will leave your skin smoothed, soothed and smelling fabulous! I opted to make this a more solid butter, my personal preference that I find more convenient for a handy lotion in my purse. If you prefer the lighter body butter options, feel free to whip up your recipe!
Shea Butter: This nutrient rich butter was traditionally used to manage skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis, and has growing research to support these uses. It’s the perfect go to for the driest skin and is especially useful if you skin tends to get itchy or irritated. Unrefined Shea butter has a light nutty aroma and is typically more nutrient dense than the refined options (those nutrients are responsible for many of Shea butter's therapeutic effects). When you’re looking for Shea butter, opt for an unrefined Shea butter for the best bang for your buck and be sure to source from ethical suppliers.
Cocoa Butter: Cocoa butter has a very similar therapeutic profile as Shea butter with the added bonus of smelling like chocolate! It’s way more solid than Shea butter at room temperature. As a result, even if you want to make the most chocolaty body butter out there.. I would still mix the cocoa butter with a lighter butter or oil. A 100% cocoa butter recipe will be quite hard and more difficult to use. Just like Shea butter, be sure that the cocoa butter you purchase is ethically sourced. If you don’t want to use cocoa butter, feel free to omit it from your recipe or opt for mango butter instead, which is a excellent alternative.
Lavender Essential Oil: If you’re going to purchase one essential oil, then I strongly recommend lavender! An incredibly versatile oil with a broad range of therapeutic effects. We all probably know about the anti-anxiety effects of lavender, but did you know it’s also effective for wound treatment, acne, eczema, bug bites and dandruff? Whoever you are, your skin can probably benefit from Lavender essential oil. Remember, essential oils are very potent and should be diluted (general rule of 1%, 2% or 3% dilution). If you’d like to learn more about essential oils and how to use them, check out our recent blog post about them!
Note, while coconut oil is a common recommendation for body butters, I tend to avoid using it when I make mine. It’s quite comedogenic (more likely to clog your pores), tends to make your recipe feel greasier and, if it accounts for more than about 25% of your recipe, will cause your body butter to melt if you're in a warmer room. If you’re still gunge-ho on coconut oil, I suggest adding a wee bit of arrowroot powder to your recipe. This will cut the greasy feeling and help your body butter absorb better to your skin.
- 2 tbsp Shea Butter
- 1 tbsp Cocoa Butter
- 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
On low heat, melt down your shea and cocoa butter.
Once melted, remove from the heat and set aside to cool slightly for 5-10 minutes
Pour your mixture in your container of choice.
Add your essential oil and stir your mixture.
Stick your container in the fridge for 20 minutes or until your body butter is completely solid.