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DIY Silky Body Butter for Healthy Skin

DIY Silky Body Butter for Healthy Skin

Today I am sharing with you a very simple DIY recipe for making a moisturizing body butter.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, and coconut oil mix together delightfully to make a can’t-live-without skin butter for anyone living in dry climates, struggling with cracked skin in the winter time, or dealing with sunburns.  I have used this on pretty nasty sunburns and have successfully avoided peeling and had skin go back to normal much faster than otherwise -- not to mention how insanely soothing it is on burned skin. I also find this recipe to make for an excellent chapstick -- I always put a little bit in a small container that will fit in my purse, and I haven’t bought chapstick in years since I have been doing so.

What is great about this recipe is how EASY it is.  All you have to do is measure out the ingredients in a glass bowl, place the bowl on a pan of boiling water, and wait for it to all melt together.  Once melted, pour it into your jar of choice and place it in the freezer to harden together into a buttery consistency. Because of the ease and the flexibility of the ingredient amounts, you may find yourself adjusting the recipe to your liking.  

Without further ado- here is the recipe that I use:

Body Butter Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Coconut Oil
  • 1 oz Shea Butter
  • 1 oz Cocoa Butter
  • .5 oz beeswax (optional; this makes the butter less oily and stick better to your skin)


Body Butter Instructions

  1. Measure out ingredients and combine into a glass bowl
  2. Bring a pan of water to a boil
  3. Place the bowl of ingredients on the pan of boiling water (taking care not to get any water in the bowl)
  4. Once melted, pour the liquid into your jar of choice
  5. Place the jar in the freezer to harden (about 30 minutes for this amount)


If you would like to make more of this, just double or triple the measurements of the ingredients and keep it in the freezer to harden for a longer period of time.  You can play around with the ingredients, and you don’t absolutely have to use both cocoa butter and shea butter, one or the other will work fine. Cocoa butter has a harder consistency and would need more oil to balance it out, and shea butter has a softer consistency and wouldn’t need as much oil.


I hope you enjoy your body butter!

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