Make Your Own Body Butter

by Jade Shutes

Vanilla Infused Shea Coconut Body Butter


  • 6.6 ounces Shea butter
  • 3.3 ounces Coconut
  • 1/4 cup (1.715 oz) Vanilla infused jojoba oil (to learn how to make: vanilla bean infusion)
  • 1/4 cup (1.91 oz) Avocado oil
  • 1 tsp (.145 oz) Sea buckthorn co2 extract (optional: don’t worry if you don’t have this. Add in calendula herbal oil or simply more avocado oil.)

*All ingredients certified organic.

Essential oils: I put three different ‘scents’ in different jars, as follows:

  • Cardamom: 12-15 drops Cardamom in each jar (made 3 jars)
  • Neroli: 6-7 drops Neroli (made 2 jars)
  • Lavender: 15 -20 drops Lavender  (made 3 jars)

To make Vanilla Shea Coconut Body Butter


Step 1: Weigh and measure all ingredients.


Step 2: Gently melt shea butter and coconut oil in double boiler.


Adding shea to double boiler


Coconut oil and Shea butter melting in double boiler

Step Three: Stir mix well while it is melting. Just before the shea and coconut are completely melted, remove from heat.


Stir shea and coconut with stainless steel fork or whisk

**While this is melting (or before) add drops of essential oils into clean sterilized glass jars. See drops per jar.


Adding individual essential oils to separate jars

Step Four: Add in vanilla infused jojoba, avocado and sea buckthorn co2 extract


Adding Vanilla infused jojoba


Adding in avocado oil


Adding in Sea Buckthorn co2 extract

Be sure to stir well with stainless steel fork.

Step Five: Pour a bit of mix into a jar, cap and shake and set aside. Continue to next jar.


Pouring into jars


Shake each jar as you fill it


Jars before heading to freezer

Step 6: Place completed jars with lids on, in the freezer for about 30 minutes to help the shea butter set.


Jars in freezer for 30 minutes to support shea butter setting properly

Step 7: After 30 minutes, remove from freezer and set out in cool area.  It can take up to 12-24 hours for a butter to completely set.


Post freezer

Step Eight:  While the butter is setting and hardening, take time to make labels!  Label each jar with all ingredients.  I am in the midst of making labels and will post pictures as soon as they are complete.  I ended up putting the butter jars in the refrigerator to solidify as it is hot and humid here even with air conditioning!

After 12-24 hours, the butter is Ready to use! This butter will stay ‘solid’ when kept refrigerated and will soften when at room temperature during the summer months.  Enjoy this rich emollient soothing body butter to nourish your skin!


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