whipped shea butter lotion DIY

shea butter lotion


There is a saying about beauty products that goes something like, “Don’t put anything on your skin that you couldn’t eat.” In the days of organic food, BPA free containers and chemical free beverages, we appear to be very careful with what we put into our bodies, however we often turn a blind eye to the chemicals that enter our bodies through our skin. I hadn’t given this too much thought until I received a book called There’s Lead in Your Lipstick. I have been so careful to eliminate poisons from my food supply, but I was still using comercial skincare products that contained extremely toxic chemicals. Reading about this stuff makes me both angry and depressed, so I’m going to skip the gory details and get to the good stuff- the following is a chemical free lotion that is actually GOOD for your body and you can make it yourself!

This recipe has four ingredients, and works better than many other lotions I’ve used in the past.


Shea Butter Lotion

1 cup      raw, unrefined shea butter,
1 cup      raw cocoa butter
1/2 cup  raw, virgin coconut oil
1 Tbs      orange dōTERRA essential oil
-Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil in a double boiler.
-Pour the mixture into a large glass bowl and refrigerate until the oil starts to set up again (it will look like wax cooling).
-Remove from the fridge and add the essential oil. You may use any scent you like, I prefer orange.
-Use electric beaters to whip to the desired consistency.
-Store in a glass container at room temperature.

Hint: to make your lotion less greasy, try adding a tablespoon or two of tapioca starch to the mixture.


It is important that you do not heat the butters and oil more than necessary, or it will kill the goodness that is inside. Shea, cocoa and coconut have healing properties that become ineffective if you heat them too much. Just keep them in the double boiler until they melt- no longer. I also recommend storing the lotion in a glass container. Many of our plastic drinking bottles are BPA free, but not all of our skincare containers are.

The coconut oil in this lotion tends to be greasy, so I recommend using the lotion immediately after you’ve stepped out of the shower, before you dry off. A little bit goes a long way, and everyone’s skin will absorb it differently. And please- do step out of the shower before applying! The shower floor can get super slippery when coconut oil hits it. After applying to wet skin, let yourself air dry, or blot dry with a towel. To avoid oil stains on clothing, allow the lotion to dry completely before dressing.

Commercial lotions may absorb quickly and completely, leave you with a faux tan, and smell like springtime in a jar, but at what cost? These attributes may make them a joy to use, but these benefits are possible because of harsh chemicals. Over time these foreign toxins can break down our cells, causing illness, allergic reactions and even disease. Lotions made of natural ingredients may feel a bit different than commercial lotions, but that is because they are a far cry from lotions that are packed with chemicals. Using healthy products may take some getting used to, but your body will thank you for it in the long run. Just remember, what we put onto our skin quickly finds it’s way into all of our bodies’ systems. Read the ingredients on your skincare products. Do you recognize half of them? Any of them? And most of all, would you be okay with eating them? The fact is, whether you put them in your mouth or on your skin, these ingredients will become a part of you and either hurt or heal you.

What is really encouraging is that just like healthy food, naturally made skincare can actually help to heal your body. Shea butter can heal eczema and psoriasis, help to restore skin’s elasticity and has some natural sun protection. Cocoa butter can help prevent cancer, boosts the immune system, and contains antioxidants that fight off free radicals. Coconut oil has a host of benefits that include improving heart health, boosting thyroid function, increasing metabolism, and supporting the immune system. Orange essential oil is an anti inflammatory, anti septic, it detoxifies and also boosts immunity. You may see this lotion as simply a moisturizer, but this combination can bring healing to your body.

For the past couple years I’ve been using this lotion on my shaved legs and (thanks to winter in Colorado) on my dry elbows and face, and I love it! You can experiment with the ingredients and amounts until you find something that is perfect for you.

If you’d like to read up on a few of the chemicals in common skincare products, here is a link and here’s another.


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36 Responses to whipped shea butter lotion DIY

  1. Evalyn says:

    Be careful with essential oils. Be sure you are not allergic or sensitive by doing a patch test. Apply a tiny bit to the inside of your wrist or the inside of your elbow and leave it for 24 hours. Redness, itching or swelling is a sign you should not apply that oil to your skin.

    I’ve been making a variation of this creme for some time now and love it.

  2. sbrak says:

    o boy. yes, i wouldn’t want anyone to crack their head open for the sake of oil :P
    so glad you are using such clean, toxin free lotions on your skin. now…for that toxic hair color :P (sorry, but as a former hair dresser who has denounced all the ‘salon’ and ‘professional’ products, i just have to mention that it is reeeeaallly bad for you)

  3. Christine says:

    Hi!!! Thank you for your article, and I agree. I’m wondering where you purchase your cocoa and Shea butter? Can I use the coconut oil from the grocery store? I can’t wait to try this out.

    • nataJane says:

      Hi Christine! For this batch I did get my supplies from the grocery store (Whole Foods, I think). Just make sure you are getting the raw products, without any additional processing or ingredients. When you are ready to make more, there are sites online where you can buy it for much cheaper.

      If anyone has a good online vender, I’d love to get your recommendation!

  4. Hi! Made a batch of this for my daughter this afternoon with a minor adjustment (split the Tbs. of essential oil with Witch Hazel distillate). It turned out well, so I blogged about it (linking back to you for credit, of course)! Just thought I’d share, and say Thank You!


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  7. Tom Andreen says:

    The healing qualities of Shea butter are due to the presence of several fatty acids and plant sterols, namely oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids. These oil-soluble components are nonsaponifiable, meaning they do not undergo saponification, or convert to soap, when introduced to an alkali. Shea butter possesses a significantly greater nonsaponifiable fraction than most other nut oils and fats, which lends the substance greater healing potential for the skin.^^”-

    Have a good week

  8. Jean Marie says:

    Love this! Thanks so much.
    Cracked Skin Care

  9. Ariel says:

    Does anybody have a good recipe for a honey version of this lotion?

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  11. Lea says:

    Will this stay whipped at room temp??

  12. Tasha says:

    On the pic you posted with the article, I was wondering where did you get the container? I have had a hard time finding nice containers.
    Thank you

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  16. Vanessa says:

    Hi! If I wanted to make the lotion less greasy, would I be able to use less coconut oil?

  17. Dawn McK says:

    I’ve been researching lotions for my daughter who is allergic to Coconut, aloe, and peanuts. Although this has coconut, I can switch it out. But I wanted to let you know that to cut greasiness in lotions and butters you add starch (corn or tapioca) by the tablespoon to the mix. it cuts greasiness and adds silkiness!

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  19. Becky says:

    I stumbled upon this a few months ago & thought I’d make half a batch to see if I like it or not. I’ve been using it ever since & I absolutely love it!! I’m a member of doTERRA so am experimenting w/this recipe by also adding a few drops of frankincense,peppermint,or lavender oils. Thanks for sharing :)

    One question,have you ever tried using this as a sunscreen? Or do you have any experience with any DIY sunscreen “without” zinc oxide?

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  21. Cori says:

    I halved this recipe and for some reason it is way too thick and not as moisturizing as I had hoped but I think that is because it is hard to spread. It is possible I left it in the refrigerator too long. How can I thin it out? Adding some olive oil? Any help would definitely be appreciated.

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  23. Jill says:

    Love this! I’m thinking of making some to give out as Christmas gifts as trying to do all home made this year.

  24. Jelu says:

    Hi! can i put some beeswax in this to make it absorb in the skin quickly please? If yes how much with the same amount of portions you have used?

  25. Aimee says:

    Do you really need to use the essential oils? My daughter (18 mths) has eczema and is very sensitive. This sounds perfect for her but not with the oils.

  26. Shea butter cream used for skin, hair and body.

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