Aromatherapy Body Butter Recipe

Learn how to make body butter and heal dry, cracked, unhappy skin

This rich aromatherapy body butter is deeply moisturizing and nourishing - one of the nicest skincare products you can make for yourself.

Not only do the butters and oils feed your skin with vitamins and minerals, but the essential oils promote the growth of healthy new skin cells (especially good for aging, dry, devitalized skin, as well as eczema and psoriasis.)

Plus, its lush lavender scent is deeply soothing and relaxing to your nerves, taking care of the inner you as well!

Aromatherapy Body Butter Recipe


       1/4 cup (1.5oz) Cocoa Butter

       1 cup (6oz) Shea Butter

       2 tablespoons Kukui or Sweet Almond oil

       1 tablespoon Jojoba oil

       1 tablespoon Rosehip or Sea Buckthorn oil

       1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)

       1 teaspoon Corn Starch (reduces the "greasy" feeling)

Lavender Flower Blend

20 drops Lavender essential oil

5 drops Frankincense essential oil

2 drops Palmarosa essential oil

2 drops Rose Geranium essential oil

Lavender Spice Blend

20 drops Lavender essential oil

4 drops Patchouli essential oil

4 drops Sandalwood essential oil

2 drops Cedarwood essential oil


  1. Put about an inch (2.5cm) of water in the bottom of a medium-sized pot and heat to a low simmer.
  2. Place the Cocoa and Shea butter in a large heat-proof glass measuring cup (such as Pyrex.) Place the measuring cup in the water and warm slowly over a low heat until the butters are melted.
  3. Cook at a low heat for about 20 minutes (helps reduce the "grainy" feeling of the cocoa butter.) Do not allow to boil (or even simmer!)
  4. Remove from the heat and add the remaining ingredients. Using a metal spoon, stir to combine. (A wooden spoon absorbs the scent of essential oils.)
  5. Using an electric hand mixer, whip the butter continually for several minutes (just like you would frosting.) As you keep mixing, it will start to look like whipped cream. The more you whip it, the lighter it will become (surprise!)
  6. Option 1: Cold Water Bath. Set the measuring cup into a large bowl filled with ice water to help cool the butter faster. Whip the butter continually until peaks form on top.

    Option 2: All Day Method. Let the mixture sit for several hours to cool and set. As it's setting, whip every couple of hours during the course of the day until the mixture has set to the correct texture.

  7. Spoon into dark glass or PET plastic jars. To reduce air bubbles, tap the jar sharply on the counter occasionally as you're filling it. Makes about 8 ounces (250ml) of lavender body butter.

Customizing Your Aromatherapy Body Butter Recipe

This recipe makes a fairly firm aromatherapy body butter. To make it lighter, replace the cocoa butter with shea butter.

Stirring the mixture with a spoon will give you a very firm consistency, more like a bar than a whipped butter. Pour the body butter into a deodorant tube or a silicone cupcake mold and let it cool.

You can reduce the strength of the scent by decreasing the number of drops of essential oils. Don't increase the essential oils, however, since they should only be a certain percentage of the total body butter recipe.

You can customize your blends further by changing your carrier oils. Avocado or Evening Primrose oil could be good for this body butter recipe. Read the carrier oils page and see what might work for you.

You can also try replacing some of the carrier oils with lotion to reduce the "greasy" feeling.

Play around with the recipe - experiment to see what you like best.

One of the great things about making body butter is that if you're not happy with the consistency the first time you make it, you can re-melt the mixture and re-whip it. Don't be afraid to whip and whip and whip it!

Try this trick for healing dry, rough or problem skin: After your shower, don't dry off all the way - just pat most of the water off your skin. Next apply lotion to your damp skin and finally, to lock in all that healthy moisture, apply your aromatherapy body butter. It really works!

Where to Buy Aromatherapy Body Butter Ingredients

One of my favorite suppliers for aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent, their staff are lovely, and their quality is great. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this aromatherapy body butter recipe...

You can find corn starch at your supermarket, and vitamin E at your local pharmacy (or maybe the pharmacy section of your supermarket!) I haven't yet found a good supplier for the deodorant tubes, so if you know of a good company, please let everyone know in the Body Butter Q & A. Thanks!

Where to Buy Organic Body Butter

I found a great company called Just Natural that makes really good organic skin care (and hair care) products. Check out these tempting treats...

shea butter lotion

Shea Body Butter with shea and mango butter, kukui nut oil and a sweet, natural tropical scent. Amazing!

organic face butter

Organic Facial Butterwith almond, shea and mowrah butters, plus carrot seed essential oil to fix rough skin patches and blotches. Great for winter!

organic body butter

African American Body Butter with shea, mowrah, kokum and illipe butters (super-hydrating!) plus essential oils to erase wrinkles.

shea butter lip balm

Shea Butter Lip Balm with hydrating butters and oils to heal and nourish the delicate skin of your lips. SPF 15.

If you're looking for skin care help for eczema and psoriasis, they also have some excellent information and products to take care of it.

What Next?

Check out the Body Butter Q & A if you have questions about how to make aromatherapy body butter or any of the ingredients. Then go ahead and make some of these other body butter recipes...

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