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Cocoa butter

Shea butter

Coconut oil

Other carrier oils


Vitamin E oil

Grapefruit seed extract´╗┐

Bergamot essential oil

Chamomile essential oil

Cinnamon essential oil

Clary sage essential oil

Ginger essential oil

Grapefruit essential oil

Lavender essential oil

Orange essential oil

Palmarosa essential oil

Patchouli essential oil

Rose Geranium essential oil

Rose essential oil

Sandalwood essential oil

Vetiver essential oil

Ylang Ylang essential oil


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Soothing Shea Butter Lotion Recipe

Hydrate and rejuvenate dry, cracked skin with this easy shea butter lotion bar recipe... Mmmmm!

This deeply nourishing shea butter lotion recipe is perfect for dry, cracked or irritated skin. It's great in winter for wind-chapped skin, and in summer it can help soothe and heal burned, peeling skin.

This lotion bar recipe makes a solid bar, much like a soap bar, which melts as you rub it into your skin. It's easy to make - just follow the basic instructions on how to make body butter outlined below.

The secret to maximizing the benefits of a lotion bar recipe like this one is to apply it to damp skin - it seals the moisture into your skin while also nourishing with vitamins and such.

Soothing Shea Butter Lotion Recipe


3/4 cup (4.5oz) Cocoa butter

3/4 cup (4.5oz) Shea Butter

3/4 cup (4.5oz) unrefined Coconut oil or other carrier oil (see below for ideas)

3/4 cup (4.5oz) Beeswax

1/4 teaspoon Vitamin E (or 1 capsule)

5 drops Grapefruit Seed extract

30 drops essential oil - see below for blends


  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 butter, Shea butter and Coconut oil 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, wax and oil are melted.

  3. Cook at a low heat for about 5 minutes. Do not allow to boil (or even simmer!)

  4. Remove from the heat and add the Vitamin E, grapefruit seed extract and essential oils. Using a metal spoon, stir to combine. (A wooden spoon absorbs the scent of essential oils.)

  5. Pour the liquid mixture into soap molds and let cool. (I personally use silicone muffin cups. You could even use the bottoms of individual sized yogurt cups or pretty much anything that's the size you want your finished lotion bar to be.) It will harden as it cools.

  6. Remove from the molds. If the lotion bar sticks in the mold, set the mold into some warm water to melt the edges a bit, then tip the bar out of the mold. 

  7. Store each lotion bar individually in parchment paper, plastic wrap or ziplock bags to prevent them from getting dusty and losing their scent over time.

  8. To use, simply rub the aromatherapy body butter bar into your skin - it melts as it warms up to skin temperature! Great for hands, feet, elbows and even lips!

Update: On the subject of molds, I find the rigid plastic molds unbelievably frustrating to get anything out of. I've given up on them completely now and am using only silicone. Grrr!

Customizing Your Shea Butter Lotion Recipe

Here's some suggestions for scenting your shea butter lotion recipe:

Cheerful Citrus
8 drops each grapefruit, orange and bergamot, 2 drops each rose geranium and ylang ylang.

Soothing Lavender
12 drops each lavender and orange, 2 drops each chamomile and ylang ylang.

Sensual Rose
8 drops each lavender, palmarosa and rose absolute, 3 drops each clary sage and rose geranium.

Exotic Sandalwood
10 drops sandalwood, 8 drops patchouli, 8 drops orange 1 drop each cinnamon, ginger, vetiver and ylang ylang.

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 shea butter lotion bar recipe.

I don't recommend putting your aromatherapy body butter bars into the freezer to harden as some recipes suggest - I find it reduces the scent, and it can also cause the bars to crack.

Replace some or all of the coconut oil with other carrier oils specific for your skin type such as Sweet Almond or Jojoba oil. Browse through the aromatherapy carrier oils page to see which oils suit your skin the best.

To make a softer lotion bar recipe, reduce the beeswax by half.

Where to Buy Shea Butter Lotion Bar Recipe Ingredients

My favorite supplier for aromatherapy body butter ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are good, their staff are friendly and helpful, and their quality is excellent. Here's some quick links to the ingredients you'll need for this shea butter lotion recipe...

Where to Buy Organic Body Butter Products

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

Organic body butter with shea and mango butter, kukui nut oil and a sweet, natrual tropical scent. Amazing!

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

African American body butter with shea, mowrah, kokum and illipe butters (exotic and super-hydrating!) frankicense and carrot seed essential oils to erase wrinkles.

What Next?

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

Lush Lavender Body Butter

Moonlit Melts Massage Oil Candles

Sparkling Citrus Body Butter

Honey Kissed Body Butter Massage Cream

Vanilla Cream Massage Oil Lotion Bar

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