Simple DIY Body Butter Recipe

I'm not a fan of cooking, so to get into the holiday spirit I've been stirring up a different kind of cheer. As you know, skincare and body products are my obsession so I've been getting really crafty. Candles, lip balms and even body butter has been in my repertoire. Impressed, huh? Me too. But seriously, making your own lotion is SUPER easy. I Googled a few recipes but at the end of the day, I came up with my own concoction. Lucky for you, all you need is shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil and your favorite - or not so favorite lotion. Yep, it's an amazing way to clean out your cabinets and infusing dry winter skin with a little extra oomph. 

So let's make it simple, here's what you need: 

1. 8 oz Lotion: Pick something unscented, low scent or your favorite scent you already have in your cabinet. Vanilla, sweet scent or no scent works best as shea and cocoa butter both have a slight chocolate scent. I used William Sonoma's Spiced Chestnut Hand Lotion which is my absolute favorite fall/winter scent. That being said, I had three extra bottles laying around (oops!). PS it's on sale right now for $7.99. Do it :)

2. 1 1/2 cups shea butter

3. 1 1/2 cups cocoa butter

4. 1/2 cup

Here's what you do: 

1. Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil until it's liquid. Most recipes say to do this on a double burner but I used a non-stick pot. 

2. After melted, pour shea butter, cocoa butter and almond oil into large mixing bowl. If you're patient, let it harden on the counter. If you're like me, put it in the fridge and it will be ready in 20-30 mins. 

4. Add lotion to solid oil mix and whip with a mixmaster. 

And that's it! I even got super into my newfound DIY-ness and bought disposable containers from Ebay to store everything. Plus, the extras can hold to-go lunches and snacks and can be reused or recycled. 

Below is the finished product. Have fun, enjoy and if you have any suggestions or new ideas, email me at I would love to hear your feedback! 

xx Carolyn