Non-Greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe

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This non-greasy lavender body butter recipe is easy to craft and makes a wonderful homemade gift idea. A touch of natural neem oil is added for it's anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties as well as the benefits it offers people suffering from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

This non-greasy lavender body butter recipe is easy to craft and makes a wonderful homemade gift idea. A touch of natural neem oil is added for it’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

I made this lavender body butter recipe specifically for my grandmother as a homemade Christmas gift. Her favorite scent is lavender lavender lavender. And I chose to add the neem oil to the recipe as she suffers from reoccurring shingles and neem oil has very strong anti-viral properties. In addition neem oil has also been shown to offer relief from common skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

This homemade non-greasy lavender body butter recipe makes a lovely homemade Christmas gift idea and contains natural lavender essential oil and neem oil.

Non-greasy Lavender Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


3 oz. refined shea butter
.25 oz. refined/deodorized cocoa butter
.2 oz. hemp seed oil
.1 oz. lanolin
.1 oz. Cyclomethicone
.05 oz. arrowroot powder
.07 oz. lavender essential oil
1 ml pure 100% neem oil
1ml vitamin E oil


If you prefer an all natural lavender body butter then you can omit the Cyclomethicone. However, this ingredient gives the resulting body butter a smooth, silky feel and also helps the end product not feel greasy once it absorbs into skin. Color is also optional. If you’d like a lavender tinted product you can use micas or oxide and ultramarine pigment powders. In addition you can use unrefined shea butter and cocoa butter but it may impact the fragrance of the final product depending on where you source your ingredients.

This lavender body butter recipe yields one 4 oz. container and will weigh around 3.8 oz. You can easily double or triple this recipe to make more than one lavender body butter at a time.

Begin by using a digital kitchen scale to weigh out the shea and cocoa butters. Combine in a large glass Pyrex measuring cup and heat at reduced power until fully melted.

Weigh out the arrowroot powder and stir into the butters until it has dissolved.

Now weigh out the lanolin and stir into the melted butters until it has liquified.

Next weigh out and stir in the hemp seed oil, lavender essential oil and Cyclomethicone. Follow with the vitamin E and neem oils, using graduated plastic pipette to measure out and add these ingredients. Mix well.

This homemade non-greasy lavender body butter recipe makes a lovely homemade Christmas gift idea and contains natural lavender essential oil and neem oil.

Pour the body butter into a 4 oz. container of your choice. I used a small 4 oz. quilted Ball canning/jelly jar. (My 12 pack of jars came with a set of blank labels you see on the front of my lavender body butter.) You can easily find these at local grocery stores as well as big box stores. Keep in mind that this lavender body butter recipe will take a while to harden up. You can speed this up by placing it in the fridge.

To use simply scoop out a small amount and rub onto skin as desired. Keep in mind that less is more. A little goes a long way and using too much will take the product longer to absorb.

For label ideas for this lavender body butter be sure to check out my homemade cranberry non-greasy body butter recipe which instructs you on using sticker paper and stamp to make a seasonal sticker label for the top of the canning jar. If you liked this recipe you may also like my dry oil body spray recipe.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca Dawn Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can find more of her amazing skin care recipes at The Nourished Life blog as well as right here on Soap Deli News. Or subscribe to Soap Deli News blog here in order to receive email updates.


  1. Is there any recipe that is in cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, etc? No worries if that is too hard. Thanks!

  2. Oh and also, this recipe looks fabulous!

  3. This recipe is excellent! I made this tonight, but I added different fragrance oils for a truly enticing experience. Such a great recipe. Thank you for sharing. Tamara

  4. Thanks for the recipe! Did the lavender completely cover the smell of the neem oil?

  5. What kind of pigment was used for such a nice color of butter? I’m curious because commonly used natural pigments are water soluble…

  6. hey! I realy like your recipe, and I want to try it but i have a little problem here…Im polish and i don’t quite understand : there is a dot before the measure and i dont know its 0.25 or 25 oz?

  7. I am totally new to this but would like to make some of this cream for Christmas gifts for friends. Where do I source ingredients from?

    • I link up to suppliers within the recipe. However, you can find these online at most any soapmaking supplier. I’ve never been able to source the majority of the products used in my recipes locally.

  8. Thanks, I’ll try tonight! Do you know if it would work if I substituted hemp butter for the shea butter? And, what oil can be used in place of neem? Otherwise I have everything else.

    • The neem oil is used for it’s very specific properties. Without it you have an entirely new recipe. If the hemp butter is the same consistency as the shea then you can substitute. Otherwise you’ll have to play with amounts to get the proper consistency.

  9. This will make great Christmas gifts! What’s the shelf life?

    • The shelf life will always be the same as the product you use with the shortest shelf life. This will vary depending on when you purchased ingredients and by manufacturer you choose for your purchases.

  10. Hi Rebecca, what is Cycomethlicone for? Could I substitute it with something else? Where to find it?

    • It’s a synthetic silicone that gives your product a silky, smooth feel on skin and helps to make oil based products less greasy. It’s common in dry oil body sprays and lotions as well as cosmetic products. You can find it online through most soapmaking suppliers as well as Amazon.

  11. When do you add the mica powder and how much? Do different mica powder colors require different amounts to get color?

    • I’d add it as it as the last ingredient. I’d recommend a pinch to start up to a 1/4 teaspoon depending on what you’re using. You just want a touch of color but not enough that it’ll stain skin.