Basic Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

Shea Body Butter Recipe for Dry Skin

August 4, 2012
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This shea body butter recipe is a super hydrating body butter that is formulated for dry skin with just a few simple ingredients. If you have skin sensitivities, you can easily make this shea body butter recipe naked with no fragrance. Alternately it can also be made with your favorite fragrance or essential oil to leave your skin lightly scented throughout the day. And it’s perfect for homemade gifts!

Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe

Shea Body Butter Recipe

© Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen


24 oz. shea butter
2 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. grapeseed oil (or other carrier oil)
1 oz. fragrance oil or 1/2 oz. essential oil of choice for scent (optional)

DIY Homemade Shea Body Butter Recipe from Soap Deli News Blog


Weigh out your shea and cocoa butters using a digital scale. Melt on stove over medium heat or in microwave at 50% power. Stir. Weigh out the rice bran oil and stir into the melted shea and cocoa butters. Stir well. Measure out your fragrance, if desired, and stir well into the mixture. Slowly pour into desired containers and screw on lids. Allow to cool completely, then store in a cool, dry location. To expedite the cooling process you may place these in the refrigerator for several hours. Label and gift. This recipe yields approximately six 4oz. containers or four 8oz. containers.

To use, apply to skin. Great for dry feet and hands – apply then put on socks or gloves overnight – or as an under eye overnight cream to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can even use it as a deep, penetrating hair mask for dry hair or split ends. Or use as you would a lotion or cream. Ingredients for this recipe can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.

Have leftover ingredients for this recipe? Use it to make your own DIY Homemade Lip Balms! (You can substitute the olive oil in the lip balm recipe for rice bran oil!)


  • jenny farr

    February 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Do you think I can substitute another oil, such as sweet almond or avocado, for the rice bran oil? Or, does the rice bran oil have special properties that make it perfect for a body butter?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 20, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      You can sub any carrier oil you like for the rice bran oil.

  • Rebecca D. Dillon

    February 27, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    You can any other carrier oil as a substitute for the rice bran oil.

  • Josie

    March 18, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Finally!! A body butter recipe I don’t have to whip! I have been looking everywhere for this type of recipe. Thank you!

  • Papa

    February 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    What would be the shelf life on this recipe?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      February 16, 2014 at 2:52 pm

      The shelf life will be the same as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life.

  • Eleanor

    April 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I have raw Shea on hand, because that’s what I use in soapmaking. Would the only differences be the smell and color? Will the texture be different as well?

    1. Rebecca D. Dillon

      April 23, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Raw shea butter can sometimes feel grainy so that would be the only textural difference. And of course it would have the natural scent of raw shea. However, it’s a perfectly fine substitute.

  • Brooke

    June 30, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Where did you get you jars and how much??

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