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Homemade Coconut Oil and Shea Body Butter



  • Fill a saucepan about half full with water; bring to a boil then reduce the heat to medium-low.
  • Place a glass or stainless steel bowl over the saucepan. It should completely cover the opening of the pan to prevent any steam from getting into the lotion.
  • Add all the ingredients except the optional essential oil to the bowl. Allow to melt, stirring occasionally, until a uniform liquid results.
  • Add optional essential oil one drop at a time until desired scent is reached.
  • Pour hot liquid carefully into sterilized jars (the short 8 ounce canning jars with a wide mouths work perfectly).
  • Once the liquid has set and cooled to room temperature, you may need to stir it to keep it creamy.


1. *When using quality essential oils like Young Living's, be sure to store the butter in a glass container. Storing it in plastic will eventually corrode the plastic.
2. A little of this body butter goes a long way! It is very moisturizing so using too much will make your hands feel greasy. It works great to keep skin soft and works at combating rough spots such as those that might be found on your elbows or feet.