Got Dry Skin? Try This Easy DIY Shea & Coconut Oil Body Butter Recipe

by Paloma
13 Materials
2 Hours

Do you suffer from dry skin? Well, no problem because I’m going to teach you how to make your very own body butter at home with this easy shea and coconut oil body butter recipe.

There are lots of different recipes you can use to make body butter, but this one is so soft and makes my dry skin feel amazing. Plus, unlike store brands, I know exactly what’s in it!

This one just has four ingredients: mango butter, shea butter, coconut oil, and avocado oil. All have amazing properties and combined, they make a fantastic homemade body butter recipe for dry skin.

Tools and materials:

  • Mango butter
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Container
  • Water
  • Pan
  • Stove
  • Spoon
  • Heatproof bowl
  • Large bowl
  • Electric whisk
  • Spatula
Heating up some water in a pan

1. Heat up some water

So the first thing that you're going to do is place some water in a pot and set it up to warm up.

Cutting up the mango and shea butters

2. Cut up your mango and shea butters

While everything is warming up, you can go ahead and chop all of your butters. Now let's talk about measurements and why I don't measure my ingredients.

There's a super simple rule of thumb, which is: if you want your body butter to come out more solid, you use more shea butter; if you want it to be more soft or more like a lotion, then you can use more oil. 

Now that you have this information, don't worry if you don't have a measuring cup, or if you don't have a specific scale to weigh your ingredients - you can do it by sight. I prefer a solid body butter, therefore I’m using more butter than oil.

Putting the butters in a bowl over the heat

3. Place the butters over the heat

After cutting my butters up, I'm going to place them in a bowl, then carefully place the bowl over the water. Notice how the water is not boiling, it's just hot enough. It's bubbling up just a little bit so that we can melt all of the oils and marry them together. 

Adding a tablespoon of coconut oil to the melting butters

4. Add the avocado and coconut oils

Now that the butters have partially melted, I’m adding a tablespoon of coconut oil. Coconut oil has a higher melting point than avocado oil, so I’m adding it at this stage so it has time to melt. If you live in a hotter climate, your coconut oil may already be in liquid form.

Pouring some avocado oil into the melting butters

Lastly, I add in around a tablespoon of avocado oil, which is already liquid.

The cooled body butter mixture in a bowl

5. Cool the mixture

Once all of the ingredients have melted together, you can put them in a larger bowl. I like to place the bowl on my countertop to cool down, or even in the fridge, to cool the body butter faster. 

After about a half-hour in the fridge, this is how my mixture looks. If I dip my spatula into it, you can see the kind of texture that you need. 

You don't want it to be fully solid; you want it to be somewhere in between, because when you whisk it, it's going to be much easier and of course, the results are going to be better. 

Whipping the body butter with an electric whisk

6. Whip the body butter

Whip the body butter with an electric whisk until you get the texture that you want. 

Homemade body butter recipe for dry skin

Like I said, I prefer body butter when it's a little bit more solid, so this is how mine came out.

Mango butter whipped body butter recipe

7. Decant the mixture into containers

I got these 4 ounce / 120ml containers from Amazon. You could use mason jars as well, or whatever you prefer. I love these little tins because they're the perfect size. I'm going to tightly pack all of the butter into the container using my spatula.

Shea and coconut oil body butter recipe

Shea and coconut oil body butter recipe

There you have it! Your DIY body butter is going to melt right onto your skin. I love this shea butter and coconut oil recipe; it's super soft and leaves my skin feeling so good. 

I really hope that you all enjoyed learning all about making homemade body butter for dry skin. Let me know in the comments down below if you tried this recipe, or what other body butter recipes you’d like to see in the future. Thanks for joining!

This tutorial is by Paloma.

Suggested materials:
  • Mango butter
  • Shea butter
  • Coconut oil
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4 of 6 comments
  • Rr Rr on Aug 27, 2021

    Hi, Is the Avocado oil the kind you buy at the grocery store?

    • Paloma Paloma on Sep 13, 2021

      hi there! It is- I like to keep my ingredients simple :)

  • Niecy Niecy on Aug 28, 2021

    How much Mango and Shea Butter is used in this recipe?

    • Paloma Paloma on Sep 13, 2021

      I don't generally measure the ingredients, but usually add in more shea/mango butter than oils if I want the body butter to be more solid.