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Lavender Whipped Coconut and Shea Body Butter

I do not know about you, but I have been frustrated with all the ingredients listed in the different products that I use on my body daily, especially my daily body lotion or moisturizer. Even the “natural” products have ingredients that I cannot pronounce or have any idea what it actually is.

I find that I am longing for a basic product that is natural, can moisturize my skin and uses basic ingredients that are easily identifiable. Years ago I started using coconut oil as my daily body moisturizer for this reason. Sometimes I would use it by itself, right from the jar. Other times I would melt the coconut oil down and add essential oils, mix together, then allow to solidify before using.

But I have 2 issues with using coconut oil this way, well 3 but the last one I just have to live with if this is what I want to use as my body moisturizer.

Issue #1 – Reaching in and scooping out coconut oil that is hard in my jar is annoying. This is especially challenging in the winter months. And I do not have the time to let it sit in my hands to melt before applying. Every second of my life counts right now with getting stuff done with two little ones running around.

To deal with this, I have even resorted to using my hairdryer to melt the coconut oil partially. However, I like to add in essential oils and the heat could impact the therapeutic benefits I am trying to use. And it is just plain messy.

Issue #2While I like the way coconut oil moisturizes my skin, I feel that it can be more on the surface of my skin and not penetrate as much as I could use. Especially in the winter months when my skin seems to take a beating.

Issue #3Coconut oil can be a little greasy to the touch as it is sitting on the skin before it absorbs. It is definitely not your typical water based lotion that absorbs into your skin immediately. But that is the nature of using a natural oil as a skin moisturizer. As I mentioned above, this is just one I have to live with if I want to use coconut oil as a moisturizer.

The Solution

Adding coconut oil to blender

Lavender Whipped Coconut and Shea Body Butter!!! I cannot begin to tell you how excited I have been since starting to use this. Honestly, I am annoyed that I did not realize this was an option earlier.

It is super easy to make and cost effective for a natural coconut oil based lotion, especially if you already have some or all of the ingredients on hand. All you have to do is put your ingredients into a Kitchenaid stand mixer, turn it on high and give it 5-10 minutes. What you get is fluffy, soft whipped goodness that is easy to scoop and quickly apply. It feels like a luxury cream that you would spend top dollar for at a department store. Issue #1 – totally resolved.

Next, to tackle Issue #2. I am adding Shea Butter to the recipe. This is for two reasons, the first is to add in additional skin vitamins and moisturizers for deep skin healing. Since Shea Butter takes longer to absorb into the skin than coconut oil I am using a smaller amount compared to coconut oil in this recipe.

And the second reason I want to include Shea Butter is for a little more structure and form to the body butter. With warmer weather, hopefully, right around the corner I want to help this body butter stand up a little better to not melting. Shea Butter has a higher melting temperature than coconut oil so hopefully this mixture will be able to withstand the warmer temperatures better than just whipped coconut oil alone.

For this batch of whipped coconut and shea body butter, I am making it with Plant Therapy’s lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil because my hands have been raw recently, it has been a rough winter on them. I am not sure if it is a new eco friendly hand soap I have been using, grrr, or if I have been doing more cleaning or hand washing than normal, but they need some help! Also, it adds a nice light scent to the body butter.

If using essential oils, when you put it into the mixer the air will be quite fragrant since it is a lot of drops all at one time. The end product will not be this strong so do not be concerned.

Whipped Coconut and Shea Body Butter in blender

In the winter, or if you keep your home very cool in the summer, the body butter might start to solidify a little. However, it will still maintain the over all whipped feeling and will still easily scoop and melt as you apply it.

I like to store my body butter in a stainless steel canister, the kind that you can easily find for kitchen storage. I prefer one with a lid that does not screw on, these can get difficult with body butter covered hands.

I like to keep my DIY body products in glass usually, but I was concerned of this container falling on my tile floor in the bathroom where I keep it and that kind of mess is the last thing I want to deal with.

If you do not want to use Shea Butter or do not have on hand, you can always make this with just coconut oil and it will turn out great. Just make sure to replace the Shea Butter in the recipe with coconut oil if you are using essential oils or adjust the number of essential oil drops for the appropriate dilution rate. If you are not sure how to calculate essential oil dilution rates, check out my post How to Dilute Essential Oils.

Why the Ingredients Work Great in this Body Butter

Ingredients for Lavender Coconut and Shea Body Butter

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a natural skin moisturizer that is easily absorbed by the skin due to its small molecular structure. It is also an antioxidant, which helps to fight free radicals and keeps skin looking younger.

It is antibacterial and antifungal, which is great to be using in a body butter that could be sitting around, depending on how much you make and how often you use. I mean, who really wants nasties growing in their body butter? Yuck.

Shea Butter

Here is some information from The American Shea Butter Institute on the benefits of Shea Butter:

Vitamin A in Shea Butter is important for improving a number of skins conditions, including blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. Additionally, Premium Shea Butter cream has properties to treat skin allergies, insect bites, sunburns, frostbites, and a number of other conditions of the skin. Shea Butter’s unparalleled moisturizing property is due to several natural moisturizers present in the cream.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil helps to soothe skin irritation and promotes healing. Also, it helps to relax, which is great before bed or before a crazy day with the kiddos. I need all the help I can get with relaxation some days!

To learn more on Lavender essential oil, check out my All About Lavender Essential Oil post.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is considered a skin nutrient, an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can help to neutralize free radicals to prevent damage to skin cells, hydrates and calms the skin. I like adding it in to my body butter for an extra boost to the skin healing abilities. I just used some vitamin E capsules that I had, although using vitamin E oil from a bottle would have been much easier.

Finished product of lavender body butter

Lavender Whipped Coconut and Shea Body Butter Recipe – Large

1 1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup shea butter

96-144 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil for a 1% dilution (optional)*

1 1/2 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)

  1. Add all ingredients to a Kitchenaid stand mixer and mix on the highest setting for 5-10 minutes, until the ingredients are mixed together and becomes a light, fluffy, white consistency (a hand held mixer should work too).
  2. Scoop into a storage container with a lid.
  3. Use in place of your typical body lotion/moisturizer.

Lavender Whipped Coconut and Shea Body Butter Recipe – Small

3/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup shea butter

48-72 drops Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) essential oil for a 1% dilution (optional)*

3/4-1 tsp vitamin E oil (optional)

  1. Add all ingredients to a Kitchenaid stand mixer and mix on the highest setting for 5-10 minutes, until the ingredients are mixed together and becomes a light, fluffy, white consistency (a hand held mixer should work too).
  2. Scoop into a storage container with a lid.
  3. Use in place of your typical body lotion/moisturizer.

*I used the higher end of the essential oil drop range because lavender essential oil has a lighter scent than other essential oils. I chose to use a 1% dilution rate because I am just using the essential oil to aid in the benefits of this body butter, not to solely provide the benefits I am looking for. Also, I want a product that I can use on my children without feeling like it would need further dilution for their young and permeable skin. You can easily go up to a 4% dilution for a body product using lavender essential oil if using for adults. Check out these posts for more information on How to Dilute Essential Oils and All About Lavender Essential Oil.

Applying lavender coconut and shea body butter to hand


This is a super simple, quick way to replace body lotions with questionable ingredients that you might currently be using. Or a better way to use the products you might currently be using for body moisturizing.

It does not take long to see the benefits of this product and a little goes a long way. A dab will do ya!

Give it a try and let me know what you think. If you are already using a whipped coconut based body butter recipe, what do you use and how has it worked for you?

Disclaimer: For informational and educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. If you have a health concern, a medical condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are taking any medication please consult your healthcare provider.