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Lavender Shea Body Butter Recipe

This creamy lavender body butter is made with all natural ingredients! Use it as a hand cream or smooth all over for dry skin.
Keyword body butter, lavender, shea butter
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 7.5 ounces


  • a kitchen scale that measures in ounces or grams
  • a 4-cup pyrex measuring pitcher, or other tall narrow mixing container or bowl
  • hand or stand mixer
  • 2 or 3 four-ounce jars


  • 5 oz (142 g) shea butter (use refined to avoid a strong scent)
  • 2.5 oz (70 g) light oil, such as apricot kernel, rice bran, fractionated coconut oil, or grapeseed (optionally infused with lavender buds first)
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder (optional, to cut greasy feel)
  • 0.5 tsp purple Brazilian clay (optional, for soft purple color)
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil


  • Place the shea butter in a a 4-cup pyrex measuring pitcher, or other tall narrow mixing container or bowl, and beat for several minutes with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  • Once the shea butter is light and fluffy, add all of the other ingredients. Arrowroot is optionally added to help cut the greasy feel that body butters made with shea butter tends to have. If you don't have arrowroot, try tapioca or corn starch instead.
  • The clay is added for a light lavender color, that won't tint your skin. If you don't have any on hand, just leave it out.
  • To prevent splashes and splatters, resume beating on low, gradually increasing speed as everything incorporates together. Whip for several more minutes or until it reaches an airy, cream like consistency.
  • You can put in containers right away, or cover the mixing bowl and let it sit overnight. The next day, whip the body butter again, to make it extra fluffy.
  • Spoon into jars and cap tightly. Shelf life is at least 6 to 9 months. After several months of storage, the cream will start to settle a bit. You also want to keep it out of direct heat or sunlight or it may melt down.
  • Rub a small amount into dry skin, as needed. A little bit goes a long way!


Don’t have lavender flowers? Skip the infusing step and use plain un-infused oil instead.
Can’t use shea butter? Try mango butter or avocado butter instead.
Oil Choice is Important: Choose one or more lightweight oils that absorb into your skin quickly. Shea butter is heavy and soaks in slow, so you want to counterbalance it with super light oils. Good choices include apricot kernel oil, rice bran oil, fractionated coconut oil, jojoba, argan, and grapeseed. (I like a combination of 3/4 apricot kernel or rice bran oil + 1/4 fractionated coconut oil.)