Nourishing Body Butter.

It’s only December, and everyone reassures me that the worst of winter is still to come. My skin was fine in the summer with just coconut oil as a moisturiser, but since the cold weather has kicked in I’ve discovered that I needed to step things up a bit. 


I’d experimented a little with shea butter, almond oil and beeswax combinations, but this time I decided to actually write down my quantities and keep mixing things up until I got it right.

First, I gathered some ingredients:


I won’t go into details about all the back-and-forth, weighing out ingredients, testing, adding more this or that that I went through. Long story short is that I ended up with about 200ml of body butter, the main ingredient of which is shea butter. The ingredients go like this:

150g Pure Unrefined Shea Butter

70g Virgin Coconut Oil

45g Sweet Almond Oil

1g Vitamin E Oil

5g Lanoline

20g Beeswax Pellets

30 Drops Sweet Orange Oil

60 Drops Vanilla Extract Oil

Bring a small pot of water to simmer. Add a heatproof bowl over the top, and add all ingredients except for the vanilla, orange and vitamin E oils. Let melt (it takes a few minutes). Once melted, take the bowl off the heat and set aside. When it starts to cool a little and looks clouded, add the oils. Mix well and continue to mix as the mixture cools. Take a drop and test it on your skin, and add more scented oil if you wish. You could also make this unscented, or with other flavours like lavender or rosemary.


Pour into airtight jars and use on freshly-showered skin – or whenever you like! I have a little jar at my desk at work to put on my hands whenever they feel dry, as well as my at-home stash. I find it perfect on my hands and face as well as as a general body moisturiser.



Let me know what you think! Do you have any other tricks to keep winter out of your skin? 




7 thoughts on “Nourishing Body Butter.

  1. Perfect timing should I say 🙂 I’ve been looking for such a recipe for weeks, as the weather here is a lovely -25 degrees. I’ll definitely give it a try in the days to come and let you know. Thank you so much!

  2. As a Quebec resident (by Quebec I mean this far hinterland where the temperature goes below -20 during like half of the year, almost not exaggerating) I must say this body butter is definitely an excellent recipe. My extra-dry-winter-skin loves it 🙂

    • How are you coping with the cold? It still isn’t snowing in Leipzig but the cold wind is harsh on my skin so I’m glad this has helped you fight some of the freezing weather effects. Thanks for the feedback 🙂

      • How am I coping with the cold? I’d say I’m just used to it now. A fine -10 degrees seems like a warm day in January 🙂 Plus, I find it easier to bear than when it’s humid in summer…

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