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Whipped Shea Body Butter Recipe

I put together this very simple and basic recipe for making whipped shea body butter. It contains 3 ingredients which can be customized by you based on what is best for your skin type. This recipe has the bonus that it does not require heat so can be done quickly and easily.

See the recipe tutorial video below:

About Shea Butter

Shea Butter comes from the nuts of the Shea Tree (Vitellaria Paradoxa) in Ghana, Africa . The Shea tree has been nicknamed “Tree of Life,” for its ability to help with numerous skin, hair, and health conditions. Shea Butter itself is also known as “Mother Nature’s Conditioner” for its exceptional moisturizing and softening properties. You can get Shea Butter in a raw, unrefined or refined state. We recommend raw or unrefined as the butter contains more of its natural nutrients and beneficial properties.

Shea Butter is a nutrient rich cosmetic butter packed with vitamins and antioxidants. It deeply moisturizes the skin to help soothe and repair dry, itchy, cracked skin, eczema and psoriasis. Its properties also make it effective in evening out skin tone, diminishing blemishes, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally Shea Butter can be used on the scalp or in the hair to stimulate growth, tame frizz and lock in moisture.

This is a semi soft butter, it melts upon skin contact so can be applied as it is or mixed with other ingredients to make skin and hair care products. Shea Butter is vegan and safe for all skin types.

unrefined shea butter

Other Ingredients

Jojoba Oil  is packed with nourishing properties that moisturize the skin, leaving it feeling soft and supple. Jojoba Oil is well known for having a composition that closely resembles sebum, the naturally created substance in human skin which helps to keep it moisturized. For this reason it is easily accepted and safe for all skin types.

Apricot Oil is a light, delicate carrier oil that moisturizes dry, sensitive skin. It is packed with vitamins and antioxidants that help diminish fine lines, wrinkles and blemishes. It is also well known for restoring natural skin radiance and decreasing puffiness and dark circles.

Almond Oil is a nutrient rich carrier oil. It deeply moisturizes and protects the skin, keeping it hydrated and supple. The vitamins and fatty acids in this oil promote collagen production and help restore natural skin radiance.  This oil is non-comedogenic so does not clog pores and is particularly effective in diminishing scars, blemishes and soothing irritation.

whipped shea butter recipe

Whipped Shea Body Butter Recipe


  • 6 oz Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 4 oz Jojoba Oil, Apricot Oil or Almond Oil
  • 40 drops of essential oil of choice

How to Make:

  1. Cut up Unrefined Shea Butter into small pieces and put into a mixing bowl
  2. Using an electric mixer, mix the shea butter on low to mash it up
  3. Pour in your carrier oil a little at a time and continue to whip the butter and oils together
  4. Add in the essential oil or oils of choice
  5. Continue to whip until the body butter reaches your desired consistency.
  6. It is now ready! Scoop into your final containers, cover with a lid and store in a cool dry place.

To use, clean the area of the body in need, pat dry and apply body butter. Allow to soak in. Use once a day or more if needed.

whipped shea body butter

I hope you love this whipped shea body butter as much as I do. Let me know if you have questions or feedback by leaving a comment below.

55 responses to “Whipped Shea Body Butter Recipe

  1. I’m used to making this recipe with heat in a double boiler, let cool in fridge a couple hours, then whip. What is the difference between this one and one that has been melted and cooled? In regard to the product and skin benefits?

    1. Thank you for the recipe! Can the body butter be stored in an open jar as you show it? How long will the body butter last before it becomes rancid? I saw a recipe that also included coconut oil. Does that add any benefits? Thank you in advance!

      1. It’s better to store it in a closed container, the open jar in this article is just to show how beautiful it is 🙂
        This formula will last you about 9 months if stored in a cool place. Coconut oil has some benefits, but I don’t use it often because its melting point is too finicky and changes the final consistency of my formulas too much.

  2. Thank you for all your videos…they are informative and create enthusiasm that you can succeed at making your own lotions and body creams….

  3. I would like a very whipped butter that stays super whipped. I have made it in the past using this recipe. But after it gets in jar it hardens up. Please adz if u have a recipe that stays whipped up

  4. Hello! Thanks for this, I think it will solve my problems with creating a whipped shea butter. I had melted everything together and then left it out. It got grainy. Ugh. I remelted and put on ice and then in the fridge. Had to add arrowroot powder. Whipped it, thought it was fine, but it’s very loose. What did I do wrong? Do I need to refrigerate it again and rewhip?

    One additional question though, does the body butter (when whipped cold)stay whipped and kind of hard? Or, does it “fall?” I made one that stayed hard, and I love it – but I can’t seem to repeat it. Did my butter get too soft or did I whip it too long? About how long do you whip yours? 2-3 minutes on low while adding the oils and then 2-3 minutes on high?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated! I am just starting out with a business and trying to be consistent and get everything down pat.
    Thanks again!!

    1. Yes, unless the baby is allergic to any of the ingredients, this formula is as natural and unprocessed as you can find.

  5. I am interested in knowing just about how many 4 oz jars this recipe alone makes, and how do you double it?

  6. I made this shea butter this week — It is the texture I’ve been looking for — not greasy. Others I have tried tend to be too oily. I had one problem — there is some grit to it when I apply — it does dissolve if I rub long enough. I did add about 2T mango butter to the mixture — subbed 2T shea butter. I whipped a long time, so it should have been mixed well enough. Any tips on how I can correct this? Thanks so much.

    1. Yes. You could beat it longer or better way is melting butter then put in freezer for about 25m
      Take out. Now it’s ready to whip. Also add your oil with butter
      You can use double boiler method to preserve nutrients or you can zap it in microwave which takes away nutrients

  7. In my experience it sounds like your shea butter melted (at least part way) and solidified again slowly, that makes it gritty. Remelt the shea butter and solidify again more quickly, in the refrigerator maybe, then use it. Or melt it, doesn’t need too much heat, not boiling, in a double boiler setup (glass measuring cup in a pan of water on med/low heat), then mix in oils and let sit in fridge until about half solidified and whip. Something like that…

  8. I am also using shea butter, cocoa butter and beeswax. I used the double boiler method and the butter came out really hard is it possible to get some pointers on how to make my butter come out as if it was actually whipped lol thank you so much

  9. My shea butter came grainy so I did the double boiler thing and kept it melted for 10 minutes, then put it in the freezer for about 25 until it was soft/solid. Then I began mixing it. I added in some jojoba oil (I’m making stretched ear balm,) and then mixed until fluffy and soft and put it into containers. I did put it back in the fridge after to make sure it was all cooled at the same time. I doesn’t feel like “cool whip” now though and has gone semi hard again. Does whipped shea butter go hard after being whipped but it’s still softer than just solid, unmixed shea butter?

    1. Yes, this is normal, it will go harder after it’s been whipped and it settled out. It’s still easier to apply on skin when whipped since it’s normally very dense in its natural state.

  10. This is the best body butter I have made, I used half Shea & half mango butter, it is gritty but melts as soon as you rub it in. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  11. Thanks for sharing this piece of information as I was wandering here and there to attain natural body butter, but now I think I got what I was seeking.

  12. Love it! Whipped easily to the consistency of cool whip. I added some vitamin E oil with jojoba oil to make the recipe amount of oil. Had extra on my hands after making it and I didn’t want to waste it so my husband got a feet massage!

  13. Where could I get the empty containers to make your whipped body butters and do you have recipes that use honey with your body butters? I’d like different size containers to make face products etc.

  14. Can I add some water to the mix? I love butters but my skin is so dry and does not absorb the oils much.

    1. Not without also adding an emulsifier and preservative. Adding water changes the formula completely. What works best for me is to take a shower and use a sugar scrub on my skin, then apply a body butter after the shower. You’ll be surprised at the difference 🙂

    1. Everything that only contains butters or oils is dense and “greasy”, and some arrowroot powder will definitely help with that.

  15. This formula does not have any water, it’s 100% fats (butters and oils), so yes, it’s more greasy than what you are used to, and a little goes a long way. Adding arrowroot powder will help make it less greasy, but you still want to use a lot less compared to off-the-shelf lotions.

  16. I tried unrefined Shea butter with almond oil, and essential oil, but there was no scent other than the Shea butter. I then tried a separate batch with Shea butter, grapeseed oil, and a fragrance oil, and found the same thing. Both times I used 6 ounces of Shea butter, 4 ounces of the carrier oil, and 40 drops of the essential oil or fragrance oil. I even added another 20 to 30 drops, but still have the same issue with no scent except the Shea butter. I did this cold, mixing with the emulsifier for 5 mins, then added the essential/fragrance oil. Can you tell me what I’m doing wrong?

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