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Lavender Body Mousse – a perfectly whipped body butter

Lavender Body Mousse

Give something a little indulgent this season: Lavender Body Mousse. This easy to make mousse combines Shea Butter, coconut oil, almond oil, and apricot oil for massive amounts of nourishment and moisture.

Of course, there is a little bit of fun in there too: pink edible glitter and sumptuous essential oils make this gift look and smell downright pretty. The scent of lavender will relax you, and can even help you fall asleep when you are having difficulties.


  • 2.5 oz  Unrefined Shea Butter
  • 1 oz coconut oil
  • 0.70 oz Almond Oil
  • 0.70 oz Apricot Oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 10 drops neroli essential oil
  • 1 teaspoon pink edible glitter (normally used for cake decorating)


How To:

Using a double boiler, gently melt the Unrefined Shea Butter and coconut oil stirring frequently.

When almost completely melted, add the almond and apricot oils, stir well and take off of the heat.

Set it aside for about 2 hours or until your oils are 90 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

Now add the lavender and neroli oils. Adding essential oils to a hot mixture will “kill” the essence and you will wonder why you have to add so much to your recipes.

Let the oils sit outside of the fridge for another two hours, or until you can see a trace in the butters when you stir.

It’s now time to whip it with an electric mixer, do it for 2 – 3 minutes. Put it in the fridge for 12 – 24 hours. Take it out of the fridge and let it sit there for about 2 hours.

Now whip one more time – this is the moment of truth, it’s when your body butter is amazingly whipped and will STAY whipped and will not turn hard again.

Now you have your very own Lavender Body Mousse for yourself or someone you care about. There is just something special about a DIY gift made with care!

42 responses to “Lavender Body Mousse – a perfectly whipped body butter

  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have had such a hard time keeping whipped butters soft! This worked perfectly and it’s staying soft! So glad I found your page.


  2. Hello,

    I tried making this using the instructions above and it came out very runny and did not make much. Do you have any suggestions on to make this thicken up?

    Thank you!

    1. Hello Elaine! Are you using raw coconut oil, or liquid coconut oil? First, make sure you’re using raw coconut oil. Other than that, you can absolutely add in another 1/2 oz of shea butter 🙂

  3. When I finished letting it sit after the 2 hours after adding in the two oils, it was still very liquidy. I still whipped it, and I just put it in the fridge. Is this normal?

    1. Two hours should make the body butter semi solid again, can you check your recipe and make sure you used the correct quantities for all the ingredients?

      1. please dear , After I made the shea butter cream . on a little exposure out side room temperature it becomes oil again. Is there anything I can do to maintain that creamy and fluffy texture until I get to my destination in case of a long journey.

        1. Hello Queen! The only way to keep it temperature stable while traveling is to put it in a bag with an ice pack that will keep it cool. Some ice packs come in small size and they last about 8 hours, I hope this helps.

    2. Mine is still liquid as well. Followed the recipe to the T and it’s just as liquidy as when I set it out to sit for two hours.

      1. It is not possible for this formula to turn out liquid unless you keep it stored at 100F or higher where the butter will stay in liquid form. When you follow this recipe, the body butter will be creamy and will harden up slightly when stored at a room temperature below 78F.

  4. Thank you so much for this recipe! I’ve made whipped shea butter before, but this one is far superior to the recipe I used before. I’ve seen all the comments about the mixture being runny & liquid & I’ve found that a whole lot of patience is required with this recipe:) It took quite some time for my mixture to thicken up the first time. In the directions it kinda sounds like it should start to thicken soon after the temp is around 90, when the EOs are added. I’m in Las Vegas, & it takes forever here for butters to thicken back up! After about 3 hours I put mine in the fridge for a few minutes, just long enough to get a visible swirl. It worked great! I love whipped butters, the only down side is they do go to oil if they get hot. No way around that unfortunately. Even here though, I don’t have a problem as long as I don’t leave it outside:)

    1. Hi Valerie, thank you so much for your feedback! Yes, Vegas is an oven especially in the summer, but once you learn to work with natural DIY skin care, it’s not hard to control your products 🙂

  5. My question is, what does it mean to “see a trace in the butters when you stir”? Is it still liquid at this point, which mine certainly was? Pictures of the process at different stages would be really helpful!

    1. Sorry it’s not clear, a detailed video is overdue! To see a trace means that when you stir the butter, you will see a “trail” or groove in the dense butter right after your utensil stirs the butter. Imagine stirring something dense like a thick sauce versus stirring a liquid like water. The thicker liquid will show some trace, the thin liquid won’t show that you have stirred it. I hope this makes more sense.

    1. The glitter is added at the very end during the whipping step. Just whip, add some, whip more, keep adding until you see that is evenly incorporated 🙂

  6. Thank you for the recipe, the glitter is SUCH great idea, definitely using gold or bronze.

    I really don’t like the smell of lavender, is there another essential oil I could substitute?

    1. Use it in smaller quantities, around 50% shea butter plus other oils/butters that have no scent. Then add 1-2% essential oil. That will still leave the final formula with an earthy scent, but it won’t be as strong as pure unrefined shea butter.

      1. Not for this specific formula, but any other videos we have that show whipped shea butter + oils will follow the same system.

  7. So, you allow butter/oil mix to cool at room temp until trace, whip for 2-3 minutes then refrigerate for 12-24 hours and then whip? For how long? And it wont change? Wont the room temp cool down time make the shea grainy? I’m looking for a fool proof method to produce body butter w shea, mango and oils. I’m beyond frustrated! help!!

    Thank you!

  8. Body butter

    so, as I fail and learn…. do I really need to mash (or whip) my shea butter up really well so there are no lumps, (maybe refrigerate it for 10-20 minutes) add the oils, and the melted (and cooled) mango and cocoa butter and then whip in order not to get grainy or lumpy butter? I’m really struggling to streamline the process and I keep getting tripped up with the graininess or the lumpiness of shea butter. I had to remelted my whole body butter mix twice now and I’m beyond frustrated! Help! If anyone has a streamlined process, and is willing to share (not the recipe), I would greatly appreciate it!

    1. The streamlined process is just to melt all your butters until they are completely liquid, put them in the fridge until they are 80% solid, then take out of the fridge and whip. After that, keep it stored in a cool place away from direct sunlight.

  9. My whipped body butter turned out great. I have a question about storage. I put some of it into a pretty crystal bowl, without a lid. I love being able to quickly scoop a little up when I need it without opening a jar. Someone told me it will oxidize and become rancid. What do you think? So far it’s been fine. It is winter in Michigan so it’s not in a warm room.

  10. Can you use a regular hand mixer or something else for the body butter or the oils. How do I get a video? Thanks for everything, it was very helpful.

  11. The webpage iv just came from said to cool it straight away.I.e fridge,freezer or ice bath. It even shows two jars one cooled right away an one cooled slow .an the slow one was really grainy.
    So this page is saying the opposite, confused.

    I made another recipe ,first time making anything ,an It was fine on first day an a little grainy 2nd day.I dont think it was that bad,it wudnt put me off just doin same again,let it sit for few minutes an then freezer .altho next time il do an ice bath straight away an then fridge /freezer.

  12. Thanks for the helpful info. Do you ha e any body butter recipes that use Shea butter but do not include coconut oil?

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