Shea Lavender Body Butter

Shea lav BB recipe

This recipe is an ever popular blend from my book Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. You can use this delectable butter on your entire body including your face. It soaks in well and does not leave an oily residue. It is light, fluffy and makes a lovely and inexpensive gift!

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  • 1/2 cup shea butter
  • 3 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup almond oil
  • 1/4 cup jojoba oil
  • 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • 2 Tablespoons alkanet root (for a pink color, if desired)
  • 50 drops lavender essential oil-optional (or any other essential oils you like)

You Will Need:

  • Double boiler
  • Large bowl
  • Strainer
  • Blender
  • Glass jars
  • Labels


1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Stir well.

melting oils

2. Once completely melted, take off the stove and pour into a large bowl. Let cool until the oils start solidifying on the sides of the bowl. This step can take several hours, and can be expedited up by putting the bowl in the refrigerator for a while.

3. Meanwhile, add the alkanet root to the almond oil. It infuses very fast and should be ready to strain as your coconut/shea mixture is finishing cooling.

4. Strain the alkanet root from the almond oil. You can compost the spent alkanet root.

alkanet in oil

5. Add all ingredients together.

6. Blend, blend and blend. This step can take a while. You can watch your recipe get fluffier as more air is incorporated into the oils.

7. Scrape the sides of the bowl every once in a while. It takes a while, but you will end up with a light, creamy butter that is wonderful for the whole body.

whipping shea butter

8. Put in jars right away, as the mixture will harden as it cools completely.

9. Enjoy!

You can download the Shea Lavender Butter Recipe

© Elaine Sheff, Clinical Herbalist 2015

ElaineAbout the Author:
The author of several books on herbal medicine and healing, clinical herbalist Elaine Sheff has been passionate about sharing herbal knowledge for over 25 years. Her latest book is Naked: Botanical Recipes for Vibrant Skin and Healthy Hair. Elaine is the Co-Director of Green Path Herb School, located in Missoula, MT, where she strives to inspire and empower students and clients to remember their connection to the earth, the plants and their own healing process. As a certified Instructor of the Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Methods, Elaine has helped many couples to avoid or achieve pregnancy naturally. An artist and writer, Elaine has written numerous articles about her family’s journey with epilepsy and a special needs child. You can often find her bent over an herb in her garden or marveling at small flowers in mountain meadows with her husband and sons.

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