Buttery Body Balm Formula

Here is an elegant formula for a rich and luscious body balm especially formulated to banish winter dryness and itchy flakes. A lovely combination of shea butter and cocoa butter is the secret to silkier, softer skin–and this creamy balm can be slathered all over.

You could make a batch for yourself and also for someone you love: after all, Valentine’s Day is on its way. Your sweetheart will thank you–and so will your skin!


1 tablespoon shea butter
2 teaspoons cocoa butter
2 teaspoons apricot kernel oil
800 IU Vitamin E
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1/4 teaspoon lecithin
5 drops grapefruit seed extract
3 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops rose geranium essential oil

1. Melt the butters and oil together over boiling water. Remove from heat when melted.

2. Add vitamin E and lecithin, then whisk in aloe vera gel and grapefruit seed extract.

3. When almost cool, add essential oils. Mix well.

4. Store in a wide mouth jar.

Adapted from Natural Beauty Basics, by Dorie Byers (Vital Health Publishing, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Dorie Byers. Reprinted by permission of Vital Health Publishing.
Adapted from Natural Beauty Basics, by Dorie Byers (Vital Health Publishing, 2001).


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago


Emily Drew
Emily Drew4 years ago

I use pure shea butter which I then mix with olive oil myself and it works great plus it is all natural and organic with only 2 ingredients.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

K s Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Alice O.
Alice O8 years ago


No, the recipe I used didn't have this many ingredients. Thanks for this one, however. But hopefully the easier version will pop up?


Jana Ballinger
Jana Ballinger8 years ago

Is this the one you mean?


Alice O.
Alice O8 years ago

Could you rerun your recipe for the bath balls (saw it a few months ago)? They contain honey, coconut oil...can't remember what else. But I made them and LOVE them. But I've misplaced the recipe.

Thank you!
Alice Osborne