Lemon Cream Body Butter

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This Lemon Cream Body Butter is my favorite way to keep my skin nice and smooth through the dry winter months! It’s a super easy DIY all natural skin care recipe that comes together in just minutes. It keeps well for months and makes the perfect homemade gift as well.

A jar of Lemon Cream Body Butter on a marble background with lemon slices around it.

This body butter is an all time most popular recipe! And for good reason, because it’s easy to make and works wonders on the skin! Usually body butters take forever to sink in and leave my skin semi-oily. But this body butter absorbs quickly and leaves my skin super soft.

Today is the second time I’ve given this super popular recipe an update with more tips. But the recipe has always remained the same. It’s a classic that’s one of my favorite natural skin care recipes. It’s extra easy because the recipe is all oil based with no liquid ingredients. This means you don’t need to worry about beeswax or emulsifying anything.

It’s as simple as melting together the ingredients, and adding essential oil! From there you can allow it to firm up on it’s own. This can take up to 24 hours depending on how warm it is in your house. Or you can stir it over an ice bath until it thickens up. Either way you’ll have a thick body butter that’s incredibly moisturizing.

A straight down view of Lemon Cream Body Butter with lemon slices around it and a blue and white linen.

Does anyone else slack off on skin care a bit over the winter months? My good habit of using my pumice stone everyday to maintain soft feet, disappeared somewhere over the winter. And now it’s spring and I just got my sandals out, so it’s time to take action. The pumice stone is once again in use, and this Lemon Cream Body Butter is fixing all my winter skin blues.

It’s really nice to have something extra moisturizing, and this really fits the bill. Also, it smells so good that I want to eat it, (sort of like a Girl Scout Lemon Cookie). This body butter is particularly good for softening dry or scaly skin, and restoring it to softness again.

I find that my hands, elbows, and feet need a little extra care throughout the seasons, and a regular lotion just isn’t always enough. Enter this body butter. Lately I’ve started using it as a cuticle cream as well, and it’s been working great.

Let’s jump in and make this Lemon Cream Body Butter step by step!

The cocoa butter, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, and lemon essential oil measured out in small bowls on a wooden cutting board.

Step 1:

Start by measuring out each of the ingredients listed in the recipe.

I used lemon essential oil, but any citrus oil smells wonderful, as does vanilla. I buy my cocoa butter at a local health food store because it’s the easiest place to find it. You can also order it online as well.

The cocoa butter and coconut oil added to a small saucepan,

Step 2:

Next you want to melt the ingredients over low heat until just warm and liquified. If you get the ingredients too hot you can destroy some of their beneficial properties.

The cocoa butter and coconut oil melted together.

Step 3:

After the cocoa/cacao butter is melted together with the coconut oil, add the Vitamin E oil.

Mixing the body butter over an ice bath to speed of the solidification process.

Step 4:

This body butter becomes fully solidified after 24 hours. But I like to speed up the process by placing it over an ice water bath and stirring until it firms up. It will loosen up again, but after a day or so it will become it’s final firmed up texture. Mine has stayed solid up to 78ºF room temperature.

Lemon Cream Body Butter in a small jar on a marble surface with lemon slices around it.

This is definitely a luxurious body butter, it feels like buttercream frosting. And I haven’t found anything else that softens my skin quite like this does.

If you don’t like or can’t use cocoa butter, try my Pumpkin Spice Body Butter for it’s incredible moisturizing from shea butter. It also smells so good and you can mix up the essential oils in that recipe for whatever scent you’d like.

A close view of Lemon Cream Body Butter in a small jar on a marble surface with lemon slices around it.

This body butter doesn’t have any beeswax in it, so it melts as it comes in contact with your skin. I find that it absorbs into my skin way better than the ones that I’ve tried made with beeswax.

Note: Coconut oil melts at about 76ºF, and cocoa butter at 90ºF. So this body butter will become softer and even liquid if your room temperature approaches 80ºF or higher.

Update: the temperature in our house has fluctuated a lot as the outside temperatures get warmer, and my body butter has melted a couple of times now. You can remix it with a fork to make it fluffy again. Or just use it a little firmer. Either way, it works the same with very little change in texture over time.

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Lemon Cream Body Butter in a small jar on a marble surface with lemons around it.

Lemon Cream Body Butter


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Description

This Lemon Cream Body Butter is my favorite way to keep my skin nice and smooth through the dry winter months! It’s a super easy DIY all natural skin care recipe that comes together in just minutes. It keeps well for months and makes the perfect homemade gift as well.


Ingredients

Scale

6 Tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup cocoa butter

1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil

1/4 Teaspoon lemon essential oil


Instructions

Place the coconut oil and cocoa butter in a saucepan. Over low heat, warm until just melted.

Remove from the heat. Add the vitamin E oil and essential oil.

Cool until the mixture solidifies, (a few hours at room temperature). Stir the body butter vigorously with a spatula, and then transfer to a clean container with a lid.

Notes

To speed up the cooling process, you can place the body butter over an ice bath and stir vigorously until it goes from melted to firm and fluffy.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins

This recipe was last published in 2016, but has been updated with new photos, more step by step photos, and lots more information and tips.

129 thoughts on “Lemon Cream Body Butter”

    • I wouldn’t use lemon juice because it will cause the product to spoil, most likely within 1 week. If you can’t find essential oils in your area, you can order them online, (Aura Cacia is a great brand) or you can leave it out entirely. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

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    • Shea butter doesn’t act the same way the cocoa butter does in homemade products. It’s usually more unstable and can cause body butters to separate. Also I’d be careful about adding a serum, different ingredients react differently together and while it could be a good combination, there’s no real way to tell. I’m sorry I don’t have a direct answer, but I have no way of telling whether or not these substitutions would work.

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  1. Hi I have coconut oil that melts at 92 degree, I use it in soapmaking. Can I use this for body butter? I know I’ll probably have to grate it to measure it out.

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    • I’m not sure if the coconut oil you’re talking about is the same as mine, but I use just a regular coconut oil that you would use for cooking and such. You can scoop it out of a jar at room temperature and pack it into the measuring cup, if you have to grate yours at room temperature, I’m not sure it would work very well because the body butter will turn out too hard. I hope this answers your question, be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

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  2. Hey Kari,
    Thanks for the info. I love diy products..Was wondering can u use shea butter in place of the cocao butter in this reciepe






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    • Shea butter is quite a bit softer than cacao butter, but it should work, except the body butter will be softer. The other thing I’ve noticed about shea butter, is that it tends to separate out of products after a couple of days, making the lotions I’ve tried a little be granular, (they still work just fine, it’s just a texture thing). I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

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    • This makes 2/3 cup of body butter, but you could multiply the ingredients for bigger batches if you’d like. I haven’t made this in larger batches but I’ll include the measurements if you wanted to. Since the recipe doesn’t have any beeswax in it, it should be easy to make a bigger batch, (anything with wax in it can be difficult to multiply because the wax doesn’t always get melted in properly). One reader suggested whipping the body butter after it sets up in a mixer to keep it stable which might also help if you’re giving it away. To make 8 gifts of 1/3 cup body butter each you’ll need: 1 1/2 cups coconut oil – 1 cup cacao butter – 1/4 cup vitamin E oil – and 1 Teaspoon lemon essential oil. For 16 gifts of 1/3 cup each you’ll need: 3 cups coconut oil – 2 cups cacao butter – 1/2 cup vitamin E oil – and 2 Teaspoons lemon essential oil. Cacao butter in larger quantities can be expensive in a health food store, so I’d recommend buying it in bulk by the pound online. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes!

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  3. Hi Kari! Thanks for this recipe. I love body butters and am anxious to try this recipe with my own essential oil blend. I do have 1 question, can you smell the cocoa butter once it is all mixed up? I am wondering if there is competition between the scent of the cocoa butter and the lemon oil.
    Thanks!!






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    • Yes you can smell the cocoa butter after it’s finished, but I personally love the combination of cocoa butter and lemon because it reminds me of lemon cookies. I’m not sure what the smell might be like with other essential oils. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions!

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  4. I’m so glad I found this page (a FB post about your apple pie smoothie bowl led me here). I read an article yesterday in the Washington Post about how many chemicals commonly used in skin care products and cosmetics in the US have been banned in Europe. My pre-teen daughter is starting to get interested in both and I’ll feel better making something so simple for her use at home. Thanks!

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    • I’m so glad you found us! This body butter is one of my go-to’s along with my Easy Buttercream Lotion, Pineapple Facial, and Homemade Deodorant. I use these recipes more than any of the others, although the sugar scrubs are nice, and the Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion is a favorite for hotter weather. I hope you find some recipes you enjoy, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions!

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  5. hello I made this today and it is still liquid after 6 hours going to put in fridge to see if it will harden, if not what can I do.

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    • The only thing I can think of is that your room temperature might be very warm which could cause it not to set up. Both coconut oil and cocoa butter are solid at room temperature so it should set up within a few hours. A little trick I use to speed things up is to place the body butter over an ice bath and stir it with a spatula until it sets up. It might melt a bit after that, but it does become fully stable by the next day. I really hope this helps a little, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

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  6. Hi Kari
    I was wondering if you ever make this in larger batches to use as gifts for others? If so, have you calculated what the amounts of each ingredient would be?
    Thanks!
    Kim






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    • I haven’t made this in larger batches but I’ll include the measurements if you wanted to. Since the recipe doesn’t have any beeswax in it, it should be easy to make a bigger batch, (anything with wax in it can be difficult to multiply because the wax doesn’t always get melted in properly). One reader suggested whipping the body butter after it sets up in a mixer to keep it stable which might also help if you’re giving it away. To make 8 gifts of 1/3 cup body butter each you’ll need: 1 1/2 cups coconut oil – 1 cup cacao butter – 1/4 cup vitamin E oil – and 1 Teaspoon lemon essential oil. For 16 gifts of 1/3 cup each you’ll need: 3 cups coconut oil – 2 cups cacao butter – 1/2 cup vitamin E oil – and 2 Teaspoons lemon essential oil. Cacao butter in larger quantities can be expensive in a health food store, so I’d recommend buying it in bulk by the pound online. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes! 🙂

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  7. love your blog. You are quite generous with recipes. I need to ask how much arrowroot powder would go in because i really like non greasy butter

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    • There’s no arrowroot called for in the recipe, I’ve never put it in my body butters so I really couldn’t say how much you might want. I don’t find this body butter greasy at all because it absorbs really well into my skin, but if you’re looking for a lighter cream you might like my Cooling Aloe Mint Lotion. I hope this goes well for you and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!
      https://getinspiredeveryday.com/lifestyle/cooling-aloe-mint-body-lotion/

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