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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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.



6 Tablespoons coconut oil

1/4 cup cocoa butter

1 Tablespoon vitamin E oil

1/4 Teaspoon lemon essential oil


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.


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”

  1. Hi Kari,
    I can’t wait to try this recipe. It sounds so tempting. Just one concern – could you give me the measurement if we use beeswax. We have hot weather with dry heat and I am afraid that this butter may melt at room temperature because coconut oil is liquid at room temperature. But I would love to try this body butter as my skin is too dry. Should cocoa butter be replaced by beeswax or coconut oil? It will be really helpful if you can guide me with this. Thank you.

    • I wouldn’t replace the cocoa butter with coconut oil and beeswax, but I would start by adding maybe 1 Tablespoon of grated beeswax to the existing recipe to make it more solid. I’m really not sure how much to add never having tried it myself, but I agree with you to add some beeswax, being that your coconut oil is liquid at room temperature. I sure hope this helps and be sure to let me know how it goes!

  2. Hi, I plan on making this for a friend for Christmas and she’s unfortunately allergic to cocoa butter. Can I substitute it for shea butter? If so, what amount?

    • I think you could sub in shea butter, although I’ve had problems with it slightly separating and causing lumps in my lotions/body butters in the past. It’s still usable, but I do steer clear of it from a published recipe standpoint!

    • It would depend on the water content of your extract, this recipe is best with essential oils because there’s no liquid in a body butter. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

    • Hey Kari ,Thx for this my skin is really getting dry in a winter i will do it today, so can will this make my skin darken becauseof cocoa butter? Should i use shea butter instead of cocoa butter, coz i have fair skin

      • Cocoa butter shouldn’t have any effect on the color of your skin as it’s a creamy white. The only thing to consider is some people do have an allergy to it, but you can also try my Pumpkin Spice Whipped Body Butter which is made with shea butter and you can change up the essential oils to whatever scent you’d like. I sure hope you enjoy this, and be sure and let me know if you have anymore questions!


  3. Hi Kari,
    Where I live (Mumbai – India), the coconut oil is already a liquid at room temp. The resulting body butter is not firm or fluffy but more like a runny lotion. Any way to remedy this?

    • I think you would need to add something like beeswax to keep it solid at room temperature since your average temperature must be a fair bit higher than here. I hope this helps!

  4. I have tried a couple of recipes now for body butters and this is one of them I´ve tried. As I´ve read in your comments; the chocolate smell is VERY strong with cocoa butter, and my essential oils seemed to fade away completely – even using 40-50 drops. I will try letting it cool off in the fridge before I add them next time. I do however feel a little greasy after using this body butter. I put my elbow on the table and there was a greasy spot when I moved it. I tried make your spa website and it was not recipes for things like this; it seemed to be a search tool of some kind. I really would like to know where most people are getting their recipes for these home items. Iḿ searching Pinterest, and some websites, but not having much luck finding many different recipes. Would you mind sharing some sites or other blogs that you also use? I am very new to making things like this and I need all the guidance I can get. Thank you for sharing your recipes too! Thatś the one I am currently using, but I do want a body butter that´s not so chocolatey smelling too.

    • Body butters are a deep moisturizer, so if you’re finding it’s too greasy, you might want to try one of my lotions instead. I actually don’t have any website recommendations, I just try things out, but you might try out some shea butter in place of the cocoa butter if you’re not crazy about the smell. I hope this helps a little, and be sure to let me know if you have anymore questions!

  5. Hi Kari.
    Thanks fir the awesome recipe.
    Can I use Shea butter instead of cacao butter and also add carrot oil to the mix?

    • I’m not sure it you would have the same texture if you used shea butter because it can sometimes make lotions and body butters a bit granular in feel, but you could try it out. As for the carrot oil, do yo mean carrot seed oil? I think that should be fine if add some, depending on how much you add, you might want to adjust the recipe a bit.

  6. You have an awesome recipe that I can’t wait to try! Just one question – would the butter work the same if I microwaved in ten second bursts instead of using the stove? Thanks 🙂

    • I’m not sure if the color of your skin would make any difference with this body butter, but essential oils can be a problem for some people with sensitive skin. I personally have very sensitive skin and citrus essential oils aren’t a problem for me, but it’s definitely different for each individual. I hope I’ve answered your question, but if not let me know some more details about what concerns you with this recipe. 🙂

  7. Hi Kari, love this quick and easy recipe but I’m a bit confused as you wrote you use %100 cocoa butter but in the recipe you have “cacao” butter.. Are they the same thing?

    • They are the same thing, but that’s definitely is confusing, so I’ve changed the recipe to match the label on the cocoa butter. I hope you enjoy the recipe, and please let me know if you have anymore questions!

    • I wouldn’t recommend using real lemon juice because it will cause the body butter to spoil quickly, my guess would be within 1-2 weeks. I hope this helps, and be sure to let me know how it goes, or if you have anymore questions! 🙂


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