Dry, Chapped Skin Butter

by Andrea Butje on February 15, 2012

chapped skin body butter

This aromatic butter recipe makes a silky, easily-applied chapped skin body butter that moisturizes, soothes, and protects.

Body butters are pure nourishment for your skin!

The true art of creating body butters has to do with the ratio of butter to oil to wax. To create a chapped skin body butter that’s soft and easy to apply, a 6:1 ratio is ideal. Six parts of butters and oils, to one part beeswax.


2 oz (60 ml) Calendula oil
1 oz (30 ml) Neroli infused jojoba
2 oz (56 gm) Palm Kernel oil
4 oz (112 gm) Coconut oil
2 oz (56 gm) Shea butter
1 oz (28 gm) Cocoa butter
2 oz (56 gm) Beeswax


  1. Melt the beeswax and Neroli infused jojoba together in a glass Pyrex measuring cup. (Use the double boiler approach in picture above.)
  2. Add the cocoa butter and gently stir until melted. (I use a glass stir rod.)
  3. Add the coconut oil and palm kernel and gently stir until melted.
  4. Add the shea butter, remove from the heat and stir until melted.
  5. Add the calendula oil and stir until combined.

Pour into seven wide-mouth 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars, cover and allow to cool (makes about 14 oz, or almost .5 litres). I keep the ones I’m not using in the refrigerator for longer shelf life. The ones I’m using I leave at room temperature. The shelf life of this butter could be one year if all your ingredients are fresh. Ask your supplier when each butter/oil was produced. Smooth into dry, cracked skin (or over healthy skin to protect it), and enjoy!

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collee February 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm

Hi, Andrea: what can I substitute for Calendula Oil and Palm Oil? Thanks. C


Andrea Butje February 14, 2017 at 12:11 am

Collee, in place of Calendula Oil and Palm Oil you can use any other carrier you prefer, or you can increase the amount of coconut oil or shea.


Sophia Humphrey December 5, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Hi Andrea,

Can I use Vanilla-infused jojoba oil instead of the Neroli-infused jojoba oil?


Andrea Butje December 5, 2016 at 9:23 pm

Yes Sophia for sure! Vanilla infused jojoba would be a lovely substitute in this blend.


Sandy December 30, 2015 at 12:08 pm

What can I can I use instead of Palm kernel oil in the recipe?

Thanks! Sandy


Andrea Butje December 30, 2015 at 1:44 pm

Hi Sandy – you can use any other carrier you prefer, or you can increase the amount of coconut oil or shea πŸ™‚


Joyce December 24, 2015 at 12:42 am

Can you use this mixture to make a whipped body butter? Do you know if it works well?


Andrea Butje December 28, 2015 at 11:39 am

Hi Joyce – yes, you can turn this recipe into a whipped body butter πŸ™‚


Rebecca September 16, 2015 at 9:41 am

Which type of calendula oil is this recipe intended for? I have both calendula-infused olive oil and calendula-infused coconut oil, and I imagine the final texture and hardness would vary a little bit depending on which one I used.


Andrea Butje September 16, 2015 at 1:34 pm

Hi Rebecca – I used calendula-infused olive oil, but you can definitely try it with the coconut oil to see which you prefer πŸ™‚


Rebecca September 16, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Thanks, Andrea! I’ll experiment and see how it turns out.


Andrea Butje September 17, 2015 at 3:12 pm

You’re welcome Rebecca! I’d love to hear how it goes.


Caron August 26, 2015 at 2:50 pm

Andrea…I didn’t read your post completely and obviously missed the suggested EO oils to add to the butter. SS. But would still appreciate any blend suggestions that use Franksincense. TYSM


Andrea Butje August 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

You can try 70 drops of Frankincense, 35 drops of Lavender and 35 drops of Orange. Sounds like a lot of oil, because the butter recipe is for 14 oz. This is about 2% dilution.


Caron August 26, 2015 at 1:54 pm

Would you recommend any essential oils for this chapped skin butter? I was wondering about using Frankincense. Thank you so much. Love, love, love the recipes!
PS. how many drops for this amount? My frankinsence EO is not diluted.


Andrea Butje August 27, 2015 at 10:16 am

Hi Caron – Here’s a blend suggestion that combines perfectly with the skin butter recipe:
-35 drops Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata)
-60 drops Orange (Citrus sinensis)
-45 drops Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin)
If you want to use Frankincense only, you would need about 140 drops of it – because the butter recipe is for 14 oz of butter. This would be 2% dilution.


Donna August 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Any substitute for Neroli infused jojoba? I priced it and it is beyond my budget. Thanks!!


Andrea Butje August 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

Hi Donna – If you have Neroli essential oil, you can use a drop or two of Neroli in Jojoba instead of the infused jojoba. If not, just use plain Jojoba, it works just as well. πŸ™‚


Judy J. August 25, 2015 at 9:17 pm

Hi Andrea, There are a lot of oil/wax ing. in this body butter recipe..where do you recommend purchasing them, for a good price?? Also, you use Trama oil in previous recipes where do I find that? I do enjoy your e-mails and videos. Thank-you for your response. jj


Andrea Butje August 26, 2015 at 10:19 am

Hi Judy – so glad you’re enjoying the emails and videos! There are a few places we recommend for purchasing carriers:
Aromatics International – http://www.aromaticsinternational.com
The Jojoba Company – http://www.jojobacompany.com
Mountain Rose Herbs – http://www.mountainroseherbs.com

You can buy trauma oil from Aromatics International: https://www.aromatics.com/products/carrier-oils-butters/trauma-oil-organic


Judy J. August 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm

Thank-you for the info. jj


Andrea Butje August 27, 2015 at 10:17 am

You’re welcome Judy!


Mary August 25, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Love this essential oil blend. (Ylang Ylang and Patchouli are my favorites!!)
Is it okay to use orange oil in leave on skincare products? I was thinking it was photo toxic? Thanks so much!!


Andrea Butje August 25, 2015 at 5:29 pm

Hi Mary – orange is actually not phototoxic! I wrote a blog post about avoiding phototoxicity that you can find here: http://www.aromahead.com/blog/2010/03/22/citrus-essential-oils-avoiding-phototoxicity/ πŸ™‚


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