Simply Elegant Body Cream

by Andrea Butje on May 6, 2013

body creamSimply Elegant Body Cream is quick to make and doesn’t require any melting on the stove.

This body cream has a lovely thick texture, and coats dry skin beautifully. Even a small amount of this cream is deeply moisturizing–and it lasts for hours!

If you love the aromas of shea butter, coconut oil and Neroli, you just might fall in love with this easy to make homemade body cream. Shea butter is famous for its moisturizing abilities–and is used for healing and cooking by women in Africa. Coconut oil is perfect for addressing dry, irritated skin (and even conditions like inflammation).

Neroli is a gentle citrusy, floral scent, and the oil is known to support skin healing and soothe pain. The addition of the German Chamomile hydrosol to this body cream brings a surprisingly sweet and fruity aroma.

Some uses for your body cream:

  • take care of your skin after sun exposure
  • preventing stretch marks during pregnancy
  • for dry skin, hair and nails
  • as a nighttime moisturizer
  • to soothe itchy,  irritated skin
  • to heal babies skin from diaper rash

Simply Elegant Body Cream

This thick cream is exquisite for dry skin. The aroma is slightly nutty and smoky with coconut and a hint of fruit from the hydrosol.

1 tablespoon Coconut oil
3 tablespoons Shea butter
1 tablespoon German Chamomile hydrosol
3 drops Neroli

All ingredients need to be at room temperature.

1. Mash the shea butter into the coconut oil with a spoon (ideal if the coconut oil is liquid).
2. Add the German Chamomile hydrosol and mix to a smooth cream. Mix in 3 drops of Neroli.
3. Store in a glass jar. As long as the shea is fresh it will last 6 months. I recommend making this product fresh after that.

Notes: I keep my shea butter in the refrigerator. In order to get the ideal soft texture I leave 3 tablespoons of shea in a bowl on a warm windowsill. It takes a few hours to soften and then it is easy to mix into the coconut oil.

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

collee March 13, 2017 at 6:27 pm

What else can I use other than Neroli E.O.? I don’t have the diluted version either. Thanks. C.


Andrea Butje March 14, 2017 at 8:57 am

Collee, try it with any floral aroma you love – Ylang Ylang (complete) (Cananga odorata), Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or Jasmine absolute (Jasminum grandiflorum) would all be lovely.


Ivelina November 5, 2016 at 10:08 am

Hi Andrea,
How well oils and hydrosol mix? It there any separation?
I’d add some beeswax to my formula
Best regards


Andrea Butje November 8, 2016 at 3:11 pm

Hi Ivelina,
When blending a hydrosol with an oil there would be some separation as oil and water (hydrosol) don’t mix.


Ivelina November 18, 2016 at 4:21 am

I did try your recipe and it turned out so good! I even elaborated further adding some aloe vera gel, evening primrose oil, etc. The cream kept its lovely soft texture. I am so happy. Thank Andrea for such a great recipe!


Andrea Butje November 18, 2016 at 6:40 pm

Hi Ivelina! Experimenting can be fun and I am so happy you had great results!


Kimberly September 8, 2016 at 1:19 pm

This recipe looks luscious! However, I was wondering the final product has a short shelf-life and if it would need to be stored in the refrigerator since there is a hydrosol (water) blended into the fats?


Andrea Butje September 8, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Hi Kimberly! A blend’s shelf life is determined by the ingredient with the shortest shelf life. So as long as all your ingredients are fresh, this body cream will last up to 4–6 months and I recommend making this product fresh after that. No need to store it in the refrigerator – I do find I’ve used it all up long before it’s time to make a fresh batch.


Frances March 16, 2016 at 11:33 pm

Can’t wait to try it it sounds wonderful thank you Andrea again as usually. Love your site just ordered the hydrosol can’t wait to make this cream it sounds so easy all the other recipes I’ve seen were to complicated thank you so much so excited


Andrea Butje March 17, 2016 at 8:57 am

You’re welcome Frances! Have you taken our free Intro to Essential Oils course? It’s a great place to start and will show you how to make lots of recipes (I promise, they are easy!). If you haven’t, you can sign up here:


Frances March 15, 2016 at 2:54 pm

Can’t wait to try it it sounds wonderful thank you Andrea again as usually. Love your site


Andrea Butje March 16, 2016 at 8:34 am

You’re welcome Frances! 🙂


korie wright June 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm

You can purchase both at Aromatics International.


Nanette Conover June 28, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I love coconut oil and shea butter. I also cook with coconut oil as well as use it as a moisturizer on my scalp. I have Sisterlocks and my hair loves it. I would like to know more about how to mix and what not to mix and the different fragrance. It has become my new passion and I would like to make products as well.


Tanja June 24, 2013 at 7:41 am

Never thought of making my own body cream even though I have shea butter


mysticskye June 22, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I love this recipe! I will have to order more Shea butter as I am currently out of this miraculous moisturizer. Although I love Shea butter in all it’s forms, I really like how this recipe mashes the oils into the butter. It makes for a quick, super creamy product without having to melt anything on a stove or worry about graininess as the moisturizer cools. Wonderful!


Rose J. June 21, 2013 at 9:11 pm

This looks like a great recipe! I was just looking at store-bought body butter ingredients, and it was nearly all chemicals. I don’t have all the ingredients for this recipe, but I hope to try it sometime.


Ny June 20, 2013 at 7:52 am

I like to use Shea Butter and Coconut Oil but have not used the Hydrosol yet. This is such a simple quick recipe to put together and I can’t wait to try it out! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!


Jenn Givler June 19, 2013 at 7:34 pm

This sounds like such a lovely, easy body cream. I’m definitely going to try this… I never thought to try and put one together without emulsifying wax… this is great – thanks for sharing!


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Thanks Jenn! 🙂


Sheriden June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Wow love this I ave always melted the ingreadients awesome going to try this :0)


clare June 19, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I love coconut and shea butter, and Ilove the idea of not having to use the stove to make a batch of body care. Its so easy and fast. I love using tree smells so I add balsam fir and spruce to mine with a little orange. Reminds me of walking in the forest. Thanks for the recipe


Andrea Butje June 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for the great comment Clare!! I love the conifer and orange combination.


Delanie June 3, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Essential oils and hydrosols are different. Hydrosols are floral waters, and are often a byproduct of essential oil distillation. They are far less concentrated but still have many healing benefits. Hope this helps!


Amy May 12, 2013 at 8:26 pm

What is German Chamomile hydrosol? Can I use essential oil or are they different things? Thank you


Andrea Butje May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

Hi Amy,
They are different. Here is a blog post I wrote on hydrosols:
I would recommend the hydrosol for sure, and if you decide to add some of the essential oil as well, that works too-but you need the hydrosol.


Michelle Smith May 12, 2016 at 9:16 pm

My friend just asked me for oily gifts for her friends, one is a newly pregnant mama, and the other is a new mama. I thought this cream could be good for both (to prevent stretch marks for pregnant one, and for diaper rash for new baby)! However, she’s seeing them this weekend, and I don’t have Germ. Chamomile hydrosol. Would Rose Geranium be as effective?


Andrea Butje May 13, 2016 at 9:59 am

So sweet of you to be making those for them, Michelle! Rose Geranium hydrosol would be perfect in place of the German Chamomile hydrosol 🙂


Laurie May 9, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Where can the german chamomile hydrosol and the shea butter
be purchased please?


Andrea Butje May 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm
Dana B. May 7, 2013 at 11:13 pm

I have used Shea butter before but never to come up with my own Body cream, what a cool idea! It sounds pretty simple, I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for posting this!


Andrea Butje May 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thanks Dana,
I love this easy to make cream, let me know how it goes for you.


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