Non-Greasy & Absorbable Shea Body Butter Recipe

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Non Greasy Shea Body Butter Recipe

This is a wonderful non-greasy shea body butter recipe that works very well. It absorbs quickly, is not greasy, and is great for your skin!

I love body butter, but I have to admit that it can be really greasy and slow to absorb into my skin. While my hands, heels, and elbows feel great after a while, I need something quick and less messy.

As a soap maker, my hands are in water constantly and this body butter helps to keep them soft but not greasy.

Non Greasy Shea Body Butter Recipe

Non-Greasy Shea Body Butter Recipe

This is a wonderful non-greasy shea body butter recipe that works very well. It absorbs quickly, is not greasy, and is great for your skin!

Prep Time
15 minutes
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
45 minutes
9 ounces
Estimated Cost



  1. Melt the shea butter in a double boiler.
  2. Once it is melted, add the oil and blend it well.
  3. Next, add the arrowroot powder, a little at a time. You can whisk it or use an immersion blender. Either one will add some air to the mixture, but if you keep it on the double boiler, it will flatten out as you stir it.
  4. Once everything is completely blended, add the essential oil. Start with 10 drops, adding more if you like after you have checked the scent.
  5. Take off the double boiler and continue to stir occasionally as it sets up. Depending on the oils and shea butter that you use, it may be creamy to semi-stiff. If it is too stiff, you can remelt it and add some oil, following the instructions above. If it is too runny, add some more shea butter.
  6. When you have it at the desired consistency, scoop it into a wide mouth jar. I like the short canning jars as they are easy to find and clean up well.


Jars can be sanitized very easily by running through a dishwasher or set in boiling water as you would for canning.

This non-greasy shea body butter recipe will keep for a long time, up to a year, unless you use it all first!

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Non-Greasy Oils for This Shea Body Butter Recipe

There are many carrier oils to choose from. They all have different characteristics and benefits. Here are a few that are the lightest feeling and absorb quickly into your skin:

These oils have been proven to be non-comedogenic (won’t clog your pores) and can be used on your face or body. They are all high in vitamins and minerals and have other nutrients such as fatty acids that will benefit your skin.

Greasy Oils to Avoid

While most carrier oils are ok for your skin, some are more greasy, heavy, or don’t absorb into the skin well. While they may have other benefits, these should be avoided in this non-greasy shea body butter recipe.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Palm Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Jojoba Oil

I’m actually on the fence about jojoba oil. It is heavier than some oils, but it is considered a drier oil and does absorb well. I would try it if you want to.

Other Non-Greasy Oils for This Shea Body Butter Recipe

There are a few other oils that you can add in small amounts. Hemp Seed Oil and Flax Seed Oil are two that can be added, but not used as base oils. While they are great for the skin, they tend to go rancid quickly and should be avoided in large amounts. Argan Oil is expensive, as is Rosehip Seed Oil, but in small amounts, they can do wonders for your skin.

Other Ingredients to Avoid

While some of these things may seem like they would be great, adding them may cause mold or rot to occur. In general, anything with a water base should be avoided. If you add water-based items to this butter, it becomes a cream or lotion. You’ll need an emulsifier and probably a preservative. It’s best to keep these things out of your butter.

  • Honey
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Tea blends
  • Juices, such as carrot juice
  • Fresh Herbs

Essential Oils That Benefit Skin

As with the oils, essential oils can benefit your skin in many ways. Some have antibacterial properties, some can be anti-fungal and some can help to heal your skin. Here are some recommendations for this non-greasy shea body butter recipe.

When choosing your essential oils, be sure to read precautions as far as children and pets go. Most can be used in blends on the skin, but some, like the citruses, may be phototoxic, meaning that they can intensify sunburn if applied just before going outside. A simple solution is to only use them at night. Another is to find alternatives. A good example is if you like Lemon, try Litsea Cubeba instead. It has a lemony scent without concerns about sun exposure.

Did you make this non-greasy shea body butter recipe? Share your experience below.


About Debra Maslowski

Debra is a master gardener, a certified herbalist, a natural living instructor, and more. She taught Matt and Betsy how to make soap so they decided to bring her on as a staff writer! Debra recently started an organic herb farm in the mountains of Western North Carolina. You can even purchase her handmade products on Amazon!

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