A few months after my daughter was born, she developed a severe case of eczema. As a parent, nothing pierces your heart like your baby’s pained cries – nothing the doctor prescribed worked for longer than a few days. It got to a point where the doctor suggested a steroid cream – having read about the long term effects of steroid creams on the skin and in children, I started looking for DIY remedies to cope with her flare ups. At the same time, I was dealing with my own badly breaking out skin and a serious dose of Melasma/Chloasma. My search for home remedies for both our skin issues led me into the wonderful world of oils.

I have been making body butters for my daughter for the last 5 years and her skin is totally healed – no scratching even when the weather gets hot which was always a trigger for her. The dark marks left behind from all the scratching are almost all gone now.
I do not have a set recipe and change the oils depending on what I am experimenting with on my face at that moment. The only constant is the coco butter as both our skins do not like shea butter for some reason.


  • 500 raw, unrefined coco butter
  • 250 ml jojoba oil
  • 100 ml vitamin E oil
  • 100 ml of coconut oil
  • 100 ml avocado oil
  • 100 ml hemp oil
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 100 ml argan oil
  • 50 ml fragrance oils
  • 2tbs tapioca (cassava) powder

Now that is a lot of body butter but I like to make a large amount that can last several months.


  • Melt the hard butter until liquid. You can use a bain-marie to do this but I just throw it into the microwave at 30 second intervals to make sure it melts without being cooked.
  • Once the coco butter is all melted, I stirred in the coconut oil which was in a solid state and needed melting too as well as the tapioca powder. The tapioca acts to cut the grease in the final product. You can also use arrow root powder instead.

Melted oils & butters

  • Let the mixture cool a bit then put it in the fridge.
  • After roughly an hour a thick film will have formed on top of the mixture. Take it out and start blending it – an electric blender would be ideal but, if you are doing a small batch and have enough elbow grease and time, a fork might work.
  • Slowly add in some of the other oils – this helps make the blending easier.

Whip it real good!

  • Put mixture back in fridge until a thick film forms, take out and blend whilst adding the other liquid oils. I repeated this step 4 times as I wanted a really creamy finish.
  • The fragrance oil is the last liquid I add – this time round I used a fragrance called “Passionate Kisses” which has top notes of raspberry, black berry and strawberries. My daughter is currently in love with fruity fragrances hence this choice.

Body butter packed and ready for use

  • Scoop the mixture into containers of your choice. I purchased my containers from Naturallythinking.
  • Preservatives are not necessary with this recipe as no liquids were used. The body butter keeps quite well for a long time.There are loads of recipes to be found online that one can experiment with. What is your favourite recipe?
This article was first published on Ciku Wamae.

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2 Responses

  1. Sylvia Sly says:

    Very informative