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Our skin is the largest organ in or on our body and it absorbs everything you put on it.  Our skin also plays a vital function in protecting us against microorganisms.  It is our first line of defense, not our immune system.  Needless to say I’ve always been concerned about what I put on my skin.  I try my best to use all natural products (usually ones that I make myself).

Since becoming pregnant I’ve been even more concerned than usual.  Now my decisions affect another little life, not just mine.  As my belly continues to expand I’ve been using a commercial body butter that my husband picked up for me.  After looking at the ingredients I decided I must be able to make something better with the ingredients floating around in my apothecary.  As it turns out I was right!  Here’s what I made:

Body Butter Recipe


  • 200 grams cocoa butter (raw and natural)
  • 50 grams coconut oil
  • 50 ml calendula infused herbal oil
  • 50 ml almond oil
  • 50 drops of Lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of vanilla scented oil


  • Measure out your cocoa butter and coconut oil
  • Melt the solid ingredients in a double boiler

  • Once melted remove from heat and add the oils stirring well into the mixture
  • Let your body butter sit for about 30 minutes

  • Add essential oils of your choosing
  • I added lavender (which is safe in pregnancy) and a little bit of vanilla
  • Once your mixture begins to harden scoop it into a blender
    • Please note that this may take a while unless you put it in the fridge or freezer for a few minutes

  • Whip it up and scoop into clean glass jars


Cocoa butter has a harder consistency then Shea butter.  If you use pure cocoa butter like I did you may want to add more liquid (oil) in your recipe because my cream hardened over night.  It is still very useable (especially once you rub it in between your hands to soften it), but it isn’t as ‘creamy’ as I was hoping.