My Favorite 2-Ingredient Lotion

Up until recently, I wasn’t interested in creating my own bath and body products. I like to keep things really simple, and over the past couple of years I’ve only used regular coconut or olive oil for all of my skin care needs. Olive oil works wonders as a makeup remover!

However, oil can have a drying affect on the skin, so it’s not always the best moisturizer on its own. Yes, as strange as it sounds, oils can actually dry-out your skin! So, I started looking into other all-natural options and discovered the moisturizing capabilities of pure shea butter, which for some reason, I had been previously intimidated to try.

I’m so glad I got over that.

homemade lotion in a small glass container

Initially, I tried sticking to my usual routine with the raw shea butter, using it straight-up as a lotion. It has a soft, putty-like texture that melts in your hands, but it was almost too putty-like and left a heavy feeling on my skin. Hence, why I finally decided to try making a lotion with it.

Keeping things as simple as possible, I paired the raw shea butter with pure olive oil, which is a good source of vitamins A and E. The result is a rich and buttery cream that keeps my skin healthy and supple. I use this cream daily after washing my face, and love how it makes my skin feel!

My Favorite 2-Ingredient Lotion
Makes about 5 ounces


4 ounces raw shea butter (I ordered this brand in ivory)
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


Gently melt the shea butter over the stove using a double boiler. (I just fill a 2-quart saucepan with a couple inches of water, then fit one of my oven-safe serving bowls over the top to create a make-shift double boiler.)

Tip: If you don’t have a food scale to measure the shea butter, simply cut the one-pound block into roughly 4 evenly-sized pieces. They’ll each be about 4 ounces.

melting shea butter on the stove

Stir the olive oil into the melted butter, then place the mixture in the fridge to cool for 30 to 40 minutes, until it’s at least half-way solidified again. Then all you have to do is use a hand mixer to beat the mix until the lotion has a creamy texture, which takes about 5 minutes. (I tried stirring it with a spatula first, but the hand mixer makes the texture MUCH better!)

whipping body lotion with a mixer

Transfer the lotion into a glass jar, and use as often as desired! It should last for at least 6 months, if not longer.

homemade lotion in a small glass container


  • You’ll notice that many store-bought lotions contain water as one of the first ingredients, which gives them a thinner and more liquid-like texture. If you want a moisturizer similar to that, you’ll need to add a preservative to the mix, as adding water will make the lotion spoil quickly without it. I didn’t want to work with preservatives, which is why I stuck to this easy 2-ingredient formula.
  • If you’d like your lotion to have a scent, you can add one or more of your favorite essential oils to the mix.


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Any suggestions on a facial cleanser



Love this! I just made my own lavender vanilla lotion and am excited to see how it turns out. It took a bit more than 2 ingredients, so I will have to try yours once mine is finished:)


Hi there , can exchange mango butter for Shea butter, with same results, or only Shea butter is as ‘creamy’ ?


    Megan Gilmore

    I’ve never tried mango butter before! If it has the same creamy qualities as shea butter, I imagine it would work, too.


I made this cream but mine has gone back to a solid form just like the original shea butter. Should I add more olive oil? Or did I do something wrong?

    Megan Gilmore

    It should go back to a semi-solid form, like a thick cream, but it shouldn’t be as firm as the original shea butter. You can add more oil to it if you’d like it to be softer, but I find that mine melts easily in my hands when I apply it to my face– just be sure to rub it in really well, like you’re giving yourself a little facial massage. Adding water is what makes store-bought lotions so creamy, but then you also have to add a preservative, which I prefer to avoid.


      It’s much more solid than a thick cream. It is like the solid Shea butter block. I have to dig out pieces. I will try adding a little more oil. Thank you for your reply!


Love the recipe! This is exactly what I used to make lotions, sometimes I would include coconut oil, but there is nothing quite like shea. I don’t have time to make lotion anymore, thankfully I found a lotion that only has two ingredients, ozone layer hand and body lotion, which is very similar in texture to my homemade recipe, except it pumps which I really like. They use rosemary extract which apparently keeps it fresh, but other than than it’s pure shea butter.


Works great! I’m a 19 year old black (light skin) male that’s is good looking and has a great sense of style and what is cool lol. I’m just saying that this is the new wave (trend) that’s gonna come up in the youth. All natural products and veganism/seganism. Mark my words. Great recipe though btw! Best lotion I’ve ever used.


    Boy, bye. Light skinned or not, you still get ashy like every black person out there. It’s a post about lotion, no one cares about your ‘light skinnedness’


Can I use grape seed oil instead of olive oil?


Can I use jojoba oil instead of olive oil?

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