Winter Skin Homemade Body Oil

Winter is in full effect in southwest Missouri where I live, and my skin is feeling it! During the winter, I tend to get dry patches on my skin, especially my elbows, knees, and hands. This winter skin homemade body oil is the perfect remedy. It’s kind of a hybrid between a lotion and a body oil. Here’s what the consistency is like:

A little bit of this goes a long way! And, I especially love applying some of this to my feet and hands before bed so it can kind of soak in overnight. 🙂 I packed my version full of some pretty high end ingredients! You know how you’ll sometimes go to buy a product at the store and see that the first ingredient listed is water? Not so much here. It’s all good things for this homemade body oil.

Here’s what I used in my winter skin homemade body oil:
-shea butter
argan oil
jojoba oil
-vitamin E oil
essential oil for scent (lavender)
mica powder for a little shimmer

You basically want to your body oil to be 1 part shea butter and 1 part oil. You can mix oils (like I did) or swap out the majority for something less expensive like coconut oil or even olive oil, which is still really great for your skin. I added about 10-15 drops of lavender essential oil and a heaping teaspoon of the mica powder too, but both of those are optional and the oil would still be great without them.

Here’s what the mica powder looks like. It’s actually really great for a little (natural) shimmer or to make DIY makeups with.

Just add all the ingredients to a glass jar and use an immersion blender to blend well until no clumps remain. My homemade body oil has an almost milky color with a kind of pearl shimmer from the mica. Even though I’m not necessarily using this as a cosmetic (it’s really for dry skin), I do love how pretty and luxurious it looks.

You can simply store it in any airtight container like a glass jar with a lid. But, as with any lotion or body oil, it’s nice to have something with a little spout or pour option. I found some reusable honey bear containers at a local farming supply store (it’s a long story why I was there, but I thought these would be perfect for homemade lotions and things, so I bought them when I saw them). But you could absolutely reuse something you may already have in your bathroom or kitchen cabinets or just use a clean glass jar. Hope your skin loves this stuff as much as mine! xo. Emma

P.S. This body oil can separate over time, or in extreme temperatures. If you notice this, just give the container a good shake and things will get blended up again.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • I tried out this recipe last night and oh. my. gahd. I added a bit more oils to mine to get it extra thin because it was a bit thick to pour, but the overall result was AMAZING. I have never had much luck with DIY lotions before and this one is a KEEPER. i used vanilla, clove, ylang ylang and fennel EO in my mix and it smells like heaven and works so well. THANK YOU for a simple and effective recipe! I especially like how well it can be customized. xx

  • Did you have to heat the shea-butter-oil-combo before mixing it with the immersion blender?

  • Hi! What color Mica powder you use? The linked colors seem super different.. Just curious 🙂

    • Hi Kathryn, I’m not 100% sure, but it looks to me like the Iridescent Gold? I was wondering as well so I looked through more colors and it looks like that might be a match. 🙂

  • Great post! Love the twist of adding mica for shimmer. That’s the kind of special touch that starts your day off with a smile.

  • Is it safe for face skin? I know this is called body oil, but I need one for my face. My face has become so dry that my usual moisturizer just won’t do anything.


    • I use straight shea butter on my face in winter, and it works like nothing else! You don’t need to use much at all—maybe a 1/4 teaspoon. Since it’s so thick, you’re got to kind of melt it by massaging it into your skin.

  • What a good idea, especially for dry winter skin! Really love that you used the honey container for this, it looks so cute!

  • Thank you for the DIY! This is perfect for the weather right now. 🙂

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