August 24, 2022 5 min read


You can easily make your CBD body butter at home with shea butter, and CBD isolate or tincture. You can also incorporate other oils, vegetable glycerin, and aloe vera gel, which are optional.

CBD body butter is a good emollient for softening and making the skin supple. All you need to make it is CBD oil isolate and shea butter. You can also use MCT coconut oil or cocoa butter instead of shea butter, but the latter is better and has been confirmed to have many benefits to the skin. This article helps you know the steps to make CBD body butter, but first, what is CBD body butter.

What Is CBD Body Butter?

According to Massi et al. (2006) and Bauer et al. (2020), CBD is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid in hemp and other cannabis plants. Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in hemp plants and add up to more than 140. CBD stands out for being non-psychoactive. Schlienz et al. (2018) described THC as the intoxicating cannabinoid, but the same is not true about CBD, which can express the desired effects without causing the 'high' effect.

Body butter has been on the market for long and is a common emollient people use to soften the skin and make it supple. According to Purnamawati et al. (2017), shea butter oil is the main ingredient in body butter. Other ingredients include oil, avocado, jojoba, palm, cocoa, or illipe oil extracts. Preparing CBD body butter takes all these ingredients, with the addition of CBD oil, tincture, or isolate. The resultant product is versatile and can be used on dry spots, feet, hands, or the whole body.

How Do CBD Body Butter and Body Lotions Compare?

CBD body butter and body lotions are all emollients, yet not the same. What is the difference between the two products? How do they compare? The main difference between the two is texture. Body lotions are more liquid-like while body butter is thicker, waxier, fattier, and more compact. Nonetheless, they serve the same purpose. Still, while CBD body lotion is ideal for a daily routine, body butter is best used only a few times a week.

How Often Should You Apply CBD Body Butter, and What Are Its Functions?

According to Purnamawati et al. (2017), shea butter, the main ingredient in CBD body butter, can soften the skin and smoothen thin lines. Therefore, it is a great way to make your skin softer, more tender, and supple. Besides, Nisbet (2018) commented that CBD shea butter or body butter is best for some conditions, including eczema. Many people use body butter 2- 3 times a week because of its thickness. Still, in exceptional cases like eczema mentioned by Nisbet (2018) above, you can use the butter for two weeks, after which you should discontinue if the affected parts respond well. Here is the recipe for making your own CBD body butter at home. Learn more about uses for and benefits of cbd body butter


Are you ready to make CBD body butter at home? You need the following tools for a simple DIY body butter recipe;

  • Measuring cups
  • Tablespoons
  • A saucepan
  • A double boiler/ a heat-proof bowl
  • A mixer
  • A spatula


You need the ingredients below for your DIY body butter. You can adjust the measures accordingly if you want more or less CBD body butter.

  • 4 oz of carrier oil of your choice
  • 10 drops of essential oil
  • CBD; you can use 2-3 drops of CBD tinctures or oils or 2- 3 tablespoons of CBD isolate powder, which should give the same results
  • 2 tablespoons of vegetable glycerin or alternative
  • 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel
  • 4- 6 oz (1/2- ¾) cup of shea butter oils, or alternatives like cocoa or coconut oils, which should produce more or less the same results


Follow the steps below closely to make your own CBD body butter with the ingredients above;

  1. Measure out all the needed ingredients as directed above
  2. Simmer water in a saucepan and put a heat-proof bowl or a double boiler on it
  • Choose your preferred oils as directed above and mix and match them
  1. For every ½ cup of oil of your choice, use ½- ¾ of butter oil
  2. Put the mixture in the double boiler or heat-proof bowl in the saucepan
  3. Stir the mixture consistently for homogeneity and to stop it from being gritty
  • When the desired consistency is achieved, remove the mixture from the heat
  • Allow it to cool for 1- 2 hours or to the desired texture while transferred in a heat-safe glass
  1. Add CBD isolate or tincture, vegetable glycerin, the essential oils of your choice, depending on what you want the body butter for, and aloe vera gel
  2. Whip the mixture continuously until you achieve the desired consistency
  3. Place the butter in an airtight container to avoid changing its texture or oxidation
  • The CBD body butter is ready for use, and you can enjoy it

How to Troubleshoot CBD Body Butter

You might try DIY CBD body butter for the first time and record success. However, this is not the case for all since the butter may be runny, hard, or gritty. How do you go about this? Here are suggestions on how to correct each of these textures;

  • Gritty butter results from insufficient whipping. It takes a little vegetable glycerin and stirring to improve it.
  • Less potent butter comes from little CBD. You can add more powder or CBD drops to the body butter
  • Runny body butter results from fewer butter oils, so you can add more
  • Thick CBD body butter signifies less aloe vera gel percentage, so you can add a little


Making your CBD butter at home is easy. You only need a few ingredients, including shea butter, essential oils, CBD drops or isolate powder, aloe vera gel, and other optional ingredients. The process is simple, as detailed in this blog. Besides, if the butter is gritty or thick, the article shares ideas on how to improve it.


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Nisbet S. J. (2018). Skin acceptability of a cosmetic moisturizer formulation in female subjects with sensitive skin. Clinical, cosmetic and investigational dermatology, 11, 213–217.

Purnamawati, S., Indrastuti, N., Danarti, R., & Saefudin, T. (2017). The Role of Moisturizers in Addressing Various Kinds of Dermatitis: A Review. Clinical medicine & research15(3-4), 75–87.

Schlienz, N. J., Lee, D. C., Stitzer, M. L., & Vandrey, R. (2018). The effect of high-dose dronabinol (oral THC) maintenance on cannabis self-administration. Drug and alcohol dependence, 187, 254-260.