Recipe: Knock-Off S.W. Basics Cream

Earlier this year I won a jar of S.W. Basics Cream in a giveaway and let me tell you... it is the BEST body cream I have ever used. EVER. Nothing has ever really tackled my Montana winter skin like it does. The only problem? Once the jar runs out—and I've been hording my jar for when I need it the worst—I've got to pay $32 a jar to replace it! Truth be told, it's just too rich for my budget.

But the thing is... it only has 3 ingredients and they're not hard to find either. I've honestly never made anything like this before. My own household cleaning products sure... but body products were new territory for me. I am an adventurous person when it comes to DIY though so I figured I would get my ingredients together and then study the product I was trying to replicate so decide what ratio I needed going on to replicate it. It was so easy I got it on my first try!!!

Aside from a slight color difference due to the ingredients being from different sources... bam! #nailedit
Since I know many of you here are folks trying to live large on a tiny budget I figured the recipe just had to be shared. Enjoy!

Knock-Off S.W. Basics Cream

• 1/2 cup organic raw shea butter (I used this one)
• 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin coconut oil (I used this one)
• 1 tablespoon organic extra virgin olive oil (such as this one)
• a glass jar that can hold 4oz/250ML of liquid (I just reused one of these jelly jars but any sterile glass jar with a lid would work)

1. Gently melt all three ingredients in top of a double boiler pan and stir until combined using a metal spoon.
2. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
3. Pour liquid into jar and refrigerate until solid.

In warm temps it might get soft but it stores at room temp fairly well. If it gets too melty just pop it in the fridge until it's solid again. You can stir in essential oils at the room temp phase before pouring into a jar if you want a scented cream. To use just scoop some out with your fingers and spread it like butter, your body heat will melt it. Because it's made with oils it will feel a little greasy at first but just rub it in and you'll feel like a million bucks.

I didn't do the math but since I already keep coconut and olive oils at home for cooking the raw shea was the only part I needed to buy so I could easily have made 3 times + as much for 1/3 of the cost.

If you try this out let me know! What are some other great DIY knock-off recipes?


  1. OMG This looks like the perfect thing to make for gifts!

  2. I've been trying to get the ratios right lately and glad I Google'd this and found you. I also don't want to pay $32 and I originally​ got the cream at 25% off on Black Friday I think. So I stocked up and am now coming to the end of my collection 😁 I started 1:1:1 and then 2:1:1 (Shea is 2). Both oily but still great.
    But never realized 8:2:1 is the way to go! Awesome!! Thank you!!

  3. My daughter and I use this, but the price is nuts! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for posting!


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