Kim Harms

Life Reconstructed

Homemade Whipped Skin Cream for Extra-Sensitive Skin



My 8-year-old son spends his summers polka-dotted. No joke. His olive skin easily tans, but patches on his arms, legs, neck and sometimes even his face get scaly, itchy and flaky, leaving him spotted.

We’ve treated this with a variety of eczema prescriptions and over-the-counter solutions since he was an iddy-biddy guy. At a recent dermatologist visit, I was told he has Tinea Versicolor. So we’ve started some more medications and treatments (results are still pending.)

I’ve been making this body cream for Lewis for a couple years, and it’s been great. Primarily because he doesn’t cry out in pain when I put it on his skin. (That’s a big deal.)

But I’ve been reading up and have gotten mixed results as to whether or not coconut oil is a good idea. It has anti-fungal properties but is highly comedogenic, which I think is a big word to say that it blocks your pores. So I decided give a recipe without coconut oil a try.

After doing a little online research, I came up with the following little concoction. (It may get tweaked for my second batch, or maybe I’ll decide to go back to my original recipe with coconut oil.)


Homemade Whipped Sensitive Skin Body Cream

1 Cup Shea Butter (I order this in bulk on amazon.)

5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/8 Teaspoon Tea Tree Oil


1. Put the Shea butter in a double boiler for a few minutes just to get it a little mushy.

2. Take it off the heat and mash it a bit with a fork.

3. Dump into a mixing bowl along with the EVOO and Tea Tree Oil, and blend for 5 minutes. (I used my KitchenAid.)

4. Take the bowl of the stand and put it in the fridge for 5 minutes.

5. Put it back on the stand and mix 5 more minutes.

6. Now it should look like a fluffy, buttery frosting. Put it in a container with an airtight lid.


Author: Kim Harms

I am a contributor at CT Women (previously known as Today's Christian Woman where I was a regular contributor as well). I blog monthly at and have freelanced for a variety of publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul, Guideposts, Thriving Family and Creation Illustrated. Cancer made an unwelcome visit in my breast in January 2016, and I am now working on a book about breast reconstruction after having gone through the insane process myself. My incredible husband of 18 years, Corey, is my biggest writing cheerleader and together we are having a ball raising our three growing boys; Carter 15, Owen 14 and Lewis 10.

2 thoughts on “Homemade Whipped Skin Cream for Extra-Sensitive Skin

  1. I’ve been making my own homemade “lotions” for almost 2 years, primarily because the main ingredient in most lotions is alcohol and it dries your skin. You may also try a mix of shea butter and cocoa butter. I use both of those plus coconut oil but if you are trying to get away from the coconut obviously you can leave that out. I hope you find something that works well for you!

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