Homemade skin care is easy and non-toxic since you know what goes into it. This homemade skin nourishing shea butter recipe is non-greasy, cost-efficient, and extremely moisturizing for dry skin. With just 3 main ingredients, you can whip up this simple skin nourishing shea body butter.
During the winter months, my skin needs a lot more moisture than in the summer due to the dry weather. Therefore, my choice for the winter months is shea body butter because it is nourishing as well as moisturizing for the cold weather.
Shea body butter has many great benefits for the skin and will be economic per usage. Making your own organic skincare is definitely the most cost efficient option. Moreover, you will know you made it with the purest of ingredients. Your skin will love it because of the nourishing effect shea butter has in leaving your skin soft and smooth.
The skin is the largest organ in the body and hence absorbs everything that you put on it. Since, diet also plays a big role in the health of the skin, therefore, I am careful not to put junk inside too. There are many other reasons why I make my own homemade skin care, check out my earlier post to find out why.
HOW TO MAKE NOURISHING SHEA BODY BUTTER
Like with all my body butter recipes, making Shea body butter is similar. We are just changing the ingredients. It is very easy to make without any fancy equipment. All you do is melt all the ingredients since they come in blocks or chunks, cool them and whip it up using a blender. If you want it to smell nice, you can add essential oils.
SHEA BODY BUTTER VIDEO TUTORIAL
INGREDIENTS YOU WILL NEED
Shea butter is the fat that is extracted from the nuts of the shea tree. It is solid at warm temperatures and has an off-white or ivory color. Shea trees are native to West Africa, and most shea butter come from that region.
Shea butter has been used as a cosmetic ingredient for centuries. It has a high concentration of vitamins and fatty acids and easy to spread consistency. Therefore, it makes a great ingredient for conditioning your skin.
BENEFITS OF SHEA BUTTER IN SKIN CARE
Shea butter is found in many skin care products. Shea butter is packed with essential nutrients that can enhance your natural complexion and help you glow from the inside out. Raw Shea butter is easy to spread too. There are many benefits for using shea butter in your skin care, below are some of the most important ones.
- Anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory
- Promotes cell-regeneration
- Great for all skin types and esp. sensitive skin
- Very moisturizing
- Can reduce wrinkles, age spots and scars
- Hydrate and repair damaged skin
- Great source of fatty acids and vitamins A and E
- Antioxidant for your skin to reduce signs of aging
- Improves skin tone
The specialty of shea butter, is that you can use the butter as it is, by rubbing it directly on the skin. Just cut out a little of the butter and rub it on the skin and the butter melts easily with your body temperature.
On the other hand, if you want to make whipped body butter, you will need to melt the butter on low flame and mix it with a carrier oil and for the fragrance a few drops of essential oils. Subsequently cool and whip it, whipping makes for a light and fluffy whipped cream like consistency.
TIPS TO MAKE NOURISHING SHEA BODY BUTTER
- To make the body butter non-greasy add a teaspoon of arrow root powder while whipping.
- You don’t need to refrigerate the body butter. Keep the body butter in airtight jars.
- You can easily increase the quantity of ingredients but stick to the basic measurements.
- This body butter can be your ideal Christmas gift item for all your natural loving friends.
- Be careful while using citrus essential oils. Citrus essential oils are photosensitive to your skin. So if you use them don’t go out in the sun, but you can still use the body butter at home.
- You can use any essential oil of your choice. My personal choice is almost always Sandalwood, Lavender and Frankincense.
HOMEMADE SHEA BODY BUTTER INGREDIENTS
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Rose Hydrosol (optional)
Vit E oil (optional)
SHEA BODY BUTTER RECIPE
- Cut 3/4 cup of shea butter into small chunks.
- Secondly, melt the butter and the 1/4 cup coconut oil in a double boiler. The coconut oil can solidify in colder countries, therefore melt it together with the other shea butter.
- If you don’t have a double boiler, make one by placing a bowl over a pot of boiling water.
- After the mixture has melted, place the bowl in the freezer until it is set. You don’t want it to be solid just firm.
- Add 15 drops of essential oils of your choice.
- Then add arrowroot powder to the bowl and whip the ingredients together using a hand mixer or stand mixer.
- Store in an airtight container.
SHEA BODY BUTTER TROUBLE SHOOTING TIPS
Can you remelt whipped body butter?
Yes, if you are not satisfied with the consistency of your whipped body butter. I have done it and it hasn’t affected the recipe in any way.
You can re-melt the body butter back and cool and whip it again. When, I was first trying out these recipes, I had to trouble shoot till I could achieve the consistency I wanted.
Why is my body butter grainy?
Whipped body butter can get grainy when it experiences a temperature increase and then cools too slowly. You can fix this by gently remelting the body butter, make sure not to melt it too quickly and then cool it to get rid of that grainy texture.
Can you skip arrowroot powder?
Since home made body butters are a little greasy, due to all natural ingredients, adding a little arrowroot powder makes it less greasy.
If your body butter is too oily or greasy you add a little bit more of arrowroot powder while you are still whipping it.
- If you are living in a warm country or are trying to make the body butter in the summer. Try whipping it early morning or late evening in a cool room. Or to speed up the process, whip the butter placing the whipping bowl in a bowl of ice and water.
- It is best to store any DIY product with essential oils in a glass container. Use a shallow wide mouth jar so it is easier to get all the lotion out.
- If you choose to use essential oils, reduce to half if a child is using it.
- If you do not have a double boiler, you can make one by placing a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
- You can substitute equal parts of mango butter or cocoa butter for the shea butter.
* If you are living in a warm country or are trying to make this mango butter in the summer. Try whipping it early morning or late evening in a cool room. Or to speed up
the process, whip the butter placing the whipping bowl in a bowl of ice and water.
* If you are living in a warm country or are trying to make this mango butter in the summer. Try whipping it early morning or late evening in a cool room. Or to speed up the process, whip the butter placing the whipping bowl in a bowl of ice and water.