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Shea Body Butter Recipe

Shea body butter recipe can be simple or complex, depending on the ingredients which you are planning to use in the homemade version. So, learn how to make shea body butter and treat your skin with a natural delight.
Shea body butter is an excellent product for very dry skin. It is available in different product range, like skin lotions, skin moisturizer and soaps. Using shea butter as body butter has been known for a long time. Needless to say, it is more viscous and thick than the regular body lotion. Hence, people who have normal skin may find it very sticky. For them, lotion containing low percentage of shea butter is a better choice. Before jumping to shea body butter recipe, let's try to find out benefits provided by this plant-based skin care product.

Shea Body Butter Benefits

The highly appreciated shea body butter ingredients are essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It helps retain the skin moisture even in low humidity and dry climatic conditions. Other shea butter benefits are treating skin irritation, dermatitis and also, in reducing aging lines and stretch marks. Being a natural formulation based on shea nuts, it is effective to maintain good skin without any adverse effects. No wonder, this beauty product is most preferred by women who are very conscious about their skin health.

Making Shea Body Butter at Home

In case you have dry skin, there is no better solution, other than pampering your skin with the mild scented, rich shea body butter. Even though it is a thick consistency product, shea body butter gets absorbed in the skin easily, thus, keeping it nourished, moist and rejuvenated for a longer period. Shea body butter is available in plain form and in different fragrances, like bamboo sugar cane and vanilla. It may also contain grapefruit exact, chamomile, citric acid and other ingredients.

Making shea body butter is a healthier alternative over store-bought ones. It is quite likely that products sold in the market are formulated with additives and other perfumery ingredients. Hence, in order to reap maximum benefits of your skin care regimen, you can try making it on your own at home. And the best part is, raw shea butter is available in health food stores and groceries. For whipped shea body butter, you need pure shea butter, essential oils and fragrance. Following is a detailed homemade shea body butter recipe.

Required Ingredients
  • 2 cups of shea butter
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • 2-3 drops jojoba oil
  • 2-3 drops lavender oil
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch (for binding)
  • ½ ounce vanilla extract (if desired)
Preparation

Start with melting the shea butter. You can add it in an appropriate size saucepan and put over low heat. Wait till it melts and immediately remove from heat. Make sure you do not overheat or burn shea butter. To the liquid shea butter, infuse olive oil and allow to settle for about 30 minutes. Before it solidifies completely, add vitamin E oil, jojoba oil, lavender oil, cornstarch and vanilla extract. Using a blender, whip concoction till it turns light and fluffy. Transfer the butter into an air tight container and keep in a cool place.

Adjust the quantity of the ingredients as per your skin requirements. To be more precise, add more shea butter if you prefer a thicker consistency and vice versa. Once you know the basic shea body butter recipe, you can consider using additional essential oils and plant-based extracts that are beneficial for your skin. It is better to research the properties of ingredients before using them directly. You can think of adding cocoa butter (especially for reducing stretch marks), coconut oil, lavender oil, chamomile oil, rosemary extract, etc. The only trick is to use appropriate quantities while adding them in your homemade body butter.
By Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
Last Updated: 10/10/2011
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