My beloved shea butter – 5 brilliant recipes for homemade cosmetics
Why shea butter?
In my opinion, I think it’s the best natural butter I have ever tested. Neither coconut oil, nor babassu oil or even cocoa oil cannot compete with it. Shea butter has the best consistency (i.e. it is not as hard as a stone), it can be easily picked from a container and does not need to be heated. It is ideal for hair care (both low and medium porosity), and it also has strong rejuvenating properties. As a product aimed at slowing down aging, I can compare it to argan oil and raspberry seed oil. Finally – shea butter is an ideal component for any DIY cosmetics. Well, it smells nice too:)
You can, of course, use it on its own: apply to your hair, body, face, transfer it into a small jar and carry it with you to use on the go as a lip balm, hand cream etc … but all the fun lies in the fact that WE CAN PRODUCE our own, homemade, unique cosmetic. If you want to know what homemade recipes with shea butter conquered my heart – just keep on reading.
The best recipes for homemade cosmetics with shea butter
1. Bath bombs with shea butter
This cosmetic doesn’t just look awesome but also works splendidly and can be a great gift for your friends. Bath bombs are a very valuable product because thanks to the content of shea butter, it moisturizes and improves skin’s condition, while the Himalayan salt contains 84 minerals invaluable in skin care.
Dissolve shea butter in a water bath. Pour it into silicone molds and wait until it slightly cools down and add Himalayan salt. Its crystals will fall to the bottom, but they will not dissolve. Wait a little longer (the butter will slightly set) and add another portion of salt crystals. Insert the molds into the fridge so that the shea will become solid completely. It only takes 2 hours for the bath bombs to be ready for use.
ProTip! You can either throw them to your bath or use as an exfoliating bar. Also, if you have an essential oil at hand – you can add a few drops to each bomb – it will gain additional aromatherapeutic qualities.
2. The easiest, natural lip balm DIY
- 20% beeswax,
- 50% shea butter,
- 30% natural oil (for instance, jojoba oil, argan oil, macadamia oil, almond oil, etc),
- fragrance additives (not necessary, but a very nice option) 5 drops of your favorite essential oil,
- coloring additives (if you want to create a coloring lipstick) take a small sample of lipstick, a bit of beetroot juice, natural pigments (available for purchase in eco-stores),
- empty lipstick/balm container (ie the so-called stick) or a jar.
Dissolve shea butter and beeswax in a water bath. Once they take a liquid form – add the oil and selected additives. To my lipstick, I added the lemongrass oil and tea tree oil (its antibacterial properties will prolong the durability of your lipstick). When the mixture has cooled down a little – put it in a prepared container and leave it in the fridge for an hour to make it solid.
3. Chocolate lipgloss with conditioning properties
- 1/5 tablespoon of shea butter
- 1/5 tablespoon of dark chocolate
- 1/5 tablespoon of beeswax
- half a tablespoon (even a bit more) of castor oil (gives shine!)
- a drop of essential oil or a pinch of cinnamon
In the water bath, slowly heat the shea butter, castor oil, beeswax so that all ingredients take on a smooth form. Then, add the grated chocolate and mix until it also melts and blends with the other ingredients. Finally, add the cinnamon or selected essential oil that matches the aroma of the added chocolate. Pour the mixture into a small, decorative jar and leave it aside to cool down.
4. Sugar lip scrub with shea butter
The lip scrub has been neglected by me for way too long. One day I decided to give it a try … and from now on I do it at least once a week. My lips are not only soft and smooth, but also as if … fuller? And they have a beautiful color. The best lip scrub is, of course, at-home DIY 🙂
All you have to do is dissolve a bit of shea butter and cocoa butter in a water bath. If you have honey from an organic apiary at home – add a little bit of it to the whole mix, but only at the end when the whole thing has slightly cooled off. Sugar (preferably brown) also has to wait for the lower temperature of the oils, because otherwise its particles will dissolve. Place the scrub in a nice jar and … it’s ready.
5. Firming, natural body lotion with shea butter
- 75g shea butter,
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil,
- 2 tablespoons of almond oil,
- a tablespoon of macadamia oil
- a tablespoon of avocado oil,
- a tablespoon of jojoba oil.
Combine all solid oils in a water bath and mix all the liquid oils separately.
Mix everything and allow it to cool off. Beat the thickening balm with a blender (whisking tip) for about 10 minutes. A light foam will appear with the perfect consistency of thick cream. You can spice up the balm with essential oils to get aromatherapeutic properties.
Place the balm into a glass, preferably a dark glass container. All done!:)
Do you know any other, reliable and worth recommending SHEA-DIY recipes? Please share your knowledge and experience in the comments! <3