Shea Butter Uses & Recipes

Last week, I did a review on an Organic Raw Shea Butter I’m currently obsessed with! Though I had already covered a lot on the topic, I wanted to do a separate post on the uses of Shea Butter and some DIY recipes to make your own skincare products at home. So, this post is going to let you know about Shea Butter uses and recipes plus the several benefits it has for our skin & hair.

Shea Butter Uses & Recipes

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is an off-white fatty substance extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree from West Africa, typically used in cosmetic and natural skin care products. It is a fatty oil that exists in the solid form at room temperature but sink easily into the skin as it melts at body temperature. Raw Shea Butter is a raw and unrefined form of Shea butter that has not been adulterated. If you’re looking for a good Shea butter, make sure to buy raw unrefined (or Grade A) Shea Butter as the refined version loses a lot of its nutritional benefits in the process.

Benefits of Shea Butter:

  • Shea Butter is a natural sun protector.
  • It is rich in fats that makes it an excellent moisturizing agent.
  • It is naturally high in oleic, stearic and linoleic acids(they help protect, nourish and keep your skin soft and moisturized), as well as rich in Vitamins A (improves skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitus, blemishes & wrinkles) E and F.
  • It restores elasticity to the skin.
  • It helps in minimizing stretch marks you might have gotten during pregnancy.
  • Shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to heal cuts and burns without scarring.
  • It stimulates the production of collagen.
  • Aids in the regeneration of new skin cells.

Shea Butter Uses:

  • You can use Shea Butter on its own as a face or body mosturiser. You can put a few drops of Tea tree essential oil for acne prone skin, Ylang Ylang or lemon essential oil for pigmented skin, etc.
  • It can be used to minimize stretch marks caused because of pregnancy.
  • Use it as a lip balm to soothe dry & chapped lips.
  • It gives shine to dry hair by battling roughness & frizz. Mix equal amounts of Shea butter & Coconut oil and apply to your hair. Let it stay for 2 hours and wash off with a mild shampoo for soft and frizz free hair.
  • It is especially great to soothe dry, inflammed hands.
  • It helps in soothing inflammed and raw skin. Especially if you have a pimple that has just burst and the skin around that area is raw, apply some Shea Butter on it.
  • Use it to moisturize dry cuticles.
  • Shea butter helps combat dry scalp.
  • Use it to reduce age spots and acne spots.
  • It helps in diminishing scars when applied directly on them consistently.
  • Its anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties helps in fighting yeast and infections. You can use it to fight and heal diaper rashes your kid has.
  • Use Shea butter to calm rashes, burns, insect bites and cuts.

DIY recipes using Shea Butter:

DIY Hyperpigmentation Cream:

1/2 cup Shea Butter

1 tsp Grapeseed oil

1 tsp Turmeric

5 drops Carrot seed oil

2 drops Lemon essential oil

2 drops Sandalwood essential oil

Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler and mix all the other ingredients together thoroughly. Pour the mixture in a small container and apply it on cleansed skin every night.

Homemade Lip Balm:

1 tbsp Shea butter

1 tbsp Beeswax

1/2 tsp Coconut Oil

A few drops of any essential oil of your choice. I usually use Cinnamon as it gives a certain plumping effect to my lips.

Melt all the ingredients in a double broiler then add the essential oil. Pour this melted mixture in a tin or a tube or any container you might have. Apply to get rid of dry & chapped lips.

Moisturizing Body Butter:

1 cup Shea butter

1/2 cup Grapeseed oil (or any carrier oil you like)

1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil

A few drops of your favourite essential oil (I love the smell of Vanilla or Rose oil).

Melt Shea butter in a double broiler. Then add Grapeseed oil, Vitamin E oil and essential oil to this melted Shea butter and mix. You can end it here and pour the mixture in a container. Or you can whip the mixture using a hand blender and make it a whipped body butter. The only difference will be in the texture of the body butter. The effectiveness will remain the same.

Diy Cheek and Lip tint:

2 tbsp Shea butter

1 tbsp Coconut oil

1/2 tbsp Beeswax

1 tsp Beetroot powder

A few drops of Rose or Lavender essential oil (optional)

Melt the Shea butter, Coconut oil & Beeswax in a double boiler. Add the Beetroot powder and essential oil to the melted mixture and mix thoroughly. Now pour this mixture into your container and your all natural tinted lip and cheek tint is ready to use!

Brightening and Plumping Face Mask:

2 tsp Shea butter

1/2 tsp Raw organic Honey

1/2 tsp Turmeric

2-3 drops of Sandal wood essential oil

Take the Shea butter in a small bowl and soften it by using a spoon. Add Honey, Turmeric, and Sandalwood essential oil and mix everything together very nicely. Apply this mask on cleansed face and wash it after 20-25 minutes for beautifully moisturized, plump and brighter skin.

Invest in a good quality Raw Organic Shea Butter soon. Trust me, it’s gonna work wonders for your skin. I suggest Phutawan’s 100% Raw Organic Shea Butter as I’m using and loving it myself.

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2 thoughts on “Shea Butter Uses & Recipes

  1. Wow! Some really cool recipes. I would love to try but now a days I have become way too lazy besides will have to go searching for the a few ingredients and not sure will be able to find them. 🙂

    1. You can replace the ingredients according to your needs and convenience love. If you want any help with that, just let me know!

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