With its moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, shea butter is a DIY beauty staple. Since it is deeply moisturizing and naturally anti-inflammatory [source], it can be used in lotions, body butters, soaps, and lip balms. Get our favorite healing shea butter recipes and give it a try.
- 1. Shea Butter Hair Mask
- 2. Shea Butter Face Moisturizer
- 3. Shea Butter Body Wash
- 4. Shea Butter Lip Balm
- 5. Shea Butter Heel Balm
- 6. Shea Body Butter
- 7. Shea Butter Soap
- 8. Shea Butter Deodorant
- 9. Shea Butter Eczema Balm
- 10. Shea Butter Scrub Bars
- 11. Shea Butter Cheek + Lip Stain
- 12. Shea Butter Solid Perfume
- 13. Shea Butter Body Scrub
- 14. Shea Butter Bath Melts
- 15. Shea Butter Muscle Rub
- 16. Shea Butter Whipped Soap
- 17. Shea Butter Cream Highlighter
- 18. Shea Butter Homemade Foundation
As an anti-inflammatory containing a little natural SPF, it makes an excellent ingredient in bug bite balms and even acne-fighting products. Shea butter is also rich in vitamins A, C, D, and E, along with fatty acids [source].
Wondering what to mix with shea butter for glowing skin that's super soft?
Here are our fave shea butter recipes for skin that will convince you to invest in this magic ingredient.
This is a recipe for a deeply hydrating shea butter face moisturizer from the book Plant-Powered Beauty. Your parched skin will gladly soak up all of the reparative butters and oils.
Plus, the vitamin E in shea butter helps protect against skin damage caused by free radicals [source], and the essential oils in the recipe target aging skin.
This homemade shea body wash includes both sunflower oil and shea butter for a super skin-soothing treat. Though this body wash is creamy, it still lathers nicely, and you can feel how the oils stay on your skin, creating a protective layer against the elements [source].
Honey and shea lip balm is my fave, and this one uses a whole host of moisturizers: shea butter honey, almond oil, and olive oil. Shea butter is rich in fatty acids that help support the skin barrier to provide natural protection from the elements.
Apply a thick layer of lavender and shea butter balm to your hands, nails, and feet, and then put on a pair of socks. Crawl into bed and let the oils and shea butter work on repairing those dry areas so they will be silky smooth in the morning.
Whipped body butter makes a super rich lotion that dry skin will love. And you only need two ingredients—just coconut oil and shea butter. Whipped shea butter also makes an amazing butter for babies' sensitive skin!
If your skin is dry, making your own gentle soap with a shea butter base is one of the best replacements for harsh soaps and cleansers. Shea butter has vitamins A and E to naturally protect and condition damaged skin, and this soap will leave your skin super soft instead of stripping away your body's natural oils.
This healing homemade eczema balm recipe contains the best essential oils for eczema, plus raw honey and, of course, shea butter. Rich in vitamin A, shea butter is perfect for soothing skin conditions like eczema [source] or any kind of skin irritation.
These Lush-like Scrubee bars are exfoliating and moisturizing, all at the same time! If you love Lush copycat recipes, you'll also enjoy these knock-off DIY sugar scrub bars made with a blend of nourishing oils and exfoliating brown sugar that are a take on the Lush Scrubees.
It takes just 3 ingredients to create this lip and cheek stain, but it makes the prettiest color. Silky, creamy shea butter provides healing moisture and also gives the blush staying power to keep your cheeks looking rosy for hours.
This warm and sweet sandalwood vanilla DIY solid perfume has an anxiety-easing aroma. Sandalwood essential oil is known for its naturally calming effects [source]. And, instead of alcohol or scary chemical ingredients, this recipe uses light almond oil and the ever-silky shea butter.
So instead of drying and irritating your skin, it moisturizes and soothes, all while making you smell delightful. Toss it in your purse to enjoy whenever you'd like!
Get the benefits of both body butter and body scrubs by including shea and coconut oil in this scrub recipe! The two are already a moisturizing dream team, but when mixed when antioxidant cocoa powder, they also smell like you're eating chocolate when you shower.
For a complete upgrade of your exfoliation process, you might want to give this whipped sugar scrub a try! You'll exfoliate, cleanse, and moisturize your skin, all in a single hand swipe.
Inspired by the popular bath melts from Lush, these luxe bath melts are made with shea butter, but they melt in warm water, leaving a coat of hydrating oil on your skin. This particular version is ideal for winter skin, leaving it soft and helping you relax in the tub.
Muscle soreness is anything but pleasant and if you've been getting back into exercising after a long break, you know what I'm talking about. To make your own natural muscle rub, you will need cayenne, ginger, peppermint, beeswax, and, of course, shea butter for the extra moisture and aid with absorption.
This whipped soap recipe looks and feels magical on your skin, all thanks to a combination of shea butter, bar soap, glycerin, and emulsifying wax, among others. Reminiscent of whipped cream, whipped soap lathers, cleans, and hydrates, all at the same time.
For a luminous glow that draws attention to your best features, homemade cream highlighter is the best option. We love making it ourselves because we get to customize it to perfection, for your skin type as well as your skin tone.
This shea-based homemade foundation creates a silky smooth makeup base that not only provides coverage but also nourishes your skin at the same time. Natural pigments help you achieve the exact shade of your skin, never having to go crazy at those Sephora samples ever again.
What other recipes have you made with shea butter?
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Hondo FG, et al. Nutritional composition of shea products and chemical properties of shea butter: a review. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014.
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Re-discovering sandalwood: beyond beauty and fragrance. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2019.
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who practices adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment, and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow's medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.596