Shea butter is one of the first ingredients you buy as a beauty DIYer. It has so many uses and so many benefits! Being so moisturizing and naturally anti-inflammatory, it can be used in lotions, body butters, soaps, and lip balms. Shea butter is also rich in vitamins A, D and E, along with fatty acids.
With a little natural SPF, it can be used in homemade sunscreen. Being anti-inflammatory, it makes an essential ingredient in bug bite balms and even acne-fighting products. And did we mention it leaves your skin super soft?
13 Ways To Use Shea Butter
Here are some recipes that will probably convince you to invest in some shea butter:
Shea butter not only adds moisture and shine, but it can also help remedy dandruff and dry scalp. This is serious conditioning!
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 free radical skin damage.
This homemade body wash includes both sunflower oil and shea butter for a super soothing treat for your skin. The body wash is creamy but lathers nicely, and you can feel the oils staying on your skin like they are creating a protective layer against the elements.
Honey lip balm is my fave, and this one uses a whole host of moisturizers: shea butter, honey, almond oil and olive oil. Shea butter contains a fatty acid that is much like the sebum naturally produced by our skin. This helps our skin easily absorb shea, and it can also help the absorption of other ingredients. When using products containing olive oil it is important for those with a history of contact allergy to test the balm on the forearm before using it on the face.
No more chapped heels in your life with this shea butter-based balm! Improved with lavender oil, it’s also great for a soothing foot massage before bed. You can use it overnight on your hands, too. Apply a thick layer of lavender and shea butter balm to 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 your dry hands and feet
Whipping butters and oils together makes a super rich combination 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 soap with a shea butter base is one of the best replacements for harsh soaps and cleansers. Shea butter has lots of vitamins A and E to naturally protect and condition damaged skin, and a shea butter soap will leave your skin super soft instead of stripping away your body’s natural oils.
Shea butter nourishes your underarms and give your pit paste some staying power (yes, even in hot weather). Use shea to turn your deodorant into a whipped concoction or a deodorant lotion bar.
The best essential oils for eczema, plus a healing homemade eczema balm made with raw honey, essential oils, and, of course, shea butter. Rich in vitamin A, shea butter is perfect for soothing skin conditions like eczema or any kind of skin irritation.
10. Sugar Scrub Bars
Exfoliating and moisturizing, all at the same time! If you love Lush copycat recipes, you’ll love 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.
This 3-ingredient lip and cheek stain makes the prettiest color. Silky, creamy shea butter provides healing moisture and also gives the blush its staying power on the cheeks.
This warm and sweet sandalwood vanilla DIY solid perfume is a naturally calming, anxiety-easing aroma. And instead of alcohol or other scary 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!
These DIY Popsicle Bath Bombs from Ina De Clercq’s new book, DIY Beauty are inspired by Victoria’s Secret PINK Popsicle Bath Bombs. Most bath bombs add a moisturizing oil, but this recipe uses shea butter, which helps the bombs hold their shape once the butter has solidified.
What other recipes have you made with shea butter?
This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Rina Mary Allawh, M.D., a dermatologist who performs adult and pediatric medical dermatology, skin cancer treatment and cosmetic dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical review board here. As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.287