Shea butter has been used in Africa for years. It is a great natural product to improve skin and hair. Many people buy it in stores, but you can easily make shea butter at home. Do you want to know how?Learn some top easy recipes and learn how to make shea butter!
Shea butter for skin
We often forget that our skin is the largest organ of our body and it absorbs everything we put on it. If you use lotions, creams or body oils which include chemicals such as fragrances, preservatives or color additives, always remember that your skin absorbs those chemicals too. Nobody is protected from getting such elements on their skin, but this can be prevented. Try to make your own lotion or cream by yourself!
Shea butter is widely spread in cosmetics because it is rich in vitamin A. Shea butter contains fat extracted from the shea tree nut which is saturated with natural vitamins. A piece of 100% pure, unrefined, raw shea butter helps in numerous skin and health issues such as stains and wrinkles, preventing stretch marks during pregnancy, muscle fatigue, dermatitis. It also protects your skin from ultraviolet radiation (SPF-6) and enriches the skin with essential fatty acids and elements necessary for the production of collagen.
You can buy shea butter in any cosmetics store or make a fabulous hand-made cream of all-natural raw shea butter for your skin at home. Want to know how to make shea butter from scratch? Read on to find out!
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How to make shea butter in Nigeria?
It is obviously better to make shea butter at home. Why? When you make your own whipped shea butter cream, you wouldn't add any chemical stabilizers and preservatives that are often found in commercial oil and creams. Moreover, you can also customize homemade body cream with oils and natural extracts, which meet exactly your skin needs. A mix of shea butter with almond oil and avocado will be a nice moisturizer for the dry skin, for example. You can easily make shea butter cream for skin if you live in Nigeria because the tree grows naturally in the dry Savannah region of West Africa.
There are two major ways of making shea butter
You can make a cream by heating shea butter until it melts then adding the oils, or you can do it following a no-heat method, which is much better for saving the natural benefits of shea butter.
Now, let's consider both ways more detailed.
For no-heat method you'll need:
- 1/2 cup of unrefined shea butter;
- 2 tbs base oil; for example argan oil;
- 10-20 drops essential oil (optional), for example, lavender oil;
- Electric mixer;
- Clean container or a jar, a fork, and measuring cups and spoons.
Follow these steps:
- Mash your shea butter with a fork until it becomes soft.
- Add the base oil, and mash it a little bit more. This will make consistency more fluid.
- Then, mix it with the electric mixer for about 10 minutes, it will make the mixture fluffy just like whipped cream.
- If you want to add an essential oil, pour it during mixing, and mix it to the whipped cream. The more you mix, the fluffier it will be.
- Fill a clean jar or a container with butter and put in a refrigerator, it will help to save your cream for a long time.
The second method includes boiling. Things you'll need:
- Large saucepan;
- Electric mixer;
- Heat-proof glass bowl and large mixing bowl;
- 3/4 cup shea butter;
- 1/2 cup of base oil (sweet almond, grapeseed, for example);
- 6 to 10 drops essential oils; 1 tsp. cornstarch (optional);
Follow the next steps to prepare shea butter with this method:
- Fill the pan with water and bring it to boil over low heat.
- Add shea butter into the smaller glass bowl and place it in boiling water.
- Heat it until the butter melts and becomes liquid.
- Mix the base oils with the melted shea butter while continuing to heat the mixture over low heat for 10 minutes.
- Fill a large bowl with ice cubes.
- Remove the first bowl from the hot water and let it cool slightly before putting it in a bowl of ice.
- Then, stir in essential oils and cornstarch if you need to.
- Place a bowl with the mixture in the ice and whip the shea butter and oil mixture on high speed with an electric mixer from 15 to 30 minutes.
- Stop beating butter when it reaches the consistency of whipped cream.
- Place it in clean jars.
- Keep the whipped cream in the fridge so that you can enjoy it for three months.
Now you have two easy methods of making shea butter at home! Try it out and see the significant changes on your skin.
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