This is a great substitute for your moisturizer and the great thing about it is that it’s 100% natural! I’ve only made it once and I was sooo pleased with the way it turned out for saying it was my first attempt! I use it on my body and face. So here it is…
First of all, you need to get your ingredients together. You can be creative here and add what ever you think suits your skin best. You can even use shea butter on its own if you wish, but I find it slightly hard and not very easy to work with. By “whipping” it, meaning you use an electric hand mixer, the shea butter becomes smooth with no lumps and bumps. You don’t have to use this though.
The Ingredients I used are:
2 tbsp of 100% natural organic cocoa butter
1 tbsp organic coconut oil
1 tbsp jojoba oil
1 tbsp sweet almond oil
1 tbsp glycerine
¼ tsp honey
About 10 drops of essential oil
• Put the shea butter and the cocoa butter in a microwavable dish, and then place in the microwave until they’ve melted (about 45 seconds – 1 minute). You’ll probably find that the cocoa butter doesn’t melt as fast as the shea butter so you’ll end up with a few lumps.
• Add the rest of the ingredients.
• Mix with the electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until smooth.
• Place in the freezer for 5-7 minutes.
• Take out and mix again for a couple of minutes.
• And you’re done!
You can get all the ingredients online, or from some health shops. I chose to use organic ingredients where ever I could, but you don’t have to.
The honey is used as a preservative to keep the whipped shea butter fresh. I chose to use Manuka honey for its anti-bacterial properties but you can use any honey. If you don’t wish to use honey you can substitute with a few drops of tea tree oil.
I used Lavender essential oil to give it a nice smell, and also because it’s soothing for the skin. Shea butter has quite a strong smell so I think it’s best to use essential oils to mask it
I hope you enjoyed this recipe and I really do hope you try it out. It’s really easy and quick to make and will last you ages! I find I only need to use a small amount because it’s quite thick and oily.
I would like to know you’re thoughts on this recipe. Have you tried making something similar? Is there another ingredient that I should have added?