Hello, everyone ! Today I’m finally back with a beauty recipe. This is going to be the first of many to come and I can’t wait to share them all with you.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always liked and been good at creating things with my own hands. Whenever I’ve had something to buy, I would try to see first if I could make it. And since I’ve started college, that has been a major silver lining, and it came in really handy I must say.
Moreover, in this case, as I have natural hair I like to make sure all the products I use are natural and of good quality as well. So what better way to make sure of that than to do it yourself ?
Anyway, all of this was just to say that I love DIY-ing stuff.
Now that we’re fixed on that, let’s jump into the real subject. Shea butter cream !
There are many variations to this cream and basically, this is just one basic one that you can change-up however you want depending on your needs. You can either make one just for your hair or just for your body, or even make one for both as I’ve done here because I am a very lazy person. Of course depending on your hair and skin type, your allergies etc. you would arrange the kind of ingredients you use and their dosage, so generally this cream kind of suits everybody.
Now onto the benefits of the ingredients I’ve used.
First the base : Shea butter
Shea butter has a long list of benefits for every single part of the body, but let’s start with the hair.
First of all, it helps repair damaged hair with its moisturizing and regenerative effects on hair and scalp. Being also rich in vitamin A and E, it helps treat split ends and prevent breakage. Which is something I really need, since it happens to me all the time ! #naturalhairproblems *sighs*
All its other nutrients, also help prevent hair loss and soothe dry and itchy scalp. Above all, it’s a really good natural conditioner that moisturizes your hair from roots to tips.
As for the skin, I cannot possibly go over all of the good benefits but here are some of them. Of course, as for the hair, it helps moisturize the skin providing at the same time a protection to the harshness of the sun. Its healing properties also help with sunburns and cuts by reducing skin inflammation. Other than that, it also restores the elasticity of the skin, reduces stretch marks, and provides relief to itchy and peeling skin which is especially good in the winter months.
And these are just some of the benefits of shea butter. Which now makes me realize why we use it so often for kind of everything back in Senegal.
(Follow the link for in-depth explanations and to see more of shea butter benefits)
The other ingredients that I used for this recipe are :
As much for the hair and the body, moisturizes and helps with hydration. It also helps protect against sun-damages. Also has anti-aging properties for the skin just like the shea butter, on top of its soothing properties.
As for the hair, it helps with dandruff and dry skin while conditioning and promoting hair growth.
On top of moisturizing and improving skin health, it also has anti-aging properties. Moreover, it helps cure cracked heels. For the hair, it’s almost the same as for the coconut oil. The many nutrients help hair growth while conditioning and moisturizing. By the way, this oil is always at its best mixed with other ingredients like honey.
Tip : the mix of honey, olive oil, and sugar is one of the best natural lip scrub/masks.
Being rich in vitamin C, D and E this oil is good as much for the hair as for the skin. On top of moisturizing and conditioning, it also reduces dandruff and hair loss while strengthening it and promoting hair growth. As for the skin, while reducing stretch marks, wrinkles, and scars, it tones and balances the skin for a smoother and healthier looking skin.
In all, these oils combined with shea butter are excellent for protecting, moisturizing and conditioning both your hair and skin, while improving their general health.
I used these because that’s all I had on hand, but you could try adding other things to this hair and body cream like sweet almond oil – which is great for smoothing and making your skin flawless as well as controlling hair loss, Vitamin E, avocado oil etc.
These are just my personal favorites but really as I said you can use any oil you like, there is no wrong way of mixing this cream.
Now enough blabber. Let’s get into the process.
Shea Butter Hair and Body Cream
- about 4 cups of Shea butter refined or unrefined
- 1/3 cup of grapeseed oil
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 1/2 coconut oil
- + any other oil your want
Tip : depending on the consistency you’re looking for, you might want to add a little more or less oil.
Place a big casserole on the stove with water. When the water is boiling put a smaller pot with your shea butter cut into small chunks in your bigger casserole to melt. This set up is to prevent the butter from burning.
(Optional step) When the shea butter has melted pass it through a clean cloth to remove any debris it might have.
While the liquid shea butter is still warm, pour in your coconut oil for it to melt as well.
When all the solid bits have melted, pour in the rest of your oil. You should be left with this beautiful amber color (only if it’s unrefined, if refined it will be a lighter color).
After mixing all your oils together, place your bowl into the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful, don’t let it totally get frozen.
When the time is up, it’s time to choose your weapon and get mixing. Of course, it would be easier to have a stand or hand mixer, but as I didn’t have it, I had to use my big old whisk, like the old days. Let me tell you after this, you ain’t gonna need any arm day for a while.
When your cream is done, have your containers ready. I used dollar store’s mason jars. Pour the concoction into a zipper bag, then distribute it evenly in them and Voilà done ! Make sure you wear gloves throughout this process because I can tell you butter can be really annoying when staining every
Make sure you wear gloves throughout this process because I can tell you butter can be really annoying when staining every freakin surfaces of your house. In the end, you’re gonna find yourself moisturizing your hair and body every two seconds if that happens. I can guarantee you, even your table will be moisturized !
Tip : Also keep in mind the fluffier the better, and the more you whip it, the creamier it will be. But after a while, too much whipping can make it go liquidy again. If that happens, when the cream solidifies, it won’t be as creamy. It will look more like a solidified oil and you don’t want that, do you ?
P.S.: Thank you for reading this really long post. Now I need to go wash my table, my walls…my house *sighs*