I have a homemade face cream with Shea butter (whipped) that I have made for myself using only natural ingredients.
Since I love natural stuff I make my own lotions and potions with ingredients I know are effective to treat the skin.
I have combination skin and only apply a tiny amount on the drier areas of my face. If your skin is oily I don’t think Shea butter and oils are a good combination for this type of skin. I would recommend using it only on the body and neck.
This DIY Shea butter cream have other skin benefits that you can find below the recipe.
How To Make Your Own DIY Shea Butter Cream
Make sure you have the ingredients ready before you start.
Ingredients you need:
- 3 tablespoons raw Shea butter (preferably organic)
- 4 tablespoons grape seed oil
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- geranium essential oil (10 drops)
- orange essential oil (10 drops)
- chamomile essential oil (10 drops)
Do I need to add a preservative?
Cosmetic products need to be preserved in order to prevent microbial spoilage that would make the product unsafe for consumers.Source
Preservatives play a very important function in products containing water: they kill microorganisms and water-borne bacteria, and prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast. If a product contains water (including hydrosols, floral water and aloe vera juice, all of which contain water), a preservative is essential to help prevent microbes growing.
So, in this recipe we don’t need to add a preservative because we are not using water.
How to Make It:
- Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler or bain-marie.
2. To speed up the cooling process place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.
3. Now we are going to give it a fluffy texture with the help of a hand mixer. Mix for about 10 minutes.
4. Add the grape seed oil and stir well.
5. Incorporate the jojoba oil and mix well.
6. Add the cornstarch and mix using the electric mixer for a couple of minutes.
7. Next add the orange, geranium and chamomile essential oils. Stir well.
8. Et voilà ! Your homemade Shea butter cream is ready to use. Now transfer to a container with lid.
How to Use It:
This cream goes a long way so you only need a small amount. Take a small amount with a spatula and rub it between your fingers. Apply over your face and neck with a gentle massage. Use morning and/or night.
It should last few months but be careful not to put water on it. Keep it in a dark place.
Is Your DIY Facial Cream Too Greasy?
If you find that sometimes the creams or lotions you make at home are too greasy is time to add ingredients that are oil absorbing. Oil absorbing ingredients are especially good for those who have oily skin or to prevent the skin from being too shiny after applying the cream.
Some of the best oil absorbing ingredients are:
- Corn starch
- Arrowroot powder
- Rice starch
- Tapioca starch
Another way to make sure your homemade creams are not too greasy is to use fast absorbing carrier oils.
These light oils are quickly absorbed by skin but leave a smooth, silky finish. Skin will feel moisturized rather than greasy
Apricot Kernel (CP)
Camellia Seed (CP)
Need to firm your skin? Check this DIY anti-aging cream recipe backed by scientific research.
Benefits for the Skin
Shea Butter – Rich in vitamins A and E, Shea butter boost collagen production, diminishing wrinkles and lines. It also aids with dermatitis, stretch marks, dry skin, cellulite and sunburned skin.
Grape Seed Oil – Is rich in omega-6 and vitamin E. It is used on hair and skin to delay aging skin, relieve dry skin, treat acne, lighten the skin, reduce scars and hair loss.
Geranium Essential Oil – In skin care is used to treat acne, prevent wrinkles, relieve eczema and reduce the appearance of scars.
Orange Essential Oil – With antioxidant action is effective to boost collagen production and skin’s elasticity. It also helps to fight acne, reduce blemishes and excess oil.
Chamomile Essential Oil – Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties making it is very effective for skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne. Good to even out skin tone, calm irritations and relive sunburns.
*Pregnant or nursing women consult your doctor if you are unsure. Same goes for anyone taking medications.
What’s your preferred homemade face cream with Shea butter?