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Homemade Face Cream With Shea Butter & Essential Oils

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 the combination of Shea butter and oils is good for this type of skin.

I would recommend using it only on the body and neck.

This DIY Shea butter moisturizer has other skin benefits that you can find below the recipe.

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Homemade face cream with Shea butter and essential oils.

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How To Make Your Own DIY Shea Butter Cream

Make sure you have the ingredients ready before you start.

Ingredients you need:

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.
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:

  1. Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler or bain-marie.
Melting Shea butter on a double boiler

2. To speed up the cooling process place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Melted Shea butter in a bowl

3. Now we are going to give it a fluffy texture with the help of a hand mixer. Mix for about 10 minutes.

Homemade face cream with whipped Shea butter and essential oils

4. Add grapeseed oil and stir well.

Adding grapeseed oil to the Shea butter mixture

5. Incorporate the jojoba oil and mix well.

Adding Jojoba oil to the Shea butter mixture

6. Add cornstarch and mix using the electric mixer for a couple of minutes.

Adding cornstarch to the Shea butter mixture

7. Next add orange, geranium, and chamomile essential oils. Stir well.

Adding essential oils to the Shea butter mixture

8. Et voilà ! Your homemade Shea butter moisturizer is ready to use. Now transfer to a container with a lid.

Homemade face cream with Shea butter
Homemade face cream with Shea butter recipe

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 a 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 oil-absorbing ingredients.

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
  • clay
  • rice starch
  • charcoal
  • 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 the skin but leave a smooth, silky finish. Skin will feel moisturized rather than greasy
Apricot Kernel (CP)
Camellia Seed (CP)
Grape Seed
Fractionated Coconut
Mango Butter
Prickly Pear


Need to firm your skin? Check this DIY anti-aging cream recipe based on scientific research.

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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, and reduce scars and hair loss.

Geranium Essential Oil – In skincare 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 elasticity. It also helps to fight acne, and reduce blemishes, and excess oil.

Chamomile Essential Oil – Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties making it very effective for skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, and acne. Good to even out skin tone, calm irritations, and relieve sunburns.

*Pregnant or nursing women consult your doctor if you are unsure. The same goes for anyone taking medications.

What’s your preferred homemade face cream with Shea butter?

6 thoughts on “Homemade Face Cream With Shea Butter & Essential Oils”

  1. Laila Christiansen

    I am going to try this recipe out tonight. But I know that citrus EO’s shouldn’t be used on skin who is in direct contact to sun, so what would you use to substitute the orange EO?

    1. You could leave the chamomile out or if you really want a substitute, lavender or frankincense essential oils are good choices.

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