Shea butter is extracted from the seeds of Mangifolia tree, which is found in the African continent. Like the other whipped body butters, Shea butter lotion also stimulates the skin and boosts its moisture level. It makes for a great skin moisturizer and also provides partial protection from the harmful ultra violet rays of sun. Since it is expensive in the market and most of the cosmetic products use poor quality shea butter, it will be a good option to prepare your Shea butter lotion at home only. Read the article for some valuable tips on how to make Shea butter lotion and make your skin look glorious.
Homemade Shea Butter Lotion Recipe
- Shea Butter
- Distilled Water
- Lemon Fragrance Oil/Honeysuckle Fragrance Oil
- Almond or Grapeseed Oil
- Vitamin E Capsule
- Iced Water
- Get 6 oz of unrefined, all-natural Shea butter. You can go to a health food store or beauty supply store to buy the same. Try to find the butter that is not been bleached and is free of any chemicals. You will able to make better quality butter oil if your Shea butter is less processed.
- Put 2 inches of distilled water in a pot and place it on the stove and keep the flame medium. Bring it to simmer. Put the Shea butter in a stainless steel bowl or medium Pyrex. Keep it over the pot like double broiler.
- Let the Shea butter melt. After it gets melted, add 4 oz of almond or grapeseed oil. You can also add a mixture of these oils, if you want. Make sure that the mixture is 4 oz in quantity.
- Add one 1 tsp cornstarch to the Shea butter. Open the vitamin E capsule and add its contents as well. If you prefer, you can also add honey suckle or lemon fragrance oil at this point. However, adding a cosmetic fragrance is optional. Now, mix these ingredients together.
- Put some heavily iced water in a bigger bowl. Take off the bowl which you had earlier put on the pot and keep it in the larger bowl, on the top of iced water. Make sure that the water doesn't find its way into the mixture.
- Take a hand mixer and blend the ingredients on medium setting. Continue to blend like the way you make whipped cream. The idea is to bring consistency in the butter oil. The mixture will get cooled down due to ice water and thicken when you blend it.
- When the mixture appears like whipped cream and stiff peaks get formed on the top, stop blending. Now, take off the Pyrex or stainless steel bowl from ice water. Store your mixture in a plastic container, with a tight fitting lid. Keep it safe in the refrigerator for months.
- If you are adding fragrance to your Shea butter oil, make sure you use a cosmetic grade fragrance. Also keep in mind that some essential oils and fragrance oils cause irritation to the skin.