Shea Butter Recipes

On this page you can find general guidelines which are applicable for almost all shea butter recipes you can find on this site.  Making homemade shea butter creams or creating your own shea butter recipes is simple if you know how to make scented shea butter cream, how to melt shea butter, how to whipp shea butter and how to store shea butter.

How to Make Scented Shea Butter Cream

If you want to make simple hard shea butter cream, you basically need shea butter, some base (carrier) oil and some essential oil. Actually, adding base oil is optional, simple combination of shea butter and essential oil(s) will do as well. Cream made with base oil(s) will be little bit softer and easier to apply than pure unrefined Shea butter. Exact choice of which base and which essential oils to use depends on few factors:

  • targeted purpose of a cream (wrinkles, dry skin, stretch marks, …)
  • desired scent
  • personal preference

Technology is very simple: melt shea butter on the steam using a double pot. Put some water in a bigger pot, let the water boil and put the smaller pot with shea butter above the steam. Add base oils and essential oils and mix it. Important thing is not to overheat shea butter or any other ingredient ‘cause they will loose most of their healing effects. The only reason to heat shea butter is to melt it so you can easier blend it with other oils. Never heat it above 175 F (80 C). Add essential oils when temperature decreases at lowest possible level on which you can still mix it.

If you don’t intend to make whipped cream, you can mix it by hand. No need to mix it with electric mixer.

Probably the most important thing when making homemade cream is quality of ingredients. For best effect, always choose unrefined butters and oils.

Regarding quantity and proportions of ingredients, I only try to keep fixed proportion of total butter part (4/5) and total base oil part (1/5) in shea butter recipes. I prefer smaller proportion of base oils ‘cause i personally like less oily creams even if they are a little bit harder. Regarding essential oil, adding 5 drops of it on 1 oz. of fat total (butters and base oils) will result in approximately 1% dilution which is suitable even if you are pregnant. Keep also on mind that not all essential oils are suitable for use during pregnancy. In general, it is not recommended that essential oils exceed 2.5% of total cream.

Regarding total quantity, be aware that these homemade shea butter recipes don’t contain any preservatives. So, don’t make more cream than you can use in few months.

How to Make Whipped Shea Butter Cream

With this simple shea butter recipe, you can make whipped shea butter cream in just a few minutes and make your unrefined shea butter creamy and and fluffy.

In its original state unrefined Shea butter can be very hard and sometimes not so easy to apply on a larger skin area. If you want to make it creamier, softer, fluffier and more alike fancy commercial creams, you can make a whipped shea butter cream. Whipping shea butter won’t change its chemical structure. Its texture will be more appealing and volume will be increased.

While making whipped shea butter cream, you can also add some other base and essential oils according to targeted purpose of your cream and your scent preferences.

As opposite to making a simple shea butter scented cream, making a whipped shea butter cream is little bit more demanding and requires some practice and trial and error effort. So don’t be disappointed and discouraged if you don’t make a perfect whipped cream from a first attempt.

We tried few different recipes for whipping shea butter and most of them suggest melting shea butter. They are usually complicated, time consuming and sometimes do not give the expected results. On the contrary, in this simple recipe you shouldn’t melt your shea butter. With this technique you can:

  • Make a whipped cream with beautiful texture in just a few minutes.
  • There is no risk that your shea butter cream will become grainy, what sometimes happen in case of melting.
  • You can be sure all the temperature sensitive ingredients will be completely preserved.

So, what do you need?

  • 4 oz. unrefined shea butter
  • 2 tablespoon base oil; for example extra virgin olive oil
  • 10-20 drops essential oil(s); optional, for example you can use lavender oil
  • mixing bowl
  • electric whisks mixer
  • one clean empty 8 oz. jar, or two 4 oz. jars, because volume will be increased

Steps for making whipped cream:

  1. Before you start to prepare whipped shea butter, make sure your unrefined shea butter is on a room temperature. Do not melt or heat it! Put your shea butter in a bowl and mash it with a fork. The same way you make a mashed potato.
  2. Add base oil(s) and mash it little bit more.
  3. Put the mixture into the mixing bowl. Mix it on a high speed with electric mixer for approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Believe it or not, this is it! Optionally, you can add chosen essential oil(s) and mix it few minutes to blend it with your whipped cream.
  5. Put whipped cream in a clean jar(s) and close it. Keep it in a dry, dark and cool place. Room temperature is fine.

Storing Shea Butter

Shea Butter’s shelf life is approximately one to two years. It should be kept in dark, cool place on a room temperature.

You will find on internet many recommendations to keep it in the fridge, but this isn’t necessary. Best temperature to store it is 20 to 24 degrees Celsius (68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit). Lower temperatures won’t harm it, but it can cause the shea butter to get grainy. On higher temperatures it will become liquid. This also won’t harm it, but after shea butter re-solidify from melted state it may also become grainy.

You should keep your shea butter or shea butter creams in closed glass or heavy duty plastic containers.

If you don’t want to put any preservatives in your homemade shea butter creams, never put any water into the cream. Protect your cream from absorbing humidity from the air by keeping it always firmly closed.

Wash your hands every time before you are using shea butter or shea butter cream, because you are contaminating it every time you touch it. This will prolong its lifetime.

If your shea butter or cream gets unpleasant rancid smell, it is a sign it is rotten and you should throw it away.

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Measurement Units Conversion

Sometimes it is really confusing and time consuming to figure out and compare different shea butter recipes from different authors. It seems everyone has her own favorite measurement units. Cups, ounces, milliliters, teaspoons, tablespoons and drops… what a mess! For easier orientation here is conversion list for units frequently used in homemade cream recipes:

  • 1 oz. = 30 ml
  • 1 oz. = 6 teaspoon
  • 1 oz. = 2 tablespoon
  • 1 oz. = 1/8 cup
  • 1 oz. = 456 drop
  • 100 ml = 3.38 oz.
  • 100 ml = 0.42 cup
  • 100 ml = 7 tablespoon
  • 100 ml = 20 teaspoon
  • 1 ml = 15 drop
  • 1 cup = 8 oz.
  • 1 cup = 237 ml
  • 1 cup = 16 tablespoon
  • 1 cup = 48 teaspoon
  • 1 cup = 3648 drop
  • 1 tablespoon = ½ oz.
  • 1 tablespoon = 14.78 ml
  • 1 tablespoon = 1/16 cup
  • 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon = 228 drop
  • 1 teaspoon = 1/6 oz.
  • 1 teaspoon = 4.93 ml
  • 1 teaspoon = 1/50 cup
  • 1 teaspoon = 1/3 tablespoon
  • 1 teaspoon = 76 drop
  • 100 drop = 0.22 oz.
  • 100 drop = 6.49 ml
  • 100 drop = 0.027 cup
  • 100 drop = 0.44 tablespoon
  • 100 drop = 1.3 teaspoon

92 Responses to Shea Butter Recipes

  1. lupe says:

    Thanks for this unheated version — other recipes called for heating and beating and all sorts of extra work. Believe it or not, I have shea, olive oil and lavendar EO so I’ll take my old hand beater and get to work.

  2. carmen mills says:

    I love this way to whip shea butter, I’m in the process of making it for selling thank you very much

  3. chris says:

    I have exima and shea butter works, but expensive, I want to make my own. please direct me to where i can get the material to make my own. thank you

    • Anonymous says:

      Soapers choice from Columbus Foods

    • Anonymous says:

      herbaladvantage.com

    • Anonymous says:

      nasabb.com

    • Audra says:

      Amazon.com or ebay.com also have different sellers with grade A unrefined shea butter. Can be a lot less expensive than getting it from other places.

    • ahoofe sika says:

      you can purchase from us we are an ngo and we sell sheabutter and black soap which we are using to promote our women,s team to support their family and to help set up an orphanage

    • CID Ghana says:

      We have Organic an refined shea butter in bulk quantities and our women can produce large order of quantities at good price and quality for more in formation you can contact me by mail on awal@cidghana.org and by phone 0233541345991/0233249009751/0233372024261
      and we can give you the best deal.
      Thank you

  4. seeker says:

    can you tell me where I can get the unrefined oils wholesale please?

    • moose says:

      Try ebay , there are lots of sellers on there , but look for the ones with the best feedback .

    • Anonymous says:

      Try Wholesale Supplies Plus or From Nature with Love or Ingredients to Die For for quality oils – Depending on where you live simply google wholesale unrefined oils

    • Clay says:

      Essentialdepot.com has a variety of shea butter options (by both origin and quantity). They also are currently offering “freebies” with certain order options such as: free shipping or free cocoa butter with each order.

    • Louise Grundy says:

      Try Naturalythinking.co.uk

    • Anonymous says:

      Last year I bought one pound of unrefined shea butter for about $6 at herbaladvantage.com. I believe they will offer a better price if you buy 5 pounds or more.

    • ahoofe sika says:

      you can purchase from us we are an ngo and we sell sheabutter and black soap which we are using to promote our women,s team to support their family and to help set up an orphanage

    • TC says:

      Africa Imports has very good quality Shea Butter. Whether you buy wholesale or retail from them it’s inexpensive and they have tons of other skincare products & butters. Good Luck!

    • Mariyah says:

      hello, I’m Launching my business of Shea butter exporter as from November 2013. Please contact me for quotation.
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    • madrine says:

      I can help you get unrefined shea butter.contact by email

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  6. EES says:

    I make whipped body butters as a small business and I love Wellington and Brambleberry for base and fragrance oils as well as Shea butter. I buy in serious bulk so I only buy once or twice a year, and its the most economical choice as far as shipping also.

    • Angela says:

      Where do you order your butter?

    • ahoofe sika says:

      you can purchase from us we are an ngo and we sell sheabutter and black soap which we are using to promote our women,s team to support their family and to help set up an orphanage

    • Seana says:

      Hi EES, can you please tell us from where you order in bulk? Thanks very much!

  7. Angela says:

    Thanks for the easy recipe!! I found the butter to be a bit oily. So I made a second batch using 1tbs of oil. It was still a tad oily. Also, no matter how much essential Oil i used, it still smelled like Shea butter. Is it possible that I am not using 100% Shea butter?

    • Gwen says:

      By using 1-2 drops of lemongrass essential oil with your fragrance oil, it will reduce the shea butter smell. DO NOT USE MORE than 2 drops or your mixture will smell totally like lemongrass (smile).

    • ahoofe sika says:

      you can purchase from us we are an ngo and we sell sheabutter and black soap which we are using to promote our women,s team to support their family and to help set up an orphanage

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  9. omowunmi says:

    av loved to make it and c how it work. But the problem is, i dont know where to get the essential oils here in nigeria if u know pls email me thanks

    • adrienna says:

      you can purchase essential oils from any specialty grocery store. google them in your area and then call to see if they carry.

  10. adrienna says:

    i just made this. it turned out perfect. i did change the recipe a little bit. i added 1tsp olive oil because shea butter is already pretty oily and i added 30 drops of essential oil to compensate for the loss of shea butter. i used a scent that complimented the shea butter scent. i used sweet orange essential oil. btw it still has a little shea butter scent but im ok with it.

  11. Blake says:

    Go to any Africa market or shop near you, you will get the unrefined shea butter at a very friendly price. Alas, shea butter originated from west Africa.

  12. Amina says:

    I just want yo start home made cream and I found the tips above very useful. I have just finished a face cream ! Thanks. Is there a site that I can learn more?
    I also have a source for large quantity of un refined Shea butter and I need buyers

    • Tanjila says:

      I am interested in purchasing large portions of unrefined shea butter for body butter. Please share!

  13. dody says:

    I couldn’t get my to be fluffy? I whipped it on mixer for 12 minutes.

  14. islamiyyat says:

    @ Omowunmi,u can get essential oils at any Healthplus pharmacy in Lagos,Nigeria.

  15. Cori says:

    I’m making a firm shea butter, with 3 parts shea, and 1 part jojoba oil, with about 3 grams of essential, for a total of 4 oz. It’s not a whipped product. The problem I’m having is that the shea butter dimples in the center when I cool it in the refrigerator. It sinks quite a bit just in the center and looks like someone scooped out a chunk of it. If I don’t cool it in the refrigerator it can become very grainy. Any advice? Thank you!!

    • Anonymous says:

      I just mash mine in my mixing bowl..no heating. Add the coconut or sweet almond oil, essential oil and turn on my kitchen aid mixer. (Slower at first, then on high for about 6 minutes.) It makes it fluffy and no heating and cooling headaches.

  16. ahoofe sika says:

    Anyone wishing to buy sheabutter in bulk or retail basis can purchase from us we are an ngo and we sell sheabutter and black soap which we are using to promote our women,s team to support their family and to help set up an orphanage

  17. Kareem says:

    we have different scents of shea

  18. ILUF says:

    Pls help me,wot can i add to prevent rancidity or solidification

  19. Nicholas says:

    For unrefined Shea butter call 07531613632

  20. Nicholas says:

    We wholesale and distribute the finest Shea butter

  21. julie anne says:

    hi can i add extracts to these like bearberry and patchouli

  22. julie anne says:

    hi can i add extracts to these like bearberry and patchouli? tnx

  23. Jem says:

    Can you send me more information so that i can make my own body cream. Thanks!

    Jem

  24. Melice says:

    I whip shea butter with a little EVOO, jojoba, & vitamin E with lavender or Egyptian musk oil, and use it mostly on my hair. I like your recipe but there are benefits to adding other things like honey, glycerin, and nut oils (ie. almond).

  25. jody baker says:

    I do not understand your ratio on the shea butter recipe.
    You use shea 4/5 and carrier oil 1/5. Call me ignorant but I understand cups and oz. or for example a 3 to 1 ratio equals a cup.
    Thank you,
    Jody

    • Stephanie says:

      Jodi, if 5 were to represent 100%, then 4/5 would be 80% and 1/5 would be 20%. So of your total number of ounces (whatever it may be) shea would account for 80% and the carrier oil 20%.

  26. Manju says:

    Hi,
    I’ve been in the process of finding the perfect recipe for making body butter to help with my daughters eczema. This certainly helps! Thank you! I have another question. The place where I got my raw organic shea butter from were also selling Shea butter whipped with Argan oil. I bought a small bottle to test it out. I’ve found that its not easy to apply, it needs quite a bit of working on with the hands before it can be applied to the skin. I am guessing here that the ratio of Argan oil in the body butter must be quite less. So, do you think I can re-whip this? I don’t have Argan oil , instead I was planning to add either Sesame oil or Olive oil. Do you think this could work? Thanks! :)

    • karmazrevenge says:

      Unrefined coconut oil and pure vitamin E oil are wonderful for eczema! It actually cleared mine up…no trace of it.

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  28. Sarah Cooper says:

    You can get really good butter from this site. Shea Butter Australia Pty Ltd. I think they ship internationally as well.

  29. Shellie says:

    Wow, I wish I had read this yesterday. I ordered some Shea butter from Amazon and bought other oils to go with it when I only needed maybe 1 oil,lol. Oh man. I will try this simple recipie and if this works, I may have to take some other oils back if all I need to do is stick to just one.

  30. Jessica says:

    I have made this twice now and I LOVE it!!
    I don’t add and essential oils, I just use it plain.
    I have Psoriasis and I can’t use most store bought lotions-creams etc..it irritates the Psoriasis ( I have it on 65-70% of my body) This shea butter is soothing and leaves my skin super moisturized and soft.

  31. Lolli Lols says:

    I have just whipped up some shea butter body cream and it was extremely fluffy. My customers seem to love it as it is not pastey and is easy to apply. I am looking for a uk sites that sells black soap. Any suggestions? If you want to try some of my products which are quite fairly priced check out my website: http://naturallyme.jimdo.com and don’t forget to like.

  32. Tea in Mo says:

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  35. Thank you very much for such easy way use Shea Butter. I’m starting to use pure shea and mango butter for my Spa treatments. Can i use orange oil with Shea/Mango butter ?

  36. Chandral says:

    I made this recipe for the first time today. My husband loves it. I didn’t add any essential oils to it which made my husband happy. Only issue I have had with it is it gets hard pretty fast. My house is about 75 degrees so its neither cold nor hot. I have it in a tightly sealed container too. Guess I’ll just rewhip it tomorrow. It does a great job though with extremely dry skin.

  37. LeShon says:

    I’m natural, I was looking for some help with combining 100% shea butter with virgin olive oil. I don’t have any essential oils to add. My hair looses moisture after a couple of days. I’ve heard shea butter w/olive oil will help. I don’t have an electric blender, just the old reliable (my hands). If anyone have any suggestions on how and what else to use, it would be greatly appreciated. thxs

    • Diana Diaz says:

      LeShon, I’ve used the good ‘ole regular egg beater and it works out just fine. It just takes a little longer. I use a combination of Coconut oil and shea butter for my hair. IF I use a scent (which I rarely do) it’s honey vanilla.

    • Anonymous says:

      I used an immersion blender and it came out amazing. I have read that marshmallow root works well for hair. You can check out a natural detangling recipe that uses marshmallow root at Wellnessmamma.com

  38. Diana Diaz says:

    Wow! This is fantastic! I just whipped one up for a client with my hand mixer. This is a lot easier than heating, and i feel as though I have more control over the whole process this way.

  39. Diana Diaz says:

    LeShon, I’ve used the good ‘ole regular egg beater and it works out just fine. It just takes a little longer. I use a combination of Coconut oil and shea butter for my hair. IF I use a scent (which I rarely do) it’s honey vanilla.

  40. Lisa says:

    From reading recipes and information on this and several other sites, I was under the impression that a lotion made with shea butter would be less greasy than those made with olive and other oils. I made the whipped shea lotion as instructed and tried some on my hands. It felt like I was rubbing Crisco on them. I had to rinse them and wipe with a towel to get the greasiness off, and even after that my hands felt oily. There isn’t anything wrong with your recipe, but its just not at all what I was expecting. Does anyone have any methods for making a lotion that will soften hands without leaving them greasy?

    • Anonymous says:

      I used an immersion blender and it came out amazing. I have read that marshmallow root works well for hair. You can check out a natural detangling recipe that uses marshmallow root at Wellnessmamma.com

    • Anonymous says:

      it only feels “greasy for a few minutes” after that it soaks right into your skin and leaves them soft and moisturized. Also great for pregnant mammas. I used ylang ylang EO for a preggo safe beautiful scent.

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  45. Renee says:

    Can you add extracts instead of oils in the mixture instead, ex. lemon extract

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  53. Jasmine says:

    I had a question about the whipped shea butter. I make it and love it and made some for a friend. She enjoys it but states it’s too thick for her and would like it with a lotion consistency. What would I need to do? Thank you in advance.

  54. Nightbird says:

    Can someone please tell me how to whip my raw shea butter so that it is easier to apply WITHOUT using any other oils or ingredients? I want to keep it 100% pure due to having extremely sensitive skin that has reacted badly with any other oil or butter I have used. Thank you kindly for any advice! =)

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