Shea Butter Recipes

Here are general guidelines which are applicable for almost all shea butter recipes on this site. Learn 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 base and essential oils depends on:

  • targeted purpose of a shea butter cream (wrinkles, dry skin, stretch marks, eczema)
  • scent preference

Technology is 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 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 method, you can whip shea butter in few minutes and make it creamy 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.

With method I prefer, you shouldn’t melt your shea butter. I prefer this method because:

  • It takes only few minutes.
  • There is no risk shea butter cream will become grainy, what sometimes happen in case of melting.
  • All temperature sensitive ingredients will be completely preserved.

So, what do we 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.

Check my example recipes customized for different purposes:

Acne

Eczema

Dry skin

Stretch marks

Wrinkles 

Sunburns & Sun protection

Shaving and few of my favorite


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.


Learn more about shea butter, what it is good for and where to buy it.


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

Comments

Shea Butter Recipes — 251 Comments

  1. What a brilliant base recipe for shae body butters. Using the fork/wire whisk method, the ingredients were done and bottled in 5 minutes. I’ll save a fortune off store-bought jars, can tweak to my delight, and have a plan for Christmas gifts! Thanks for posting the article.

  2. My name is Alice from Lagos, Nigeria. You can order Unrefined shea butter and honey. Kindly send me an email stating the quantity you require and your location.
    Regards,
    Alice
    Joseph’s Barn Enterprises

    • I like to order Shea butter and honey from you.my number is 09054009595

    • Alice – please send me information on shea butter – I used to order from a friend in Ghana but he is no longer available. I purchase in quantity to make my own shea creams. thank you

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  4. Has anyone tried using bayberry wax in body butter to stiffen it for use in warmer climates? I’ve only seen mention of using beeswax so far and wondered if there was any reason not to use bayberry. I have a good quantity of it already and thought this might be a good way to put some to use. Thanks, have been enjoying all your comments, recipe ideas and sharing here.

  5. Has anyone tried or considered using bayberry wax to stiffen shea for use in warmer climates? So far all I’ve seen is mention of using beeswax. I happen to have a good quantity of bayberry wax already and was wondering if there is any reason not to use it. Thanks! Have been enjoying everyone’s comments and recipe ideas here.

  6. I have been using shea butter liquid, but am looking to switch up to shea butter, what i am wondering is are the measurements going to be equal? For example, if i were using 1 oz of the liquid butter oil, would I use 1 oz of the solid butter, more or less? TIA for any helpful information

  7. As for vegetable glycerin: Vegetable Glycerin – has strong humectants properties; meaning it is able to retain moisture. As a product that draws moisture from the air, it makes for a great moisturizer! It helps to soften the hair follicles, allowing moisture to enter into the hair shaft.

  8. I’m wondering if you can help me with what essential oil would be best to add to my 100% African unrefined shea butter to tighten skin, or for burns from a fire and lastly just overall healthy one for all purposes. I love the feel of the shea butter but I’m very sensitive to smells and the original smell of shea butter does not mix with me. Thank you so much.

    • Lavender is a basic oil that will definitely benefit the conditions that you mentioned. Personally, I use an essential oil called Helicrysum. It is extremely helpful when it comes to burns, scars, bruises, etc. Here is a website that you can order these oils from. These oils are high grade and therapeutic. I use them on a daily basis. I hope this helps.

  9. I started mixing Shea butter with my body cream and I started getting darker can I mix it with glycerin?

  10. hi there, I love your site! Thanks to you, I’m making shea + coconut oil body oils and I had a go at your whipped cream (shea with olive oil). I didn’t heat it, but mashed it as you suggested before I whipped it using a Kenwood blender (for 5 mins total, on max). The resulting cream is very nice, but has grains of shea – which melt as you apply it to the skin – but it doesn’t feel nice initially. How can I remove the grains without heat treatment?
    Many thanks for any advice.

    • Hi Joe! It’s either the type of shea used or it wasn’t mashed enough. I had that happen too.
      I mashed it with a spoon in a silver bowl. Then added some of the oil and mashed again with a mortar/pestle. I forgot that step once and thats exactly what happened.

  11. Are there any essential oils that act as a natural preservative? I want to make some hand cream and would like to ad something to make it last longer without becoming rancid but only if I can use something safe and natural.

  12. I’ve got to say. I’ve been looking up the easiest way to make Shea butter and options. Your way and words has been the best and most simplest way to describe. Also what you can actually do with it..Everywhere else looking online has been very complicated and not much explanation at all..I’m now very confident to work with Shea butter for the first time from reading this… Amazing thank you so much…

  13. I import raw pure 100% organic shea butter from Ghana without any bleaches or chemicals added . It is packaged in calabash and plastics. I live in southafrica currently. Am looking for buyers anyone who is interested get in touch with me beatricenayiga@gmail.com for more details.

  14. How do you get the shea butter out of its container if you do not heat it to make it soft enough to dish some out of the original container. My shea butter is so hard I could not get it out of the container.

    • Actually I got it out of its container.

      It is very greasy. I mixed it with some coconut oil and a little bit of olive oil.

    • actually I whip it using a stand mixer then add any fragrance essential oil and put it in a clean jar.
      this shea butter is so nice.

  15. I want to make a cream for growing pains in my young grandson. The essential oil states mix at 4%. What would 4% be for say..2oz of Shea Butter? 24 drops is 4% dilution with 1oz of carrier oil…is Shea butter the same?

  16. I made whipped shea butter cream with sweet almond oil and lavander, and I love it! Cured my cracked hands and chopped lips right away!

  17. Thank you for this simple recipe. The recipes that came with the shea butter were complicated and not fully explained.

  18. Is it possible for me to store shea butter in the freezer? I bought some in bulk but I don’t want it to go off. Thank you!

  19. Does anyone know what the advantages and disadvantages are of using vegetable glycerin with shea butter? I’ve heard that it helps with absorption, but I’ve also heard that it makes shea butter more likely to go bad. Thanks.

    • Hi yes you can but not for long….that’s what we do here in Africa… It is not available in its pure form in the cities so we get relatives to bring it from the rural areas in bulk and store it..but not for too long…divide it into batches..preferably in sizes you tend to use and wrap them individually in plastic wrap then place all the balls in zip bags in the freezer.. remove from freezer and let it come to room temp naturally when you need it to use..like the lady said ..try to touch it as little as possible so as not to contaminate it cos it will reduce its shelf life…hope this helps..Jambo!!greetings for Africa!

  20. Hello, thanks for sharing your recipe 🙂
    I would like to ask if I can use coconut oil (quite solid) instead of olive oil.
    Thank you for your reply!

    • Yes, I tried it and it worked great. I am going to try and mash the shea and coconut more before I whip–my lotion had little beads. They would melt when I rubbed the lotion on my skin, but I seemed to get them on the floor. I live in Minnesota, so it is cold and dry.The lotion was excellent on my dry itchy skin.

  21. I made the Shea butter recipe with coconut oil and francense essential oil for Christmas presents. I used 2 cups of Shea butter and adjusted the other ingredients accordingly. The problem is that the butter is too greasy for use in humid Queensland Australia. So my question is – what can I use to make it less greasy, or more easily absorbed into the skin?

    • You could add a dry or thin oil, like rosehip, which cuts the greasiness of the shea butter. It’s also very good for your skin

    • You can slurry in starch. Mix a tablespoon of oil(any) and add arrowroot starch to it before adding to butter to whip. It will not be greasy at all

  22. i tried your recipe with whipped shea butter and hemp seed oil. Turned out pretty great. I’ve never seen anything this moisturizing before…not even my expensive creams from the makeup counter. Thanks for sharing.

  23. I started a home base business making Shea butter cream. Is there any way to keep the Shea butter creamy?

    • Hi I live in England and I would like to start a home based business selling to friends and family and neighbours. Please all advice to help me get started will be appreciated.

  24. I wonder if anyone can help. I have made lovely shea butter products with essential oils but I live in a very hot climate and my products melt. Is there a way I can prevent this. Beeswax perhaps ?

    • I currently have coconut oil (organic extra virgin 100% Certified Organic & Pure) and Sweet Almond Oil (also 100% Pure) & I recently purchased Organic Beeswax . The Beeswax I purchased is not a big block, but small grains..I don’t know if it’s because it was filtered. But anyway, I was going to add a small amount to my Shea butter just to experiment with the consistency. I think it’s a little trial and error to see which works best for you and climate. I will be outdoors a lot this summer, so I think it may help keep it from becoming too thin.

  25. I actually love Ozone layer lotion because it’s only shea butter and rosemary extract which is included to prevent oxidation. 2 ingredients 🙂

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  27. Hello Everyone,
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  28. I haven’t read of anyone else doing this and I’m not sure where to ask…Is it beneficial to slather cocounut oil all over my body while in the shower? Wouldn’t it be more beneficial since your pores are open?

    • Yes, I have done it. It leaves your body nice and smooth but it is greasy and will leave a residue in your shower, just like any other oil. You can also use coconut oil on your hair before you shampoo it so it does not strip your natural oils. I use it on my hair as a leave in conditioner after shampooing it. My hair is very dry and frizzy.

  29. Hi I want to start Shea butter but problem is how to get the oils to add to my Shea butter. I need help please

  30. for shea butter, carrier oil n essential oil in Nigeria contact me, am enjoying my diy body butter this are my recipes shea butter 1cup coconut oil 1/2cup almond oil 1/2cup olive oil 1/3cup then add my essential oil 30 drops each, I use carrot seed oil, frankincense and lavender oil contact me on +2348021273135

  31. I followed the whipped recipe and it comes out light and fluffy. After 20 minutes it has re-solidified. How do I keep it in its whipped state?

    • Pls I do need your opinion. How do one preserve shea butter cream for a longer period of thime which that is for purchase.

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  32. Hello Everyone,

    Any good suggestions for where to purchase high concentrated oil fragrances like Issey Mayake or Pink Sugar. Last time I mixed I ended up using 3 ounces of oil with the butter, just to get a light scent. Thanks…

  33. my shea butter is not doubling in size after more than 20 minutes of mixing with a blender, could it be that I added too much base oil(coconut oil ) it just looks creamy but it’s very liquidy

    • I think that a blender heats the butters and oils up too much to properly whip up. It’s best with a mixer with a whisk attachment…

  34. I was wondering if I could remix my Shea butter?
    I used coconut oil and I didn’t melt down any of the ingredients I just simply whipped them together. It turned out perfectly, but it’s very oily, I think I added too much coconut oil to the mixture.

  35. Hi I am researching shea butter as I want to make a natural cream for excma (as my 4 year old grandson suffers terribly from it) how do I know if the company I am buying from is reputable
    thanks in advance Deb

    • Hi Debra,
      I can supply you with 100% Raw shea butter which will be good for your 4 year old grandson. please contact me on 0736709438

  36. Please I would like to know if shea butter mixed with carrot oil can help me lighten up my complexion.

    • I have just tried this out with some Shea Butter that I had in a tub, and had been using on it’s own for a few weeks.
      Adding the Olive Oil, and drops of Lavender Essential Oil, I gave it a good whip with my whisk.
      It has come up so lovely and fluffy.
      I have added a little Rose Water also, and it smells, just gorgeous.
      Thank you for you tip.

    • Yes this can be done, I did this a few year ago.
      Plus side, it makes the butter cream a little less greasy, but the lotion firmer and more of a body butter – but the negative side are the parabens and chemicals in the lotion.
      Shea butter is pure and organic and chemical free – so if you can get lotion with very minimum chemicals, the better.

    • If you use the above recipe with less shea and some melted emulsifying wax (natural), you will get a lighter ‘lotion’ type cream.

  37. You may not need to mix depending on the Shea nut butter you use. West African Shea butter ( from Ghana and Nigeria) has a different texture from Eastern African Shea nut butter( from Sudan and Uganda). The Eastern one is very light and melts quickly and easily into the skin. Try this one if you need pure oil for your skin. The West African one is heavier and perfect for hair styling.

  38. Please I need your help
    I just get Shea butter and kojic acid jojoba oil,
    Can just mix and use this 2 products

  39. How can I get my share butter fluffy?must the Shea be more than the essential oil or base oil

  40. I am a bit laid back when it comes to scale reading.I am very good with kg and ml..can anybody help me with this,example:if I have 10kg of Shea butter,how many volume in ml of base oil can I add to make it fluffy

  41. I have been doing my own shea butter cream for about 2 years now. At first it was a little hard and grainy. I was melting the shea butter a little until soft enough to beat. Now, I just put it in a blender, mix my other oils, olive, aloe vera, vitamin E. etc, and add to the shea butter before blending. Comes out perfect!!! My friends and a few customers I got from vending, love it!!! They say it’s the best they have tried. It melts right into the skin, very soft and smooth and the oily texture from the olive oil,seem to leave immediately after applying it. I am working on adding essential oils and fragrence oils. I will add them at the end and blend in. I believe they will turn out well, also.

  42. People love my sheabutter recipes the only complaint is the scent does’nt stay long what can i do to make the scent laat longer?

    • I also make Shea Body & Hair butters, but I am trying to find an ingredient that will keep the whip butter from melting so quickly. Once I prepare and whip it, only takes a little bit of heat to start melting my product. I do mail orders and this is a problem for me. Please help if you can. Thanks

    • If you want scent to last longer you must use fragrance oils. Essential oils are volatile and evaporate quickly when exposed to air. Unlike essential oils which may have a health benefit, fragrance oils only scent. Start with 1/4 of 1 % or .25% and test. Don’t go higher than 1%. If scent is still not strong enough, find a better supplier for your fragrance oils.

  43. Hello. And thank you for an informative guide to making Shea butter. I have a base oil (extra virginia olive oil), a EO Tasmanian Lavender. & thr unrefined Shea butter but no mixer…
    Just to clarify I can use a fork?? Right??
    Thanks again

  44. Hello!
    I tried your recipe today though I DID melt it down as I have no electrical mixer. However, half an hour with a fork and arm muscles paid off. There is just one problem; no matter how much essential oil I put in, it still smelled like shea butter. I am pretty sure there is WAY too much EO in now, but I still only smell the lemon and orange very very faintly under the earthy smell of shea. Is lemon and orange just naturally very weak scents or is something completely wrong here? I bought the oils on Amazon where they had gotten great reviews.

    Also, I am not used to using body butter, but how long should you expect the oily feeling to stay on your skin?

    • In my experience, sometimes letting it rest will do the trick. A day or two and all of a sudden it’s what you wanted. Natural shea butter has a characteristic scent, work with it. Lavender, bergamot and lemon do well for me. Try the refined version, basically the same, just processed to remove the scent, if you are having too much trouble. Base notes work very well I find, I put a bit of Vetiver in once, and that was all I could smell, even with loads of lavender and bergamot. Much like the problem you are having now. Try using more base or middle notes to cover the natural scent. I believe you are only using top notes (lemon and orange?), which evaporate fastest. Then you are left with only the shea butter scent. I have to really work it into my skin, but once it’s there I am good for the day, more work than a lotion, but remember you are using straight oils.

    • Shea’s smell should not be that strong. I have ordered mine directky from Ghana and it’s smells good and light. 3-4 drops of lavender eo is enough.

    • If you use Shea butter and EO to support healthy skin you really should use Young Living EO. There is a major reason why this company has been in business for 20 years. I use certain oils to support young looking skin and cellular support. You can email me if you want more information . My email I gbailey001@comcast.net.
      I make my own lotion and love it.

  45. Ive been making my shea butter with this recipe and has been going great , and now when i make it , it turns out grainy and i dont even melt it, i use coconut oil andffragrance oil like always, and its grainy now , does anyone know why its turning gainy without melting it ?

    • Hey Rhonda,

      Raw shea butter is generally a bit grainy or gritty on it’s own. We prefer using it raw, but the only way to REALLY mask that is to add other ingredients.

      Most oils are thinner in texture compared to the raw shea butter, so you may be almost “diluting” it to much with only oils. You may be able to thicken it with something like a beeswax. It could also be the brand of shea butter you’re using…

      Hopefully that helps.

  46. I love the recipe for making the unrefined whipped shea butter , I just started my own little business at home making scented unrefined shea butter without melting the shea butter and just use coconut oil and scented oil and turns out great every time ! Its so easy to make and turns out nice a fluffy , so far everyone loves it and i make with yummy smelling fragrance oils

    • Hi, I would like to know what type of scents are you using – what about the designer oil fragrances, do you use them? Its hard to get the smell right because the unrefined butter is so overbearing. How do you handle that? Thanks.

  47. Akoma is into the production of high shea butter for export. Our cooperative is made up of more than 500 women with over 200 standing by to join. We produce certified fairtrade and organic butter in addition to conventional butter. We also has faritrade/organic butter all at very competitive prices.

  48. Thank you! I love it. Made it and it came out so nice.

    I do have a question, I made a recipe and it solidified. I melted my ingredients in a double boiler (almond oil, coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter) and once it cooled down, it is way too solid. I can’t do anything with it. What can I do to make it creamy. I can’t even it spread or rub it. Can I remelt it and ??? Thanks for your help.

    • This might be due to the beeswax. When I make homemade deodorant I use a recipe that calls for beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, baking soda, arrowroot and essential oils.
      Best wishes to you!

    • The Beeswax is solidifying it. Take it out or use very little of it.

    • Yes, just re-melt and add some more oil. Next time, adjust the recipe to use less wax. Have fun!

    • Hi Monique, i would say this is becuase of the beeswax. I had the same problem when I made a moisturiser, and when I made another batch with no beeswax at all, all my moisturising dreams came true and it was beautiful!

  49. Hello i’m new to all of this very helpful information here, trying to start out a home base business any assistance will be helpful ..

    • Margaret, have you checked Susan Barclay-Nichols site – aka swiftcraftymonkey on blogspot?

      What she doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing and you could spend several months in there finding answers to almost every question you could ever ask.

  50. I would like to ask you all who are doing business for whipped shea butters.. What is the shelf life of these whipped creams? What do you commit to your customer for the life of the product?
    Info will be very much grateful.
    Thanks in advance.

    • The shelf life of any product will only be as long as the shortest lived oil/butter in your product.

      I’d be checking your supplier’s suggested use-by dates on each and every ingredient for accurate info.

  51. I don’t hv electric mixer ,what other alternatve can I use in mixing my cream. Can I add coconut oil to it.where in edo state can I get lavender oil

    • You could use an imersion blender (aka ‘stick blender’) if you have one.

      Failing that, an electric hand mixer isn’t expensive and you could probably pick up a new one for $20 or thereabouts.

      Yes, you can add coconut oil to your body butter. Any oil, in fact.

      Various types of Lavender essential oil are available online from any essential oil, cosmetic and/or soap supplier.

      Just Google “essential oil suppliers”.

    • I asked if I could use Musk Oil (perfume, but it’s oil) in my shea butter. I haven’t gotten a reply. Anybody out there know?

    • Sandy, there’s absolutely no reason why you couldn’t use any fragrance oil, essential oil or absolute in your body butter formula.

      Musk oil sounds like a wonderful addition.

      I’d include it in the cool down phase – or when the batch is < 40C.

    • If you Google “essential oil suppliers” or “essential oil supplies”, you’ll find a LOT of suppliers listed.

      All that remains then is to check their prices to find a supplier that suits your needs.

    • I don’t see why not, Dima, but you’ll also want to add some wax in the mix, or you’ll end up with a liquid – which is fine if you’re making a roll on lip gloss (might want to add some castor oil in it for shine, in that case).

  52. Hi I would like to start a shea butter skin care business, how do I reduce the row shea butter smell

    • You could add a little essential oil or fragrance oil to help mask the smell of raw shea butter.

    • It would.

      Remember that when you whip your butter, it will double in size, so 4oz of shea butter, once whipped, will amount to 2 x 4oz jars or 1 x 8oz jar.

  53. Excellent information. My daughter is using natural products for her hair and now has me using them. We are using Shea butter as a moisturizer, mixed with different oils and it is multipurpose (which I love), but I would like to have a creamier version. I will try the recipes indicated and return to the site with the result. Great for feet in sandals …absorbs quickly and keeps the feet looking great all day.

  54. I m from india.

    I want to start my own shea butter (unrefined). We want to star production about 1000 kg per month as per our calculation. Is there demand for it in india….? Plz suggest. Is this quantity selable?
    bhavesh_r26 @yahoo.com

  55. I want to start my own shea butter unrefined. We want production about 1000 kg per month as per our calculation. Is there demand for it in india….? Plz suggest

  56. Hi

    I am in Cape Town and its so hard to get my hands on rsw shea butter. I did manage to find 100% shea butter. Will the recipe work?

    • Hi Josephine,
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  57. 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! =)

    • Melt it gently first, whip, then cool in the freezer until it begins to form a hard surface on the top and sides of the bowl, then remove and whip again.

      Repeat until it’s doubled in size.

  58. 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.

    • You can add a percentage of liquid oils – like Macadamia Nut Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Camellia Oil, Olive Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, etc – to help thin it out a little and give it a more ‘spreadable’ consistency.

      I’d suggest experimenting a little to find a blend that suits your needs.

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  60. I find this very interesting. just to find out if the whipped shea butter stand for a priod of six month pr one needs to add a preservative

    • If your whipped body butter doesn’t contain water or glycerine – meaning, if it’s entirely anhydrous – then no, it won’t require a preservative.

      You could add a little Vitamin E oil (say 1%) to help lengthen shelf life a little and prevent any potential rancidity, but that’s not usually a problem with things like unrefined Shea and Cocoa Butters.

    • Most extracts are water-based, Renee, which means you’d be introducing water to an anhydrous (all oil) product and that’s going to cause separation and create an invitation to bacteria and mold.

      If you want to add a water soluble extract, then you’ll need to also use an emulsifier and preservative – in which case, it’s no longer a pure ‘body butter’ in the traditional sense, but a cream.

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  63. 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?

    • 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

    • 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.

  64. 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.

  65. 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.

  66. 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

    • 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.

    • 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

  67. 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.

  68. 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 ?

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  71. I don’t have my website up yet, but I do have a fb page. Skin Kiss with the red lip kiss logo.

    I posted your website for my clients. Nice and precise. I am all about Keeping It Simple Sister 🙂

  72. 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.

  73. 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.

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

    • Sarah, I think they’ve shut down.

      I bought a 5kg batch of organic, unrefined shea butter from Shea Butter Australia back in 2012, but their site doesn’t seem to exist anymore and an online search turns up nothing.

      That’s so sad, because Shea Butter was their specialty – that’s all they sold – and theirs were the most reasonable prices for it.

      Australian cosmetic and soap suppliers sell it at vastly over-inflated prices (of course).

      Wish I knew what happened to them.

  75. 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! 🙂

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

  76. 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

    • 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%.

  77. 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).

  78. 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

    • I WOULD LIKE TO PURCHASE AT LEAST 5 LBS OF GRADE A UNPROCESSED CREAM SHEA BUTTER, WHAT ARE YOUR PRICES AND SHIPPING COSTS AND WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED
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  79. 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!!

    • 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.

  80. 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

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

  81. 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.

  82. 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.

    • be careful in the sun with orange oils and other citrus oils

  83. 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

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

  84. 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?

    • 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).

    • 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

  85. 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.

    • 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

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

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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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!

    • hello, I’m Launching my business of Shea butter exporter as from November 2013. Please contact me for quotation.
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    • I can help you get unrefined shea butter.contact by email

    • You can also try Bulk Apothecary. They have al lot of oils and at a great price.

  86. 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

    • 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.

    • 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

    • 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.
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    • I make a natural eczema therapy cream (Shae based) only $22.50 an 8 oz jar. I have pictures to show how well it works. You can see them on my FB page where I have a store.
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  87. I love this way to whip shea butter, I’m in the process of making it for selling thank you very much

    • I would like to purchase a large pail of whipped shea butter. Do you have any available?

    • Hi Annie•~•
      I have noted to place my melted Shea into the fridge to cool off … And NO MORE graininess!!! YEAY ! This Haooened in the hot summer of our desert…. I would leave it out at nite and whip next morning… Got grainy SO yes!!! Try putting I. Fridge— QUICK lol… I also add EO after the fridge when whipping •~• seems to
      Lose the EO scent (?) so add that after fridge OR… Do a whip in a bowl of ice… Ice bath way larger bowl place ice in that then put ur container in and whip 😉 best wishes 🙂

  88. 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.

    • what can I do if my shea butter is grainy? Is there any way to make it smooth again?

    • You should always avoid heating your shea butter or any natural butters and oils for that matter, especially in the microwave as I’ve seen some people suggest. Heating puts the oil or butter at risk of losing some of its nutrients/effectiveness. If you do choose to use heat, try to use as little as possible. We offer Organic Raw Unrefined Shea Butter (at http://www.adwiorganics.com) that is very smooth and creamy, not grainy at all. So it mixes well with oils without the use of heat for those that want to avoid it. All orders are fulfilled by Amazon.com.

    • Natural Shea butter products. No unnecessary fillers, water, preservatives or parabens used. Simple goodness! If interested.

    • Gently heating butters most definitely does not harm them in any way whatsoever.

      A hot water bath (like a bain marie) is an exellent way of warming/heating them, rendering them much easier to whip.

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