Homemade Healing Shea Cream

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I was given the opportunity to try this shea butter in exchange for my honest feedback.
 
True unrefined, organic, raw, shea butter is often hard to find, as many manufacturers either contaminate it with other oils and dyes, or it’s not in fact, shea butter at all, but a similar, less expensive product called Kpangnan Butter (pronounced “painya”).
 
Real Shea butter is an off- white or ivory-colored fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa).
 
Kpangnan Butter is yellow in color and comes from the African Butter Tree (Pentadesma butyracea). It can be refined, bleached, and deodorized to resemble shea butter, and has similar fat properties, making it still good for skin, but not as good as shea. 
 
 
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Shea butter is a triglyceride composed primarily of a monounsaturated fatty acid – oleic acid (Omega 9)  (40-60%), and a saturated fatty acid – stearic acid  (20-50%). These components make it melt around body temperature, and absorb well into skin.
 
 After trying this shea butter and can say that it is absolutely wonderful. I’ve used it straight as a moisturizer on my hands, as a body lotion after showering, to clear up a family member’s eczema, and as a soothing after shave for my husband. I also applied it to my hair on the ends for a super moisturizing hair treatment, and used it as a natural sunscreen.

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This shea butter is very smooth, with a firm consistency that is to be expected from raw shea. It has a light nutty smell that is also typical of real shea.
 
I made a homemade body lotion using this shea butter as a base and it came out perfectly (Recipe below).
 
If you are looking for true, unrefined, raw, organic shea butter, this is the real deal. I will definitely be buying more for all of my homemade cosmetic recipes.

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Homemade Healing Shea Cream

Makes 1 pint or 16 ounces

Ingredients: 
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Directions:

Warm all ingredients EXCEPT the essential oils in a double boiler, just to melting. You can also use a glass bowl over a sauce pan filled with water.
 
Remove from heat and let cool. If you use a glass bowl, you can put it right into a cold bath to cool.

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Add the essential oils when cooled enough to comfortably touch.

 
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Emulsify with a hand mixer or immersion blender on high until uniform in consistency.

 
Transfer to smaller jars like these, for convenient use and travel.
 
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4 comments for “Homemade Healing Shea Cream

  1. August 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Where can one get a small supply of real organic shea butter to try this recipe with? I wonder if it would help my daughter’s split ends.

    • August 18, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Jonathan, Great question. I’d try contacting the seller (Healthy Life Essentials) on Amazon and see if they will send you a sample to try!

      Try this link (it will ask you to login to Amazon): http://amzn.to/1oUOu1y

      If that doesn’t work, shoot me an email at kelly at musingsofamodernhippie dot com, and I should be able to forward your information to the seller.

  2. August 18, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! I just got some shea butter and this looks like a nice way to try it out!

  3. August 19, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    that’s a great recipe! With winter coming on, I use a lot of hand cream to keep my hands from being all chapped!

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