Shea butter is a natural moisturizer made from the seeds of shea trees in Africa. When extracted, it makes a base for many creams and lotions as well as medicinal ointments to heal chapped skin. Shea butter is often combined with cocoa butter, olive oil, jojoba oil or vitamin E oil to make a variety of skin-softening creams and lotions. Shea butter has anti-aging properties as well. It has shown to improve skin elasticity and helps diminish wrinkles.

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Melt shea butter using the double boiler method. If you do not have a double boiler, substitute a heatproof bowl placed over the top of a pan of boiling water. Remove from heat when the shea butter softens and is easily stirred with a spoon.

Add the carrier oil of your choice. You may use olive oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, almond oil or vitamin E oil or a combination of two or three oils in equal amounts. The addition of the oils keeps the shea butter from hardening when it cools.

Mix in the cornstarch and fragrance oil. The cornstarch will keep the finished product from being too greasy. Transfer to a bowl for beating with a hand mixer or pour into a blender. Whip on highest setting until the mixture resembles whipped cream and forms peaks similar to meringue, or about 10 minutes. If the mix is not thick enough add an additional 10 minutes. You may need to do this a few times to achieve the right consistency.

Spoon the whipped body butter into decorative jars with a tight fitting lid. This makes a great hand made gift for yourself or someone else. This recipe makes one pound of body butter.


  • Try out different combinations of oils and fragrances to make your own skin care products. Shea butter, cocoa butter, almond oil and avocado oil can be purchased from health food stores or through online retailers such as Essential Wholesale and Shea Butter Hut.