Shea Butter is one of the best foods for your skin. Do you know you can prepare an array of recipes using Shea Butter? The best part – it leaves your skin soft and smooth!
I got some Shea Butter from one of my best friends this festive season. She knew about my interest for making my own goodies and also, about my obsessiveness for picking natural and organic ingredients. So, the Shea Butter she got for me was unprocessed and from her home country Africa, known for their luxurious and high quality Shea Butter.
So, I decided to prepare a lotion that’s light and can keep my smooth and soft, considering my skin tends to get dry or sensitive with little aggravation. So, here’s the recipe for your skincare haul.
Shea Butter – 4 Tbsps.
Apricot Kernel Oil – 4 Tbsps.
Rose Water – 4 Tbsps.
Roman Chamomile Essential Oil – 25 Drops
Glycerin – 4 Tbsp.
In a double boiler, melt Shea Butter.
When melted, refrigerate to cool it down and wait till the mixture is slightly opaque.
Now, add it to your blender, along with Apricot Oil, Glycerin and Rose Water.
Whip the ingredients on medium-high till the mixture is fluffy.
When almost done, add Roman Chamomile Essential Oil and whip for a few seconds to combine.
Transfer contents to a sterilized jar.
Tips to Tweak the Recipe
If you want a richer lotion, you can also add some Cocoa Butter. However, those with acne or oily skin, avoid using Cocoa Butter as it can trigger acne outbreaks.
Instead of Apricot Kernel Oil (I use it because it is light and suits my skin), you can use any carrier oil like Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil, Grapeseed Oil, etc. Depending on the oil you choose, you can go with a ratio that works best or combine it with other oils – thicker oil like Vitamin E Oil or even Wheat Germ Oil might need something to increase the fluidity.
You can use any skin beneficial essential oil including Lavender Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, etc. I like Roman Chamomile because the aroma is mild and does wonders for my skin.
If you find this recipe as rich for your skin, you can use Corn Starch or Arrowroot Powder to make it less rich. If you are adding it, add it while blending so there are no lumps.
Why These Ingredients?
Rose Water boosts production of collagen, keeps your skin tight and younger looking, besides promoting rejuvenation and cell regeneration. It also refreshes and moisturizes your skin. It is absorbed right away, smells great and suitable for all skin types. For those with oily skin, it balances sebum production.
I have used vegetable Glycerin here in this recipe. It is ideal for controlling sebum levels, so great if you have oily or combination skin. It is a great moisturizer and protects your skin from impurities. It is also an anti-ageing ingredient like Rose Water.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Extremely light and non-greasy, it is ideal when you are looking for a lighter lotion. It also smells nutty and suitable for those with oily or combination skin, though with Shea Butter, you can use it for any skin type.
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