Shea butter: 4 homemade treatments

  • By kjhg

Nature still has many very powerful secret ingredients for us to discover. This one is seen everywhere in the compositions of shampoos for the hair as well as body creams. Drum roll... This is the Holy Grail we are talking about, or more commonly known as shea butter. In the trade, this natural nugget is often accompanied by not very natural ingredients. However, in its raw version, it nourishes, boosts hydration, soothes... So why not try homemade treatments? We deliver our recipes to you.

A butter rich in hydration

This little baby with a high hydration potential, aka organic shea butter preferably, is an excellent base for all your body or hair care. It is also a very rich active ingredient that requires very little use in terms of quantity. It is therefore economically very interesting.

On the other hand, shea butter contains vitamins A, D, E and F, perfect for nourishing and protecting. It also contains phytosterols, which play a protective role against the harmful effects of the sun. As the main ingredient of a mask or cream, it nourishes and thus maintains long-lasting hydration. In addition, we are a fan of its sweet smell of nuts.

Note that shea butter solidifies at room temperature: you will therefore need to start by heating it in a bain-marie or in your hands before application. Before you get started, dear future little chemist, here is a small selection of "clean" products available on the market.

Organic shea butter, Cattier

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Organic shea butter Yuzzu, Waam

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Organic and fair trade shea butter, L'Occitane

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Protective organic shea butter, Natessance

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Homemade recipes

We now move on to the heart of the matter with these homemade treatments, for hair and body.

1 - Gourmet mask for dry and damaged hair

Melt the shea butter in a bain-marie and add the hair oils that you keep on hand: castor, olive, coconut, avocado oil... Wait a few minutes for the mixture to cool down. Then dampen your hair to help the treatment penetrate.

Coat them from roots to ends and take the opportunity to massage your scalp with your fingertips to stimulate blood circulation. Then gather your hair in a bun and go about your business. The ideal would be to keep this mask all night.

Finally, rinse well with clear water and proceed with your usual shampoo. The hair is shiny and nourished. No more straw chopsticks!

2 - Nourishing body butter for dry skin

Proceed in the same way and melt the shea butter in a bain-marie. Then add sweet almond oil, an essential oil of your choice to flavor (geranium, lavender...) and a few drops of grapefruit seed extract (natural preservative).

Place the preparation in the fridge so that it becomes more consistent. Then just give it a creamy consistency using an electric mixer. A gourmet, rich and melting recipe to consume without moderation, even to soothe the skin after depilation!

3 - Exfoliating treatment for the lips

To make this homemade exfoliating treatment, you need a teaspoon of shea butter, the same amount of sugar and a few drops of sweet almond oil. Mix all the ingredients well and take a small amount with your finger.

It is applied to the lips with the index finger and gently rubbed in using circular movements. Then, rinse with lukewarm water. What to get rid of dead skin while nourishing and healing the dry skin of our chapped lips.

4 - Cream for dry feet

For silky feet, apply pure shea butter to your heels then cover them with a cotton handkerchief. Let the shea butter penetrate overnight. Repeat this operation for 3 consecutive nights, or even more, until your feet regain their flexibility and softness.

Are you going to try any of these treatments? Share your experience on the forum! And if you fall for one of the organic shea butters, it's not our fault...

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