Spotlight: Let’s talk about Shea Butter!

Although not as popular as cocoa butter, shea butter is brilliant for those of us with dry skin!
As well as being a popular cosmetic ingredient, it is also edible and is a great source of Omega 3.
I am a HUGE advocate for shea butter as i have seen its effects on me during prolonged usage, however, most of the Shea butter produced in the UK/USA is not always 100% shea,as companies add various chemical ingredients to “bulk” up the product, and so I get my Shea butter imported from Ghana- that way, I know it’s 100% pure!
So! A few facts you should know about shea butter:
  • Shea butter is classified within 4 grades: A, B, C and D. A (unrefined, raw) contains the most natural vitamins, B (refined), C (Highly refined ans extracted using chemicals) and D (lowest uncontaminated grade. When buying Shea Butter, always make sure (when possible) that you check the ingredients for Grade B-C shea butter (grade A is rarely sold in the UK but if you can get it, please do!)
  • Shea butter comes from West Africa (predominantly Ghana and Senegal)
  • Shea butter is known to treat the effects of rashes, eczema, fading scars, stretchmarks, dry skin and hyper-pigmentation. (I can vouch for this one!)
  • Effectly penetrates the skin without leaving it greasy.
For the past week or so, i’ve been using my own DIY version of a body moisturizer, using some grade A Shea butter that my Dad brought back from his recent trip to Ghana! Here’s what I did:
Pure Shea butter:
I then cut the shea butter into smaller pieces.
I then used a measuring jug, some coconut oil and found an empty pot
I then mashed the Shea butter and coconut oil (I later added some olive and avacado oil too) together to make an extremely rich, creamy mixture.
I then put it all in the empty pot and voila! Homemade shea moisturiser!
Try it sometime!
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  • I have had shea butter that was yellow. Guess that wasn’t the real deal. I am going to give this recipe a try once I get my hands on some shea butter.
    I have also been wanting to make my own vanilla

  • Jex

    this is an awesome idea Steph!

  • we have it in nigeria too….its called okuma in igboland! Its so weird thats its making waves now and ive used it all my life as a pain relief lol

    http://say-bleurgh.blogspot.com/

  • Stephanie

    thanks Jex!

    And yeah Shea butter has been used for aaaaaages…love the stuff!

  • Henessy

    I have to try this, i've always never known what to really do with the blocks of it. It never clicked to make it into a body butter 🙂