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DIY RECIPES
SHEA
BUTTER

Shea Butter Recipes for Natural Skincare By Cleopatras


Choice Table of Contents
About Cleopatras Choice.....................................................2
What Sets Shea Butter Apart from Other Natural Oils?
Raw vs. Refined: Whats the Difference?................................3
The Benefits of Shea Butter. Healing Benefits .......................4
Anti-Aging Regeneration.......................................................5
Choosing The Right Shea Butter............................................6
Using Shea Butter...................................................................7
Shea Butter Recipes...............................................................8
Bath........................................................................................8
Scrubs & Body Washes..........................................................11
Body Butters, Balms and Lotions............................................11
Bar Soaps...............................................................................22
Lip Care..................................................................................29
Hair Care................................................................................31
Pregnancy & Baby Care........................................................35
Pet Care.................................................................................38
Bonus Recipes........................................................................40

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CHOICE
Raw vs. Refined:
Whats the Difference?

Raw shea butter is extracted from its


seed without the use of chemicals. It
maintains all of its natural components,
such as its vitamins, nutrients, color, scent
and texture. It has an earthy, nutty aroma, What Sets Shea Butter
and its color may vary from pale yellow to
light gray, depending on the region from Apart from Other
which it is yielded. Raw shea butter has
the highest concentration of healing nu-
Natural Oils?
trients, and has a significantly longer shelf
life than refined shea butter. Shea butter is derived from the seed
Refined shea butter is the form found in of the shea tree, which is native to west
most health and beauty products on the and central Africa. Most seed oils can be
market, but it is unfortunately far less ben- divided between two categories: those
eficial than its raw counterpart. It has un- with moisturizing properties (saponifi-
dergone chemical alteration, a process able), and those with healing properties
which removes its natural scent and color. (nonsaponifiable). While nonsaponifiable
After shea butter has been refined, it is an seed oils generally contain less than 1%
odorless, creamy white butter that may be of the nutrients and vitamins essential to
more aesthetically pleasing, but is lacking the healing process, shea butter contains
the healing and nutritive properties of raw between 5% and 17%. Because shea but-
shea butter. Refined shea butter is a good ter has such a high concentration of vi-
moisturizer, but is useful for little else. tamins and nutrients, in addition to being
Cleopatras Choice is committed to a great moisturizer, it can effectively treat
carrying exclusively grade A, unrefined, skin conditions such as eczema, acne,
pure, organic shea butter. scars, burns, allergies and more.

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The Benefits cal-laden skincare products on the market.
With its moisturizing properties, as well as its
of Raw Shea Butter abundance of vitamins and nutrients, it is
your skins most eco-friendly ally.

A Skin Superfood
HEALING BENEFITS
Shea butter has been used in Africa for Raw shea butter is highly versatile and pro-
centuries, and it is highly regarded for its vides a natural, gentle and toxin-free al-
healing properties. It is one of the best nou- ternative to the chemical-laden skincare
ishing, protecting and regenerating seed products on the market. With its moisturiz-
oils in the world. Shea butter effectively ing properties, as well as its abundance of
protects skin from harmful UV rays, harsh vitamins and nutrients, it is your skins most
weather conditions, dryness and environ- eco-friendly ally.
mental pollutants. It also serves as a pow- Raw shea butter has an exceptionally
erful antiaging solution for all skin types. high content of healing and anti-inflam-
It provides the ideal balance of moisture matory components and has been used
and nutrients needed to bring beauty and to treat a number of skin disorders, such as:
balance to your hair and skin, regardless
of your ethnicity, climate or age.
The secret to shea butters efficacy lies Eczema Hives
in its ability to stimulate the production of Acne Dryness
collagen, which is the skins main structur- Psoriasis Rashes from
al protein. After just a few uses, skin will be- Scars poisonous plants
come more supple, with restored elasticity Sun damage Burns
and radiance. This natural seed oil can re- Age-related Minor cuts
store health and beauty to dry, damaged concerns Cracked skin
or lined skin. Insect bites Stretch marks
Shea butter is a perfect year round skin
care solution. It provides protection from
the harsh winds and cold air of winter, as Shea butter absorbs into the skinquick-
well as healing for sun-damaged skin in ly to soothe and calm irritation or inflam-
the summer. mation. Shea butter is also beneficial for
Raw shea butter is also ideal for baby preparing the bodys muscles for exercise
care. Because it is all natural, gentle and and helping speed the recovery process
rich in vitamins and nutrients, it is perfect- afterwards. It can help reduce muscles
ly suited to a babys delicate skin. African aches and fatigue and stimulate the re-
women have used in for hundreds of years lease of toxins from the tissues. In clinical
to prevent and heal diaper rashes and studies, shea butter, when applied to the
treat insect bites, eczema and other skin nasal cavity, has effectively reduced na-
care concerns. Raw shea butter is highly sal congestion. Its healing benefits are
versatile and provides a natural, gentle far-reaching, and it can be used to treat a
and toxin-free alternative to the chemi- variety of ailments.

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Anti-Aging Hair
Regeneration Revitalization

For centuries, raw shea butter hasbeen The benefits of raw shea butter are not
recognized as a successful treatment limited to skincare; shea butter is also
for wrinkles. Because it contains a high among the best revitalizers for all hair types
concentration of essential fatty acids, as and textures. From root to tip, it can bring
well as vitamins A and E, it can regener- moisture to dry and damaged hair. It is
ate skin cells and return suppleness and rich in vitamins A and E, which are shown
elasticity to delicate facial skin. In clinical to be effective in mending split ends, re-
studies, regularly applied raw shea butter pairing breakage and soothing dryness.
has been found to rebuild and rejuvenate Shea butter absorbs quickly into the
collagen, resulting in skin that is brighter, scalp to quickly relieve itchiness, dandruff
less wrinkled and even displays less sun or dry skin, without clogging pores. It can
damage. be used to treat scalp conditions such
as psoriasis or dermatitis, without leaving
a greasy residue or causing oil build-up.
Shea butter can also protect hair from
wind, sun or water damage. Additionally,
hair that has been damaged by chemi-
cal treatments or heat styling tools can
have its vitality and moisture restored.
Shea butter-based homemade hair
products can bring back shine, manage-
ability and vitality to dry or damaged hair.

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT
SHEA BUTTER
Choosing the Right
Color
Cleopatras Choice raw shea butter is
available in yellow and ivory.The color of the
shea butter is usually determined by where
it comes from in Africa; the ivory shea but-
ter comes from Benin, Africa, and the yellow
Choosing the Right shea butter comes from yellow shea butter
comes from Ghana. While these two variet-
Grade ies can be used interchangeably, they do
have some differences.
Ivory shea butter has a soft, creamy con-
Shea butter is available in various grades sistency. It is a lightweight butter that
A,B,C, D and E. Grade E is given to shea absorbs into the skin quickly, and has
butter that is contaminated with pollutants. a subtle, nutty scent. Many customers
Grade D is reserved for the lowest quality prefer to use ivory shea butter in their
of uncontaminated shea butter. Neither homemade skincare products.
grades D nor E are generally sold for per- Yellow shea butter tends to be a stiffer but-
sonal use. ter with a more overt scent. It is much rich-
Grades B and C are given to shea butter er and generally takes longer to absorb.
that has undergone the refining process, Yellow shea butter is ideal for homemade
which strips the color and odor, as well as hair products, balms and ointments.
the vitamins and nutrients, from the shea Regardless of the color you choose, the
butter. The shea butter will still be an effec- properties and benefits of the shea butter
tive moisturizer, but will be useful for little else. remain the same.
At Cleopatras Choice, we exclusively
sell Grade A shea butter. This grade is giv-
en to shea butter that is raw and unrefined,
meaning that all of its nutrients are intact.
It has the highest vitamin content, giving it
unmatched beauty and healing properties.

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USING
SHEA BUTTER
Melting Shea Butter Using the Double
Proper Melting Boiler Method
Even if you do not have a double boiler,
Techniques you can still use the double boiler meth-
od to properly melt your shea butter.
1 Fill a medium-sized saucepan with
By ensuring that you properly melt your two inches of water, and then set over
shea butter, you can prevent it from be- low-medium heat. Place a large mixing
coming grainy. If melted shea butter is bowl in the saucepan, ensuring that the
cooled to slowly, it will crystallize and lose bottom of the bowl does not come into
its smooth, creamy texture. While this may contact with the bottom of the saucepan.
not be a problem for some recipes, such 2 Place your shea butter, as well as
as body scrubs, it may prevent other reci- any additional ingredients, into the mixing
pes from yielding the desired results. bowl, and allow them to slowly melt
To avoid crystallization, experts recom-
3 Refrigerate the mixture until it has
mend that shea butter is cooked until it
reached room temperature
reaches 175 degrees Fahrenheit (80 de-
grees Celsius), and then is allowed to con-
tinue to cook just above its melting point
for 10-15 minutes. This will eliminate the fat
crystals that are responsible for causing
Storage
a grainy texture. After the shea butter has
melted, combine the rest of the ingredi-
ents per the recipes instructions and cool Shea butter should be stored away
the finished product in the refrigerator from harsh lighting or direct sunlight, in a
or freezer. Once the product has cooled cool, dark space. Unrefined shea butter
completely, it can safely be stored at room can safely be stored at room temperature
temperate. for 12-24 months. After this time, the shea
Because consistent temperature is re- butter is still useful, but will likely have lost
quired for properly melting shea butter, it some of its nutrients.
is generally recommended that a sauce- The shelf life and potency of shea but-
pan or double boiler is used, rather than ter can be extended by storing it below
a microwave. 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Alternately, you
can add a natural preservative, such as
vitamin E oil.

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SHEA BUTTER
RECIPES
Shea butter is perfectly suited for home-
made bath melts and bath bombs. Regu-
lar baths can strip skins natural moisture,
causing it to feel tight and itchy. Incorporat-
ing shea butter into your baths using bath
melts or bath bombs are a great way to
restore moisture and prevent dryness and
discomfort.
A word of caution: once your shea butter
melts dissolve, the floor of your tub will be
slippery.

Honey Lavender Bath Melts


Perfect for relieving stress and sooth-
ing sore muscles, Honey Lavender Bath INGREDIENTS:
Melts are simple to make. To use, simply 1/2 cup Shea butter
fill the tub with warm water, then drop one 1/2 cup Deodorized Cocoa
bath melt in and let it dissolve. This recipe butter
makes approximately 15 melts.
1/4 teaspoon Honey Lavender
Instructions:
Herbal Tea
1.Melt the butters in a double broiler 1 teaspoon of dried lavender
2.Open a tea bag and measure out flowers
teaspoon of the tea. Stir the tea and the 30 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil
dried lavender flowers into butter mixture.
3.To prepare the silicone candy mold,
place two drops of the essential oil into
each reservoir. Pour the melted mixture
into the mold.
4.Freeze for 30 minutes

Bath
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Moisturizing Bath Bombs
This spa-inspired luxury is the ideal an-
tidote for a stressful day. While regular INGREDIENTS:
baths can cause skin to dry out, using
these moisturizing bath bombs can help 2 cups Baking Soda
you restore moisture and prevent dryness. 3 tbsp Kaolin Clay
Note: ensure that your workspace is com-
4 tbsp Shea Butter
pletely dry, as any moisture will set off the
bath bombs fizzy reaction. Even moisture 1 oz Essential Oil
in the air can trigger this reaction, so store 1 cup plus 3 tbsp Citric Acid
your bath bombs in an airtight container 4 to 10 spritzes of Witch Hazel
in a cool, dry space.
Instructions:
1.Melt shea butter in the microwave on 7.If the mixture is too dry, apply a
50% power, using 30-second increments few spritzes of witch hazel and stir the
2.Cool the shea butter slightly, then stir in mixture quickly. Too much moisture
the essential oil will cause the fizz reaction, so working
quickly is important.
3.Sift together the baking soda and
kaolin clay in a large mixing bowl 8.Once mixture is thoroughly mixed
and has the consistency of wet sand
4.Mix the powders together completely
and holds together when tightly
5.Add the wet ingredients to the dry squeezed, press the mixture into
mixture, mixing thoroughly silicone molds or muffin tins
6.Sift the citric acid into the mixture and 9.Allow the bath bombs to dry
mix until well-combined overnight
10. Store the bath bombs in an
airtight container in a cool, dry place

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9 Bath
Rich Chocolate Bath Melts
These decadent Rich Chocolate Bath Melts
are the perfect way to unwind after a busy INGREDIENTS:
day. The shea butter softens your skin, while
the cocoas antioxidant properties repair 1/4 cup Shea Butter
skin cells and neutralize harmful free radi- 1/4 cup Mango Butter
cals. This recipe makes 24 bath melts.
1/2 Deodorized Cocoa Butter
Instructions: 1 teaspoon White Beeswax
1/2 teaspoon Cocoa Powder
1.Melt the butters and beeswax in a
double broiler. 1/4 teaspoon Dark Chocolate
Fragrance Oil
2.Add the cocoa powder and mix
thoroughly
3.Add the fragrance oil
4.Pour the mixture into silicone candy
molds
5.Freeze for 30 minutes

Shea Butter Citrus Bath Bomb


With a light and energizing scent, these bath bombs will leave you feeling refreshed
and rejuvenated.
Note: Bath bombs fizz when they are introduced to water, so it is important to keep your
workspace as dry as possible. Any moisture will trigger this reaction, so the bath bombs
must be made in stored a moisture-free environment.

Instructions:
INGREDIENTS:
1.Combine the dry ingredients, ensuring
that there are no clumps
1 cup Baking Soda
2.Add the melted shea butter, essential oil
1/2 cup Citric Acid
and colorant, ensuring that everything is
thoroughly combined 1 tablespoon Shea Butter, melted
3.Spritz the mixture with water from a water 3 ml Grapefruit Essential Oil
bottle about 3 times, until it forms into a ball 1/2 ml Bath Bomb Colorant
4.Tightly press the mixture into silicone
candy molds

Bath
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SCRUBS AND Reduce the signs of aging
and prevent dry skin with these
BODY WASHES shea butter-based scrubs and
body washes.

Cocoa Butter and Shea Butter Body Scrub

Give thirsty skin a drink with this light-


ly-scented scrub. If a deeper exfoliation INGREDIENTS:
is desired, you can substitute salt for the
sugar. 1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 Cocoa Butter
Instructions:
1/4 cup Almond Oil
1.Melt the shea butter and cocoa butter
together in a double broiler 3/4 cup Sugar (white or
brown)
2.Combine the butter mixture and
almond oil in a large mixing bowl, then
place the bowl in a large container of
cold water
3.Use a hand mixer to whip the mixture
until it reaches a light and fluffy consistency;
if mixture is chunky or hard to mix, add an
additional tablespoon of almond oil
4.Add the sugar to the mixture, stirring
until it is completely combined
5.Store the body scrub in an airtight
container

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Shea Butter and Salt Scrub
Perfect for relieving aches and pains, this
shea butter and salt scrub will relieve stiff- INGREDIENTS:
ness and soothe sore muscles.
1 cup Epsom Salt
Instructions:
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1.Combine the olive oil and shea butter 3 tbsp Shea Butter, melted
2.Stir the essential oils into the mixture until 2 ml Tangerine Essential Oil
well combined 1 ml Peppermint Essential Oil
3.Add the Epsom salt and stir until fully 1 ml Eucalyptus Oil
incorporated
4.Store in an airtight container

Simple Shea Butter Sugar Scrub


Refresh your skin with this shea butter sug-
ar scrub, which offers the perfect balance INGREDIENTS:
of moisture and exfoliation. For a scented
scrub, simply add a few drops of your favor- 1/2 Shea Butter
ite essential oil. 1/3 cup Olive Oil
Instructions: 1/8 tsp Vitamin E Oil
2/3 cup Sugar
1.Beat shea butter in a large bowl until
it reaches a creamy consistency, about
5minutes.
2.Gradually add the olive oil and vitamin
E, beating until they are well incorporated.
3.Stir in the sugar and essential oil, if d
esired
4.Transfer the mixture to a lidded jar

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Sweet Orange Body Wash
With a refreshing citrus scent, this body wash
INGREDIENTS:
is the perfect way to wake up.

Instructions: 1 tbsp Shea Butter


1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea butter 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
2.Add the aloe vera gel and stir well
3/4 tsp guar gum or 1 tsp
xanthan gum
3.Use an immersion blender or hand mixer
to incorporate the guar gum or xanthan gum 3/4 cup Unscented Castile
into the mixture. The mixture will be foamy Soap
after mixing, but will settle after a few hours. 25 drops Sweet Orange
5.Allow the mixture to cool, then stir in Essential Oil
essential oil
6.Using a funnel, pour the body wash into a
bottle and store at room temperature

Vanilla Body Scrub


Vanilla bean not only smells fantastic, but it
has antibacterial properties and contains INGREDIENTS:
time-fighting antioxidants. Use this scrub up
to twice a week to slow down the signs of ag- 1 tbsp Shea Butter
ing or reduce the appearance of acne. 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel
Instructions: 3/4 tsp guar gum or 1 tsp
xanthan gum
1.Mix the brown sugar, shea butter, coconut 3/4 cup Unscented Castile
oil, the scraped vanilla bean pulp and the Soap
honey
25 drops Sweet Orange
2.Stir in the vanilla extract
Essential Oil
3.Store in an airtight container

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Whipped Coffee and Brown Sugar Scrub

Get your coffee fix with this whipped scrub.


Not only does it smell wonderful, but the cof- INGREDIENTS:
fee effectively tightens pores, removes old
skin cells and protects the skin from free rad- 1 cup Shea Butter
icals. Improvements in your skins texture and 1/4 cup Coconut oil, melted
appearance can become evident after just
1/4 cup Olive Oil
one use.
3/4 cup Brown Sugar, free
Instructions: from clumps
1/3 cup coffee, finely ground
1.Prepare the shea butter by melting it in a
double broiler, then chilling in the fridge for 1 tbsp Coffee Extract
an hour 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2.Using a mixer, whip the shea butter at a
high speed for 4-5 minutes, until it reaches a
fluffy consistency
3.Combine the coconut oil and olive oil,
then slowly incorporate into the shea butter
4.Add the coffee and vanilla extract into the
mixture
5.Gently fold the brown sugar and coffee
into the mixture
6.Transfer the scrub to a lidded jar

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BODY BUTTERS, Shea butter is a superb moisturizer
with healing properties, making it
BALMS AND the ideal choice for every
skin type and ailment.
LOTIONS

Bronzing Body Butter

Give your skin a summertime glow with


this hydrating, all-natural bronzing body INGREDIENTS:
butter. To achieve a lighter or darker body
butter, simply adjust the amount of cocoa 1 cup Shea Butter
you add to the mixture. 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1/2 cup Olive Oil
1-2 tbsp Cocoa Powder
1.Melt the shea butter and coconut oil
2 tbsp Finely Ground Cinnamon
together in a double broiler
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
2.Once completely melted, transfer the
mixture to a mixing bowl and allow it to 5-10 drops Peppermint
cool at room temperature for 30minutes Essential Oil
3.Add the olive oil, cocoa powder,
cinnamon, vitamin E oil and peppermint
essential oil
4.Beat the mixture with a hand mixer until
combined
5.Place the mixture in the freezer until it is
partially solidified
6.Remove from freezer and whip the
mixture with a hand mixer until soft peaks
begin to form
7.Store the bronzing body butter in a
lidded container

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Calendula, Chamomile and Lavender Lotion Bars

Made with all-natural ingredients infused


with beneficial herbs, these lotion bars INGREDIENTS:
are as beautiful and fragrant as they are
beneficial. Soothe dry, irritated skin and 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp Olive Oil
enjoy soft hands, no matter the season. 1/4 cup plus one tsp Coconut Oil
Instructions: 2 tbsp dried lavender buds
3 tbsp dried chamomile flowers
1.Combine the olive oil, coconut oil,
3 tbsp dried calendula blossoms
lavender buds, chamomile flowers and
calendula blossoms in an oven-safe 1/2 cup Shea Butter
dish, and place in a warm oven. Allow 1/2 heaping cup Beeswax,
the herbs to infuse for 4-6 hours grated
2.Using a strainer lined with cheesecloth 20 drops Lavender Essential Oil
or an old tea towel, strain the oil out of
the herbs. Discard the herbs
3.Add enough olive or coconut oil to
the herb-infused oil to make 1/2 cup
4.Melt the shea butter and beeswax in
a double boiler
5.Once the mixture has completely
melted, mix in the oil, continuing to stir
over low heat
6.Remove the mixture from heat and
allow it to cool at room temperature for
5 minutes
7.Stir in essential oil
6.Pour the mixture into silicone molds or
muffin tins and cool in the refrigerator
7.Once the lotion bars have completely
cooled, remove them from molds, wrap
them individually in wax paper and store
at room temperature

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Lavender Body Butter
Lavender essential oil is widely used for its abil-
ity to relieve tension and induce sleep. Luxuri- INGREDIENTS:
ous and lightly-fragranced, this body butter is
perfect for dry, sensitive skin. 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Shea Butter
Instructions:
16 drops Lavender Essential
1.Place the ingredients into a bowl and beat Oil
with an hand mixer until well blended 6-8 drops Purple Coloring
2.Whip at the highest speed for 5 minutes (optional)
3.Transfer the body butter to a lidded
container and refrigerate until it has cooled
completely
4.Store at room temperature

Lotion Spray
Light and easy to use, this lotion spray is ide-
al for keeping your skin moisturized through INGREDIENTS:
the warmer months. To ensure precision and
proper balance of ingredients, this recipe will 2 oz Safflower Oil
require the use of a digital kitchen scale. This 0.5 oz Shea Butter
recipe makes 8 oz. of lotion spray.
0.1 oz Stearic Acid
Instructions: 1 oz Cyclomethicone
0.25 oz Dimethicone
1.Using a kitchen scale, measure the
safflower oil and shea butter into a 0.25 Rosehip Seed Oil
microwave-safe container. Microwave in 0.25 Walnut Oil
30-second increments at 50% power, stirring 0.5 Hemp Seed Oil
after each interval
0.15 oz Essential oil, for
2.Weigh out the remaining ingredients, fragrance (optional)
combining with the shea butter mixture and
stirring well
3.Using a funnel, pour the liquid into spray
bottle(s)
4.Shake well before each use

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Magnesium Body Butter

Magnesium is used in 300 reactions of the


body. It is essential for bone and muscle
health, aids in weight loss, stabilizes blood INGREDIENTS:
pressure and promotes restful sleep,
among a host of other uses. Unfortunately, 1/2 cup Magnesium Flakes
80% of tested adults displayed magnesium 3 tbsp Boiling Water
deficiencies. Because magnesium can be 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
absorbed through the skin, this body butter
is a highly effective way to both hydrate 2 tbsp Beeswax Pastilles
your skin and boost your magnesium 3 tbsp Shea Butter
levels.

Instructions:
1.Place the magnesium flakes into a bowl 8.Beat the mixture well, until all the
and pour the boiling water over them, ingredients are completely combined
stirring the mixture until the flakes have 9.Refrigerate the body butter for
completely dissolved. Set aside to cool 15minutes
2.In a quart-size mason jar, place the 10. Using a hand mixer or immersion
coconut oil, beeswax and shea butter blender, whip the mixture until it reaches
3.Place the jar into a small sauce pan a light consistency
with 1 inch of water, and warm over 11. Transfer the body butter to an airtight
medium heat container and store at room temperature
4.Once the mixture has completely
melted, transfer it to a medium bowl
5.Let the mixture cool to room temperature
6.Using a hand mixer or immersion
blender, beat the mixture at medium
speed
7.Starting with a drop at a time, slowly
add the magnesium mix to the bowl

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Peppermint Bark Body Butter

Whether you are looking for a simple


homemade gift for hard-to-buy-for loved
INGREDIENTS:
ones, or you want to pamper your own
skin, this body butter is the perfect cure
for dry winter skin. 1/4 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
Instructions: 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1.Combine the shea butter, cocoa 2 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
butter, coconut oil and Vitamin E Oil in 1/4 tsp Peppermint Extract
a double broiler and melt over low heat,
stirring constantly
2.Once all the ingredients are melted,
stir in peppermint extract 4.Using a hand mixer, whip on high speed
3.Transfer to a bowl and freeze the for 5-8 minutes
mixture for 20 minutes, until the mixture is 5.Transfer the body butter to a lidded
solid but soft container and store at room temperature

Quick and Easy Lotion Bars

These lotion bars are a convenient and


mess-free way to combat dry skin. This INGREDIENTS:
recipe calls for only three all-natural
ingredients, ensuring that it is gentle and 1/4 cup Shea Butter
safe for even the most sensitive skin 1/4 cup Coconut or Olive Oil
Instructions: 2 oz Beeswax

1.In a double broiler, mix all of the ingredi-


ents together 3.Once the lotion bars have cooled,
2.Pour the mixture into silicone molds remove them from molds, wrap them
and refrigerate until completely cool individually in wax paper and store at
room temperature

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Sweet Orange and Honey Lotion Bars

With a light and refreshing scent, these


lotion bars use all-natural ingredients and
INGREDIENTS:
have antibacterial properties. This recipe
makes 5 lotion bars.
1/4 cup Shea Butter
Instructions: 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1.In a double boiler, melt the shea butter, 1/4 cup Beeswax
coconut oil and beeswax 1 1/2 tbsp Raw Honey
2.Remove the mixture from heat and stir 1 tbsp Olive Oil
in the olive oil, raw honey and essential oil 1 6 drops Sweet Orange
3.Pour the mixture into silicone molds or Essential Oil
muffin tins
4.Allow the lotion bars to refrigerate
overnight
5.Store in an airtight container at room
temperature

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Whipped Shea Body Butter

This basic, all-natural recipe is well-suited


for any skin type. To create a scented
body butter, simply add a few drops of INGREDIENTS:
your favorite essential oil.

Instructions: 1/2 cup Shea Butter


1/2 cup Deodorized Cocoa
1.Melt the shea butter, cocoa butter, Butter
coconut oil and olive oil together in a
1/2 cup Coconut Oil
double broiler
1/2 cup Olive Oil
2.After the ingredients are melted and
combine, allow them to cool slightly Essential Oils (optional)
3.Refrigerate the mixture until it begins
to solidify, but is still soft; approximately 1
hour
4.Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture 6.Refrigerate for 15 minutes to set
for 10 minutes, or until it is fluffy
7.Transfer the body butter to a lidded
5.If using essential oils to add fragrance, container and store at room temperature
mix in 10-30 drops, depending on your
scent preference

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Making bar soaps is an easy way to ex-

BAR SOAPS
periment with shea butter. With a wide
range of recipes, it is easy to find one
that suits your preferences. To eliminate
air bubbles from the soap, lightly spritz
each bar with rubbing alcohol.

Please note that some of these recipes call for lye. Lye is a caustic substance that allows
cold press soaps to solidify. While lye is easy to use, it must be handled with care, as it
can cause damage if it comes in contact with your eyes or skin. When handling lye,
please remember to where gloves and protective eyewear. Additionally, any equipment
(bowls, utensils) that comes into contact with lye must be neutralized with a mixture of
vinegar, dish soap and water. Soaps containing lye generally need to cure for approxi-
mately 4 weeks before use.

Fir and Iced Lavandin Soap


As moisturizing as it is festive, this soap
the perfect complement to the holiday INGREDIENTS:
season. Whether you make a batch to
give as a homemade gift, or to keep for
8.4 oz Coconut Oil
use around the house, you are sure to
enjoy its beauty and light fragrance. To 4.2 oz Shea Butter
ensure precision, use your digital kitchen 2.8 oz Avocado Oil
scale for proper measuring. 12.6 oz Olive Oil
Instructions: 7 oz Distilled Water
3.9 oz Lye*
1.In a double boiler, melt coconut oil
0.13 oz Fir Needle Essential Oil
and shea butter, stirring constantly
1.2 oz Lavandin Essential Oil
2.Remove from heat and add avocado
oil and olive oil 0.28 oz Sodium Lactate
3.In a separate bowl, add the lye to the 1/4 cup Lavender Buds
water. (Caution: the outside of the bowl
will become extremely hot) Stir well and
let cool

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22 Bar Soaps
Instructions: 6.Stir in essential oils
7.Pour the mixture into soap molds and
4.Once the lye water has cooled, add
sprinkle their tops with lavender buds
the sodium lactate and stir well
8.Cover the molds with plastic wrap and
5.Once the lye water has reached room
allow the soaps to refrigerate overnight
temperature, add it to the oils and blend
with an immersion blender until it begins 9.Once soaps are completely set, remove
to set them from their molds. Allow them to cure
for 4 weeks before use

*Any equipment that the lye comes into contact with needs to be neutralized with a
mixture of vinegar, soap and water

Grapefruit and Lavender Soap

Calm your senses with this aromatic blend


of grapefruit and lavender. This recipe will
yield 4 bars of soap. INGREDIENTS:

Instructions: 1 cup Shea Butter


1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea Zest of 1 Grapefruit
butter 2 tbsp Fresh Lavender
2.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 3 tbsp Coconut Flakes
the grapefruit zest and lavender 15-20 drops Lavender Essential
3.Once the shea butter is completely Oil
melted, remove it from heat and stir
the dry mixture into the melted shea
butter, ensuring that the mixture is well-
incorporated
4.Stir in the essential oil
5.Distribute the mixture among four soap
molds and allow them to cool in the
refrigerator
6.Individually wrap the soap bars in wax
paper, and store at room temperature in
an airtight container

23 Bar Soaps
Lemon Poppy Seed Soap

With a clean and refreshing scent, this is


the perfect kitchen bar soap. This recipe INGREDIENTS:
yields 4 bars of soap.

Instructions: 1 1/4 cups Shea Butter


8-12 drops Lemon Essential Oil
1.Melt the shea butter in a double boiler
4 drops Yellow Soap Colorant
over low heat, stirring constantly
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
2.Add the lemon essential oil, yellow
soap colorant and poppy seeds to the
shea butter, stirring until fully incorporated 5.Once the soaps have set, remove them
3.Distribute the mixture among the soap from their molds, wrap them individually in
molds wax paper, and store at room temperature
4.Refrigerate until set in an airtight container

Mint Coconut Soap

This recipe will yield 4 bars of soap.


INGREDIENTS:
Instructions:
1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea 1 cup Shea Butter
butter 3 tbsp Coconut Flakes
2.Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 8-10 sage leaves, finely
the coconut flakes and chopped sage chopped
leaves 15-20 drops Peppermint
3.Once the shea butter has completely Essential Oil
melted, remove from heat and stir in the
dry mixture
4.Stir in the essential oil 6.Distribute the mixture among 4 soap
molds and allow them to cool in the
5.Distribute the mixture among 4 soap
refrigerator
molds and allow them to cool in the
refrigerator

24 Bar Soaps
Chocolate Mint Soap

Not only is it a delicious ice cream flavor,


but it makes for delicious-smelling soap, INGREDIENTS:
too! This recipe will yield between 6 and 8
bars of soap.
2 cups Shea Butter
Instructions: 2 tbsp Cocoa Powder, plus
additional cocoa powder to
1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea sprinkle
butter
2 tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped
2.Once the shea butter has completely
10 drops Peppermint Essential
melted, remove from heat and stir in
Oil
remaining ingredients
3.Pour the mixture into soap molds and
sprinkle cocoa powder on top
5.Once the soap bars have hardened,
4.Allow the soaps to cool and solidify in remove them from their molds, wrap them
the refrigerator individually in wax paper, and store at
room temperature in an airtight container

Oatmeal and Honey Soap

Soothe, exfoliate and moisturize sensitive


skin with this lightly fragranced bar INGREDIENTS:
soap.Note: To give the soap a smooth
appearance, add all of the oatmeal 2 cups Shea Butter
before pouring the soap into the molds.
1/2 cup Old-Fashioned Oatmeal
This recipe makes 4 bars of soap.
1 tbsp Buttermilk Powder
Instructions: 1 1/2 tsp Honey
1.Prepare your soap molds by lightly 1 tsp Vanilla Essential Oil
spraying them with vegetable spray 1 tbsp Hot Water
molds and allow them to cool in the
refrigerator

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25 Bar Soaps
Instructions:
2.Using a food processor or large knife, 7.Stir in the remaining oatmeal, ensuring
chop the oatmeal flakes until they are that it is evenly distributed
half their original size 8.Stir in the essential oil
3.Sprinkle 1 tsp of oatmeal into the 9.To easily pour the soap, transfer the
bottom of each soap mold (see note) mixture to a glass measuring cup
4.Melt the shea butter in a double broiler, 10. Carefully distribute the soap mixture
covering with a lid among the molds
5.Meanwhile, mix the buttermilk powder 11. Allow the soap bars to cool completely
with the hot water. If necessary, strain the in the refrigerator
mixture to remove clumps 12. Once cooled and completely
6.Once the shea butter has melted hardened, remove the soaps from their
completely, gently incorporate the molds, wrap in wax paper, and store at
buttermilk mixture room temperature

Shea Butter and Coconut Milk Soap

This luxurious soap provides sensitive skin


with a rich, creamy lather that will leave
you moisturized and refreshed. This recipe INGREDIENTS:
yields 10-12 bars of soap.
1 1/4 cup Shea Butter
3/4 cup Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1 1/2 cup Olive Oil
1.In a double boiler, melt and combine 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Castor Oil
the shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil and 3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Distilled
castor oil Water
2.Meanwhile, put the water into a large 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp Coconut
bowl and slowly incorporate the lye Milk
(Caution: the outside of the bowl will 1/2 cup Lye*
become extremely hot)
1 tsp Calendula Petals, finely
3.Once the shea butter mixture has ground
melted, slowly pour in the coconut milk
4.Slowly pour the lye mixture into the
soap base

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26 Bar Soaps
Instructions:
5.Using an immersion blender, blend the 9.Allow the soap to cool in the refrigerator
ingredients for 3-5 minutes overnight
6.Pour 3/4 of the soap mixture into the 10. Once the soap has completely set,
soap mold remove from the mold and wrap in wax
7.Spread the calendula petals on top of paper. Store at room temperature and
the poured soap mixture allow the soap to cure for 4 weeks before
use
8.Pour the remaining soap mixture into
the mold and use a knife to swirl the soap
into a marble pattern

*Any equipment that the lye comes into contact with needs to be neutralized with a
mixture of vinegar, soap and water.

Sweet Almond Poppy Seed Soap

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize your


hands with this lightly-fragranced, eas-
ily-made bar soap. Plastic and silicone INGREDIENTS:
soap molds are easily found and craft
stores. This recipe yields 4 bars of soap. 1 1/4 cups Shea Butter
8-12 drops Almond Essential
Oil
Instructions:
1 tsp Poppy Seeds
1.Melt the shea butter in a double boiler
over low heat, stirring constantly
2.Add the almond essential oil and
poppy seeds to the shea butter, stirring
until fully incorporated
3.Distribute the mixture among the soap
molds
4.Refrigerate until set
Once the soaps have set, remove them
from their molds, wrap them individually
in wax paper, and store at room tempera-
ture in an airtight container

27 Bar Soaps
Traditional African Black Soap

This malleable, rough-looking soap is


handmade by several West African tribes. INGREDIENTS:
Also known as Alata Simena, Ose Dudu
and Anago Soap, it has been used for
1 heaping cup Shea Butter
hundreds of years to treat skin conditions
such as acne, blemishes, eczema and 1/3 cup Palm Kernel Oil
rashes. 1/3 cup Palm Oil
1/3 cup Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1/4 cup plus 1 tsp Lye Powder
(NaOH)*
1.In a large saucepan, combine the 3/4 cup Water
shea butter, palm kernel oil, palm oil and
2 tsp 100% Pure African Black
coconut oil, stirring over a low heat until
Soap, powder form
the mixture is completely melted and
well-incorporated
2.Add the almond essential oil and
poppy seeds to the shea butter, stirring
until fully incorporated
3.Pour the lye water into the butter and
oil mixture and stir
4.Using an immersion blender, blend
the mixture until it is uniform in color and
texture; about 2 minutes
5.Add the African black soap to the
mixture, using an immersion blender to
fully incorporate
6.Pour the mixture into a large soap
mold and allow it to refrigerate until it has
solidified
7.Once the soap has set, remove it from
its mold, cut it into slices, individually wrap
each slice in wax paper, and store at *Any equipment that the lye comes into
room temperature in an airtight container. contact with needs to be neutralized with
Allow the soap to cure for 4 weeks before a mixture of vinegar, soap and water.
use

28 Bar Soaps
Shea butter absorbs quickly, leaving
lips feeling soothed and moisturized,
rather than sticky or waxy. Shea but-
LIP CARE ter-based lip balms are effective in
protecting your lips from wind and sun
damage, while fighting the signs of ag-
ing. Experiment with different essential
oils to discover your perfect flavor

Basic Lip Balm

All-natural and easy to make, this lip balm


will keep your lips moisturized throughout INGREDIENTS:
the year. For scented lip balm, simply add
8-12 drops of your favorite essential oil. 2 tbsp Beeswax
This recipe makes 8 lip balms.
2 tbsp Shea Butter
Instructions: 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1.Prepare the lip balm tubes by removing
their lids and securing them together with
3.Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup
a rubber band
4.Quickly distribute the mixture among
2.In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave all
the lip balm tubes
the ingredients in 30-second increments
at 50% power, stirring well after each 5.Refrigerate the lip balm and allow it to
interval set before capping the tubes

29 Lip Care
Honey Lavender Lip Balm

This natural lip balm is the perfect way to


heal and nourish dry, chapped lips. The INGREDIENTS:
recipe fills 12 lip balm tubes, making it
perfect for gifts or party favors.
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1 tbsp Shea Butter
1/2 tsp Raw Honey
1.Prepare the lip balm tubes by removing
their lids and securing them together with 1 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
a rubber band 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
2.In a double boiler, melt the coconut 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
oil, shea butter, raw honey and beeswax, 5 drops Frankincense Essential
stirring constantly Oil
3.Remove the mixture from heat and stir
in the sweet almond oil and essential oils
4.Quickly distribute the mixture among
the lip balm tubes
5.Refrigerate the lip balm and allow it to
set before capping the tubes

Ultra-Moisturizing Lip Balm

Protect your lips from winters dryness with


this highly-absorbent lip balm. For scent- INGREDIENTS:
ed lip balm, add a few drops of your favor-
ite essential oil.This recipe makes enough 1 tsp Castor Oil
to fill one lip balm jar.
1 tsp Raw Honey
Instructions: 4 Beeswax granules
1 tsp Shea Butter
1.Combine all ingredients in a double
boiler and melt over low heat, stirring
constantly
2.Pour the lip balm mixture into a lip 5.Allow the lip balm to cool in the refriger-
balm jar ator before putting the lid on the jar

30 Lip Care
Shea butter protects hair from free
radicals in the air and water, as well as
harsh weather conditions. It effective-
ly locks in moisture, without causing
hair to become greasy or weighed
down. It is useful in treating a vari-
ety of conditions, including derma-
titis, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema.
HAIR CARE Shea butter can also restore moisture
lost through styling processes, such
as perms or dying.

2-in-1 Bar Shampoo and Soap

This bar soap will leave your hair clean


and moisturized, and can also be used
as a moisturizing body wash. If you prefer INGREDIENTS:
scented bar shampoo and soap, add a
few drops of essential or scented oil to the 1 cup Coconut Oil
mixture after the ingredients have finished 1 cup Olive Oil
cooking in the slow cooker, and before the 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp Castor Oil
mixture is transferred to the molds.
3/4 cup Jojoba Oil
Instructions: 1/4 cup Shea Butter
1.Place the water and coconut milk into 1/4 cup Cocoa Butter
a large glass measuring cup 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
2.Carefully stir the lye into the mixture 1/2 cup Water
(Caution: the outside of the bowl will 3/4 Coconut Milk
become extremely hot) 1/2 cup Lye*
3.Set the mixture aside and allow it to
cool
4.Meanwhile, melt the coconut oil, olive 6.Add the lye mixture to the oils and stir
oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, 7.Using an immersion blender, blend the
cocoa butter and beeswax in a double mixture for 3-5 minutes, until the mixture is
boiler, stirring constantly reaches a thick, pudding-like consistency
5.Once the mixture has melted, pour it
into a slow cooker and set on the lowest
setting
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31 Bar Soaps
Instructions:
8.Once the mixture is well blended, cover 11. Allow soap to cool and harden in the
the slow cooker and cook the soap for 1 refrigerator overnight
hour 12. Once the bars have completely solid-
9.Prepare your molds by spraying them ified, wrap them in wax paper and allow
with vegetable spray or greasing with co- them to cure for 4 weeks before use
conut oil 13. To use, massage into wet hair and
10. Spoon the mixture into the molds rinse thoroughly

*Any equipment that the lye comes into contact with, including the slow cooker, needs
to be neutralized with a mixture of vinegar, soap and water

Conditioner

Instructions:
1.In a double boiler, melt the condi- INGREDIENTS:
tioning emulsifier, shea butter, coconut
oil and mango butter 1 tbsp Conditioning Emulsifier
2.Pour aloe vera juice in a microwave- 3 tbsp Shea Butter
safe bowl and microwave on High for
30 seconds
5 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Mango Butter
3.Add the warmed aloe vera juice to
the oil mixture 1/3 cup Aloe Vera Juice
(distilled water can be
4.Using an immersion blender, blend
substituted)
the ingredients until they are well-com-
bined 3 grams Optiphen (this can be
omitted if the conditioner is
5.Stir in the essential oils and Optiphen stored in the refrigerator and
6.Transfer conditioner to a lidded con- used within 1 month.)
tainer 30 drops Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
7.To use, work the conditioner into wet 15 drops Rosemary Essential Oil
hair after shampooing, then rinse thor-
30 drops Rosehip Seed Oil
oughly
25 drops Lavender Essential Oil

32 Haircare
Hair Pomade
This hair pomade provides a light/medium
hold. When choosing the right essential INGREDIENTS:
oil, consider your hairs needs. Peppermint
and rosemary essential oils add shine and
3 tbsp Shea Butter
stimulate hair growth; tea tree, lime, basil
and thyme essential oil brings balance 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
to oily hair; chamomile and lavender are 1/4 cup Jojoba Oil
effective moisturizers; and clary sage and 10-15 drops Essential Oil
eucalyptus can minimize dandruff.

Instructions:
1.Melt the shea butter and beeswax 4.Transfer the pomade to a lidded con-
together in a double boiler tainer and allow it to solidify in the refrig-
2.Once completely melted, stir in jojoba erator
oil 5.Pomade can be stored at room
3.Cool slightly, then stir in essential oil temperature in a dark, dry place

Rosemary Mint Shampoo


Time to get out the kitchen scale; this rec-
ipe requires that you weigh the ingredi- INGREDIENTS:
ents to ensure proper balance.
4 oz Unscented Castile Soap
Instructions:
0.3 oz Shea Butter
1.Place the shea butter in a microwave- 0.3 oz Soy Lecithin
safe bowl, and microwave at 50% power
0.25 oz Argan Oil
in 30-second increments until melted,
stirring after each interval 0.2 oz Macadamia Nut Oil
2.Stir the soy lecithin into the melted 0.15 oz Neem Oil
shea butter 2.5 ml Rosemary Essential Oil
2 ml Peppermint Essential Oil

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33 Haircare
Instructions:
3.Stir the castile soap, argan oil, 5.Once the mixture has cooled, use
macadamia nut oil, neem oil and essential a wire whisk to beat it until it reaches a
oils into the mixture creamy consistency
4.Allow the mixture to cool completely in 6.Transfer the shampoo to a lidded
the refrigerator container and store at room temperature
7 To use, massage into wet hair and rinse
thoroughly

Shea Butter Shampoo

This basic shampoo recipe will restore


moisture to dry damaged hair, without
INGREDIENTS:
clogging pores or causing an oil build-up.

1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Castile


Instructions: Soap
3 tbsp Shea Butter
1.In a double boiler, melt the shea butter,
coconut oil and conditioning emulsifier 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
2.Pour aloe vera juice in a microwave- 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Juice
safe bowl and microwave on High for 30 (distilled water can be
seconds substituted)
1 tbsp Conditioning Emulsifier
3.Add the warmed aloe vera juice to the
(optional)
oil mixture
4.Using an immersion blender, blend the
ingredients until they are well-combined
5.Stir in the essential oils
6.Refrigerate until the shampoo has
completely cooled
7.To use, massage into wet hair and rinse
thoroughly

34 Haircare
Shea butter has been used by Afri-
cas women for centuries for skincare
during and after pregnancy, as well as
caring for their babies delicate skin. It is
highly versatile and can be used to re-
lieve some of pregnancys discomforts.
It is the perfect choice for skincare as
delicate skin stretches, changes and
HAIR CARE develops heightened sensitivity. Devoid
of chemicals, shea butter is an ideal
moisturizer for sensitive skin, and it is a
very safe and natural way to care for
babys delicate skin.

Diaper Rash Cream #1

Raw shea butter has anti-fungal and


yeast-killing properties,and is gentle enough
INGREDIENTS:
for babys sensitive skin. Whether you are
preventing or treating a diaper rash, this
soothing cream will bring comfort. 1/2 cup Shea Butter
1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Beeswax
Instructions: 2 tbsp Vegetable Glycerin
1.In a double boiler, melt the shea butter,
coconut oil and beeswax together
2.Once completely melted, remove the
mixture from heat and add the vegetable
glycerin
3.Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture
until it reaches a creamy consistency
4.Pour the mixture into a lidded contain-
er and allow to cool completely in the re-
frigerator

35 Diaper Rash Cream #2


Diaper Rash Cream #2

Using simple, easily-acquired ingredients,


this diaper rash cream quickly soothes INGREDIENTS:
burned skin and protects it from future
rashes. 1/4 cup Shea Butter
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
Instructions:
Cornstarch
1.Place the coconut oil in a microwave-
safe dish and microwave on high for 1
minute, until the oil is hot and completely
liquefied 5.Add cornstarch to the mixture, 1
2.Stir the shea butter into the hot oil tablespoon at a time, until it reaches the
desired consistency
3.Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture
until it is uniform in color and consistency 6.Refrigerate the cream until it has cooled
completely
4.Allow the mixture to cool at room
temperature 7.Transfer the mixture to an airtight
container and store it at room temperature

Nipple Balm
Lock in moisture, strengthen the skin and
promote healthy cell growth with this INGREDIENTS:
all-natural nipple balm. Shea butter is ef-
fective in soothing and protecting cracked 1/4 cup Shea Butter
nipples, while encouraging quick healing.
2 tbsp Coconut Oil
While this nipple balm is natural, it is recom-
mended that it is administered after a nurs- Cornstarch
ing session, and wiped away before baby
nurses again.

Instructions: 2.Add the beeswax and stir the mixture


until it is completely melted and well-
1.Melt the shea butter and coconut oil combined
over low heat
3.Transfer the mixture to a lidded
container and allow it to set for 24 hours
before use

36 Pregnancy and Baby Care


Stretch Mark Cream

Whether you want to prevent stretch


marks, fade old stretch marks or soften INGREDIENTS:
the appearance of C-section scars, this
shea butter-based stretch mark cream 2 tbsp Shea Butter
can help. The combination of natural 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
oils and essential oils rebuilds collagen,
2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
restores elasticity, stimulates cell
regeneration and nourishes cracked, 2 tbsp Cocoa Butter
broken skin 1 1/2 tbsp. Beeswax
1 tbsp Vitamin E Oil
Instructions:
20 drops Neroli Essential Oil
1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea 15 drops Helichrysum Essential Oil
butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil,
15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
cocoa butter and beeswax
10 drops Lemon Essential Oil
2.Once all the ingredients have
completely melted, transfer the mixture
to a lidded container
3.Let the mixture cool at room tem-
perature
4.When the mixture is completely cool
and solidified, stir it with a spoon until it
reaches a creamy consistency
5.Stir in vitamin E oil and essential oils
6.Refrigerate until it has completely
cooled
7.Store the stretch mark cream at room
temperature

37 Pregnancy and Baby Care


PET CARE
All-natural and free from harmful
chemical, shea butter has numerous
health benefits for pets. Keep your
pets feet and coat moisturized and
protected from harsh weather condi-
tions all year round with these simple
recipes.

Paw Wax

Perfect for both cats and dogs, this wax will


protect your pets paw pads from extreme INGREDIENTS:
cold or extreme heat. Prevent or treat dry
and cracked paws by applying this wax
2 tbsp Olive or Sweet Almond
liberally as needed.
Oil
Instructions: 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tbsp Shea Butter
1.Prepare muffin tin or molds by spraying
lightly with vegetable oil 4 tsp Beeswax, grated
2.Using a double boiler, melt all of the
ingredients, stirring constantly
3.Pour the mixture into the muffin tins
or molds and allow it to solidify in the
refrigerator
4.Store the wax bars in an airtight bag or
container at room temperature for up to
two years
5.To use, apply to the pads of your pets
feet before they are exposed to extreme
temperatures or rough terrain

38 Pet Care
Solid Dog Shampoo Bars

With a blend of nourishing essential oils


and a moisturizing shea butter base, these INGREDIENTS:
shampoo bars are an all-natural way to
keep your pet clean and smelling fresh. 2 cups Shea Butter
The neem oil and essential oils are effec- 1 tbsp Oat Flour
tive in repelling fleas, ticks and other pests.
1 tbsp Yellow Kaolin Clay
1 tbsp Neem Oil
Instructions: 3 tbsp Water
4 drops Geranium Essential Oil
1.In a double boiler, melt the shea butter
8 drops Rosewood Essential Oil
2.Once the shea butter has melted
completely, stir in the neem oil 8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
3.In a small bowl, combine the oat flour, 8 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
yellow kaolin clay and water, stirring until 4 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
smooth. Add water if necessary
4.Add the mixture to the shea butter
base, stirring until well-combined
5.Cool the mixture slightly, then add the
essential oils, stirring until they are
completely incorporated
6.Pour the mixture into molds or muffin
tins, allowing them to solidify in the
refrigerator
7.Once the soaps have completely
cooled and solidified, remove them from
their molds. Wrap each soap bar in wax
paper, and store at room temperature in
an airtight container

39 Pet Care
From body washes to lip balms, shea
butter can add healing vitamins and
nutrients to every aspect of your health
and beauty routine, but its benefits
BONUS RECIPES dont stop there. Here are some spe-
cialized uses for shea butter.

Eczema Relief Butter

With lavender and cedarwood essential oils,


this eczema relief butter protects skin from INGREDIENTS:
bacteria and toxins, while alleviating the dis-
comforts of eczema.
1/4 cup Shea Butter
Instructions: 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
1.Using a hand mixer, combine the shea 10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
butter and coconut oil 5-10 drops Cedarwood
2.Mix in the essential oils and vitamin E oil Essential Oil
3.Transfer the eczema relief butter to a 5 drops Vitamin E Oil
lidded container and refrigerate until it
has cooled completely
4.Store at room temperature
5.Prevent flare-ups by applying a small
amount of butter before bed, or after
exposure to any foods or environmental
elements that trigger eczema

40 Bonus Recipes
Natural Mascara
This mascara, made with all-natural ingre-
dients, will deepen the color and add full- INGREDIENTS:
ness to your lashes. Free from chemicals
and artificial ingredients, it is safe to use, will
1 tsp Coconut Oil
not flake off, and removes easily with soap
and water. 1 tsp Shea Butter
1 1/2 tsp Beeswax
4 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
Instructions: 1-2 capsules Activated Charcoal
1.In a small saucepan, melt the coconut (depending on color prefer
oil, shea butter beeswax and aloe vera
gel over low heat, stirring constantly
2.Stir in the contents of the activated 4.Cut a small hole in the corner of the
charcoal capsules bag and insert it into an empty, sterilized
3.Place the mixture into a sandwich bag mascara tube. Gently squeeze the mixture
and allow it to cool slightly into the tube
5.Store the mascara at room temperate
for 3-4 months

Probiotic Vanilla Deodorant

Combat odor-causing bad bacteria and


regulate your bodys good bacteria with INGREDIENTS:
this probiotic deodorant.To ensure that the
deodorant will not need refrigeration, be
1 tbsp Cocoa Butter
sure to buy a shelf-stable probiotic.
1 tbsp Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1 tbsp Shea Butter
1.In a double boiler, melt and combine 1 tbsp Beeswax
the cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter 2 1/2 tbsp. Cornstarch
and beeswax 1 tbsp Baking Soda
15 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
Please see next page 2 capsules Powdered Probiot
for more instructions >>

41 Bonus Recipes
Instructions: 4.Let the mixture cool in the refrigerator
5.Once the mixture has cooled and has
2.Once the mixture has melted com-
a thick, pudding-like consistency, quickly
pletely, remove from heat and gently stir
stir in the contents of the powdered probi-
in the cornstarch and baking soda until
otics capsules
wellcombined and dissolved
6.Pour the mixture into an empty deodor-
3.Stir in essential oil
ant tube and refrigerate until it hardens

Repairing Foot Balm

Repair cracked heels with this thick and lux-


urious balm. For maximum benefit, apply INGREDIENTS:
this balm in the evening before bed, and
wear socks to prevent it from rubbing away.
1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp Shea
Butter
Instructions: 2 tbsp Beeswax, grated
2 tbsp Jojoba Oil
1.Using a double boiler, melt the shea
butter and beeswax 2-4 drops Essential Oil of your
choice
2.Remove from heat, then stir in the jojoba
oil and essential oil, mixing thoroughly
3.Transfer the mixture to a lidded container
and allow it to cool in the refrigerator
4.Store at room temperature

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Shea Butter Deodorant for Sensitive Skin

This simple deodorant recipe is gentle


enough for sensitive skin. If the recipe is still INGREDIENTS:
too harsh, simply reduce the amount of
baking soda you add to the mixture. This
recipe makes enough deodorant to fill two 1/3 cup Coconut Oil
containers. 3 tbsp Beeswax, grated
2 tbsp Shea Butter
Instructions:
1-2 tbsp Baking Soda
1.In a small saucepan, melt the coconut 1/3 cup Arrowroot Powder
oil, beeswax and shea butter over low
heat; stir continuously 5 drops Tea Tree Oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2.Once melted, remove from heat and
(or essential oil of your choice
stir in baking soda and arrowroot powder
3.Cool slightly, then stir in tea tree oil and
essential oil
4.Distribute the mixture among two
empty deodorant tubes, then allow it to
solidify in the refrigerator

Shea Butter Shaving Cream

Making your own chemical-free and all-nat-


ural shaving cream is easy. Follow this reci- INGREDIENTS:
pe and enjoy a close shave free from cuts
and irritation.
2/3 cup Shea Butter
2/3 cup Coconut Oil
Instructions: 1/4 cup Olive Oil
1.In a double broiler, melt the coconut 15 drops Lavender Essential Oil
oil and shea butter together empty deodorant
2 tbsp Bakingtubes,
Soda then allow it to
2.Remove from heat and stir in the olive oil solidify
5-10indrops
the refrigerator
Vitamin E Oil
3.Add the essential oil (optional)

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Instructions: 7.Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture
until it reaches a light and fluffy consistency
4.Stir the mixture well, then set it in the
8.Transfer the shaving cream to a lidded
fridge until it solidifies
container and store in a cool, dark place
5.Once the mixture has hardened, let it for up to one month
soften slightly at room temperature
6.Transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl
and add the baking soda and vitamin E oil

Solid Perfume

The perfect handmade gift; solid perfumes


are fun and simple to make, and can be
customized to suit any scent preference. Ex- INGREDIENTS:
periment with different scent combinations
to find a fragrance that is uniquely yours. 1/4 cup Beeswax
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp Shea Butter
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Instructions:
1-2 tbsp Fragrance Oil of your
1.Melt the beeswax, shea butter and choice
olive oil together in a double broiler
2.Stir in fragrance oil until well incorporated
3.Pour the mixture into small jars or twist-
up tubes
4.Refrigerate until the perfume has
completely solidified

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Soothing Aftershave

Soothe sensitive, irritated skin, and provide


protection against ingrown hairs and razor INGREDIENTS:
burn. Shea butter is the perfect base for a
cream aftershave, speeding skins regener-
ation process and relieving discomfort. 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
6 tbsp Shea Butter
Instructions:
2 tbsp Jojoba Oil
1.Using a double boiler, melt the coconut 20 drops Tea Tree Oil
oil and shea butter
2.Once completely melted, remove from
heat and stir in jojoba oil
3.Allow the mixture to refrigerate for sev-
eral hours, until completely cooled
4.Using a hand mixer, whip the mixture
on highest speed for 6-10 minutes
5.Add the tea tree oil, and whip for an
additional minute
6.Transfer to a lidded container and
store at room temperatureempty deodor-
ant tubes, then allow it to solidify in the
refrigerator

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