Essential Oils: Shea Butter
Shea butter is great. I have used it alone and mixed with other ingredients to make body butters and other products and it feels great. It makes your skin so soft and smooth. It smells okay (a little different) and doesn't leave greasy residue on your skin. It's great for dry skin and small abrasions.
There are many reasons to use Shea butter. It is very high in vitamin a. It also has a lot of vitamin e. It has many moisturizers in it that our skin makes naturally. It is an excellent moisturizer and has many healing properties for the skin. It helps with blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. It can also help with skin allergies, bug bites, sunburn, frostbite, and so on. It is great for dry skin and rashes too. If your skin is peeling from the sun, a bit of Shea butter clears it up. It can also be used as a shaving cream. It softens calluses or tough, thick skin on the hands or feet. If used during pregnancy, it can help prevent stretch marks. It has even been known to penetrate and help heal sore muscles and tension.
Shea butter comes from the seeds of Shea trees. It is usually processed with cold press methods. At room temperature, it is a soft solid and a light beige color. It melts easily in your hands or in a double boiler. It is normal for it to have a slight odor, possibly a not very attractive one. After being absorbed into the skin, the smell goes away, and any essential oils or other butters/oils mask the smell of the shea butter.
This is my favorite butter to use to make lip balm and body butter. I just like the way it feels and how quickly it is absorbed. I also like the way it blends with beeswax. If I use a blend of shea butter and cocoa butter, I will tend to use a little more shea butter than the cocoa butter since the smell and the color are affected less. If I am making unscented products, then I do use about half and half.
This is my go to product for sunburns. I alternate with aloe for quick relief. I also have put this stuff on diaper rash. It works just fine with cloth diapers and washes off clothes and diapers very easily.
I don’t really use a specific brand over the other as I tend to buy whatever is on sale. I’ve been able to try a few different brands and there’s not really any significant differences.
If you’re interested in trying your hand at making bath products, experiment with the different butters (shea, cocoa, mango, etc.) to see what your preference is. There are no shortages of people buying or selling these types of items, so find your blend and make it your own.
Do you use shea butter? Do you like it better than cocoa or mango butter?