Shea Butter Hair and Skin Homemade Recipe

This recipe can be used as an everyday hair moisturizer and skin lotion. You can vary the ingredients to your hearts content.

Shea Butter Hair and Skin Homemade Recipe

1 and 1/2 Cups of Shea Butter
½ Cup of Olive Oil (castor oil, coconut oil, almond oil works just as well)
1 tsp. Of Vitamin E Oil (preservative)
½ ounce of fragrance oil/rosemary, lavender or jasmine

Heat shea butter slowly in a medium sized saucepan until the butter is in liquid form. When it is liquid add in the olive oil and mix it around until both are incorporated. Let the mixture cool for about 30 minutes. It will set back into solid form if you leave it very long, to speed up cooling you can put it in the freezer for ten minutes or so. While it is still somewhat liquid, add the Vitamin E oil and the fragrance oil.

Use a stick blender (or magic bullet or ordinary blender works just as well) to whip the mixture until it’s very light in texture. The consistency should resemble yogurt in smoothness. When selecting your fragrance oil choose something you will like, jasmine is a great option because of its soothing properties for hair and skin.

When you have reached the desired consistency you can spoon your finished product into a container. Use as often as needed as a daily skin and hair moisturizer. This is a very good replacement for commercial hair oils and skin lotions.

Shea butter has numerous benefits for hair and skin:

  • It can make hair softer, smoother and more manageable.
  • It absorbs quickly into the scalp without clogging the pores.
  • It protects the hair from weather damages.
  • It promotes hair growth.


  • Hanna said:

    I finally got all my ingredients for this recipe. I can’t wait to make it. I’m to use olive oil and I got coconut cream fragrance. I love the smell of coconut. 🙂
    (I have never gotten it in the natural form before and I am excited to start using it. My sister even stole some of my shea butter! )

  • Brenda Barrett said:

    Hi Hanna,
    I am just seeing this comment. How did it go?

  • Hanna said:

    It was amazing! I love it. I use it mostly on my skin and my skin loves it :). I even gave some to my sisters and they love it. I haven’t used my cocoa butter lotion in more than 2 weeks!
    If my hair looks like it is missing something I add a little to it and my hair is happy 😉
    because of you I’m looking forward to researching and making my own lotion when this batch is done.

  • sweetAmeena said:

    hi,Brenda!so glad to find ur blog,i have terrible hair,it short and dull with almost no hair at the edges. hope ur blog will help me change this. I’m pregnant now never had a problem with acne,until now.Do u think this recipe will help with the acne nd hair?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Ameena,
      I am happy you found the blog and hope it will be useful. Usually shea butter is great for acne and hair. I would suggest though that since you are pregnant that you should use just the shea butter. There are a number of concerns about using rosemary and lavender oil during pregnancy, whether these concerns are valid or not, I would say to be on the safe side just use the raw shea butter for now, it works just as well on its own.

  • Roni said:

    How many oz. does this recipie make?

    I am curious to try this.

  • Erin said:

    I made my first ever batch of shea butter for my hair. I used coconut oil, vitamin e oil, and lavender and peppermint oil for my dry flakey scalp. Not only has my scalp cleaned up tremendously but my hair is noticeably thicker and softer than it has ever been. This is the best recipe ever!!!

  • bb said:

    I’m currently using shea butter and coconut oil on my hair.but pls I’d like to use this medium to ask if it would be wise to relax my hair myself.

  • Jamila said:

    I am also using shea butter for my hair. I also added coconut oil, almond oil, vitamin e, and a bit of castor oil. I love that my hair appears thicker. I was wanting to know is there anything I could add to combat the oiliness without affecting the consistency too much…maybe more shea butter??

  • Julilicious said:

    I have just made my first batch, and wanted to use this as a daily moisturiser. As part of my daily routine do I follow this moisturiser with a sealant or if this receipt enough? Thanks in advance

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