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DIY Shea Butter Lotion Bar Recipe without Beeswax

When you have shea butter then you don’t need beeswax to make a lotion bar! Check out this easy DIY shea butter lotion bar recipe without beeswax!

A lotion bar is simply lotion in solid form. You don’t need to slather a liquid lotion on your body. Just grab a lotion bar and rub it on! The heat from your skin will warm up the part of the bar touching your skin, releasing oils that moisturize your skin.

If you’ve been making lotion bars with beeswax, I’m here to tell you that lotion bars can still stay solid even without the addition of beeswax. All you need are natural plant butters such as shea butter and cocoa butter and your lotion bar will stay firm and work well!

Essential oils have been added to this recipe for their scents, therapeutic properties and also moisturizing and antiseptic qualities. The three essential oils used: lavender, geranium and tea tree combined together have a very lovely scent. Lavender oil is moisturizing, geranium oil balances sebum and beautifies skin while tea tree oil has antiseptic properties to fight off germs.

DIY Shea Butter Lotion Bar Recipe without Beeswax

When you have shea butter then you don’t need beeswax to make a lotion bar! Check out this easy DIY shea butter lotion bar recipe without beeswax!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Place 3 tbsp of cocoa butter, 2 tbsp of shea butter and 2 tbsp of grapeseed oil in a double boiler over medium-low heat.
  2. Let them gently melt down to liquid form.
  3. Once melted, allow it to cool down a bit like for 3 minutes without solidifying.
  4. Now stir in 10 drops of lavender essential oil, 7 drops of geranium essential oil and 7 drops of tea tree essential oil.
  5. Pour the mixture into silicone molds.
  6. Pop them in the refrigerator for an hour to harden up.
  7. Store the lotion bars in a mason jar in a cool dry place.

Have fun with this DIY shea butter lotion bar recipe!

6 Pre-Poo Recipes for Natural Hair

Find easy and amazing pre-poo recipes for natural hair in this post!

What is Pre-Poo?

A pre-poo simply means pre-shampoo or before shampoo. It’s just like no ‘poo which means no shampoo. Anyway this is a method in your hair care routine where you first apply products to your hair then shampoo or wash your hair after about 15-30 minutes. The whole reason for pre-poo is to protect your hair and scalp from the harsh damages caused by the shampooing stage. By pre-pooing your hair, you’ll protect it from protein loss and stripping of its natural oils.

Pre-poo is no new concept either, believe it or not! The practice was first carried out by women from the Indian subcontinent. They massaged coconut oil on their scalps and hair length a few minutes before washing their hair. Coconut oil has actually been proven to protect hair strands from protein loss as well as keep hair cuticles healthy and shiny.

The best thing about pre-poo treatments is that they can be created right in your kitchen from edible ingredients! That’s right! Here at ilovesheabutter.com, we’re all for natural ingredients and DIY! So let’s get into mixtress mode with 6 of these pre-poo recipe for natural hair, shall we?!

6 Pre-Poo Recipes for Natural Hair

*Remember that you can adjust the ingredients according to your hair volume, thickness and length.

> Find easy and amazing pre-poo recipes for natural hair in this post!

1. Hair Protecting Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

Okay, as mentioned above, Indian women used coconut oil alone for their pre-poo. Now you can do this as well! Coconut oil protects hair from protein loss, which promotes stronger hair and prevents hair loss. It also stops water from filling up the hair strand and causing the hair cuticle to become rough. When the hair cuticles become rough, you know what it means – your hair will lose its natural shine. So a coconut oil pre-poo has a lot to offer for your hair!

Follow this article to see How to Do a Coconut Oil Pre-Poo Treatment for Your Hair Remember to only use 100% pure extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil.

2. Go-to Olive Oil Pre-Poo Treatment

If you’re averse to coconut oil for personal reasons or otherwise (I know some people are). Or if you find it makes your hair dry, use olive oil instead. I call it go-to because it’s so easy and quick to make. Here’s how:

What you need

Directions

Just warm up about 2-3 tbsp of olive oil (depending on your hair length/thickness) then add 1 tsp of raw honey. Mix them up then apply on your scalp and hair. Cover with a shower cap then wash off after 30 minutes.

3. Silky Hair Coconut Milk Pre-Poo

Coconut milk is amazingly hydrating and soothing to the scalp as well! Here’s how to do a coconut milk pre poo:

What you need

Directions

  1. Puree the avocado flesh in the blender till smooth and lump-free.
  2. Now add ¼ to ½ cup of coconut milk (depending on your hair length/thickness), followed by the olive oil and raw honey. Add lavender oil for scent and hair conditioning properties.
  3. Blend till well combined.
  4. Apply the mixture on your hair and cover up with a shower cap.
  5. Wash off after 30 minutes.

4. Soft Curls Castor Oil Pre-Poo

Castor oil, in particular Jamaican Black Castor Oil has got to be part of any naturalistas product stash. It’s not only good for conditioning but also has excellent hair growth properties and anti-fungal powers for a healthy scalp.

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Mix everything together and apply on your scalp and hair.
  2. Cover with a shower cap.
  3. Wash off after 30 min.

5. Deep Conditioning Egg Pre-Poo

Egg is necessary for those with weak hair that falls out and breaks easily. That’s coz it contains protein and sufur – two minerals essential for healthy hair strands. Check out this deep conditioning egg pre-poo

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Blend together all the ingredients till well combined.
  2. Apply to your hair, cover with a plastic bag and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. When the time is up, rinse off with cold water and a sulfate-free natural shampoo.
  4. You can do this pre-poo once or twice a month and not more, because too much protein is not good for your hair. If your hair is extremely weak and thinning, do it once a week.

6. Luxurious Shealoe Pre-Poo for Hydrated Hair

This one is super luxurious – you simply must give it a go! And it smells simply breath-taking!

What you need:

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend away till you get a fluffy white cream.
  2. Apply on your hair, cover with a shower cap then wash off after an hour.
  3. Say hello to the most awesome looking and feeling hair ever!

DIY Shea Butter Anti-Fungal Cream

Not long ago, I shared a post on Shea Butter for Yeast Infections. Turns out, shea butter can be useful for treating fungal infections externally. It’s got lubricating properties and it soothes itchy and irritated skin. But adding a few other natural anti-fungal substances to shea butter can create a powerful DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream.

If you’re someone who has suffered from fungal infections/candida more than thrice, then it’s time you kept this DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream on hand. You can store it in your bathroom cabinet and use it when necessary to stop a fungal infection on its tracks!

DIY Shea Butter Anti-Fungal Cream

Make a DIY shea butter anti-fungal cream using this simple but effective recipe!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Melt the shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler over a medium-low heat.
  2. Once it has liquefied, remove from heat, add the manuka honey and stir well.
  3. Now keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
    When the time is up, get it out and start whipping it with a hand mixer until it turns into a fluffy white cream.
  4. Transfer it into a clean mason jar. You can even sterilize it.
  5. Apply liberally on the affected area. This DIY shea butter fungal cream is for external use only! Do not use it internally.

Caution & Tips

  • Before you use it on sensitive areas like the groin, do a patch test by rubbing ½ tsp on your inner elbow. Wait for 1-2 hours. If you do not see any irritation, then it’s safe for you to apply. If there’s irritation, do not use the cream on your body.
  • If you’re in a hurry, you can simply pour the melted oils straight away into the storage container and let it set in the fridge for 10 minutes before use. Do this instead of whipping it, if you’re in a rush to use it.
  • Do not add more drops of essential oils thinking you’ll get more benefits! It doesn’t work that way. For essential oils, less is more. If you add more than the required drops, you can sustain chemical burns that won’t cure quickly even with modern medicine. For every one tsp of base ingredient (shea butter, carrier oils, etc), add 1-2 drops of essential oil. Do not go above this ratio.

DIY Shea Butter Sleep Cream

Do you kids stay up late into the night complaining of sleeplessness? Or are you suffering from it yourself? Try this DIY shea butter sleep cream! It contains magnesium oil which promotes deep and peaceful sleep!

Sleep cream is a lotion you slather on at night to calm your tired body and help you rest better. They contain sleep-inducing ingredients like lavender oil, chamomile and magnesium oil. These natural ingredients generally help relax the mind and body, creating just the right environment to make you drowsy.

Taking a warm bath or shower is something that really helps one get a good night’s rest. So if you’ve been having lack of sleep, start having warm showers! You’ll instantly feel the ZZZ’s! Even for your kids, try giving them quick night time baths and they’ll fall asleep for hours!

Let’s check out the DIY shea butter sleep cream recipe now!

DIY Shea Butter Sleep Cream

Have a good night’s sleep with this DIY shea butter sleep cream!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Melt the shea butter, beeswax pastilles and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally to help the ingredients evenly melt together.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and let it cool down slightly then stir in the jojoba oil and magnesium oil.
  3. Now place the melted oils in the refrigerator to cool down for 15 minutes. When the time is up, the mixture should be opaque or partially solidified.
  4. Using your hand mixer, whip up the opaque mixture into a silky cream.
  5. Add the lavender essential oil and whip again.
  6. Scoop the mixture into a clean mason jar. Keep away from children and pets.
  7. To use, rub a suitable amount on the back of legs and bellies.

Have a good night’s sleep with this DIY shea butter sleep cream! 

DIY Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner

Shea butter makes a great leave-in conditioner on its own. But if you mix it up with other natural ingredients, you can make the ultimate DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner to nourish your hair on a whole new level!

Leave-in conditioners are used to seal moisture into hair until the next wash. They keep hair moisturized and soft. Shea butter is used as a leave-in conditioner for frizzy, dry and wild hair. If you’re planning on using it on fine and thin hair, make sure you use just a tiny amount otherwise it will make your hair greasy and limp.

Why shea butter? Shea butter is a superior moisturizer. It’s thick but at the same time penetrates deep. It’s perfect for sealing moisture into dry hair.

Let’s check out the recipe now!

DIY Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioner

Shea butter makes a great leave-in conditioner on its own. But if you mix it up with other natural ingredients, you can make the ultimate DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner to nourish your hair on a whole new level!

What you Need

Directions

  1. First begin by melting your shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. You can simply mash it up with a spoon but if you want a smoother leave-in conditioner, first melt the shea butter. Instead of using a double boiler, you could consider using a makeshift one: Place your shea butter and coconut oil in Pyrex measuring cup and placing the cup in a pot filled with ½ cup of water. Make sure the water doesn’t enter the cup! Now heat the pot on a medium-low heat until the shea butter & coconut oil melt completely.
  2. Once melted, remove from heat and stir in the olive oil and raw honey.
  3. Now keep the Pyrex cup in the refrigerator for 15 minutes. This is to make it solidify halfway so that when it’s easier to whip into a cream with a hand mixer.
  4. When the time is up, get it out and mix with a hand mixer until it resembles whipped cream.
  5. Then add the essential oils and mix again with the hand mixer.
  6. Transfer your DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner into a sterilized jar.
  7. Store in a cool place and use within a month for best results. It stores up to 3 months. You can keep it in the refrigerator.
  8. To use, scoop a little and apply to damp hair that’s just been washed with shampoo. Make sure you apply just enough – don’t over apply because you don’t want to grease up your hair!

Enjoy your DIY shea butter leave-in conditioner! It will leave your hair soft and moisturized!

DIY Hyperpigmentation Cream

We dark skinned gals tend to suffer from hypeprigmentation a lot. You know, when the skin around your mouth or eyes is darker than the rest of your face? Yeah and it sucks. It’s because of excess production of melanin.

Hyperpigmentation can happen to people of any race but it most commonly affects people with light brown to dark skin. Like African Americans, Indians, etc.

What causes hyperpigmentation? The most common causes are prolonged exposure to strong sunlight, acne, skin inflammation. Can hyperpigmentation be treated? Yes, if you go to a dermatologist, they can do something about it with lasers, microdermabrasions and chemical peels. That’s if you’ve got enough cash put aside for these expensive treatments. If you don’t, I want to tell you that you can use cheap natural ingredients to treat yourself at home! And the best part? They actually work.

Today, I’m going to show you guys how to make a DIY hyperpigmentation cream, with shea butter of course. I will be using natural skin lightening ingredients like lemon oil, argan oil, sesame oil and more.

DIY Hyperpigmentation Cream with Shea Butter

Make an effective DIY hyperpigmentation cream to even out your skin tone and remove discolorations fast!

What you need

Directions

  1. Begin by melting down the shea butter in a double boiler over low heat.
  2. Once it has liquefied, remove from heat and let it cool down for a minute.
  3. Now stir in the sesame oil and argan oil.
  4. Place the melted oils in the refrigerator for 15 minutes or freezer for 10 minutes to cool down and turn partially solid. This enables for easy whipping with the hand mixer.
  5. When the time is up, whip the partially solid mixture for about 5-7 minutes using a hand mixer.
  6. Scoop your fresh DIY hyperpigmentation cream into sterilized storage jars.
  7. Use only at night time on a clean dry face. Apply just a tiny amount and massage it in deep. The next morning, make sure to wash your face thoroughly, especially if you have acne because we don’t want clogged pores & breakouts!

Apply this DIY hyperpigmentation cream every night without fail to see results! Remember to only use it at night time because lemon oil is photosensitive and shouldn’t be applied when going out in the sun! Good luck!

Homemade Body Lotion for Glowing Skin

So you know at www.ilovesheabutter.com, we’re all about DIYing your own lotions, creams, body butters and more. Because there’s nothing that says healthy beautiful skin like making your own natural skin care products!

Today’s post is going to show you how to make your own homemade body lotion for glowing skin. That’s right, folks! Glowing skin is your ticket to looking youthful and mesmerizing! And it’s as easy as making your own body lotion!

What is glowing skin? It’s basically skin that glows and shines with health and beauty. Skin that’s well moisturized, free from dehydration and flakiness and naturally radiates is what you can call glowing skin.

Okay, now let’s look at the ingredients you’ll need to make this homemade body lotion for glowing skin, shall we?

Ingredients we’re going to Be Using

♥ Shea butter – Of course this has to be part of the ingredients! It’s obvious that shea butter is what we love most on this blog. It’s super rich in moisturizing emollients that keep skin hydrated for long. It’s also packed with Vitamin A, that prevents dry and flaky skin. Shea butter easily penetrates into skin, nourishing it from deep within and keeping it healthy.

♥ Coconut oil – Coconut oil is just as loved as shea butter! This creamy white oil feels heavenly on skin and it also sinks deep into the skin cells just like shea. It gives skin a beautiful sheen and many folks like applying it before heading to the beach for that natural glowing tan!

♥ Sesame oil – You’ve probably never heard of using this oil for skin, right?! Me too! Until I discovered that it is a natural skin lightener. Say what? Yup, folks, sesame oil has the power to lighten up your skin. This is fantastic news for those with skin discolorations, acne scars, dark marks, hyperpigmentation or if you just simply want your skin to become a shade lighter. It has a thick consistency, though so we’ll be using just a tad of it.

♥ Geranium oil – Geranium oil is fantastic for skin, ladies. It beats acne, reduces puffiness, promotes youthful skin and smells pretty too!

♥ Gold mica powder – I thought it would be a fantastic addition for a homemade glowing skin body lotion. It’ll give your skin a slight glowy/shimmery effect! It’s totally optional, though!

* For glowing skin, I’d normally add lemon oil but it’s phototoxic, meaning it can’t be worn when you’re heading out in the sun. If you do add lemon oil, you can only apply the lotion at night when they ain’t no sunshine outside. Why lemon oil? It lightens, brightens and shinifies skin (I know that’s not a real word, but yeah). It’s also my favorite essential oil to mix with shea butter:5 DIY Shea Butter & Lemon Oil Recipes

Homemade Body Lotion for Glowing Skin

Make this homemade body lotion for glowing skin! It's pretty easy plus really makes your skin shine!

What you Need

Directions

  1. First things first, gently melt the shea butter and coconut oil using a double boiler over medium-low heat.
  2. When they’re both melted, remove from heat and mix in the sesame oil.
  3. Now place the melted oils in the refrigerator till partially solidified. This enables the mixture to be able to be whipped up to creamy form. It’ll take 15 minutes. Keep it in the freezer for 10 minutes if you’re impatient.
  4. When the time is up, get out the partially solidified stuff, add the geranium and and whip it up using a hand mixer for 5-7 minutes until it turns light and fluffy. Add the gold mica powder, if using at the end then whip again.
  5. Voila! Your homemade body lotion for glowing skin is ready for use!
  6. Spoon it into a sterilized storage jar and keep in a cool dry place!

Try this simple recipe out, if you’re dying for glowing skin and I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Shea Butter for Crow’s Feet – Can it Help?

Can shea butter remove/reduce crow's feet?

First off, crow’s feet is not related to crows or feet in any way. It’s a term used to describe the tiny creases and crinkles some people (mostly older people) have at the ends of their eyes. You’ll notice them when a person smiles, laughs or squints. Like this in the picture above.

Crow’s feet are definitely not appealing if one wants to look young. Apparently, the best way to get rid of crow’s feet is by getting Botox injections. But dayum, those are expensive plus those needles they use are really scary.

If you’ve just noticed crow’s feet creeping up on you, it’s time to start using a natural wrinkle-reducer called shea butter. It’s a luscious product from Heaven itself. Just kidding! It’s a plant-based butter extracted from the seeds of the fruits of the Shea tree. It’s native to Africa, where people have been using it for millennia to moisturize their skin and hair.

How Does Shea Butter Help Crow’s Feet?

What makes shea butter helpful for crow’s feet? Take a look below:

► Contains a Boatload of Vitamin A: Shea butter is very rich in vitamin A. It’s what gives it it’s yellowish color. Vitamin A is good for moisturizing dry skin. Dry skin is one of the major causes of wrinkles. A properly moisturized face is what makes skin supple and wrinkle-free.

► Boosts Collagen Production: Collagen is the protein structure that holds our skin together. Too little collagen makes our skin saggy and wrinkly. With its nourishing nutrient content, shea butter boosts collagen production. This keeps skin looking young and smooth.

► Intensely Moisturizes Skin: As we looked at above, dry skin causes wrinkles. So you have to ensure your skin is moisturized always to prevent crow’s feet. Remember, the skin near the eyes is very thin and doesn’t produce sebum. This makes it prone to dryness and wrinkles! A luscious butter, shea butter intensely moisturizes skin. It is soft, smooth and has a nice waxy consistency that gives skin a supple look.

► Rich in Anti-Oxidants: Antioxidants fight off free radicals which are unstable molecules that are known to cause premature aging. Free radicals cause wrinkles and crow’s feet by stealing oxygen molecules from healthy skin cells as a way of stabilizing themselves. Shea butter is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E that ward off free radicals.

ivory unrefined shea butter

How to Use Shea Butter for Crow’s Feet

You can choose to use shea butter directly on your crow’s feet. Or, mix it up with other anti-aging ingredients to create a powerful wrinkle-reducing cream.

Directly:

  1. Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser. Make sure you apply the shea butter on a clean and dry face. If your skin is perpetually dry, then apply the shea butter on a damp face before you pat it dry.
  2. Scoop up a pea-sized amount of shea butter on your clean index finger. Massage it gently on your crow’s feet in circular motions.
  3. Apply your face moisturizer.

Make an Eye Cream:

So I already have a DIY Shea Butter Eye Cream Recipe on the blog. But for your sake, let me repeat the recipe below. If you want to know how the ingredients are useful, click the link in the previous sentence.

What you need

Directions

In a small bowl, mix up the ingredients together with a whisk. Pour the resultant cream into a salve tin. To add the vitamin E oil, prick the capsule with a safety pin then squeeze out the oil into the rest of the ingredients.

Where to Get Shea Butter

better shea butterI love Better Shea Butter’s Unrefined Shea Butter. It comes in a big packet and carries a pound of shea butter. It’s soft, so it’s easy to scoop up with clean fingers and apply on your lips! It’s one of the best brands of shea butter around if you want a high quality product.

DIY Shea Butter Lip Gloss

Have you ever tried many your own lip gloss but it failed miserably? I know I have! But after testing a few ingredients out, I found that you can make your own lip gloss that works!

Lip gloss is a silky product that makes your lips shine and look glossy. It adds a touch of color too. When making your own lip gloss, you’re going to need a few ingredients including lubricating oils and mica powder. By mixing these together, you can make a good lip gloss!

Just don’t use ingredients like beetroot powder or hibiscus powder. These are natural colorants but when it comes to mixing with oils, they don’t mix well. They also don’t give color at all. They make your lip gloss look pink/red but your lips don’t get any of that color. So that’s why, invest in a good mica powder for a nice color. In this recipe, I listed Rose Red mica powder. But you could use the following as well: Magic Red & Peachblow mica powders.

DIY Shea Butter Lip Gloss

Make your own DIY shea butter lip gloss at home! You need mica powder for a beautiful natural color

What You Need

Directions

  1. The first thing you’re going to do is to melt the shea butter, castor oil and beeswax pastilles together in a double boiler. Gently melt everything down on low heat.
  2. Once melted, let it cool down then start adding your mica powder. I didn’t add the measurements for this because it’s going to depend on your tastes and preferences. How much color do you want on your lips? Start with a tiny pinch 0r 1/8 tsp, mix it up, then test it on your lips until you get the color you’re satisfied with. Remember, with mica powder, you only need a tiny amount to give perfect color so a little goes a long way!
  3. Now using the small funnel, transfer the lip gloss into an empty lip gloss tube. You can also just use any other suitable container of your choice.
  4. That’s it! Store in a cool dry place where it will last for some good months.

My Tips

Most of you’d want your lip gloss to have a good flavor/scent. I bet you could use liquid vanilla extract or honey for flavor. But I wouldn’t know how long it’ll last if you add these. You could also add peppermint oil. This oil gives a tingly feeling on your lips which is said to act as a natural lip plumper! I linked an oil that’s safe for ingestion but still, keep in mind that essential oils shouldn’t be ingested at all.

So beauties, enjoy this DIY shea butter lip gloss recipe and come share your results!

DIY Shea Butter Body Wash

I love lathering up with body washes and I can take ages in the shower. I just can’t resist! They smell incredibly amazing and leave you squeaky clean. But sometimes…they can make your skin a bit dry in the end. That’s why when I came across a DIY shea butter body wash at HomemadeforElle, I just had to note the recipe!

And after tweaking it a bit to suit my preferences and make it lather better, I present you this easy DIY Shea Body Wash Recipe!

It’s perfect for leaving your dry skin moisturized and silky. That’s because it contains lubricating shea butter! It has aloe vera gel that’s soothing and cooling and I also had to add vegetable glycerin to thicken the recipe and make it lather better.

Another ingredient I included was raw honey for its nourishing benefits to the skin. Plus it’s also a natural preservative to make the body wash last longer. Yes peeps, I’ve used honey on lots of DIY body products such as lotion & body butter before and they lasted me more than a year and a half! That’s a freaking long time for a DIY product if you ask me!

Okay, let’s look at the fabulous recipe now 😉

DIY Shea Butter Body Wash Recipe

Make your own DIY shea butter body wash at home!

What you Need

Directions

  1. Begin as usual, by melting the shea butter and jojoba oil to liquid form in the double boiler.
  2. Then pour it into a Pyrex measuring cup and vigorously stir in the vegetable glycerin, aloe vera gel and xantham gum.
  3. Once combined, add the liquid castile soap then blend it in well using an immersion blender. Also add the essential oils.
  4. Everything should mix up very well into a thick solution after a couple of minutes of blending.
  5. Gently pour it into the pump bottle then close the cap and admire your creation!
  6. Store it in a cool dry and clean place. Make sure not to get any water into it.
  7. To use, pump some onto a loofah and scrub away!
  8. It store for 3 months+ but you’ll be making your next batch before this time arrives!

Give this DIY shea butter body wash a shot and tell me how it goes, will ya?! xoxo