7. Moisturize Naturally
The fatty acids and vitamins in shea butter help to nourish the skin without drying it out. It doesn’t clog pores and it works on all skin types—yes, including oily. The linoleic acid and oleic acid balance each other to absorb into your skin without leaving a greasy residue.
8. Make A Homemade Deodorant
Ditch your aluminum-ridden store-bought deodorant and try a natural one instead. Just mix 2 tablespoons shea butter with 3 tablespoons coconut oil before melting it down over a pot of boiling water. Once melted, remove it from the heat and mix in 3 tablespoons baking soda, 2 tablespoons organic cornstarch and a few drops of essential oils for scent. Let it cool, then apply it straight to your pits.
9. Remove Eye Makeup
Don't have makeup remover around? Gently massage some shea butter onto your lids before wiping away the makeup with a cotton pad.
10. Hydrate Your Under Eyes Area
The combo of vitamins A, E and F will help combat puffiness. You can even use it to make your own cream: Combine 2 tablespoons shea butter, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon beeswax and a couple drops of essential oils, melt it down over a pot of boiling water, then pour it into a mason jar for storage. After the ingredients have blended and cooled, dab tiny amounts under your eyes to improve the skin’s appearance.
11. Create A Diy Lip Balm
Looking for a dupe of some of your fave lip balms? Just combine equal parts of beeswax, coconut oil and shea butter in a bowl set over a pot of boiling water, stirring until it melts. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent and let it sit at room temperature for a few hours to harden before using.
12. Soothe An Itchy Scalp
Shea butter can provide nourishment to any dry or irritated skin on your head. It works to moisturize, improve shine and reduce itching, all while treating dandruff. (Note: If the shea butter is too thick, try melting it with low heat and mixing in other oils before applying it to your hair.)