Castor Oil and Shea Butter to nourish, moisturize, protect, and replenish skin or hair. Shea butter origins, benefits, uses, and my special homemade recipe.
Castor oil pairs so well with so many different creams, oils and wholesome products to become an even more powerful natural remedy for our beauty and health. Today you’re in luck because I’m telling you about one of my favorite castor oil combos! That’s right, castor oil and shea butter!
Shea butter is incredibly rich in vitamins that deeply nourish both skin and hair. A must-have natural product for your beauty care routine! In this article, you will learn all about Shea butter: it’s origins, common uses, and a homemade recipe for castor oil and Shea butter to use for your hair or skin! 🙂
What Is Shea Butter?
Shea butter has it’s roots (literally) from the African Shea tree.
Unlike other nuts, such as almonds, the extraction of a Shea nut results in a fatty, butter-like substance (instead of oil)–hence the name Shea butter. It’s not the butter you and I think of, but nonetheless Shea butter is edible and can be used for cooking oil as some African countries do.
Shea butter is mostly used for cosmetic purposes. If you grab your chapstick or favorite lotion right now, they probably contain percentages, or at least traces, of Shea butter. Known for it’s nourishing properties for dry skin or brittle hair, Shea butter has been around for centuries!
Even longer than centuries, Shea butter dates back to thousands of years ago in Ancient Egypt. It’s value continues today, and has spread far beyond Egypt. Shea butter is a globally-known and widely-used commodity that softens, nourishes, and moisturizes millions of peoples skin and hair each day!
The Benefits of Shea Butter
The secret’s already out: Shea butter has incredible benefits and offers multiple purposes. Whether for your hair, face, skin, Shea butter isn’t picky; it will work wonders on any part of your body you apply it to!
Rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, Shea butter aids in improving irritating skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, or extremely dry skin (1).
It deeply nourishes skin to soften and moisturize for all-day comfort.
Shea butter also offers natural protection from damaging UV rays and hot, windy climates.
On top of all that, Shea butter aids in collagen production, which strengthens skin’s elasticity as well as replace dead skin cells (2). With such nourishing properties, Shea butter offers long-term soft and smooth skin. Long time users will notice a smoother look and touch as well as wrinkle reduction.
Castor Oil and Shea Butter for Face
The combination of castor oil and shea butter is excellent for the face. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties help in rejuvenating your skin, thereby helping you achieve a youthful look (3). To make the most of these benefits you need to prepare a face pack.
To do so, you will need:
- Pure shea butter
- Raw honey
- Castor oil
Here are the instructions:
- Take a small bowl and combine one tablespoon of honey, one tablespoon of pure shea butter, and two drops of castor oil.
- Blend the combination well and gently spread over your face. Make sure every area of the face is covered and let the mask rest on your face for 10 minutes.
- Now clean your face with warm water.
Castor Oil and Shea Butter for Hair
People love using castor oil for hair, thanks to its hair-friendly properties. Adding shea butter in castor oil can even enhance the benefits to help you make your hair strong and lengthy.
It contains Vitamin A, E, and essential acids, these help in moisturizing your hair and improve the shine. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of castor oil are effective in reducing the inflammation and redness on the scalp (4).
To use this awesome combination, you will need:
- Castor Oil
- Shea Butter
This is what you need to do:
- Mix one tablespoon each of castor oil and shea butter in a cup.
- Apply the solution on your scalp and hair.
- Wash after one hour of treatment.
15 Common Uses for Shea Butter
- As a natural moisturizer for body or face lotion
- As an SPF 6 to protect your skin
- For dry, cracked lips (by itself or in a homemade lip balm)
- To reduce wrinkles and cellulite
- For soothing uncomfortable skin conditions
- After sunburn to replenish skin and replace dead skin cells
- To help reduce pregnancy stretch marks
- As a body massage butter
- On scars (for collagen production)
- To improve nail cuticle health
- For making DIY lotions, soaps, creams
- To soften hard calluses on hands or feet
- Help reduce inflammation and reduce under-eye bags
- As a natural product to soothe and protect baby’s skin
- For hair and scalp health (when mixed with other natural products like castor oil!)
As you see, Shea butter has so many beneficial uses. I always love having Shea butter in my beauty pantry!
Buy Only the Best Shea Butter
I always advocate to buy organic, natural products that have not been through a rough extraction process. Why? Because the more unrefined and raw a natural product is, the more it keeps it natural properties, vitamins, and incredible benefits.
Refined products get stripped of their natural properties and characteristics. Some companies bleach Shea butter, for example, in order to make the cream appear white. Shea butter’s natural color however, varies from product to product. It can be more of an ivory, off-white, pale yellow, or even a pale green or grey color.
Look for raw, unrefined, and organic Shea butter. Here’s my favorite Shea butter:
I love this Shea butter because not only does it fit all my above criteria, but I love the mild nutty smell, the creaminess, and it’s so easy to mix with castor oil and other favorites like coconut oil! I personally love to add a touch of lavender essential oil to my mix!
Check out my homemade castor oil and Shea butter recipe below. 🙂
My Homemade Castor Oil and Shea Butter Recipe
I don’t want to alarm you, but you just may fall head over heels for this castor oil and Shea butter recipe. My skin and hair indulge in it’s creaminess!
What You’ll Need:
- 6 oz. of Shea butter
- 2 tbsp. castor oil
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil (or almond oil)
- 1 jar
Melt the Shea butter and heat the castor oil until nice and toasty. Mix and add the coconut oil and stir very well. I usually use a hand whisk so it gives the mix that whippy, creamy texture.
You can add more Shea butter for more creaminess, and adjust the castor oil or coconut oil by teaspoon. The best part about this mix is that you can customize it to make it your own! If you prefer sweet almond oil over coconut oil, or jojoba oil, for example, you can switch them out!
Final Thoughts: Castor Oil and Shea Butter | The Perfect Combo For Split Ends & Dry Skin
Hopefully you will fall in love with castor oil and Shea butter just as much as me! Shea butter is truly a versatile natural product that has incredible benefits. I’m really happy to tell you about this (not so) little beauty secret.
Not only does it nourish, moisturize, protect, and replenish, Shea butter does all that without breaking the bank. It’s affordable, reusable, and can be stored and used for long periods of time (though I doubt you’ll be leaving much left over!)
Thanks for reading Castor Oil Guide!