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How To Make a Shea Butter Face Cream with Essential Oils for Aging Skin

Shea butter face creams are a major step up from water-based moisturizers. You can use this moisturizer from the best-selling book Plant-Powered Beauty year-round. I use it at night because my skin is always dry, but it’s especially helpful during those cold and dry months when you need a deeply hydrating moisturizer. Your parched skin will gladly soak up all of the reparative oils.

Why We Love Shea Butter

When you start making homemade beauty recipes, you discover a whole host of moisturizing butters that are amazing for your skin. You can whip up body wash, lip balm, and lotion with cocoa butter, kokum butter, and my favorite, shea butter.

Unlike oils, these butters are solid at room temperature but easily melt with a little heat and absorb into the skin. It’s kind of an amazing discovery after years of thin, watery lotions.

Soothing shea butter often gets a starring role in beauty recipes because it:

-is rich in vitamins A, D, and E, along with fatty acids

-has antioxidant effects, which help protect the skin from sun damage [source]

-is purported to help spur the production of collagen, helping you ward off sagging, wrinkles, and fine lines

-helps curb inflammation [source] and soothe inflammatory skin conditions [source]

And don’t be scared by shea butter’s consistency. Yes, it’s thick! But it melts into a creamy, oil-like cream that soaks into the skin without clogging pores or causing irritation. And although this lotion is on the oily side, I find that it sinks in quickly and locks in moisture for hours and hours.

Trust me, if my acne-prone skin loves it, yours probably will, too!

Natural Face Moisturizer with shea butter

Essential Oil Synergy

This recipe includes an essential oil blend that specifically targets aging. Called a “synergy,” it’s a master essential oil blend created by aromatherapy pros Amy Galper and Christina Daigneault.

The term synergy refers to one of the most fascinating concepts within aromatherapy: the idea that certain oils interact with each other and work together to create something greater than the sum of their individual parts. In a nutshell, combining oils makes the blend more potent than each individual oil would on its own.

In this case, oils such as frankincense, carrot seeds, ylang ylang, and Roman chamomile create an anti-aging blend that lessens the appearance of fine lines and improves the overall look and feel of skin.

It’s pretty amazing!

But you’re not limited to just these essential oils for your shea butter face moisturizer. If you don’t have every oil required for this synergistic blend, then leave them out. Or substitute with some of the oils you do have to make your own skin-soothing blend.

Shea butter and essential oil natural face moisturizer

DIY Shea Butter Face Moisturizer

Their book combines do-it-yourself natural beauty recipes with specifically targeted essential oil blends for cleansers, masks, scrubs, and face oils. I took an essential oil class with Amy, and she has a crazy amount of essential oil knowledge.

If you want to learn the ins and outs of adding essential oils to your face and body care, this book is the perfect place to start.

Whisking shea butter for face moisturizer

Shea Butter FAQs

Can I use this moisturizer on hair?

Yes, everything in this recipe is safe to use on hair. I recommend using it sparingly, or it might make your hair feel greasy. But for the most part, it will nourish hair and make your locks feel healthy and moisturized.

Apply a little bit at night, starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Then tie your hair in a bun and wash it off in the morning.

Do I need a carrier oil for the Anti-aging Essential Oil Synergy?

The recipe doesn’t call for one. But mixing the synergy blend with a bit of carrier oil prior to blending with the shea butter couldn’t hurt. Feel free to make your own adjustments to this recipe until you’ve got something you love.

Can I use a preservative to make this blend last longer?

While this blend won’t go bad, per se, the oils will break down over time, and you might have problems with it going rancid. A preservative won’t really help with that, but I do recommend storing it in the refrigerator to make it last longer.

Adding essential oils to shea butter moisturizer


Shea Butter Face Moisturizer and Anti-aging Essential Oil Synergy

Excerpted from Plant-Powered Beauty. Copyright © 2018 BenBella Books Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

Active Time15 mins

Total Time15 mins

Course: DIY Beauty

Cuisine: DIY

Keyword: essential oils, face cream, shea butter

Yield: 2 fluid ounces

Author: Amy Galper & Christina Daigneault

Cost: $10


  • glass or stainless steel bowl

  • wooden stick or metal spoon

  • small stainless steel whisk

  • 1 (2-ounce) glass jar with a tight-fitting lid


Anti-aging Essential Oil Synergy


Anti-aging Essential Oil Synergy

  • Combine the oils in a 5 ml bottle with an orifice reducer (if it takes you a while to use essential oil blends, then go ahead and store yours in a dark, amber bottle).


Your shea butter face cream can be stored in an airtight container for 1–2 months. If you plan to keep it longer, store it in the refrigerator to keep the oils from deteriorating over time. 
Your essential oil synergy can be stored in the refrigerator indefinitely.

This post was medically reviewed by Dr. Jennifer Haley, a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience in medical, cosmetic, and surgical dermatology. Learn more about Hello Glow’s medical reviewers here. As always, this is not personal medical advice, and we recommend that you talk with your doctor.


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