Sometimes a moisturizer just doesn’t cut it. No matter how many times you slather on the lotion, your skin still feels like it’s parched, cracked, itchy and sad! Part of the reason a lot of store bought moisturizers don’t work is that their base is actually water. While water is great and we all need it, topically, it does not deliver moisture to skin. On the contrary, it can actually dehydrate it! Water based moisturizers don’t make sense. What do? Rich, healing and hydrating plant oils do. The more essential fatty acids you can get into your moisturizing approach, the better. That’s because they’re the ones doing the moisturizing! And the best way to ensure that you know exactly what’s going into and onto your skin, is to make it yourself. With this easy to make moisture intensive cream featuring the moisturizing powerhouse of raw African Shea butter, you’ll barely notice it took any effort, and you will notice the difference in your skin!

You will need:

  • 1 cup Raw Shea butter
  • ¼ cup Coconut oil 
  • ¼ cup Cocoa butter
  • Mixing bowl
  • Hand mixer
  • Glass jar for storage

If your oils aren’t already soft and easily mixable, gently soften them in a double boiler over low heat. They don’t have to be completely melted, just soft and easily mixed. Transfer all your oils to your mixing bowl and whip them with your hand mixer until fully incorporated and the texture is light and fluffy. Transfer your moisture intensive cream to your glass jar and store it somewhere cool and dry. As long as you keep moisture out of the container it will last at least a year- though you will use it up long before then!

You can use this cream all over your entire body, including your face. It’s great for any season, and especially great for dry, cold winters that make your hands, elbows and knees chap and crack. If you prefer a scented body butter, feel free to add some drops of your favorite essential oil(s). Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary and Frankincense would all be great additions, and are good for your skin as well. But feel free to use whatever oil(s) you like best. This cream also makes a great gift, party favor and stocking stuffer. You could easily put it in a bunch of mini jars for the cutest hand made presents! Whether you decide to give some away or keep it all for yourself, you’re sure to love the deep, healing and protective moisture this cream offers.