DIY Shea Butter "Sunscreen" Recipe

One of the best and worst things about the middle of summer is the intense sunshine and heat. Some people absolutely love it while others hide inside, behind hats and under the shade until the year moves on and fall is on the way. But is hiding from the sun really worth it when there’s so much fun to be had? We think not! And that’s where you see a lot of people reaching for their favorite sunscreen product. If you are someone with a lighter skin tone who burns more easily, or if you just like to be mindful about your sun exposure regardless of your skin color and burn capacity, then you have probably gone the sun block route. The question is, have you ever tried making and using your own?

DIY Boo Boo Balm

Scrapes, cuts, bruises, bites and burns are the common little accidents all of us deal with on a daily basis- especially if you have kids or are accident prone! They can be itchy, irritated, hot and in need of some serious healing goodness. One of the most annoying things about every day “boo boos” is that it’s often hard to know what the right thing to put on them is. Depending on what happened you might ask yourself if it needs to be disinfected, cooled down or just soothed in general. And for each of those needs there is probably a separate product you are thinking of using. But wait! It doesn’t have to be so confusing. With the power of pure plant oils, you really can use one product for a multitude of things at once.

24 Uses and Benefits of Shea Butter

Though shea butter has been used for centuries, it’s gained some serious popularity here in the West in the past decade—all for it’s ability to soothe, repair and moisturize skin. Whether used for reducing inflammation or smoothing out rough skin texture, you can count on shea butter to quickly and noticeably help your skin. However, to reap the most benefits, choosing raw and unrefined shea butter is key.

Why Shea Butter Works As A Moisturizer

We’ll come out and say it: raw shea butter is one of the best moisturizers on the planet. And that’s not just our ego talking! Maybe we’re biased, but does it really count as bias when it’s backed by science and real life, tangible results? Here’s the thing: there are a lot of fantastic lipid based plant moisturizers out there. Oils like coconut and Jojoba, butters like cocoa and even certain hydrating essential oils like rose. If you use any of these on your skin, you’re doing the right thing, and no doubt you can see the results. But shea butter is unique when it comes to plant based moisturizers. Here’s why:

The Best Essential Oils for Aromatherapy

If you’ve heard of essential oils then you’ve probably heard of aromatherapy, where the smells from the oils impart therapeutic effects to the mind and body. Perhaps you’ve even used essential oils for aromatherapeutic purposes already. There are so many essential oils out there, and virtually all of them have aromatherapeutic benefits. But if there’s so many, how do you know which ones to use? Or, if you’re just starting out, which oils are the best to begin with?

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