How to Make Non-Greasy Shea Butter Naturally

by Joyce Kelly ; Updated September 28, 2017

Take the greasy feel out of Shea butter by adding corn or wheat starch.

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Dry skin or hair, aging skin, stretch marks and even chronic skin conditions respond to treatment with natural Shea butter. Shea butter not only moisturizes, but also heals, protects and promotes cell regeneration. Made from the Central and West African Karite Nut, this oil is dense and greasy: Therefore, the best Shea butter products contain at least one ingredient to help absorb excess oil. Making your own Shea butter can ensure that your mixture not only contains the highest quality ingredients, but is affordable as well.

Pour two inches of distilled water into a pot, and heat it on the stove at medium. Place the Shea butter in a stainless steel or glass bowl, and rest this over the heated water, like a double-boiler. Allow the butter to gradually melt.

Puncture a vitamin E capsule with a pin or needle, and add the contents to the melted Shea butter. Also add the essential oil, almond oil, and corn or wheat starch. Mix by hand.

Put two cups ice water into a large mixing bowl. Place the bowl with the Shea butter mixture over the iced water. Be careful not to allow any water to get into the butter, use a hand mixer on medium speed, to gradually blend the ingredients into a whipped consistency.

Transfer your Shea butter to a storage container, and keep it tightly closed in the refrigerator between uses.


  • If your Shea butter is still too greasy, sprinkle another teaspoon of starch on top, and whip into the mixture.

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Joyce Kelly began her professional writing career in 2010. She brings expertise ranging from psychology to information technology to nutrition. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Hood College of Frederick, Md.