The wonderful thing about unrefined shea butter is that it is so easy to make your own extremely effective hair and skin creams – you know exactly what has gone in there and there are no harmful chemicals. In fact, in many cases these creams are as effective, if not more, than the mass produced creams.

Just add some carrier oil to loosen the texture of the butter, whisk it in to make it more creamy and then add essential oils of your choice suitable for your purpose. Stay tuned for some easy and simple recipes.

Q: How long can you keep a mixture like this before it goes off?

A: The shea butter has a shelf life of 12-18 months (longer if kept under optimum conditions) so it will depend on the shelf life of the other ingredients. Check the shelf life of your oils.