Many people love the benefits of Shea butter, but do not like the smell. Although the smokey smell of unrefined Shea butter does fade away overtime, there is a way to get rid of the smell immediately.

Of course, you can purchase refined or even ultra-refined (more of a lotion grade) Shea butter, but most often refined Shea butter is more expensive and through the refining process may lose some of its properties.

DIY Scented Shea Butter

First, heat Shea butter in the microwave (in a microwave safe bowl) for about 10 to 20 seconds, or place your closed container of Shea butter in a bowl of boiling water. The Shea butter does not have to be fully melted, just soft enough to stir.

When soft, stir in about 1 teaspoon of fragrance oil to 4 ounces . It’s best to use essential oils such as lavender, jasmine, lemongrass, ylang ylang or frankincense etc. versus perfume oils because perfumed oils can make the Shea butter sticky.

Cover your now scented Shea butter and let it sit out at room temperature to cool and solidify. To speed up the solidifying process, you can place the Shea butter in the refrigerator. Be sure to let the Shea butter cool first, because putting it in the refrigerator hot will cause it to become gritty. If this occurs, re-melt/soften, let it cool then refrigerate.

You can also soften the texture of unrefined Shea butter by adding a little oil, about 1 tablespoon to 4 ounces along with your scent. Oils such as Jojoba, Grape Seed, Olive, Castor, Almond and Coconut can be used to soften Shea butter. For a creamier texture, use a mixer to whip your Shea butter. See how-to videos below.

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  • Wendy

    Thank you so much for this!! I love shea butter but still haven’t gotten use to the smell. I like it but don’t want to go out smelling like it. Too strong, especially when you’re out in the sun.