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DIY Time

Faces of 5F finalist, Muthoni, shares a homemade recipe that's sure to soothe rough, dry skin.

9 6 2011

Brace for impact. Cooler temps and crisp fall air almost inevitably lead to parched, dehydrated skin. We asked Faces of 5F finalist Muthoni to share her DIY recipe for keeping skin soft and subtle.

Take it away, Muthoni!


The climate change from summer to fall to winter is utterly unforgiving on dry skin. A light water-based moisturizer is ideal for humid summer months, but to shield skin from harsh cooler weather, a heavier moisturizer is essential. My moisturizer of choice is homemade whipped Shea Butter. Even though unrefined Shea Butter can be used as purchased, whipping it creates a luxurious cream that smooths on to the body effortlessly and increases the butter’s absorption.

14 ounces unrefined Shea Butter
4 ounces carrier oil (I use 1 ounce of: Coconut, Macadamia nut, Wheat germ, and Jojoba)
1 tablespoon rice powder
¼ teaspoon peppermint essential oil
½ teaspoon lavender essential oil
Handheld mixer

A little background on our choice of ingredients:

Macadamia nut oil – Aside from mimicking the structure of oils in the sebaceous glands, Macadamia nut is a regenerative oil concentrated with mono-unsaturated fats, which promotes elasticity, and softens skin by replenishing lost oils.

Jojoba oil – Jojoba oil has an infinite shelf life.  It is both antibacterial and an antioxidant.  Like Macadamia nut oil, Jojoba is also similar to skin’s sebum. Jojoba is spreadable and dissolves excess sebum to return skin to normal PH. It leaves a satin-like finish on the skin; this layer protects skin from oxidation.

Wheatgerm oil – Wheatgerm oil contains the highest concentration of naturally occurring Vitamin E and Vitamin E is essential to combat skin oxidation due to exposure to free radicals like pollution and UVA/UVB rays. The protective oil also stimulates tissue regeneration to defend skin from pre-mature aging and wrinkles.

Coconut oil – Fractionated coconut oil is a lightweight mono-saturated fat that is antifungal and antibacterial. Coconut oil is among the few oils that penetrate deep into the dermal layer of the skin to promote cellular regeneration.

Peppermint Essential oil – Contains menthol which gives skin a cooling effect. This encourages blood circulation. Peppermint essential oil is also antibacterial.

Lavender Essential oil – Lavender Essential oil is anti-inflammatory and soothes the skin.  It is also antiseptic and anti-fungal which keeps bacteria at bay and prevents acne breakouts.

Rice powder – Rice powder will absorb some of the oiliness of Macadamia nut oil and Shea Butter.

1.     Measure Shea Butter and melt it by placing in a bowl of hot water
2.     Measure carrier oils and add to the Shea Butter
3.     Add rice powder and stir until there are no lumps
4.     Using medium setting, whip the mixture for 10 minutes
5.     Refrigerate for 10-15 minutes to let mixture cool completely. The mixture should begin to thicken.
6.     Add essential oils
7.     Gradually increase speed and whip the mixture for another 25 minutes
8.     The whipped Shea can be used as is if satisfied with consistency
9.     Whip for another 20 minutes to make the butter fluffier
10.  Pour into a jar and allow to sit for 24 hours before use
11.  Butter should thicken into a rich cream
12.  Use as needed and enjoy!


Thank you, Muthoni! You’re a life saver.

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