Shea Butter Hand Cream

After struggling with dry, chapped hands for years, I finally happened upon a homemade remedy that is heavenly. I love that it’s easy to make, you can customize the scent and it’s all natural. I don’t give exact measurements here, as you can make as much or as little of this as you like.




  1. In a microwave-safe glass measuring cup or canning jar, scoop shea butter. Heat for a minute or two on high power, until the shea butter is melted. It may take a little longer or shorter, depending on the power of your microwave.
  2. Using a dropper, add in the essential oil a drop at a time, until you are happy with the level of fragrance. Some people prefer a little more and some a little less. Add in a couple of drops of vitamin E oil, if using, and stir until mixed.
  3. Pour the mixture into a jar or container of choice. Let cool and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours, or until firm.
  4. Use the shea butter for dry chapped hands, feet and lips. I have even used it on a chapped nose when I had a bad cold, and it softened my skin right up.


*You can find pure shea butter in health food stores and online. One of my favoritye sources is Mountain Rose Herbs (