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10 Essential Oils That Blend Well With Shea Butter

Shea butter

Shea butter is luxurious and versatile butter that works incredibly well in various skincare products. Highly emollient and naturally rich in vitamins and antioxidants, shea butter is an ingredient of choice in natural cosmetic products such as body lotions, body butter, creams, cleansers, lip balms, and even anti-ageing creams. 

Yet, as much as I love working with it, its mild nutty aroma puts some people off. So what can you do if you’d like to incorporate it into your formulations? Well, you have three choices when it comes to working with shea butter.

a) You can opt for a refined version where the butter is melted, bleached, filtered and deodorised. However, be warned refined version often lacks many benefits of raw shea butter.

b) Substitute shea butter with mango butter, for instance. 

c) Embrace the butter and use complementing essential oils. 

If you landed on this page, I reckon you prefer to work with unrefined shea butter. In that case, here is a list of several essential oils that complement its nutty scent. 

1. Bergamot Essential Oil FCF (Bergapten Free)

Naturally uplifting, bergamot essential oil has a fresh, sweet, floral aroma, making it an excellent ingredient for use in skincare. Abundant in alpha-pinene and limonene, the oil is also a perfect sensorial addition to your creams, lotions and other skincare products as it generates a sense of calmness. 

INCI Name: Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil 

Fragrance: Fresh, sweet, uplifting floral aroma with balsamic undertones

Note: Middle to Top

Properties: Antiseptic, antibacterial, cicatrizant, balancing

Blends well with: This is a beautiful essential oil for use in blends with other citrus essential oils, such as lemongrass, sweet orange, or mandarin. It also works well in combination with oriental notes like benzoin or floral fragrances like rose, jasmine or ylang-ylang. 

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2. Blue Tansy Essential Oil

Another great essential oil with a sweet, warm herbal fragrance, blue tansy essential oil, is used for its calming, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing and anti-histamine effect. From an aromatherapy perspective, you can add it to your creams, body oil or lotions to soothe a troubled mind and promote relaxation. 

INCI Name: Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Flower Oil 

Properties: Anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and calming effect

Fragrance: Sweet, warm herbal fragrance 

Note: Top to Middle

Blends well with: This sweet herbal fragrance blends well with most floral, citrus and herbal essential oils such as geranium, chamomile, petitgrain, frankincense and ylang-ylang.

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3. Ginger Essential Oil

This sweet and spicy essential oil is both warming and refreshing. Ginger essential oil is an excellent choice for massage oils and other products designed to support warmth, reduce redness, and restore radiance to the skin. Abundant in antioxidants, the oil prevents free radical damage and protect against ageing. It also improves elasticity and evens skin tone.

INCI Name: Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil 

Properties: Antioxidant

Fragrance: Sweet, spicy, warm scent with a sweet undertone

Note: Middle to base

Blends well with: It works particularly well with essential oils from citrus oils like lemongrass and sweet orange or spice oils like cinnamon, clove or nutmeg. You can create beautifully scented body scrubs and butter by blending shea butter with ginger and lemongrass. 

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4. Grapefruit Essential Oil

Grapefruit oil is another highly refreshing citrusy essential oil. The fresh scent of grapefruit essential oil works well with shea butter. On top of being a delightful fragrance, grapefruit oil also have an uplifting effect on mood. In combination, they can help to make your skincare products feel light and fresh.

INCI Name: Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil 

Properties: Grapefruit oil has an astringent, antibacterial, antimicrobial and uplifting effect.

Fragrance: Fresh, light, citrusy smell 

Note: Top

Blends well with: It blends well with oils from all fragrance groups. You can use it on its own or combined with bergamot, sweet orange, jasmine or ylang-ylang.

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5. Jasmine Absolute Oil

Also known as jasmine essential oil (although there is no such thing as jasmine essential oil), this sweet and sensual floral oil holds numerous benefits. In skincare, it can help tone dry and sensitive skin, 

promote wound healing, and even assist with stretch marks, making it popular among new moms. From a sensual perspective, jasmine oil has a calming effect and help to improve restlessness and irritability symptoms.  

INCI Name: Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Absolute 

Properties: Anti-depressant, antiseptic, cicatrising, anti-inflammatory, sedative.

Fragrance: Intensely floral, rich aroma 

Note: Middle to base

Blends well with: This sweet floral scent blends well with sweet orange, mandarin, bergamot, and ylang-ylang, among others.

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6. Lavender Essential Oil

 Lavender essential oil is a popular essential oil commonly found in soaps, body scrubs or creams due to its vast array of properties. Traditionally used for its calming and relaxing effect, lavender oil is also nighly beneficial in skincare. It balances sebum production and aids wound healing, repairs damaged skin, and fight off infection, among many other uses. 

INCI Name: Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Oil

Properties: Antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, cicatrising and balancing, among others.

Fragrance: Fresh, sweet floral, herbaceous aroma scent. 

Note: Middle to top 

Blends well with: Lavender oil blends well with almost anything. The light, sweet, floral scent of lavender oil makes an excellent companion to floral oils like jasmine and rose. But it also works with woody notes like cedarwood or sandalwood and in combination with herbaceous essential oils like marjoram or basil.

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7. Lemongrass Essential Oil

The fresh, fragrant, and uplifting scent of the lemongrass is one of my personal favourites at the moment. I have been using it for a while now and reach out for it whenever I feel down or need a boost. Apart from that, lemongrass is beneficial in treating various skin conditions such as acne and ringworm. Still, it also helps with aching muscles.

INCI Name: Cymbopogon Flexuosus (Lemongrass) Leaf Oil 

Properties: Astringent, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory, antioxidant.

Fragrance: Fresh, fragrant, lemon-like scent

Note: Top to middle

Blends well with other essential oils from the citrus family, such as sweet orange and grapefruit. It also works well with woody scents such as patchouli or sandalwood and herbaceous families such as peppermint and rosemary. Please note lemongrass is strong and can easily overpower other scents; little goes a long way.

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8. Rose Geranium Essential Oil

Popular among skincare formulators, rose geranium essential oils offer a sweet rosy scent that soothes anxiety, offers pain relief and nurtures feelings of calmness. It is believed to be helpful in the treatment of anxiety. 

INCI Name: Pelargonium Roseum (Rose Geranium) Oil 

Properties: It is believed to have an antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-anxiety, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and balancing effect.

Fragrance: Sweet, rosy scent

Note: Middle to Top

Blends well: Sweet floral rose scent blends well with other florals like jasmine, orange blossom, violet or ylang-ylang but also works well with black pepper, lemon or sandalwood. 

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9. Vanilla Oleoresin/ Absolute/ CO2/ Infused Oil

The sweet, warm and creamy scent of vanilla is one of the most loved smells in the world. Usually associated with comfort, this essential oil has a radiating effect. Vanilla can’t be steam distilled to produce essential oils. So if you’d like to incorporate its soothing aroma into the skincare products, you can choose between vanilla oleoresin, vanilla absolute, vanilla CO2 extract or vanilla infused oil. 

Properties: Soothing and uplifting 

Fragrance: Sweet, rich and warm 

Note: Base note

Blends well with other sweet, foody scents such as coffee oil, citrus oils such as lemongrass, sweet orange, and spicy ginger.

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10. Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil

Ylang-ylang essential oil is one of the bestsellers among essential oils. It is a natural beautifying oil that has been used for centuries to balance sebum production in all age groups. A highly feminine and soothing scent makes it a good choice for aromatherapy. Mildly sedative, ylang-ylang essential oil can help relieve stress and depression.

INCI Name: Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil

Properties: Antiseptic, antidepressant, and sedative

Fragrance: Sweet, heady, fruity-floral aroma with a soft woody undertone.

Note: Middle to base

Blends well with: A little goes a long way when it comes to ylang-ylang. It blends well with citrus essential oil, especially lemon or orange. It also works well with floral scents such as jasmine and rose. 

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So there you have it—a list of my favourite essential oils I use in combination with shea butter. I hope you have found a scent that tickles your fancy and will inspire you to create unique skincare products. 

Leave a comment below and let me know what essential oils you have been using in your skincare recipes! I would love to hear from you.

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