Shealoe – Shea Butter + Aloe Vera Gel

Whipped-Shea-Butter-Shealoe copyAs promised my basic recipe for Shealoe or Whipped Shea Butter with Aloe Vera Gel. I know there are many recipes available online but this is probably the most simple with only three ingredients. Shea Butter alone is a great all-natural moisturizer. Combined with aloe vera gel it’s softer and easier to work with. It can serve as a creamy moisturizer and/or styling product. Feel free to improvise and add your favorite essential oils. I suggest that your use a glass mixing bowl for easier clean up. I use my Shealoe from head to toe, literally.

Ok here we go

You’ll need:

1/2 cup of unrefined white or yellow shea butter

1/4 cup of aloe vera gel

2 tablespoons of coconut oil or the oil of your preference.

Begin by scooping room temperature shea butter in a bowl.  Whip with a hand or stand mixer on low speed (speed may vary depending on your mixer. I have a high powered Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, medium to low speed gives a nice fluffy, whipped consistency) until fluffy in consistency.  Once it’s soft add the aloe vera gel and coconut oil.   Mix again with mixer on low speed. Spoon into a container with a lid. Store in a cool dry place.

Shealoe can be used as a hair moisturizer/styling product and an after shower body cream.  Apply Shealoe to wet or dry clean hair or skin. For hair after application style as desired.

Also Read: 10 Places To Buy Shea Butter

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  1. Does this work with mango butter instead of Shea?

  2. So apply generously, yes or no? Is this for hair and scalp?

  3. I’m looking for and will probably find aloe vera gel soon, but can shea butter be whipped with Eco Styler’s Argan Oil Gel? Just wondering, I also have coconut oil and I’d like some feedback. I think my hair needs a butter stat! lol

    • Um… I wouldn’t recommend whipping your shea butter with eco styler gel, just because I don’t know how the ingredients will get along after everything settles. Its better to be safe than sorry and keep them separated.

  4. This Shea Butter Mix is definitely good for Summer Styling to seal in moisture and hold the style against humidity

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  5. wondermen says:

    Ok thanks

  6. wondermen says:

    Hi, what about adding pure honey to the mixture

  7. Just finished making this! love it!..haven’t tried on my hair yet because I have braids( but i can still use it in between)…but yeah i added a knob of mango butter i had left and few drops of lavender oil! Soffffffft on skin! can’t wait to make more with different scents:) gifts!

  8. Can this recipe be used with cocoa butter instead of shea butter. I’m allergic to nut derived butters and oils.

  9. Shay BrownSugar says:

    Thank you Tamara, will try as soon as i get me some aloe vera gel

  10. I have dry 4c hair does this work s a daily condition or is it best for two strand twist

  11. Hi there, Where can i find undefined shea butter?

  12. if am gonna use the aloe vera gel and shea butter, what sort of preservative will i have to use?also do i add water to it, can it be used for a month or i just make little at a time that is enough for that particular time?

    • You can add vitamin E as a natural preservative. Don’t add water as it would go rancid after a certain amount of time, but just these ingredients can sit for as much as a year!

  13. I made your shealoe mix and tweaked it with some essential oils and vitamin E as body butter treat for my honey. He likes it Thank You

  14. Can you use aloe vera gel straight from the plant? I live in florida and it is readily available down here from the earth. Thanks.

  15. Hello I have been natural for over a year and this is wonderful will be trying this soon.

  16. Nashida Muhammad says:

    I have used this recipe since I first started loc-ing. I always melt the shea in the micro or on top of stove is better to mix with. My mixer would get the Shea all stuck on them so I melt I add Jazmine, Carrot, Olive, and Tea tree oils….along of course with aloe gel. What I didnt know is I can use it on my skin! Sometimes I add spike glue for a hold for my locs I have soft hair and takes long to loc

  17. benita david says:

    I made this a couple of weeks ago and I love it!! I love what it does for my natural hair and my skin!!!!

  18. I didnt melt the Shea butter first instead, I just whipped the Shea butter and aloe Vera gel together but now the wont mix. Is it still okay to melt it so that it mix together?

  19. nice mix, i love shae butter.

  20. Where can I find aloe Vera gel?

  21. myhairisme says:

    Been locing about four years and have never been told how to care for my hair between sessions. Don’t get me hair is beautiful, but what to do between is important to me. Thanks for the response.

  22. myhairisme says:

    I got the recipe and have all of the ingredients, but now I need to know how to apply it! I hope to hear from you today (cause this post is dated at least 2009) and I want to use it now. 😉

  23. Also, all shea butter is not created equal make sure you know the color and fragrance of pure unrefined shea butter. Open it, rub it between your fingers and smell it. Shea butter can spoil. Research the qualities especially if you plan to buy large amounts

  24. Thank you. Shea butter is better when melted on the stove on very low heat. Microwaving can zap the saponificals which are the primary benefits in shea butter. Naturals and organic benefits don’t mix well with microwaving. A friend used to brew herb tea bags in water in the microwave. That’s a no no. Use natural heating for most benefit

  25. i love the hair recipes on your page, keep up the good work and info keep it coming

  26. You can find unrefined shea butter usually at a flea market or where african or caribbean items are sold.I used the aloe from my plant and olive oil. I can’t wait to try it out on my hair. It feels great on the skin!

  27. Whar kind of shea butter should I buy? There are so many places to buy and I’m getting confused. I know it should be unrefined but what brand should I buy?
    What about tea tree oil? Any specific brand?!

    Thank you.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Could someone tell me where to find raw unrefined shea butter? The online reviews that I’ve read have confused me about which kind is best, (yellow or ivory), and where to find it.

  29. This sounds very simple and easy, two things that I like when it comes to hair!! I need as much moisture as I can get in this cold WI weather.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this shealoe mix recipe!!! @Anonymous (7/8) I think if you use aloe vera juice you would have to refrigerate the mixture and that might alter the consistency.(Found that out yesterday -LOL) Gel has the preservatives in it already so you can keep the mixture out and creamy.

  31. Anonymous says:

    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world,that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life :o)

  32. Anonymous says:

    can the aloe vera gel be replaced with aloe juice

  33. Anonymous says:

    My friend and I just made it last night and I used on both hair and skin….feels WIKED!!! I love it! I will be using this from NOW ON!!!

  34. how long does it last once mixed? Can I put it in a container and use it as needed or should I make just enough for that time?

  35. how do you use this? after washing?

  36. where can I get aloe vera gel?

  37. Love the results. Used it for the first time last night and I’m sold on it. I’m cancelling that appointment with my stylist on Friday.


  38. Anonymous says:

    I’ve used this mix in the past and still do fir my two strand twists, but I never measured anything. I just put more shea butter than aloe (I used the natural gell/goop from the actual plant) and mixed it up. Also, I used whipped shea butter (I whiped yellow shea butter with coconut oil, Tea Tree Oil, few drops of lemon essential oil for nice smell).
    I got %100 natural coconut oil from a West Indian/Asian fruitstand

  39. Natural Hair Rules!!! says:

    I bought my coconut oil from Whole Foods but you can usually find it at any of your grocery stores.

  40. Where can I find coconut oil?

  41. Could there be any substitutes for the shea butter? It is not available everywhere.

  42. Just tried it and used a little on my body and it feels awesome. Can’t wait to use it on my hair this week! YEAH!!!!!

  43. I’m going to try it because it sounds EASY. I’ve seen other Shealoe recipes that sound much more complicated!

  44. Is this mixture good for locks? I’m looking for something different than the regular jams and locking gels.

  45. Natural Hair Rules!!! says:

    @DanyelleLoves You just want to make sure it is mix completely so the consistency should be the same throughout for mixture. The oil is in such a small amount you wont smell the oil but you can sub for any carrier or essential oil.

  46. DanyelleLoves says:

    This truly is simple. If you are mixing with a hand mixer, what type of consistency are u looking for before u stop? Oh and can u recommend any other great oil to mix in for a little added scent? I just can’t handle the smell of coconut oil.
    Thanx :-)

    • I use grapeseed oil whenever I’m looking to substitute coconut oil. It’s not as amazing as coconut oil but it moisturizes and absorbs into the hair shaft like coconut oil. P.S. you might be able to find odorless coconut oil (or coco butter at the very least)

  47. Natural Hair Rules!!! says:

    @ millimegan- it doesn’t take long to make. I apply as a body moisturizer daily and on my hair after each wash. I also use to seal my ends if I’m wearing twist.

  48. This is really great tips how long and for how many days this process should be done.

  49. I’m going to get up on this, ASAP…thanks!!

  50. As many tips I get from your site, who needs market products….lol…I’ve never purchased aloe vera gel…to be continued I guess

  51. This recipe is right up my alley, I was just looking to make some shealoe butter but needed a recipe. Thanks

  52. Thanks!!! I can’t wait to make it.

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