Whipped Shea Butter

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Shea butter is one of those wonderful butters you can use almost for anything.
It’s good for hair (as long as you don’t have too fine hair: it’s best for thick long dark hair that need discipline), good for under-eye area, great to prevent stretch-marks, wonderful to keep the feet moisturized.

So here we go: I was requested to make a butter for very stressed feet (you know, summer and so on) and I decided to make a whipped shea butter for feet! :)

The recipe is terribly easy and the results were great.
Enough words.
Here is the recipe:

100 gr Shea butter (I used refined shea butter, if you have unrefined shea butter it’s even better!)
20 gr Apricot kernel oil (or any light and easily absorbing oil)
40 gr Corn starch (this helps in feeling little bit less oily on the skin, but of course, since this butter is made 100% by butters and oils and there is no water inside, the buttery feeling cannot disappear)
20 drops Lemongrass essential oil
10 drops Rosemary essential oil
(this was my own choice of essential oils: lemongrass to feel fresh and rosemary for the antibacterial properties that, since this butter was meant for foot, were quite needed for a good results)

HOW TO:
– Simply melt the Shea butter in a double boier (not completely, just melt half of it and let the remaining heat melt the rest. This way all the good properties of Shea butter won’t fade away!).
– Add the apricot kernel oil
– Whip the oils, as if you were whipping some cream :)
If the oils are too hot you can whip them, put them in the fridge for few minutes, whip them again… until you are satisfied with the consistency.
– When the oils are properly whipped and they have cooled down you can add your essential oils and the corn starch!
– Mix all the ingredients with a spoon
– Put them in a jar

- ENJOY! (this is the best step ;) eheheh)

EDIT: Please read the comments of this post also: any whipped shea butter tends to harden up after a few days. This was one of my first experiments of cosmetic, so it is perfectly fine if you decide to make it if you want to start a simple approach to “handmade creams”, but bear in mind that this is not a cream :)
I have made posts now on how to formulate REAL creams. It is a slightly difficult thing but it gives exponentially more satisfaction :D
Have a great day! :D

 

 

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9 responses »

  1. I tried to whip my shea butter this way, it was soft for a day and turned hard afterwards. any other tips? thanks!

    • Hello! :)
      Only one day sounds very sad :( to me it took approx 10 (maybe because it was summer and shea butter was bit more soft because of this!). I still used it until the end and I actually loved what it did to my skin… but I agree with you that it felt bit sad when then it became hard again :(
      So this recipe let me satisfied for 10 days and then I started to think I wanted to do something BETTER!
      That is why i started studying how to make real creams and now I am very very glad of this :)

      After making this i discovered that normally when i read “body butter” in a shop it doesn’t contain butter even up to 20%… that’s because a normal cream (I am not talking about “cold creams” here) is usually a O/W (oil in water) and contains, let’s say, 70% water, 20% oils&butters and remaining 10% are: emulsifier, preservative and good active ingredients! :)

      Thanks to this I have now learn how to make creams and I love it :)
      Maybe I will post a simple recipe for a cream :)
      The actual good thing about this recipe of whipped shea butter is that it doesn’t require preservatives (since it doesn’t contain any water) :)

  2. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’ve not tried a whipped butter yet but its on my to do list. Your photograhs are so professional!

    • uff I had written a long reply and it didn’t post it :) here I go again:
      well whipped shea butter is something you can try as the first approach to body cosmetic… but later I would suggest you try making a real cream! The difference is TOTAL! :D
      As you can read in the comment above, the whipped shea butter gets hard again after a few days (10 for me, 2 for other people… probably depending on the kind of shea butter, the percentage of other oil… and so on).
      It is NOT a real cream, it is just a “smelling good fat” which is good, for example, for extremely dry feet (and, ok, it needs few ingredients, they are easy to find and it takes a short time to make!).
      Well, I hope this was somehow helpful :)

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  4. Hello thanks for writing the blog. I read an article from the Shea butter institute that the Shea butter that is sold locally is not tested for mold, bacteria and other harmful properties. Can someone tell me where I can purchase repeatable natural pure Shea butter

    • All the products which are sold for cosmetic use MUST be tested (at least in Europe) to be safe for cosmetic use. If they don’t pass the test they cannot be used in cosmetics…
      Wherever you buy Shea Butter you have to be sure they have been testing and you can be sure by requesting the data sheet of the specific lot of the product.
      The seller must have it and will send it to you if requested.
      Plus, bacteria do not grow in 100% fats ;)

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