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.
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)
- 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
Have a great day!