Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

As I have promised in my last post, here is the recipe for the whipped shea butter. As it was already snowing outside, it was about time for some nourishing body butter against dry and itchy skin. Whipped shea butter is also supposed to be good for atopic rashes, dry hair and can also be used in the face. It is really easy to make and kind of reminded me of making a ganache. You melt oils together and whip them to a shiny, soft cream. And that is really all to it!

The base recipe is made up of 75% hard oils and 25% liquid oils. You can choose whatever oils you like or have at home like olive-, sunflower- or rapeseed oil. For the hard oils I used, besides shea, some coconut fat and my liquid oil of choice was macadamia. Any kind of ethereal oils can be added to that if you want a different smell and to preserve it longer some vitamin E. Don’t worry if you don’t want to buy E vitamin just for that. Since there is nothing but oil in it will stay good for a long time. If you use coldpressed oils you can make a completely raw body butter. Shea starts melting pretty quickly and together with the coconut I had it completely melted at 37°C.

My recipe contains 100 g of oils in total which makes around 140 ml of whipped shea butter. You can easily double the recipe if you want to give it away as a gift but beware not to make too much. Only really little is needed on the skin.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients

50 g shea butter
25 g coconut fat
25 g macadamia oil
a few drops of essential oil (I used honey oil)
E vitamin

Melt the shea and coconut together in a bowl in a hot water bath.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

Let it cool down for around 20 minutes. After it has cooled down add the macadamia or oil of your choice, a few drops of the essential oil and 4 drops of the vitamin E. Let everything set in the fridge.

Once it has set you can start whipping the oils with a hand mixer. It will get white and shiny! Store the whipped shea butter in little tins or plastic jars.

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

If you want to prevent bacteria from getting into it, you can use a spatula or spoon for taking it out. It will immediately melt on your skin! The butter will stay whipped so you don’t need to store it in the fridge but I guess it depends on how warm it gets where you live.

Stef

2women2cats: Whipped Shea Butter

 

 

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14 thoughts on “Whipped Shea Butter

    1. Yeah, it looks like you’d want to eat it! 😀 So far my skin likes it a lot, so that is a plus. Are you using something else for your skin?

      1. Normally I just use canola oil mixed with different active oils like hemp, neem (great for rashes) or evening primrose.

      2. I haven’t heard of neem before but that would something for Tiia with her atopic winter skin 🙂

  1. I am intrigued. It looks so easy and delicious. I want to try this but I have never used shea butter on my skin before and i have a very delicate skin. Hmm, what to do?

    1. Of course it’s difficult to tell if your skin likes it or not. Mine is really easy in the way, that I never get rashes or anything. If you have an eco market close by you could try a tester of a pure shea body butter. Or you make a small amount and if your skin doesn’t like it you can also put it into the ends of your hair (or it could be a good present for a friend). 😀

  2. Hei Stef, can you please tell me where you buy these ingredients in Hki? Thanks a lot! I will make this right away when I get my ingredients on hands 🙂

    1. Hei,
      you can buy the coconut fat at k-market. It’s in the butter section but of course you can also use coldpressed coconut oil which you’d find in the normal oil section. Shea butter you can find at ruohonjuuri (they actually have a cheaper one and a more expensive one from Flow cosmetics) but I ordered it from Germany (www.baccararose.de, if you want to order there choose DHL shipping because that’s way cheaper than DPD). That’s also where I bought the macadamia oil too but you might be able to find that in the supermarket or you can easily exchange it. Sesame or rapeseed oil is also a mild oil for the skin.
      I couldn’t find the e vitamin anywhere in Helsinki and had to order it from http://paperiarkki.net/zencart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=100_113&products_id=171 but it’s possible to leave that out since it won’t go bad fast. The essential oils you can also buy at ruohonjuuri. 🙂

    1. You mean as a skin treatment? I read a bit about it and apparently you can also use shea butter and oils on cats. There are different opinions on essential oils. Some pages say they cause liver problems, so I would leave those out. Since I am not a professional I would always recommend asking your vet first if it is safe to use.

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