Shea butter could be difficult to smooth over your hair or skin in its raw form.
Still, you don’t have to be an expert, and it only takes around 10-20 minutes to whip shea butter, but once you are done, you will love how easy it is to use it in your daily life.
Well, you will never know unless you try!
Finally, I found a great organic raw shea butter product. Because unrefined shea butter is a bit hard to spread over a large area of my skin, I decided to try this whipped shea butter recipe for easier application.
The process is easy; you need to add carrier oil that will dissolve the good fats in shea butter and prevent it from re-hardening when it cools.
There are Two Ways to Whip your Shea Butter:
- With heat: using a double boiler, by heating shea butter until it melts then adding the carrier oil/oils of your choice.
- Without heat: by mixing ingredients at room temperature which is much safer for maintaining the significant benefits of shea butter.
I chose to use the No-Heat method. I picked argan oil, I could use extra virgin olive oil, but olive oil is known for being greasy compared to other oils like argan oil. Besides, I have been using argan oil for curing acne, as anti-aging oil and would love to combine the benefits of it along with shea butter in one cream.
To Make Your Whipped Shea butter (No-Heat Method), You will Need:
- 4 oz (1/2 cup ) unrefined shea butter. I used organic shea butter from Key West Health & Beauty that I reviewed recently here.
- Two tablespoons base oil; for example argan oil
- 10-20 drops essential oil (optional), for example, lavender oil
- Electric mixer
- Clean empty 8 oz ( 240 ml) container (pump containers is always preferable), a fork, and measuring cups and spoons.
Here is how …..
Mash your shea butter using a fork until it becomes soft.
Add the base oil; here I use argan oil, you can also use coconut oil, and mash it a little bit more. It will look like this…
Then, mix it with the electric mixer for about 10 minutes. It will become fluffy just like whipped cream. During mixing, add the essential oil (optional) and mix a little bit more…
How to make whipped shea butter fluffy? Mix more! The more you mix, the fluffier it will be. It also depends on the room temperature; I find that I need to mix more during cold days, and vice versa.
The final result will look like this …
Then fill your whipped shea butter in a jar, and enjoy soft skin!
- • 4 oz (1/2 cup ) unrefined shea butter.
- • Two tablespoons base oil; for example argan oil
- • 10-20 drops essential oil (optional), for example, lavender oil
- • Electric mixer
- • Clean empty 8 oz ( 240 ml) container
- • A fork
- • Measuring cups
- Mash shea butter using a fork.
- Add the base oil; argan oil, or coconut oil, and mash it a little bit more.
- Mix with the electric mixer for about 10 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
- Add essential oil.
- Fill your whipped shea butter in a jar.
If you would like to try the other method (WITH heat) for making whipped shea butter, you will have to melt your shea butter using a double boiler, then mix and whisk as illustrated earlier.
Try to apply the least amount of heat to avoid using the health benefits of shea butter.
How to Make Whipped Shea Butter Without Heat Infographic (Save for Later!)
Things to Keep in Mind When you Make your Whipped Shea Butter:
- The volume will increase by approximately two times; make sure you use a bowl that is large enough to prevent spreading cream all over the place.
- The larger the amount of shea butter you have, the longer it will take to whip it.
- Storing whipped shea butter in the refrigerator may cause it to become grainy. Store it in a cool, dark place, in a plastic or glass container.
- Other oils you can use to mix with shea butter include coconut oil, argan oil, olive oil, jojoba oil.
- Never heat shea butter above 175 F (80 C), or it will lose most of its healing properties. Heat makes it easier for you to blend in oils. Also, wait for the mixture until it cools before adding essential oils.
- Always use unrefined ingredients for best moisturizing and healing results.
- Since homemade whipped shea butter does not contain any preservatives, do not make larger quantities than you can use in few months.
- To protect your shea butter/whipped shea butter from contamination, always wash your hands before you touch it.
This fluffy light shea butter is great for applying on the skin, especially for large areas. Apply some after the shower for silky and smooth skin. You can also apply it to your hair if you have coarse dry hair. Read my other post for more ideas on how to make the best use of your shea butter.