How to: make your own whipped Shea butter
Shea butter is a widely popular natural product for hair and it was one of the products I endeavored to buy first when I went natural. It has been a staple of mine since and a couple of months ago, I was taught how to make a creamy whipped butter with it. I have written a post about shea butter’s benefits and put up some links to sites that explain how you can make a shea butter cream at home. I have decided to demonstrate the process I use in pictures as well.
- Melt about a cup of shea butter in a double boiler or simply place it in a plastic/glass measuring jug you can spare and gently place it in a pot or bowl of hot water till it melts. Do not melt over direct heat. Add 1/2 a cup of coconut oil and 1/2 a cup of any other oil you like (e.g. olive oil) and a few drops of a scented oil like lavender oil or better yet an essential oil like tea tree oil. I added coconut oil (RETAILS FOR ABOUT 90 Pula at the Health store next to Spur Express in Game City) and my HHM oil mix.
- Leave the mixture in a cool place to solidify.
- Using an electric hand held mixer, whip the shea butter till creamy.
- Spoon it into some empty clean jars and store in a cool dry place.
I use it both for my skin and hair. It’s especially great during winter time. I usually buy the body butters shown below (available at Clicks Pharmacy) during summer because I have extremely dry skin and during winter those creams are not enough. So in winter I mix a little homemade butter with the store bought butter in my palm and apply to my skin. It’s perfect! I don’t use the butter alone because I find it a bit too thick so the store bought creams help make application easier.