Three cheers for whipped shea butter!
Are you the type to exclaim “Yay for Shea!” whenever you see this vegetable butter? We love it because it’s moisturizing, smoothing, rich in antioxidants (Vitamins A and E) and kind to sensitive skin. Well, today we’re offering a new way to celebrate it: a whipped shea butter recipe. Its light, creamy texture has us falling in love with shea all over again!
This homemade whipped body butter deeply nourishes both skin AND hair while leaving a delicate scent. It softens your skin and makes your hair shine. To top it off, the whipped texture makes it a pleasure to apply.
Give it a try, and your skin and hair will be saying “Yay for Shea” too!
How to make whipped shea butter
Before you begin
When you whip shea butter, air is incorporated into the mixture, making it light and fluffy. For this reason, it’s important to use a jar with a capacity greater than the total weight of the recipe.
- 70 g (70%) deodorized shea butter
- 27 g (27%) deodorized argan oil
- 1 g (1%) vitamin E
- 1.5 g (1.5%) essential oils or aromatic essences of your choosing
- 0.5 g mica (optional)
- Components to make a double boiler
- 1 large stainless steel bowl
- 1 silicone spatula
- 1 scale, accurate to 0.1 g
- 1 pipette
- A few ramekins
- 1 electric mixer
- 1 fridge or freezer
- 1 wide-mouth canning jar, 240 ml
Good to know!
- We advise against changing the proportions of any of the ingredients, as it may affect the final texture of your homemade whipped shea butter.
- You can, however, replace the shea butter with another butter and the argan oil with another oil of your choosing.
- We chose deodorized shea butter to take advantage of its beautiful nourishing, revitalizing, and protective properties… without its natural scent!
- Adding mica will give your homemade whipped shea butter a lovely pastel colour. It will also make your skin a bit sparkly.
- Careful: some essential oils are dermocaustic (for example: cinnamon, clove, spike lavender, peppermint, and thyme). They should not make up more than 0.5% of your recipe, as they can irritate, or even burn, your skin.
Steps to follow
- Prepare and disinfect your equipment and workspace.
- Weigh the shea butter and melt on the double boiler.
- Once it has melted, remove it from the heat. Weigh and add the deodorized argan oil and the mica (if using). Mix well.
- Weigh the vitamin E and essential oils or aromatic essences in a ramekin.
- Put your homemade shea body butter in the fridge or freezer. Leave it there until it has slightly set. Make sure you don’t let it completely harden. The “in-between” state is what allows you to whip the body butter. If it’s too hard, it’s best to leave it out for a few minutes at room temperature until it has softened.
- Beat with the electric mixer, then add the cooling phase. Continue to beat until the mixture takes on the texture of whipped cream.
- Transfer into the container with a spatula.
Use and conservation
This whipped shea butter recipe is particularly suitable for dry skin that requires extra nourishment. It’s also perfect for dry hair: for example, you can use it as a hair mask before you shampoo.
Store in a cool place. When made in optimal sanitary conditions, this homemade body butter will keep for at least six months.