Homemade whipped shea butter is great to use in cooler weather and it helps to nourish dry skin. It smells great and has only 3 clean ingredients- shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, and the essential oils of your choice.
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My family has pretty much always used clean skincare products, my favorite being Burt's Bees, but recently I have started to make my own.
I am pretty sensitive to smells, and most products are highly scented, mostly with artificial scents. I like making my own products because I can control the amount of scent as well as the quality.
A few drops of pure essential oil smell way better than the artificial smells used in many skincare products.
Making your own homemade body butter is easy and only requires a few natural ingredients, that will leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.
Ingredients and Tools You Will Need
Raw Unrefined Shea Butter
I use unrefined ivory African Shea Butter. The unrefined shea butter doesn’t have any additives, and the texture is very firm. You don’t have to only use the ivory shea butter, you could also use yellow shea butter or even a different type of butter entirely. Just make sure it is unrefined, and you are good to go!
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In order to make the shea butter into luxurious body butter, you need an oil to mix with it. I love to use extra virgin olive oil on my skin. You could also use grapeseed oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, etc.
Pure Essential Oils
You want to use 100% pure essential oils. That way you are only getting the pure essential oils and not any fillers or additives. When people think of essential oils they often think of very expensive oils from MLM companies, but they don’t have to be expensive to be effective. You really just want something that is pure, preferably organic, and from a reputable company.
Food processor, Electric whisks, or Stand mixer
To whip your shea butter into body butter, you can use a food processor, hand-held electric beater, or a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk or beat the mixture for 30 seconds to 1 minute to mix everything together.
You can put your body butter into whatever container the shea butter came in or you can put it in a glass mason jar. I love to split the batch of body butter in half, add different essential oils to each, and put them in mason jars. Use the wide-mouth jars for easy use!
How to Make Whipped Shea Body Butter
Step one. In a stand mixer or food processor, add in the raw shea butter, and olive oil. Mix everything together for 30 seconds to 1 minute to achieve a smooth, light, and airy consistency.
Step two. Split the body butter into two different bowls to create different scents.
Step three. Mix in 10 - 20 drops of your favorite essential oils into each bowl.
I used 15 - 20 drops of peppermint.
And 10 - 15 drops of bergamot (be careful with some citrus essential oils, because they can be phytotoxic in the sunlight. Research which oils to use before using).
Step four. Lastly, transfer your body butters into plastic containers or glass wide-mouth mason jars. Store in a cool area.
Will the body butters melt?
I have never had a problem with my body butters melting. This shea body butter recipe is thick and creamy and doesn’t require melting the butter before whipping it. They shouldn’t easily melt unless you store your butters in direct sunlight or in a very warm environment. I usually store them in a relatively cool area, in indirect light.
If you have a problem with them melting, try storing the body butters in the refrigerator before using them.
How Long will the shea body butter last?
These body butters are made with unrefined raw oils and pure essential oils. They can last for several months without any problems.
Frequently Asked Questions —
In this case, try using refined shea butter. It is more processed than the unrefined shea butter but it doesn't have a strong shea butter smell. I would also try using an all-natural fragrance oil if you want a more fragrant body butter.
Unrefined shea butter naturally has a gritty texture. Add more oil to your body butter if it's still a bit gritty even after whipping. Start with a ¼ cup of oil then add a bit more until it reaches your desired consistency!
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Homemade whipped shea butter is great to use in cooler weather to help with dry skin. It smells great and has only 3 clean ingredients - shea butter, extra virgin olive oil, and the essential oils of your choice.
- 8 oz raw unrefined shea butter
- ¼ - ½ cup olive oil*
- 30 drops essential oil, divide if making two different scents
- In a stand mixer or food processor add in the raw shea butter, and olive oil. Mix for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the shea butter has a smooth, light and airy consistency.
- Mix in 30 drops of the essential oil of your choice. Store in a plastic container or mason jar in a cool area. Enjoy!
If making two different scents:
- Add 15 - 20 drops of peppermint essential oil to half of the body butter. Mix and transfer to a plastic container or mason jar.
- For the second one, add 10 - 15 drops of bergamot oil or your favorite essential oil. Mix and transfer to a plastic container or mason jar.
- Store your body butters in a cool area. Enjoy!
Shea body butter can last for several months in a cool environment stored in a air-tight container.
* Add more oil if you want a lighter feeling shea butter with a smoother consistency.
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