What I Used:
- Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
- Carrot Oil
- Vitamin E Oil
- Lemon Essential Oil
Using a double boiler, on a medium heat I melt the shea butter and coconut oil. About two parts raw unrefined shea butter was used to about one part organic extra virgin coconut oil. It takes a few seconds for it to melt completely. That's fine, because I don't want to cook the oils; I just want them melted.
Next, it's time to cool the oil down to stop the cooking process, and so that it may be whipped! I put the entire pot into the freezer for about 3 minutes. After removing, I use a hand mixer (on a medium setting) to whip the oils together.
|Soon you'll see froth on top of the oils. This is caused by the air forced into the oils by the mixer. You want to see this; it's what will make the whipped product light and fluffy.|
After repeating this process a few times the mixture will start to thicken up.
Now is when I add in any EO that I plan on using. For this mixture I used about 6 drops of Lemon EO and about 30 drops of Lavender EO before blending. Smell the whipped mix, and if the scent isn't to your liking adjust the number of drops you use.
When the shea butter-coconut oil mixture starts to look like a body butter, or thick lotion I stop blending. This is the consistency I desire. If you keep blending the result will be more airy and solid. Stopping here gives you a creamier product. In the end both ways will melt at body temperature.
Using my plastic knife I scrape in my whipped shea butter into small glass jars with air tight lids. A piping bag (like bakers use) could be used to help transfer the whipped shea butter into containers.
|As you can probably tell, the results resemble a lotion. The consistency will vary depending on the air temperature. The amount of coconut oil you use will help determine this. If stored in a cool place it'll remain soft, but solid.|
Pros of this Mix:
- The acid in Lemon EO will help seal the hairs cuticle trapping in moisture
- Lemon EO acts as a clarifier to your hair helping to remove excess product and add shine
- Lavender EO is great for dry, oily, or damaged hair, because it helps normalize natural oil production
- Both Lemon EO and Lavender EO help fight the causes of dandruff.
- Coconut oil melts at about 75 degrees, so your natural body temp helps it spread. Less product needed
- Coconut oil is a natural antimicrobial
- Shea butter and coconut oil are both great hair and skin conditioners
- Shea butter has many healing properties
- Shea butter is quickly absorbed by the skin
- Carrot oil is high in antioxidants that help fight hair loss
- Olive oil helps improve elasticity (how far hair can stretch before breaking) of dry hair
- The whipped mix isn't as thick as raw shea butter, so people who were turned off by that have a new alternative
Uses for this Mix:
- Apply to wet hair after shampooing, and before styling for a leave in conditioner
- Use to protect the ends of your hair if they're damaged
- Massage into the scalp at night
- A hot oil treatment since the mix will liquefy with heat
- Use in a wash n go for extra protection
- Treat heat damaged hair
There are a few samples of my whipped shea butter mixtures floating around out there. Hopefully soon I'll have a couple reviews back on it. Try to create your own mixes. What would you use??