Thursday, October 20, 2011

Whipped Shea Butter

Going to a salon on occasion is great, but once I figure out the routine that's used for my hair, products, etc. I'm off to doing it myself. Doing this saves me money, time, and helps me take care of my hair the best. This applies to finding a great store bought product. I like to research ingredients, the how's and why's, then I'm off to making it, and usually replicating it cheaper. An example of this is my whipped shea butter mix! I absolutely love shea butter. I've used it for years on my skin, my hair, cuts, itchy spots, light burns, etc. Other things I commonly use is Vitamin E oil, olive oil, and lavender essential oil (EO). I know all of the benefits of these, so why not combine them into one great product?!

The final result!!!

What I Used:
  • Unrefined Shea Butter - Great healing and moisturizing properties
  • Carrot Oil - Beta carotene helps dry/chapped skin. Great for hot oil treatments, because it helps smooth and strengthen hair
  • Vitamin E Oil - Can help prevent scarring, sooth burns, protects against UV rays
  • Olive Oil - A deep penetrating moisturizer, natural cell generator, and anti-inflammatory
  • Sunflower Oil- Great for mature, damaged, or sensitive skin. It's easily absorbed, and full of omega oil, vitamin A, E and D
  • Caster Oil - Rich in fatty acids, a humectant (draws moisture) and natural anti-inflammatory
  • Grapeseed Oil - Great for sensitive skin. It's light and good to use as a carrier oil for EO
  • Sweet Almond Oil - Skin conditioner that's good for eczema, dry, or itchy skin, and is easily absorbed. It's a good substitute for Olive Oil
  • Jojoba Oil - Closely resembles the oil your scalp natural produces. It's actually a non greasy liquid wax.
  • Lavender EO- Natural disinfectant of the skin and hair. Helps stimulate blood circulation, and calms the skin
  • Ylang Ylang EO- Means "flower of flowers" and is the essence from a flowering cananga tree. Helps normalize sebum (oil) production in the skin, condition hair, and stimulate hair growth.
  • Peppermint EO - Contains fatty acids, calcium, vitamin A and C. It stimulates blood circulation, is good for oily skin, and dull hair 
After carefully melting, mixing, cooling, and blending my Whipped Shea Butter was created!! I'm in love with it. I used this after washing my hair, and before putting my hair on flexi rods. This is day 5 and my curls still look fresh, my hair is super soft, shiny, and smells good! I'll continue to make and use this mix.  There are so many beneficial ingredients and I'm not limited to just hair use. This whipped shea butter can be used as a skin conditioner also, in place of lotions or creams.

  • It's a light weight product. The whipped shea butter melts with body temperature
  • The scent is light and it smells great
  • A little goes a long way
  • It cost less than $10 to make about 1 pound of whipped shea butter
  • Multi-functional; can be used on hair and the body
  • It's non greasy and is easily absorbed into the skin

Alternative Ingredients:
Coconut Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Mango Butter as the base
Coco Butter as the base
Aloe Vera Oil
Cotton Seed Oil
Rosemary EO
Soybean Oil

Do you have a recipe for whipped shea butter? What ingredients do you use?

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