A lot of home crafters (and pro cosmetics makers) have a love/hate relationship with shea butter. That's understandable.
Shea has far too much to offer in the way of skin and hair care to be dismissed. Over the years, I have worked with it countless ways - in emulsions, melt-and-pour products, bars, bath products, hair products, and a plethora of skin care products.
Along the way, there have been lots of opportunities to make mistakes. And there have been many. I have also learned from every one of them.
Today, I'm going to show you how I make whipped shea.
Ingredients and Equipment
- Shea Butter
- Essential oils of choice (optional)
- Glass Beaker (or other heat-proof container)
- Container (in which to whip your mixture)
- Accurate scale
- Piping bag
- Empty containers for your product
- 19 - 19.5 % jojoba
- 80 % shea
- 0.5 - 1% essential oil (optional)
Sanitize your equipment and be sure your work area is clean.
An accurate scale is gold when working with smaller amounts. Here it's obvious there is almost a full gram too much.
Weigh the shea.
Cut the shea into small pieces - as uniform as possible.
Allow it to reach room temperature.
Transfer the shea to your 'whipping container'.
Heat oilHeat the oil slowly then transfer it to the shea.
WhipWhip the mixture. Start at a slow speed, then increase speed until the mixture has an even consistency.
Add Essential OilIf you want to add essential oils, now is the time.
Final WhipWhip the mixture again until the consistency is light and airy.
Transfer and SetTransfer the mixture to a piping bag. Pipe into your container and let set.
Texture, Color and FeelWhen set, the texture should be light and airy yet stable. You should be able to easily dip into the balm without having to 'dig it out'.
As you can see above, my final product has a yellowish tinge. This is due to the essential oils in this batch.