Whipped Shea With a Non Greasy Touch

I'll bet with all the stuff going on around here lately you thought I forgot all about updating you on the shea testing I have been working on this (and last) year.



There it is up there.

A whipped shea that melts in without that typical 'shea-greasy feel'.

The greasy feeling has reduced to nothingness – a mere whisper.

And after all the tests and batches and tweaking and more testing, the answer seems so simple and straightforward. (It always does when you finally find it, doesn't it?)

There's a single teensy bit of magic you need to add to achieve this light-as-air, non-greasy feel, and because I think you're the best – ever – I'm, going to share it with you.

You Got This

You've already seen several posts about how to work with shea (if not, there are links to all kinds of shea and body butter goodness below), so today I'm just going to give you the magic tips.

The Magic Tips

Achieving non-greasiness when making a shea-rich product is all about what you pair it with.

Here's what you need to create a non-greasy touch to your whipped shea butter:

- Shea Butter (divided into nice, even-sized pieces at room temperature)

- Dry Oil (I used Fractionated Coconut Oil)

- Arrowroot or Micronised Rice Powder 

The addition of the powder combined with the use of dry oils is what cuts the greasy feel.

Who Would Have Thought?

It's hard to believe it can take so many batches and months of testing and tweaking to find an answer that really is the simplest thing on the planet.

If you're a fan of shea (or want to become a fan of shea), I've collected my best formulas, tips and how-to's in a 72-page e-book - just for you! Click the pic to check it out!

More about Shea and Body Butter on this Blog

Fail-safe whipped shea
Refined vs unrefined shea
Battling shea butter graininess – and winning
Grainy Body Butter? here's why
How to: Body Butter with Shea
Shea Butter - The Natural Skin Healer
3-ingredient body butter with Shea


María said…
Lucky you! Since I had so bad results with shea butter, I abandoned it. I managed a mix of other butters and works ok for me.
BTW, how this new formula work regarding the granule effect of shea butter?
Tiffany Elder said…
Thank you, Lisa. This is something I've thought about as well. Will give it a try.
KMY said…
This looks great - I'll have to try it. What I REALLY need is the way to make Shealoe (whipped shea + aloe) without it separating. Have you made this? Thanks so much for all you do.
Rayhanna said…
Love you caring about those tiny details& having the patience to experiment in it.
I usually combine both Sesame & jojoba oil, it gives me the desired feeling.
LisaLise said…
Hi Maria - I totally get why you abandoned shea -- it can be such a bucket of worms to work with! The graininess hasn't been an issue for me for a long time now. That was the first nut I had to 'crack' before I could start feeling comfortable working with shea.
LisaLise said…
Hi KMY - If you're not adding an emulsifier then you will get separation, unless you are incorporating aloe in powder form -- have you tried that?
LisaLise said…
Thank you for sharing this Rayhanna!
Unknown said…
Hi, is there a certain percentage or portion of dry oil to shea, or do you mix dry oil till....? Is it like a 4 parts shea to 1 part oil, or something similar? This sounds fabulous, thank you. Claire Shafer
Caprice said…
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Caprice said…
Hi Lose, I recently made a body butter with Shea, cocoa and mango butter. My oils were apricot kernel oil, avocado and coconut oils in this order. I gently heated melt especially the cocoa. Then I cooled down at room temp for 15 minutes, then refrigerate for 20 to 30 minutes then whipped. It turned out fine. The next day it set up into a slightly harder body butter but guess what! It was very drying! I added some more coconut oil and the texture is better but I figure my percentage of dry oil was greater then coconut oil which is more moisturizing. I also added a teaspoon of arrowroot powder and glycerine each. I am interested to hear your thoughts.
LisaLise said…
Hi Claire - check some of the links to other posts for specifics on that
LisaLise said…
Hi Caprice - sounds like a good combo you have there. I''m curious as to why you added glycerine, which is water soluble and introduces the need of a preservative and emulsifier if you want your product to remain stable.
Unknown said…
I like yo read the comments because i Learn a lot by reading bad and comments but i tell you this
I never had any training on how to do this type of thing I DONT EVEN KNOW HOW TO COOK lol 😂
My first very first batch I had no idea what the heck I was doing lmao but i remember using every oil I had in my house and i think it was like 15 lol and used yellow shea butter it was amazing texture and smell when I used it in my hands my coworkers were asking me where I got it from and loved the smell and from there I have been making it without following a recipe and everything have turned great… i had a few grainy one but for some reason i got it together and fixed it quickly with no issues
I THINK THE KEY IS: HAVE NO FEAR AND JUST DO IT AND TRUST GOD AND YOURSELF so now I’m having fun doing different recipes lol 😂

Don’t give up instead have fun and try different Ways your own ways it’s BETTER

LisaLise said…
HI Unknown, Thanks for your input! It is indeed important to put fears aside and just go for it at one point!