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DIY: whipped shea butter

Hello beautiful people, I want to share my recipe for whipped shea butter, along with pictures of the process. Shea butter is fairly common in this part of the world, it is popularly known as ‘ori’. I’m sure y’all know the benefits of shea butter, I will discuss this in another post. Shea butter can sometimes be a pain to use due to its stiff texture, you have to rub it between your palms to warm it up for it to melt before application. However, with whipped shea butter there is no need for all that, the whipping improves its texture so its very easy to apply and you can add ingredients based on what you need. Everybody can use whipped shea butter. It can be used as a moisturizer for the skin or hair and naturalistas will love using it as a sealant.
There are two main methods for making whipped shea mix:
1. With heat
2. Without heat
I have used the two methods and they worked very well, but this post will be on the heated method; so, here goes:
Step 1: Gather your ingredients
In making mine, I used shea butter, coconut oil, aloe vera gel (optional) and glycerine (optional)

Aloe gel and coconut oil
Aloevera gel and coconut oil (glycerine not pictured here)

Step 2: Melt the shea butter
Put a large pot of water over a flame and when it heats up, put the shea butter in a metal container over the steam coming from the pot, the shea butter should melt fairly quickly. I recommend heating the water first because this method allows the shea butter to melt quickly without heating it too much; in fact, my shea butter remained cold to touch immediately after melting. Overheating the shea butter can make it lose some of its benefits so be careful with that. The melted shea butter should look like this

Melted shea butter
The melted shea butter should look like this

You can add/use other types of butter like cocoa butter or mango butter.
Step 3: Add base oils
After melting, allow the shea butter cool to room temperature and then add oils. Base oils give extra benefits to the mix and they prevent hardening. I used coconut oil because I love its light texture. You can use whatever base oils you like: avocado oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil etc… I added aloe vera gel because it is hydrating  but it’s not greasy and it adds an extra dose of vitamin e into my mix, its optional though. I included glycerine because it’s another beloved product of mine and I wanted its humectant properties in my mix, glycerine is also optional. Your list of ingredients can be varied depending on what you prefer. Essential oils have various benefits and give the mix a wonderful aroma but I didn’t include it in this mix, maybe the next one. Again, you can vary these according to your preference.

Step 4: Refrigerate
Refrigerate the mix till it solidifies a bit, I refrigerated mine for an hour, you can adjust this as you like but make sure the mixture doesnt become too hard.
Step 5: Whisk!!!
Use a hand mixer or an electric mixer to whisk it till it becomes fluffy.

Whipped shea butter
After whipping, it should look like this

Now, you can scoop the shea butter into any container of your choice.
Tip: The volume of the shea mix will increase to about double its previous amount so whip in a large container.
You now have your whipped shea butter. Easy, right?
What you should remember is that there are no hard and fast rules to this, you can vary ingredients as much as you like; I know some people add honey, cornstarch or even water!! The key is to determine why you need the mix and what benefits you want to derive.
I got good results on my first try but if it seems difficult at first, just try again till you get it right. Trust me the results are worth it. Till next time, sayonara.

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