I currently have two posts on Shea butter (ori in Yoruba, okwume in Igbo) so I guess the fact that I like my shea butter is not a big secret. However, because I do not find Shea butter easy to spread, I whip it up with some other oils and throw in some Essential oils.
I share my method for whipping up a batch below:
I melt my shea butter using a Heat safe container submerged in boiling water. (Double boiler method). That way the Shea is gently melted and there is no loss in nutritive properties due to overheating. I add my oils to the Shea butter after it is melted.
I use a whisk to whip it all together. A whisk is great for this because it incorporates air into the mixture, making it nice and fluffy.
After whisking and cooling alternately it solidifies into a light butter.
I put it in this tin for good presentation - I was giving this to my former lecturer.
I used olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil (if it is going on my hair), glycerin and either lavender or lemongrass essential oil. My girl screwyhair has details on ingredients and measurements.
When you first use whipped shea butter, you may find it a bit greasy on application. Have no fear! It sinks right in really quickly.
In case you haven’t read my old posts on Shea butter, you can find some information on Shea butter in this post here and if you want to know how it is processed from the nut to the butter, go here.