by Dr. Uzoma for Beauty 365
Bonjour, mes amies!
I really love raw shea butter. It has done wonders for my skin, especially this winter. My skin was so dry to the point of itching and irritation. Ugochi recommended using raw shea butter and since using it I haven’t looked back. However, since the weather is warming up, pure raw shea butter is a bit thick for me. I needed a lighter mix to use. So, I decided to make my own whipped shea butter mix using some nourishing oils. . .
Here are the ingredients and their benefits:
- Shea Butter: repairs rough damaged skin, treatment of dry skin, eczema, and minor burns, contains sunscreen due to its rich content of vitamins E & F, Treats dark spots, & skin discolorations
- Coconut oil: Hydrates Dry Skin and Hair, Improves Skin Rashes, Prevents Wrinkles and Premature Aging, Protects Skin From the Sun
- Sweet Almond oil: Moisturizing Oil, Nourishing, Promotes Healthy Skin
- Apricot Kernel oil: Moisturizing Oil, Softens Fine Lines, Treats Dry Hair
- Jojoba oil: Moisturizing Oil, Promotes softer Skin, Hair & Body
- Castor oil: Skin Softener
- Vegetable Glycerin: Softens & Moisturizes, Humectant
- About 1 & ½ to 2 cups shea butter (I don’t usually measure the amount of shea butter I use.)
- 1 teaspoon each of almond, apricot and jojoba oils, vegetable glycerin
- 1 tablespoon of castor oil
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
Amount of shea butter used
I melted the shea butter using a double boiler method. I used this method in order to not expose the butter to direct heat. I also chose to melt the butter because I wanted the oils to mix well. It took about 10 minutes to melt.
Melting Shea Butter with Double Boiler Method
I then added the oils and mixed them briefly with a spoon. Next, I put the bowl over ice to quicken the cooling process.
Melted shea butter and oils + ice cubes
While the bowl was over the ice, I used the whisk attachment of a hand mixer to whip it. This helps to incorporate air into the mixture, making it light and fluffy.
Mixing immediately after melting
Mixing about 7 minutes later
As the mixture started to solidify, I poured it into the final container and continued to mix. After about 20 minutes, the mixture eventually solidified throughout but it was a bit runny. It was almost the consistency of pancake batter.
Mix over ice in final container
Then, I put in the refrigerator to fully cool and solidify. I kept it there for about 6 hours. Once the mix came out of the refrigerator, it was solid and hard. I left it overnight to warm to room temperature and used it the next day.
Mix before entering refrigerator
Mix after leaving refrigerator
I am so happy with the results of the mix. It is very light and it moisturizes my skin beautifully. I will definitely make this again.
Have any of you made your own creams/mixes?
Share your recipes and steps in the comments.
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