Shea butter can be used on the skin or hair in its natural form. However, whipping makes it easier to apply. You can mix shea butter with a number of other carrier oils or even add essential oils if you don't like the nutty aroma; but for this tutorial I will be using only virgin coconut oil.
Shea Butter 142g
Virgin Coconut Oil 58g
Measure out 142 grams of Shea Butter in to a glasss or stainless bowl, pour a small amount of water in a pot and let it boil. Once it starts boiling, remove from the heat and place the bowl of shea butter over the pot. It will melt rapidly. Add the58 grams of coconut oil and mix together.
Once the shea butter is mixed with the coconut oil, transfer to a blender and start whipping. It's fine if the shea butter hasen't melted completly. The whipping process will break down any chunks of shea that remain. Whip at short blasts medium speed for 10 -15minutes.
After 15 minutes of whippng the consistency of the oils should be thicker, light and fluffy if not just blend for a few more minutes until you are satisfied.
Whipping shea butter will prevent it from going semi-solid again, but will increase the volume two to three times what it was before so make sure you have a container big enough. Store in a cool, dark place.
Whipped Shea Butter
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30 October 2012
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