How to Whipped Shea Butter
If you are like me, you will stick with one method of doing something once you have learned it. Whipping shea butter is no different: I first learned to dissolve it completely, then add other ingredients (carrier oils, vitamin E, essential oils), place in the fridge to partially solidify, and then whisk to perfection. This is a video I made following this process:
The problem after a few years of doing it this way was time and space: if you have a small dose of about 1-2 pounds of product, following this method of melting, cooling and whipping takes several hours and results in beautiful formation.
It can be difficult to dissolve 5-10 pounds of shea butter with other ingredients. And that’s when I realized that in addition to the need for a dedicated room with a stove and refrigerator for my whipped skin care products, I should probably consider not melting shea butter and just whipping like whipping – guess what? Or edible butter. Or cream cheese.
How do you properly melt and whip shea butter?
After I made my debut shea video, I noticed that the above method initially gave it a pleasant airy texture, but after a few days, whipped shea butter would harden just like regular, non-whipped shea butter. After gazilion experimentation, I eventually figured out the sequence that makes whipped butter that doesn’t get whipped. Here’s how to melt and whip shakes to perfection. When you whip it correctly, you will not lose the air bubbles you introduced to the butter during whipping. This will result in a fluffy, stable structure. The whipped effect of the body butter will disappear if it doesn’t melt to a liquid in hot weather.
Slowly melt the shea butter in an oven double-cook (bain-marie in French, bagno maria Italian). Then heat it on low heat. Burnt butter is never a good idea, so it’s a slow and stable journey
Turn off the flame and take the butter out of the burner. You can add carrier oils and vitamin E at this stage, but it’s still too hot to add essential oils
Allow to cool to room temperature by either setting aside or placing the container in an ice bowl to speed up the process
While it cools to room temperature, stir occasionally. This should take about 23 degrees Celsius
Add essential oils as needed
Whip! That’s right, you whip while it’s still liquid. I’m not sure about the science behind it, but if you skip this step, it won’t turn out so well
Put in the fridge until completely solid
Take it out of the fridge and let it soften enough to beat it AGAIN
And you’re done!
Now you can scoop the shea butter into your final containers. Or, you can put the whipped butter in a ziplock bag and cut off the corner.
The downside to this is that you will get a fantastic end product. However, it can take hours depending on how large your dose.
How to save time: shea butter cold whipped
It’s not something I want to reveal until the end of the article so I will tell you: Cold-blended shea butter looks just like shea butter. I tried it, here is the evidence:
Go ahead and zoom in – they have the same exact structure. This is how cold-beat shea butter was created above.
Cut shea butter into small pieces
You can place pieces of shea in a bowl, or rack such as KitchenAid.
Start whisking it high, scrape off the butter that sticks to the sides and whisk until it looks homogeneous.
Slowly add carrier oils and essential oils as needed and beat until properly
And you’re done!
You can now scoop the shea butter into the final containers, or you can pour the whipped butter into a zippered bag, cut off the corner at the end and then squeeze into the glass.
This is a different method to melting and whipping. It takes approximately 1 hour, depending on how large your dose.
Warm whipping butter from Cold Whip
Below is a whipped butter bobble that was made from slowly dissolving shea butter. Compare them and tell me they don’t look like identical twins.
Whipped shea butter using the Melt & Whip method
Soft butters are exempted from the cold whipping procedure
You can find unrefined Shea Butter here
Only soft butters like mango butter or shea butter can be cold whipped. I use unrefined shea butter or 100% pure mango butter, which you can find here.
Depending on the season, these butters may vary slightly in hardness, but shea and mango butter can be cut into pieces, placed in a bowl and whipped without melting. Some butters such as coca and cocoa, as well as waxes that are in your skin care prescription, may require melting.
We’re done with today’s tutorial! whipped shea butter for hair hope that you learned something. If you’d like to share your body butter recipe, please leave a comment. Do you have any questions? If you would also like more information and recipes for self-care skin care products, I have an ebook that you can download for free here
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