I have found the holy grail mix when it comes to hair and body butter and so I’m sharing it with you today. Raw shea butter is transformed into a luxurious, rich, creamy butter, perfect to use on your hair to seal in moisture or as a replacement for your store-bought lotion. The best part is the adaptability, you get to choose the scent and creaminess and control the ingredients.
Whipped Shea Butter For the Body
I start with all-natural shea butter and usually make two batches. Since I know now that coconut oil irritates my face, I separate the batches. I like them to be different consistencies anyway. For my body butter, I use shea butter, Olive Oil, Castor Oil, Argan Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Coconut Oil, and then whatever essential oils I happen to have on hand for scent and added aromatherapy benefits. My favourite is a mix of sweet orange and lavender oils.
My last body butter batch also had grapeseed oil, jojoba oil and avocado oil. The mix is really up to you. I want my lotion to be a consistency that can be squeezed out of a bottle so I want a runnier consistency than my hair butter. Of course, if you like a thicker body butter kind of consistency you would use less oil. There’s no need for exact measurements, eyeball it and adjust to your taste. Here’s the ratio my lotion mix looked like before blending.
This is in my small magic bullet cup, let her rip! Once you’re done blending and you’ve bottled your mix, it will thicken up some as it settles so always try and get it just a little runnier than you’d want.
Using up my old lotion bottles.
Whipped Shea Butter For the Hair
My hair mix has pretty much the same ingredients with the exception of the coconut oil. I don’t want that to get onto my face as it causes me to break out so I leave it out. Cold-pressed, raw coconut oil is touted as great for skincare so don’t be afraid to try it out on your face or in your hair and see if it works for you. Everybody has a different experience but it’s a no-go above my neck, unless I am washing it out.
My hair butter went right back into this container. This is a 32oz container of shea butter that lasts me about 6 months. Give this a try! Even if you’re simply whipping the shea with coconut oil or olive oil, that in itself is a phenomenal healing, all-natural product that you made yourself.
This butter is luxurious, lasts all day and makes my skin feel so soft and supple. The benefits of shea butter include healing eczema, scars and stretch marks. I’m not sure about stretch marks but I can attest to eczema as munchkin’s skin patches are being kept at bay. I haven’t been using it on any areas that I have stretch marks but I simply love the way my legs feel after I rub down 😉 You could experiment with adding mango butter and cocoa butter to the mix as well.
The hair butter works better than anything I have ever put in munchkin’s hair as a moisture sealant. After I co-wash her hair, I add in a leave-in conditioner then some castor oil/coconut/olive oil mix to help seal and soften the hair and then this butter over all that. It keeps her hair soft and moisturized the entire time that I am combing her hair, whether doing plaits or cane rows.
I also use it in my hair after I’ve added my leave-in conditioner and my styling product. I concentrate it on my ends to help keep them super moisturized.
Are you convinced? Think you’ll be trying this out? Lemme know! Click here for a video I watched before I dived in, that inspired me to start making my own whipped shea butter. I’m so happy I did!
Related: My favourite DIY deep conditioner!