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Whipped Shea Butter with Lavender and Orange

This is a pretty simple whipped Shea butter.  I used refined organic Shea that had been pre-tempered. It might work with raw minimally processed types.  It is very occlusive and when I made it initially it felt quite greasy so I added some organic tapioca starch to cut the oiliness a little. I didn’t want to dry it out completely as that would be pointless.  In my opinion it sinks into the skin quite quickly for what it is. Below is the formulation and method.  Its scented with organic Orange and Lavender essential oils. As this is a leave on product it is better to use distilled Orange oil as I understand it is not phototoxic.

The formulation:

INGREDIENTAMOUNT USED PERCENTAGE 
Organic Shea Butter150g93.75
Organic Tapioca Starch9g5.62
Organic Orange Essential Oil0.5g0.315
Organic Lavender Essential Oil0.5g0.315

Method:

  1. Partially melt the Shea Butter. Mine was half melted when I decided to whisk. After the inital whisk the temperature was 29c.  I then added the Tapioca Starch and essential oils. 2. I whipped every 10 minutes.  This is what it looked like when it was 27c3.  I carried on whipping, every 5-10 minutes.  This is the final picture after I whipped it at 23c.

I initially used the ‘add ingredients as I go along’ method of formulating and calculated the percentages afterwards.  You might want to just use this as a basic guideline and adjust accordingly especially if you like things a bit neater. This is a good starter, but you could easily swap out the tapioca starch for another starch and of course use different essential oil blends. You could probably get away with softening it slightly in a bowl of hot water rather than melting it.  Many people swear by using this method or continually stirring to stop it going grainy.

Shea butter has a really nice consistency. Its not extremely hard and quite easy to whip. Its very moisturising and many people use it on its own for dry and itchy skin conditions. Whipping it is a great way to make it user friendly as it is quite dense otherwise.

If you have problems with grainy Shea or want to know how to do all sorts of different things with it then you will find the book Working with Shea by Lise Andersen very useful.

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