Shea butter is a fat extracted from the ground pit of the fruits of the Karite trees throughout west Africa. It is a creamy emollient that can be used on ones skin and hair and can even be eaten, usually as a butter added to rice. Raw Shea butter has the appearance of hard chunks much like cocoa butter but is actually much softer and creamier. It melts as soon as you rub it in your hands or onto your body.
According to Deyale Sports Center Blog (www.deyale.com) the following are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:
- Daily skin moisturizer (face and body)
- Dry skin relief
- Dry scalp
- Skin rash- including diaper rash
- Skin peeling, after tanning
- Blemishes and wrinkles
- Itching skin due to dryness
- Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
- Small skin wounds
- Skin cracks
- Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
- Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
- Minor burns
- Sun and wind protection
- Even skin tone
- Reduce blemishes and scarring
- Eliminating scalp irritation from dryness or chemical processing
- Preventing bumps after shaving
- Reducing acne (especially in combination with African Black Soap)
- Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
- Helps restore elasticity to skin
- Restores luster to hair
Raw Shea has a very distinguished scent to it. Some find the scent to be pleasant (but not as yummy as cocoa butter), others find it to be… meh. I don’t mind the scent of Shea butter. I’ve been using it daily for over 15 years. But, sometimes I just want some variety in scent. Most perfumes cause me to have an allergic reaction on my skin but, I find that I can use most fragrance oils without incident. So, I figured out a recipe for adding just the right amount of scent to the butter. Being that Shea butter is usually too thick to stir anything into it I had to figure out how to soften it enough to add the fragrance oils of my choice. Melting the Shea butter is not an option. It seems that no matter what method I have tried in the past, it always seems to come back together grainy. I’ve heard that some people add coconut oil to the Shea before whipping it to soften but, I didn’t want to do that either. I just wanted a sweet smelling Shea butter, with no other ingredient added but fragrance. I figured out that the best way to get a nice soft Shea butter cream was to scrape the chunks rather than mash or melt them. However, even with this method, it is still too thick to be able to stir oils into it. Here’s what I did:
- I Started off with 1/2 lb of scraped Shea butter.
- I then whipped it with a hand mixer on the highest setting. It was very thick and unyielding at first but, I kept at it until I had a nicely whipped Shea butter (if the Shea butter gets stuck in the whisks, run the whisks along the sides of your mixing bowl to release the butter) .
- To that I added 1.5 tsp of fragrance oil (my fav is mango) and mixed it by hand really good with a silicone spatula.
- Next, I transferred the blend to two 4 oz jars and now I have a nice, soft, whipped, beautifully scented Shea butter. Since the whipping expanded it a bit, I even have 1-2 oz left over.
With a ratio of 1:32 fragrance to Shea butter, I can even put this stuff on my face with no irritation. Now I’m well moisturized and I smell like a tropical fruit goddess. Lovely.
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Now, I must admit, I am a Shea butter vendor and as such I have access to large amounts of Shea butter and insider connections for fine fragrance oils. I also have a knack for this stuff as I have been selling raw Shea butter and Shea products to friends and family for years now.