I do love shea butter in most of my creations, primarily because it offers great softening and moisturizing qualities and adds slip and glide to pretty much anything!
I love shea butter in a whipped body butter. I have tried making whipped butters with with mango - nice, but a little dry - and cocoa butter - very hard in the container - but I find I have the greatest success with shea butter. The recipe is simple enough, but you can play with the oils to find the perfect combination!
BASIC WHIPPED BUTTER RECIPE
80% shea butter
18% oil of choice
1% fragrance oil
1% Vitamin E (optional - include for oils with shorter shelf lives)
The life span of this butter will depend on the shelf life of your oils.
You can use the shea butter with or without melting. I like to melt it slightly so it will be easier to whip. I use refined shea butter - you can choose your favourite shea butter for this recipe.
Melt the shea butter slightly, then add the oil, fragrance oil, and Vitamin E to the container. Whip until it looks lovely and whipped. You're done!
MY WHIPPED BUTTER RECIPE (as shown above)
80% refined shea butter
17% rice bran oil
1% fragrance oil (Cream Cheese Frosting - I told you I was obsessed!)
Directions as above.
If you're on a quest for a winter time whipped butter to help restore barrier function in your skin, then add an oil high in linoleic fatty acids like sunflower, soy bean, or sesame oil. If you need something to reduce inflammation and sink in quickly, then you'll want something with a lot of oleic acid, like rice bran or olive oil, oils that feel heavier than the lighter, high linoleic acid oils. Or choose it by feel. If you want something that isn't too greasy (and the shea butter is going to be greasy), you can use avocado or hazelnut oil, or add up to 2% IPM to reduce the greasy feeling. Any oil combined with shea butter will help reduce transepidermal water loss, so really the oil part is just a bonus for any other qualities you want in a whipped butter.
And if you're going to present this to someone, you could make it very pretty with an icing bag and a 1M tip for a lovely swirl at the top!
Join me for fun formulating with shea butter in hair care products!