It is not always a good idea to melt shea butter before whipping

How to Whipped Shea Butter

If you’re like me, once you learn one way to do something, you’ll stick to 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. Here is one of my videos following this method:

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? – 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. Of course, if your body butter doesn’t melt into a liquid due to the hot weather, the whipped effect will disappear – welcome to the world of truly natural skin care.

Slowly dissolve the shea butter in a double cooker (bain-marie in French or bagno maria in Italian) and dissolve it over a low heat. Burnt butter is never a good idea, so it’s a slow and stable journey
Turn off the fire and remove the butter from the burner. It’s possible to add carrier oils or vitamin E at this point, but essential oils are not recommended.
To speed up cooling, either place the container in an ice bucket or set it aside.
Stir occasionally while waiting for it to cool to room temperature, or about 23 deg C
As needed, add essential oils
Whips! You whip the liquid while it is still liquid. It’s not clear what the science behind this is, but it will not work if you skip this step.
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.
Shea butter chilled whipped: How to save time

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 the cold-beat shea butter was made above:

Cut shea butter into small pieces
Put pieces of shea in a bowl or rack like KitchenAid
Begin to whisk it up, then scrape the butter from the sides. Continue whisking until the mixture looks uniform.
Add carrier oils and essential oils slowly to the bowl and beat it until smooth.
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. whipped butter

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.

Use the Melt & Whip technique to whip up shea butter
Soft butters are exempted from the cold whipping procedure

Shop for unrefined shea butter here

Cold whipping can only be done on soft butters such as shea butter and mango butter. You can find 100% pure mango butter here or unrefined shea butter 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! I hope you have learned something new, I would like to hear from you in the comments: what is your way of making body butter? Do you have any questions? You can also download my ebook here for more information and recipes on self-care skin products.

Thanks again for stopping!


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