Monday, September 23, 2013

Mixology || My Latest Whipped Shea Butter Recipe

So I've been mixing my own whipped shea butter since going natural (for over five years now), and it has gone many a transformation, usually for the better.  Below is my latest recipe that I use it to seal my hair after a fresh wash and condition.  (I actually eyeball the portions but will do my best to give you actual ratios based off memory.)

Ingredients:
½ cup shea butter
¼ cup aloe vera gel
1 tbsp safflower oil (or oil of your choice)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp grapeseed oil
1 tsp honey

Instructions:
Break the shea butter into small pieces and place in a bowl.  Using a hand mixer, whip the shea butter until fluffy and the chunks are gone.  (If your shea butter is too hard, melt it only slightly to soften it a bit.)  Add in the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly with the hand mixer.  Finito! 

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for this great recipe. What is the shelf life of this mixture and do I have t refrigerate it?

    Miatta

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    1. Sorry for the late reply. The mixture lasts me about 2-3 months. I think the shelf life is about that much (2-3 months) as well; I can't see it lasting any longer. Hope that helps! :o)

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  2. ^ I'm wondering the same. I've also read that mixes of aloe vera products and oils are likely to support bacterial or fungal growth. Have you ever experienced this with your method?

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    1. That is true. I've only experienced a "bad" batch once. In that case, I believe I was holding on the mixture for up to 6 months. I didn't see any bacterial/fungal growth, but the mixture did start smelling funny towards the end. Now I just keep batches like this for 3 months max. (Adding tea tree essential "may" help, but I cannot guarantee it.) :o)

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  3. You can leave the honey in your hair?

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    1. Depending on how it's mixed and the concentration, yes. :o)

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    1. It will work best on dense, super dry, low porosity, thick hair.

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