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.)

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

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! 


Unknown said...

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


RavenArcher said...

^ 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?

Loo said...

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)

Loo said...

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)

Kika said...

You can leave the honey in your hair?

Loo said...

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

Unknown said...

Do u have a youtube channel

Loo said...

Hi. No, I don't. :o)

GhostofaSiren said...

Will this work on all hair-types?

Loo said...

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