One of the things that many people really like about Shea butter is its texture. Rich, luscious, soothing and protective, this botanical balm makes a great DIY product base and goes on just as well on its own. But that same luscious texture can start to feel a little heavy when it’s already hot and even sticky outside. So what’s a Shea butter fan to do? The good news is that you don’t have to give up using your Shea butter. With the help of a little bit of modern technology you can transform that heavy texture into a light, airy skin crème.
All you need in order to transform your Shea butter into a Shea soufflé is a bowl, an electric hand mixer and of course, Shea butter. In order for this to work you need to make sure that your Shea is super warm, soft and pliable. If it’s not quite there you can gently warm it in a double boiler over low heat, or even place it in a warm place for later. Also, if you would like you can also add in other oils as well such as Coconut or even Olive oil, but you don’t have to.
Now, once you have your bowl, your butter and your mixer, you can get to the good part: whipping your Shea butter. Simply put your Shea into the bowl—along with any other carrier oils you would like to add—and then simply whip away with your mixer. It may take a couple minutes to reach your desired consistency, but what you are looking for is a light, fluffy mousse of raw African Shea butter. Once ready, you can simply transfer it back into the container it came in or put it into a new one, and store in a cool, dry place.
This is a great way to transform typically thick and heavy Shea butter into a much lighter body product. It also makes a great gift and medium for your favorite essential oils. And don’t think that you can, or should, only do this in the summer. You may find that you actually prefer your Shea butter whipped this way! Especially if you live in a climate with cold winters that tend to make things like Shea butter solidify, keeping a jar of whipped Shea on hand can ensure that your favorite body butter is always easily spreadable. Enjoy!