The holidays are fast approaching so I am finding myself in my kitchen more and more each Saturday…so much so I never got around to publishing this!
In addition to making Soap, this time of year I like to add products to my line that add another layer of luxury, protection, and comfort to your skin! One of my favorites is my whipped shea butter! I made 3 batches Saturday!
I start each batch with unrefined shea butter. I just got a shipment of 40lbs! I call it 40lbs of love! I use unrefined because I like the idea that it’s more natural, plus it maintains all its natural healing properties. None of the goodness of the natural shea has been taken away. You will find it rather grainy in texture but that disappears when it is melted. The picture above shows how I melt it in a double boiler over slow low heat. Once melted I add avocado oil to bring the temperature down and to encourage the shea to not get hard again once it is whipped. Avocado oil has the highest amount of Vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant. It’s also naturally hydrating as it is deeply absorbed by the squamous layer of the skin.
Once the shea butter/avocado oil mixture has cooled I begin the whipping process! Yup, that’s my Kitchenaid! If it’s cooled sufficiently it whips beautifully!
You see how quickly the color starts to change as the mixer hits it’s speed on high!
Once again a color change as the mixture becomes more and more whipped. Amazing how you can go from such a beautiful yellow to a stark white by turning a mixer on! I stop periodically to scrape down the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl so the thicker pieces of shea whip and become creamy in texture.
Isn’t that amazing? What a transformation it undergoes! At this point I add a small amount of arrowroot powder to give the whipped butter a little glide and keep the mixture from just feeling greasy. This is also when I add scent if I am going to scent it. Currently I make Lavender, Rosemary Citrus, Peppermint bark, and Unscented. But I always offer to make a custom order to match any of our soaps!
One thing I make sure of when making this is to not leave it alone. It’s not that delicate but I don’t want my family to eat it! You have to admit it looks like Royal icing! I have a friend who’s husband actually stuck a big wad in his mouth! I guarantee he won’t do that again! hahahahaha
Don’t you want to rub that in? It’s light, fluffy and so good for your skin! And to think it all started with the 40lbs of love tub!
Be Udderly Beautiful!
- Raw Unrefined African Shea Butter (2dimplzs.wordpress.com)
- Shea butter nourishes opportunities for African women (sierraexpressmedia.com)