Don't we all just love Ari Lennox!?!?! The entire time I wrote this post, I sang Shea Butter in my head! LOL
We’re definitely into the colder months as Michigan had our first snow of the season last week!!! When it comes to personal care, I’m a lover of oils and butters. They condition my skin a lot better than drug store lotions. My skin gets really dry in the fall so I switch from coconut oil to shea butter. It makes my skin feel luxurious and the best part is that it creates a layer of insulation for winter weather. Trust me, if you suffer from anemia or are ALWAYS cold, you need Shea Butter in your life. Shea butter has loads of fatty content which makes it a great topical moisturizer that rapidly absorbs into your skin. It’s also anti-inflammatory. Shea butter helps me with the minimization of irritation caused by environmental factors, such as dry weather and my HS. I have friends that use it for their skin conditions as well, like eczema. Shea butter has significant levels of vitamins A and E, which means it promotes strong antioxidant activity for maintaining youthfulness in the look of my skin. I always tell my mom that I wished we used shea butter as a kid instead of cocoa butter. (Although cocoa butter is a good butter for skin health!) If you can get over the scent of shea butter, it becomes golden. When I want to smell a little more Dommi-ish, I whip my shea butter with essential oils of my choice. My favorite blend is rose absolute, lavender and ylang ylang. Almost every cosmetic brand uses shea butter in their products or package it up to b sold. When shopping for your Shea butter, remember to select the unrefined version. Refined shea butter is extracted during a process which uses high levels of heat. Some of the benefits of shea butter are lost when exposed to higher temperatures during this process. The white shea butter is generally preferred over yellow due to its lack of color and mild smell. However; it also lacks many of the bioactive nutrients, like Vitamin A & E found in raw shea butter. Raw Shea Butter is unrefined and beautifully earthy. After bathing, I take my time to spread hunks of that stuff all over my body. It’s a ritual for me and I usually infuse it with chamomile and lavender. Raw shea butter maintains much more skin care benefits and vitamins.
Here’s a whipped shea butter recipe, if the unrefined chunks are too solid for you. Enjoy!
I learned to first melt it all the way, then add essential oils of your choice, place it in the fridge to solidify, then whip it to perfection.
Slowly melt the shea butter in a double boiler.
Turn off the heat and remove the butter from the burner. At this stage you can add carrier oils and vitamin E, but it’s still too hot to add essential oils.
Let it cool off to room temperature either by setting aside, or by placing your container in a bowl with ice to speed up the process.
Stir it occasionally while you are waiting for it to cool off close to room temperature, or about 75 F (23 C).
Add the essential oils if applicable.
WHIP IT! That’s right, you whip it while it’s still liquid. I am not sure on the science behind it, but if you skip this step, it won’t turn out as nice.
Put it in the fridge until it’s completely solid.
Take it out of the fridge and let it soften enough to be able to WHIP IT AGAIN.
And you’re done!
Now you can scoop the shea in your final containers, or you can pour the whipped butter in a zip lock bag, cut a corner at the end of it, then squeeze into your jars.