Whipped Shea Body Butter
Unrefined shea butter contains the most benefits when it comes to skin health. It is a potent emollient that can soften and heal dry skin, and has anti-aging properties. It fosters the development of collagen, diminishes the appearance of scars and wrinkles, and can treat skin damaged by sunburns.
Unrefined shea butter is a great carrier oil as it ensures that the essential oils added to it are effectively released into the skin. Refined shea butter is that which has been processed with high heat and sometimes chemicals. While refined shea butter still has benefits and moisturizing properties, it loses much of its healing and therapeutic benefits during the processing. Refined shea butter is typically odorless, with a pure white color while unrefined shea butter has a color ranging from cream to grayish-yellow and has a mild nutty aroma. I personally don’t mind the scent of the unrefined shea butter and I prefer this because of it’s healthy skin benefits. However, unrefined shea butter’s aroma slightly masks the scent of the essential oils you add to it, and can be off-putting to some. If you do choose refined shea butter, be sure to choose one that has not been processed with hexane, a neuropathic toxin.
4oz. Shea Butter
2 Tablespoons base oil of your choice (apricot, olive, jojoba, Vitamin E, almond, avocado)
20 drops essential oils (Lavender, Frankinscence, Elemi, Geranium, Neroli, Roman chamomille are all wonderful choices for skin care.)
Glass or stainless steel mixing bowl and an electric mixer
8oz. glass, stainless steel, or PET plastic container for storage (or two 4oz. containers).
Note that the final volume of the product will be increased because of the whipping.
Place shea butter into the mixing bowl and mash it with a fork. Add base oil and continue to mash until blended. Mix with electric mixer for approximately 3-5 minutes to desired consistency. Add essential oils and mix to blend. Put in containers and store away from heat. Please note that the 20 drops of essential oils per 4oz. of shea butter will result in a 1% dilution of the essential oils. This dilution is suitable for children and for use in pregnancy, bearing in mind that not all oils are suitable for children and mama’s to-be.
3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
3 Tablespoons Baking Soda
2 Tablespoons Shea Butter
2-3 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder
15-20 drops Purification essential oil or combination of essential oils of your choice.
Melt shea butter and coconut oil in a double boiler, or in a mason jar placed in a pan of water, over medium heat until just melted. Remove from heat. Add baking soda and arrowroot and mix well. Add essential oils and mix. Transfer into a glass or PET plastic container to store and apply with fingertips. Alternatively you can place this mixture in an old deodorant container and keep it in the refrigerator (the mixture is not very solid at room temperature) and it works great!
Basic Body Spray
4 oz. distilled water
Pinch of Epsom salt
1 Tablespoon witch hazel
20 – 30 drops of essential oils*
Spray container (PET plastic, glass, or stainless steel)
Add Epsom salt to spray container and carefully add your chosen essential oils, aiming to drop them onto the salt. Add witch hazel, seal, and shake well to dissolve salt. Add water to fill. Shake well before each use.