What is Whipped Butter?
Whipped Butters are mainly heavy body cremes that you can use to moisturize your skin or hair. Since, most whipped butters are pure nut butters and don’t contain water, there is no need for a preservative. If you add water, extracts, or any juices (such as Aloe Vera juice), you need to use a synthetic preservative in your mix.
When you whipped butter with no additional ingredients, you end up with…well…butter. A smooth, creamy oil that MELTS when the temperature gets too high. Additional ingredients help stabilize whipped shea butter, so I always add extra goodies to my recipe.
Now, on to choosing the oils for our mix!
You may be thinking, why add any oil at all? Can’t you just whip the shea butter alone? You can use shea butter alone but, keep in mind that most authentic shea butters, don’t provide much shine and don’t have much glide. I relate it to the feeling of beeswax, without the waxy coating. Adding carrier oils help make applying the shea butter easier and also gives added benefits to the hair and/or skin. You can use whatever oil you choose but I prefer to buy them but of course with nooo chemicals! I like KeraVada’s Super Ego and Kera 1010 because they are chemical-free and they have a greater concentration of growth herbs. However, ORS (Oil Root Stimulator) or your favorite non-petroleum based oil should do the trick!
Sweet Almond Oil– this oil provides shine and is very light. It does not moisturize, as it doesn’t penetrate the hair very much. Great oil for skin and hair. (Why Sweet Almond Oil for Natural Hair Could be Exactly What You are Looking for)
Coconut oil- This oil helps provide shine and moisture. For a lot of people, coconut oil alone just sits on the top of their hair and gives their hair a greasy feeling. Remember- Since this oil melts very easily, the more you add to your mixture the softer your end mixture will be.
Olive Oil– This oil to me, is very heavy. I personally do not like it in butters for my skin and use it in small amounts in butter for my hair. This oil adds a large amount of shine and is also known to penetrate the hair shaft. Bare in mind that this oil can leave the hair or skin feeling greasy or weighed down, so use sparingly.
Castor Oil– This oil is a humectant, it aids in adding moisture to the hair shaft. This oil is best used in hair butters as it can be a bit sticky and hard to smooth onto the skin. Be careful, if you live in a dry climate since this oil takes moisture from the air and adds it to your hair if there is no moisture in the air…well you may end up with dry hair.
Feeling Lazy? Let’s Keep the Recipe SIMPLE:
Avocado Oil– This could be the only butter you need. This is a light oil, that can penetrate the hair shaft. It adds shine to the hair and skin. This oils has a lot of benefits to the hair and skin. (Benefits of Avocado Oil)
Other oils you can pick from are Safflower, Sunflower, Babassu, Apricot Kernel, Emu- the list goes on.
Here are 2 basic Whipped Shea Butter Recipes you can try and also tweak to your liking: Easy Homemade Whipped Shea Butter