It is not always a good idea to melt shea butter before whipping
If you are like me, you will stick with one method of doing something once you have learned it. Whipping shea butter is no different: I first learned to dissolve it completely, then add other ingredients (carrier oils, vitamin E, essential oils), place in the fridge to partially solidify, and then whisk to perfection. This is a video I made following this process:
The problem after a few years of doing it this way was time and space: if you have a small dose of about 1-2 pounds of product, following this method of melting, cooling and whipping takes several hours and results in beautiful formation.
It can be difficult to dissolve 5-10 pounds of shea butter with other ingredients. beebertsbutter was then that I realized that I needed a separate room with a stove, refrigerator and stove to whip up my skin care products. – Edible butter. Or cream cheese.
How do you properly melt and whip shea butter?
My debut shea video was made after I realized that although the above technique initially gave it an airy texture, whipped shea Butter would become more solid than regular, non-whipped shea. Fast forward to the gazilion experiments, I later came up with the right sequence that gives whipped butter that stays whipped. Here’s how to melt and whip shakes to perfection. When you whip it correctly, you will not lose the air bubbles you introduced to the butter during whipping. This will result in a fluffy, stable structure. The whipped effect of the body butter will disappear if it doesn’t melt to a liquid in hot weather.
Slowly dissolve the shea butter in a double cooker (bain-marie in French or bagno maria in Italian) and dissolve it over a low heat. It’s not a good idea to burn butter, so make sure it’s stable and slow.
Turn off the flame and take the butter out of the burner. It’s possible to add carrier oils or vitamin E at this point, but essential oils are not recommended.
Allow to cool to room temperature by either setting aside or placing the container in an ice bowl to speed up the process
Stir occasionally while waiting for it to cool to room temperature, or about 23 deg C
Add essential oils as needed
Whips! That’s right, you whip while it’s still liquid. It’s not clear what the science behind this is, but it will not work if you skip this step.
Put in the fridge until completely solid
Let it cool in the refrigerator before you take it out.
And you’re done!
You can now scoop the shea butter into the final containers, or you can pour the whipped butter into a zippered bag, cut off the corner at the end and then squeeze into the jars.
While you get a great end product, the downside is that this process takes hours depending on the size of your dose.
How to save time: shea butter cold whipped
It’s not something I want to reveal until the end of the article so I will tell you: Cold-blended shea butter looks just like shea butter. I tried it, here is the evidence:
Zoom in and see the exact same structure. This is how cold-beat shea butter was created above.
Make small pieces of shea butter
Put pieces of shea in a bowl or rack like KitchenAid
Start whisking it high, scrape off the butter that sticks to the sides and whisk until it looks homogeneous.
Slowly add carrier oils and essential oils as needed and beat until properly
And you’re done!
Now you can scoop the shea butter into your final containers. Or, you can put the whipped butter in a ziplock bag and cut off the corner.
This is a different method to melting and whipping. It takes approximately 1 hour, depending on how large your dose.
Warm whipping butter from Cold Whip
Below is a whipped butter bobble that was made from slowly dissolving shea butter. Compare them and tell me they don’t look like identical twins.
Use the Melt & Whip technique to whip up shea butter
The cold whipping method only applies to soft butters
Shop for unrefined shea butter here
Only soft butters like mango butter or shea butter can be cold whipped. You can find 100% pure mango butter here or unrefined shea butter here.
Depending on the season, these butters may vary slightly in hardness, but shea and mango butter can be cut into pieces, placed in a bowl and whipped without melting. Some butters such as coca and cocoa, as well as waxes that are in your skin care prescription, may require melting.
We’re done with today’s tutorial! I hope that you learned something. If you’d like to share your body butter recipe, please leave a comment. Do you have any questions? You can also download my ebook here for more information and recipes on self-care skin products.
Thanks again for stopping!