DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Bored on a Friday night with nothing to do I decided to check out recipes for whipped shea butter.  A quick internet search generated tons of results yet there wasn’t a lot of explanation of why specific ingredients were used and what the proper ratios of oil to butter should be.  Being the math-science geek that I am I set-off to analyze a few recipes through some kitchen chemistry.

diy whipped shea butter

There are plain whipped shea butters, which are simply shea butter and the addition of natural oils.  There are also whipped shea aloe (shealoe) butters, which are a mixture or shea, natural oils, aloe and additional moisturizers.

I used what I had on hand for experimenting: unrefined shea butter, olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil and vegetable glycerin. For the purposes of this experiment I decided not to use the coconut oil as it is a heavier oil and I would never use it in conjunction with shea butter for my hair.  The beauty of making your own hair care products is that you can customize them to your own liking.

I experimented to find the best ratios of ingredients for a whipped butter for my daughter SK who typically wears her hair stretched and straight in slicked back ponytails.  And a whipped butter for myself for my typical braid or twist styles.  I made very small batches measuring in tablespoons so that I would not waste or run out of ingredients.  The amounts used below yields about 4 ounces, that is enough for a few full applications, but you can multiply the recipe if you want to make a larger batch.

Whipped Shea Butter for SK

This will work well on those who like to use heavier oils and have a higher porosity hair.  This mix is great for sealing, softening and slicking back.  Also great for skin application to knock out ashy elbows and crusty feet.

  • 2 Tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • 1 Tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp castor oil
  • 5-10 drops of essential oil (optional)
Whipped Shealoe Butter

This will work well on those who like to use lighter oils and have medium porosity hair.  This mix is great for sealing, moisturizing and slight curl definition.  Also can be used as an all-over body butter.

  • 3 Tbsp unrefined shea butter
  • 1 ½ Tbsp aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp vegetable glycerin
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp castor oil
  • 5-10 drops essential oil (optional)

Shea butter should be at room temperature.  Place the shea butter into bowl and mush with a spoon so that it is soft and pliable.  Add remaining ingredients and stir the mixture together using a spoon.  Using a hand held mixture on lowest setting; whip the mixture until it is light and fluffy like cake batter (about 3 minutes).  If using essential oils carefully add 5-10 drops and mix again for another minute.  Voila!  Transfer to a clean airtight container for storage.  Keep out of direct sunlight or away from heat.  If product melts simply place into the fridge to solidify then whip it again with the hand held mixer for a few minutes.


17 thoughts on “DIY Whipped Shea Butter

  1. Hey I like the natural hair/sisterhood thing your doing… Its gaining traction all around the country.. We here in Cincinnati , have “Queen City Naturals”.. I’d like to do some networking with your group.. Check me out when u get a chance.. Thx, kw

  2. I am fairly new to the natural hair community and love all the resources that are available. I am a certified product junky and would love to be able to make my own products! Thanks!

  3. Thanks for these recipes. I’ve watched YouTube vids too & it’s kind of frustrating when the person doesn’t give measurements. I actually watched one vid who gave measurements in ounces & I used this. I’m gonna try your recipe for my next batch. Thanks again !!

    • That is one of my pet peeves as well. I made this recipe after a lot of experimentation because I could not find one that had measurements. This recipe makes a small batch but you could multiply it to make it larger. Now that you have a good idea of ratios you can swap out as you see fit. Happy mixing :)

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  7. Thanks for giving me a project that I can use some of this 5 lbs of shea butter I have lying around!! You rawk Darlin’!!!

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