How to Make Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

You asked, I finally got around to posting this video on how I make my whipped fluffy butter. This is a basic recipe that is very customizable. You can experiment with interchanging the different butters and oils like swapping mango butter for shea butter or substituting olive oil and castor oil instead safflower oil.  This butter behaves differently at different temps, for example my coconut oil is a liquid in the Summer and Fall but more of a soft solid in the Winter and Spring. You can help balance this by using harder butters to make a firmer product.  I throw in whatever I have on hand, never making the same butter twice and have never had an issue. 

My recipe is different from others because it is a moisturizing or wet butter. It contains aloe vera gel (or juice) and glycerin to add moisture. You will notice a difference in how your skin feels after using.  I do not use any preservative ingredients, but the butter will last for 30-45 days in a room temp environment without mold. We normally use up the entire batch within this time frame and then I simply make more.

In my home this is used primarily as a body butter. I have gifted this to friends and family who use it as a beard butter and as a hair butter.

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter Recipe

  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 2 Tablespoons glycerin
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (or juice)

Combine oils and butters and gently heat over a double boiler until just melted.  Allow to cool to room temperature then add glycerin and aloe.  Whisk together ingredients and pop into refrigerator.  Allow the mixture to cool until it is a firm set but not too hard. Use mixer starting on low, then increasing in speed to whip the mixture until it doubles in size.  Store in airtight containers away from heat and direct sunlight.

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Product Review: SheaMoisture Argan Oil & Raw Shea Butter Soap

SheaMoisture

Organic Argan Oil & Shea Butter Soap

8 oz, $4.99

Available at Target, Walgreens, and other drug stores

ing: Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) , Coconut Oil and , or Palm Oil , Apricot Oil , Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) , Honey , Argan Oil , Vegetable Glycerin , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Mineral Pigment or Vegetable Color , Essential Oil Blend , Soaps of Coconut & Palm

This is the fourth and final bar in the bar soap challenge. I have tried a couple other bars by Shea Moisture including the Baby Eczema Bar and Shea Butter Coconut & Hibiscus Bar.  This company is known for providing quality ingredients that are incredibly nourishing to the skin.

There are several scents available in this line, however I have purchased this scent because it seems a bit masculine which is good considering my little guy is the one to use this most often and he doesn’t want to smell girly.

5 Things I Loved About This Product:

  1. Lathers and cleanses well while rinsing clean.
  2. Leaves the skin feeling moisturized but not coated.
  3. Works well on both face and body.
  4. This bar is GINORMOUS! Seriously, I had to cut it in half because it is larger than the soap holder. Of all the soaps I tried it lasted the longest.
  5. Great value.  By far it is the the best value when you compare size, money and longevity.

This bar will be on our permanent shopping list, if not for me then for my son.  I love that it works well on the entire body and meets the needs of everyone in our family.  I would like to try the Red Bush & Sage and Olive & Green Tea Bars next as I think their scents will be a nice neutral balance.  If you have not tried Shea Moisture body products you are missing out, give them a try you will not regret it.

Product Review: One With Nature Shea Butter Soap

One With Nature

Shea Butter Soap 

7 oz, $4.99

Available at Whole Foods Stores or Online

ing: Saponified Palm and Palm Kernel Oils, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Natural Fragrance, Dead Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Salt, Vitamin E

So I decided to take a break from Dr. Bronner’s and check out some of the bar soaps available.  My little prince uses bar soap.  It is easier for us because he is able to wash himself up with spilling it like with liquid soap and it is so darn inexpensive.

They have so many varieties to choose from I decided to go with shea butter because it smelled so darn delicious and I felt it would be moisturizing since shea is the second ingredient.  My estimations were spot on the smell was so light and fresh and gave my bathroom a warm polite scent.  

5 Things I Liked About This Product:

  1. It works. It got my face and body clean removed make-up, dirt, grime, sweat and anything else we threw at it.
  2. It was not drying.  Most of the complaints with bar soap is that it is drying and leaves your skin feeling tight or itchy. That was not the case with this product.
  3. It rinses clean.  Another soap complaint is that it leaves behind a residue. That was not the case here, it left my skin feeling nice, soft, clean and moisturized but there was no coating.
  4. It lasts.  JK and I both used this soap and it lasted us for a little over a month. At 7 ounces it is much larger than your standard soaps and it too big for soap holders.  We cut ours in half so it would fit.
  5. Its affordable.  Now I know that you can buy a 3 pack of Ivory for $3.99, however how long will that bar last? This bar is a  better value because you do not need as much to clean yourself and it does not simply dissolve to goop at its first interaction with water.

This bar is definitely on my re-purchase list, although I would like to experiment with some of the other scents.  Great value, vegan, and contains no artificial colors or fragrances.  If you have sensitive skin and are using Ivory or Dove you should give these soaps a try, I think your skin will agree with me.  If you do not live near a Whole Foods Store (which is where I purchased this soap) you can purchase from their website.  Like them on facebook and receive 15% off your order with code: facebook.

I purchased this product with my own money and I was in no way compensated for this review by the product manufacturer or the store where I purchased the product.

DIY Whipped SheaCoconut Butter

 I love to mix up my own hair and body products.  If I am bored on a Friday or Saturday night I tend to get inspired to mix up something new.  This recipe was purely a matter of necessity and was super easy.  After taking a shower my skin felt dry so I reached for my tub of shea butter.  There was very little shea butter left in the bottom and it was hard to get out of the jar so I decided to whip it up into a fluffy butter and put it in a new container.

Whipped SheaCoconut Butter

2 heaping Tablespoons shea butter (room temp)

2-3 teaspoons coconut oil (room temp)

Place shea butter and coconut oil in a heat safe bowl (like pyrex).  Bring a pot of water to a boil.  Create a double-boiler by placing the heat safe bowl on top of the pot of water.  Gently stir oil and butters until they melt completely.  Remove from heat and allow to cool (this can take an hour or more).  Once the mixture has cooled and a film forms on top, use a hand mixer to whip air into the product for a couple minutes *sorry forgot to take a picture of this step*.  Let the mixture rest another 30 -45 minutes then whip again.  Repeat the process until the product is completely cool, solidified and is whipped into soft peaks.  Start to finish this process took about 3 hours though most of it was spent allowing the mixture to cool.  Yields about 4 ounces. You could also add about 2-3 drops of essential oil or scent oil to make it smell pretty.

I made this mixture to use as a body butter, but you can also use as a sealant for your hair.  I have also made a whipped shea butter mixture for hair but used additional moisturizing ingredients.  Do you have a whipped shea butter mix? Share it with us.

Product Review Alaffia Shea & Honey Shampoo

Alaffia

Shea & Honey Nourishing Shampoo

$10 for 8 oz

ing: Herbal infusion of Rooibos Tea (Aspalathus linearis), Liquid African Black Soap (Distilled water, Saponified Shea (Butyrospermum parkii) Butter and Virgin Palm Kernel (Elaeis guineensis) Oil), Decyl Polyglucose (from corn), African Wild Honey, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Panthenol (pro-Vitamin B5), Essential Oils (Sweet Orange and Ylang Ylang).

If you have ever wandered the health and beauty aisles of Whole Foods Market you have undoubtedly seen this product.  I first encountered it early in my natural hair journey.  After making this decision to go natural I continued using my standard shampoo and found it left my hair super dry and crunchy.  I went to the mecca, Whole Foods, for something more natural and the associate told me to check out this product. The great thing about WF is that if you do not like a product you can return it no questions asked for a full refund.  #win

I do not want to reinvent the wheel on proper cleansing of hair, but I will reiterate that I wash my scalp and not my hair.  That is apply shampoo directly to my scalp and focus on cleansing it thoroughly.  The agitation of my fingers forms suds that then runs down the length of my hair.  I love this shampoo because it is gentle enough for daily use, has great ingredients and cleanses without stripping.

5 Things I Love About This Product

  • The products are vegan friendly, gluten free, fair trade, not tested on animals, paraben and petroleum free, AND 10% of all sales are donated to community empowerment of women in West Africa.
  • Cleanses using African Black Soap which I find to be a great cleanser but sometimes difficult to use in soap form.
  • There are 7 different shampoo varieties to treat your hair/scalp issues.
  • A little goes a long way.1 bottle typically lasts me 6-9 months when washing my hair weekly.
  • It is gentle and moisturizing enough that I do not have to condition my hair afterward with a separate rinse-out conditioner.

The Shea & Honey is a protein conditioner.  Although I am protein sensitive I have found that oat protein does not bother my hair.  My favorite is the Coconut & Shea Daily Hydrating Shampoo, it is protein free but does contain glycerin which my hair loves.  I have also tried the Neem & Shea Scalp Recovery Shampoo which is excellent for those with itchy scalps or other issues.  I would like to try the henna and coffee versions next.  I would recommend that all curlies check out this slept-on brand.

You can find this on Alaffia’s website, Whole Food Stores or locally at Natural Alternatives Salon.

DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #1: Pura Body Naturals *CLOSED*

DCN recently observed our 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY and I thought what better way to celebrate then to share with you my favorite natural hair products!

Our 1st Giveaway is sponsored by Pura Body Naturals, you can read my review of this product line here, but know that this product line contains exotic butters and oils from the Amazon including Cupuacu, Babassu, Sapote and Murumuru.

I am in LOVE with the Cupuacu Hair Butter (pronounced coo-poo-ah-sue) it is just the bees-knees.  It is creamy butter that goes on smooth and non-greasy.  I smooth it over my braids or twists, on my sons short hair or my daughters loose curls to seal in moisture and to add some shine. It is no like shea butter (I am not a shea butter fan it is too heavy, greasy and waxy for my liking) as it goes on light and readily absorbs into the hair and skin.  I also used the butter alone to retwist my boy Khalil’s locs, pictured below. I have also purchased raw oils and mineral make-up from this company and they are all awesome!

To enter the giveaway you must:

1. Subscribe to my blog > enter your email address in the “Subscribe Me” box located in the footer menu below. ***please leave your username in the comment so i can verify that you have subscribed example myusername@yahoo.com.***

2. Go to Pura Body Naturals site http://www.purabodynaturals.com and check out their products.

3. Leave a comment below stating which Pura Body Naturals hair product you would like to win.

**Bonus Entry**

You can also earn bonus entries through fb and twitter:

#1 Tweet the message below then leave a comment stating I tweeted the bonus entry with your twitter handle: DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #1 @HereIsMySpout @PuraBodyNatural  #NaturalHair #Locs http://wp.me/p1owB1-cP

#2 Like Pura Body Naturals and Derby City Naturals on FB then post the following message as your status. Then leave a comment stating i posted the message on FB with your fb user name: I wanna win the DCN Favorite Things Giveaway #1 @Derby City Naturals @Pura Body Naturals http://wp.me/p1owB1-cP  ***note you must use the @ symbol to tag both companies on fb***

The contest is open from Thursday 8/4/2011 through Wednesday 8/10/2011.  Winner will be selected via random.org random number generator.  Winner will be notified via email address used to subscribe to the blog and will be announced via blog, fb and twitter. Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

CONGRATS TO CAMILLE DRAYTON YOU ARE THE WINNER OF THE PURA BODY NATURALS GIVEAWAY!!! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO REDEEM YOUR PRIZE, YOU HAVE 48 HOURS.

Blended Beauty Independence Day Sale

Blended Beauty is having an Independence Day Sale from now until July 5th 2011.

Take an additional 20% off any TWO items with coupon code: CheersThe4th at checkout on http://www.blendedbeauty.com

I have not tried these products, but the company has been around for sometime.  You can find plenty threads about the products use on hair forums, message boards or on youtube. Here is a review from YTer PrettyDimples01 http://youtu.be/a0RDWOnHAEo

The company also has a guide to help you select the best products for your hair needs.  Blended Beauty products are 98-99% natural and do not contain petroleum, mineral oil, silicone or acrylics.

Komaza Care Mini Review

Komaza Care is offering FREE SHIPPING on orders placed Wed 6/15/11 on their website.

So why should you care?

First, their are only 2 discounts I consider to be worth my while for purchasing hair products online. A) 20% (or more) off purchase price.  B) Free Shipping.  This deal satisfies the latter. The pricing on their products is fair, but this California based chain is not located on the ground in most areas so free shipping really makes it worth your while.

Second, their products are awesome.  How would I know? Well a while back they sent me some product samples to review.  While I took my time and did manage to use the items I have yet to publish the review (I know I’m a slacker).  However I will give you a quick mini rundown of my favorite things:

  • Shea Butter Hair Lotion 8 oz, $12 This lotion is freaking all that!  I am not a shea butter lover.  Most shea products are too heavy for my hair and leave it greasy and ashen looking.  However Komaza got their mix just right.  It is a great moisturizer (leave-in) that I used for doing twists, rocking a puff and under my favorite gel/styler.
  • Califia Moisturizing Spray 8 oz, $13.50  This spritz is also the business!  This is a glycerin free spray that is great for use all year long.  I used it in the a.m. on my son’s fro before picking it out to soften and moisturize.  I also used it on myself for braids and twists on both the hair and scalp.
  • Moku Hair Butter 8 oz, $12.50 is not just another hair butter.  It smells absolutely divine without be too strong or perfumy.  It is a smooth blend of argan, cocoa, sal, and other butters that is NOT like your basic shea butter mix everyone else has.  It is lightweight but effective and great for sealing in moisture without making your hair greasy or ashen. Also great for some ashy hands, knees and elbows truth be told!
  • Califia Care Styling Pudding 8 oz, $17.50 This is a superb styler.  Use it for was-n-gos, twists, coils, etc.  I used this with the Califia Moisturizing Spray to do some finger-doodles (aka finger coils) on my hair and it came out FANTASTIC!  The product does not have hold so if you are needing a bit of hold add a little of your fav gel on top.

They have more products than I was sent and here is a mini-list of stuff I still want to try from them:

  • Moja Shamoo 8 oz, $11.00 This is a sulfate free cleanser.  Great for getting the hair clean without stripping or making it feel dry.  If you are CG, lo-poo or a co-washer I would suggest giving this a try
  • Olive Moisture Mask 16 oz $16.00  This deep conditioner that is chalk full of yummy ingredients but is protein-free.  Can I get a whoop-whoop from a my protein sensitive naturals?
  • Califia Care Leave-In Conditioner 8 oz $14.00 Now I know that I said I love the Shea Butter Hair Lotion and we know that moisturizers and leave-ins are the same thing so why would I want to check this product out? Well it is because my hair loves all the other Califia products so I have a strong inclination that it will like this one.  Possibly even better than the Shea Butter Hair Lotion.  Also it is good to have alternates :)

So load up your carts and get ready for tomorrow’s sale!  Be sure to comment back with your purchases and leave a review on how they worked out for you.