DIY: Whipped Shea Butter

DIY Whipped Shea Butter


Eyin temi,

Today I’m sharing an easy to do DIY. It’s the DIY Whipped Shea Butter for hair and skin. Last year, I big chopped my relaxed hair and currently I’m a natural hair girl. It’s been a rewarding and challenging experience which I talk about here.

Shea butter is wonderful. It’s a good moisturizer and sealant for hair and skin. I find that whenever I use it for my hair, my hair is soft and manageable and we all know how ‘unmanageable’ natural hair can be if not properly taken care of.  Plus during harmattan, it saved me from dry and flaking skin especially on my elbows, knees and feet.

So after finding this wonderful DIY online, I decided to do it myself, πŸ˜€

For my whipped shea butter I used

  1. Unrefined Shea butter. I got this from the local market here in Nigeria. You can easily get shea butter here and it’s very affordable. In Yoruba language, Shea butter is called ‘ORI’.
  2.  Carrier oils: Castor oil, grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, coconut oil (I made the coconut oil myself, click here to see how). I used a table spoon each of carrier oils
  3. Essential oils: ginger oil, rosemary oil and tea-tree oil. I used 20 drops each of essential oils. Essential oils are usually stronger in concentration and are generally advised to use in less quantity and with carrier oils
Let me take you through how I made my whipped shea butter step-by-step

Step 1: I placed the shea butter in a clean, heat prove bowl. I used a stainless steel bowl.



Step 2: then I put the bowl in a pot of hot water to melt. Melting the shea butter gets rid of lumps and clumps, making it ready and easy to whip.
You can use a microwave; set it to 1 min or less. You just need to melt the shea butter.



Step 3: next, I placed the melted shea butter in the fridge to solidify for about 20-40mins depending. I kept checking mine because I didn’t want it to become ice

Step 4: after that, I placed it in the mixing bowl and added the carrier and essential oils. I want to add here that some people add the oils before they melt the shea butter but I didn’t do that because I didn’t want the carrier and essential oils to experience heat at all.

Step 5: watch me whip. Whip whip whip. I used a mixer. If you don’t have a mixer, you can use a smoothie maker or go the traditional way – a wooden spoon and a bowl with your muscles. You’ll have well-toned arms by the time you’re done πŸ˜‰



Step 6: keep whipping darling. Keep whipping

Step 7: once I got the fine, fluffy look you can see in the picture. I knew I was done. I transferred the whipped shea butter in a Ziploc bag. This helped me easily transfer it into the container where I’ll store it for use. It’s less messy this way.

Step 8: transfer from Ziploc bag to container used to store for use.

Step 9: c’est fini. Congratulation on your creation!


Told you it was easy. If you don’t have essential oils, you can use just carrier oils. The first batch I ever made was just unrefined shea butter, castor oil, grapeseed oil and coconut oil and it did a fabulous job too.


Sharing is caring: Please share this post with your family and friends and also let me know in the comments if you find the step by step description easy or if you want me to make a video.

Caution: You should always check how your hair and skin reacts to oils by using it on a small portion of hair or skin before applying it to your whole hair or skin. I have read of people who react to shea butter and certain carrier or essential oils. So please do your research on the oils you want to use and decide for yourself what suits your hair/skin type and your needs. 

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