Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Shea Mixture

Ok I've decided to post the recipe for the whipped shea mixture that I use. Its not my own original recipe. I actually got it from the book Thank God I'm Natural by Chris-Tia Donaldson. If you haven't read it, I would highly suggest that you do. It has tons of great, easy to make, homemade product recipes. This one happens to be my favorite. I had to tweak it a little bit (I had tons of trouble with the e-book version of this book) but it still came out quite well and my hair loves it. It's actually supposed to be hair pomade but I also use it on my skin, which is extremely dry all the time now since living in New Hampshire. So here's the recipe. You can adjust to suit your hair needs. Again, this was taken from the book Thank God I'm Natural by Chris-Tia Donaldson. Check it out. It’s an awesome read! Also if you’re looking for more great homemade recipes check out She has tons!

Whipped Shea Buttter Pomade:

· 4oz (I used 7 oz) of unrefined shea butter

· ¼ cup of sweet almond oil (I sometimes use jojoba oil)

· 1/8 cup of castor oil

· 1 Vitamin E capsule

· 5 drops of ylang ylang

· 3 drops of vanilla

  • I have substituted the ylang ylang and vanilla with 5 drops of lavender oil. The smell still came out pretty nice.


Melt shea butter over low heat using the double-boiler method. When the shea butter is completely melted, stir in the sweet almond oil and castor oil and allow to cool. Once the mixture has a soft butter like consistency, break open a Vitamin E capsule and squeeze into the mixture. Using an electric mixer with whisks beat on low until the mix becomes fluffy and has the look of egg whites. Add in fragrant oils and mix again. Pour into a plastic container and let cool. The result will be a fluffy (almost like cool whip) smooth textured shea butter that literally melts into the hair and skin.
  • The author notes that improper heating of shea butter can cause the butter to crystallize as it cools. She suggests that the shea butter should be heated to about 175 degrees for at least 20 minutes.

Give it a try!