The cool thing about making your own moisturizing butter is that you can put whatever you want in it. I usually use Shea butter as a base and add whatever oils I have on hand.
What you'll need:
Unrefined Shea Butter
Vitamin E Oil
The technique is super simple. Simply add all the liquid oils in a mixing bowl and get ready for whipping. I used between 1/4 to 1/2 a cup for each of the oils listed above.
Shea butter is a bit tough, so you'll need to break and heat it up to soften it a bit to make whipping easier.
I let my shea butter sit in the microwave for about 30 seconds to just soften but not completely melt it. I like to keep the firmness so that it doesn't take too long for the mixture to harden to its natural state. If you melt it totally, you may need to put the mixture in the refrigerator to harden before whipping.
Now add the shea butter to the oils in the mixing bowl and whip for about 5 minutes.
After whipping on high speed for a few minutes, the mixture becomes fluffy and much creamier. At this point, I add some fragrance to help cancel out the "earthy" smell of the shea butter and coconut oil. I used lavender and orange essential oils, which give it a fresh scent.
After a total of about 10 minutes of whipping, you get a mixture looking more like a thick butter.
All that's left to do now is to pile it into some containers. Immediately after whipping, the butter is smooth and airy but after about 2 hours, it sets to a firmer consistency thats really easy to spread and melt into the skin or hair.
And that's it!
I like to use this mixture as a leave-in conditioner on wet hair and as a cuticle and hand creme. You can also use this as a body moisturizer. If you feel especially creative, you can also add food/soap coloring to give it a fun colorful look.
Thanks for reading!
What are your favorite hair/skin butters?