Whipped Shea Butter Tutorial

by Rustic Escentuals

This easy whipped Shea Butter tutorial is perfect any time your skin needs extra pampering. Shea Butter is nice for skin whether it’s dry from harsh winter or parched from being in the hot summer sun. This recipe will make 16 oz (in weight) of Whipped Shea Butter. It’s a simple recipe that can be made in no time!

whipped shea butter

Supplies and Equipment Needed
2 containers (for weighing Shea butter and oil)
Digital Scale
Large Spoon
Rubber gloves
Rubber or silicone spatula
Stand mixer with a stainless steel whip beater
Stainless steel bowl
Apricot Kernel Oil
Low Profile Frosted 2.9 oz Jars with Lids
Shea Butter, unrefined
Body safe Fragrance Oil
Disposable Pipette




Special Note: At times, Shea Butter can become grainy. There is no problem with the butter and is a natural occurrence – it just means that your butter may have melted and solidified at different rates which can cause graininess. If you’ve noticed your Shea butter being grainy in your finished products, you may need to temper it before you use it.

To temper Shea Butter:

  • Using a double boiler, melt the Shea Butter completely and hold at 175° F (80C) for about 15 minutes.
  • Pour into a container and place in the freezer immediately. The goal is to cool it quickly so that everything solidifies uniformly.
  • Once it is a solid, remove from freezer. Don’t store it in the freezer; you can keep this at room temperature. You can then measure and use it!
  • There are different tempering techniques out there, however, this method seems to work the best.

Please note that it is not necessary to add a preservative to this Whipped Butter because it does not contain any water. Weighing the ingredients is more accurate and you will consistently be able to repeat the same recipe. A good, basic recipe for Whipped Shea is 80% Butter and 20% liquid oils.

Step 1: Weigh out the following:
80% Shea Butter: 12.8 ounces of Shea Butter
19% Oil: 3.04 ounces of Apricot Kernel Oil
1% Fragrance Oil: .16 ounces Fragrance Oil (which is approximately 4 ml)

Because this is a leave on product, don’t add more than 1% of fragrance oil.

measure shea


measure oil

Step 2: Place your Shea Butter into the mixing bowl.

add shea

Step 3: Slowly add Apricot Kernel Oil to the mixing bowl. This oil is a luxurious, light, quick absorbing, moisturizing oil. It’s a perfect oil to compliment the Shea butter!

add oil

Step 4: Mix on slow using a wire whisk attachment for about 1 minute. Add 1% Fragrance oil to the mixing bowl, then increase slowly to high and allow to mix for 7 minutes.



add fragrance oil

TIP: Half way through the mixing — use a spatula to scrape down the sides then continue to mix.

scrape sides


continue mixing

Step 5: After 7 minutes, check the mixed Shea butter. It should be smooth, fluffy and thick.


Step 6: Scoop into jars, cap and you’re all set! Perfect for soothing skin!

fill jars


finished project


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