Easy Whipped Shea Butter

I was experimenting with some shea butter the other day and came up with a pretty cool (and easy) recipe. Here’s what I stumbled upon...


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14 oz Shea Butter
5 oz Coconut Oil (76 degree melt Coconut Oil)
6 ml Cranberry Fig Fragrance Oil (or your choice)
Electric Mixer
4 ounce jars

Combine all ingredients and whip for 6-7 minutes in an electric mixer on medium/high. Spoon into jars. That’s it. You’re done!


Easy, right? Who knew something great could come out of an afternoon of experimentation in the soap lab? I’ve been using it on my elbows and feet and totally love it!

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  1. SavannahReign says

    No I did not get my Non-Organic Shea Butter from Bramble Berry. The Non-Organic Shea Butter I have works wonderful in this recipe. It’s the Organic one that doesn’t work. This Organic one I have is I believe just to soft and oily. So I think adding the Cocoa Butter should do the trick.


  2. SavannahReign says

    Wow I would love to be able to add Cocoa Butter to the recipe! I love Cocoa Butter and it’s smell. I bet your right! I think my Organic Shea Butter won’t work because it’s too soft. It’s not in rocks like my my non-organic one. I really hope this helps because I really don’t want to have to switch to the non-organic shea butter. I LOVE the smell of the Organic one so much more! I can’t wait to try this, and thanks so much for writing back so quickly!


  3. SavannahReign says

    Ok, I just found out that it wasn’t because I had too little in the pot. It’s because my Organic Shea Butter won’t whip! When I added more before it worked because I added my other non-organic Shea butter to it. I just made a large batch with my Organic Shea Butter and Coconut oil, and it won’t whip. It’s runny. Any ideas?


    • says

      Good morning, Savannah!

      I’m so sorry to hear that! I know how super frustrating it can be when your recipe doesn’t turn out the way you are expecting. If you want to thicken it up, you can either add more of your non-organic shea butter to it or if you have any cocoa butter, I’d try melting 1 teaspoon per ounce of your recipe and adding it in. The Cocoa Butter should help thicken it up a bit. I hope this helps!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. SavannahReign says

    Never mind!! Ha ha ha…Its working now! Hmmmmmm I wish I could delete my stupid question now.Ha ha…I really shouldn’t try making lotion at 1:00 in the morning! I realize I said I cut the recipe in half. I meant to say I cut the recipe in half about 5 times!!.lol….Anyways I added another 1/4 cup shea, and half of a 1/4 cup Coconut oil, and it worked! Just needed more in the bowl is all. Thanks so much for sharing this Awesome recipe!!

  5. SavannahReign says

    Hi I’m hoping I can get some help. I just tried this recipe and it’s runny. It wont whip at all, It hasn’t even doubled in size. It’s a little foamy, but just flat and runny. What the heck did I do wrong!! LOL…I used 1/4 cup Organic Shea Butter, and less than 1/8 cup Organic Extra Virgin Coconut oil. So I cut the recipe in half, but I used a narrow container to mix it in. I did NOT melt the coconut oil first simply because the recipe didn’t call for that. I keep whipping and nothing. Looking for help! : )

    Thanks so much

  6. Vanessa P. says

    Made this earlier tonight. Because it was in the upper 60s in my house, I had to whip it a lot longer, 30-35 minutes or so, to make sure the shea, coconut and FO were incorporated. I think I did 15.4oz shea, 5.3oz coconut. I got 18 – 2oz jars and 2 – 8oz jar – worked out the small jars held 0.8oz by weight each and the 8oz jar held 3oz by weight each.

    I also added a scant tablespoon of sifted cornstarch to it and it cut down on the greasy feeling but still so soft. Glad I found it so I had something to do with my shea.

  7. says

    This may be a silly question, but is this a soap that has to be washed off after use or is it a lotion like product that you leave on your hands?


    • says

      Not a silly question at all, Kristy! If you had the question, I can guarantee you that someone else is wondering the same thing. :)

      The whipped Shea butter is a leave-on lotion-type product that is meant to stay on the skin. It’s very nourishing and I absolutely adore the batch that I made, and I use it all the time!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  8. Angel says

    I’ve recently placed my 1st Bramble Berry order to try my hand at lotions. This whipped shea butter recipe was my 1st recipe to try! I can’t say enough of how much I loved it and how easy it was. I’ve made it twice now! I’ve noticed that sometimes I have small chunks of Shea in my jars. My thoughts were to just whip it a little longer next time (I cut into chunks and mixed 6-7 mins), but is it possible to over whip? The recipe states to whip on medium high. To be exact.. what number is medium high to you on the KA?

    I can’t wait for more lotion/cream recipes to be posted and would also like to learn how to make a liquid lip gloss, are any coming anytime soon?

    Thank you!!!

    • says

      Hi Angel!

      Thank you so much for your order, I am so glad to hear you are enjoying this recipe, it is one of my favorites! If you noticed chunks of she butter in your jars you can whip it up a little longer next time. When I whip mine up, I used a hand mixer on 2-3 and whipped for about 8 minutes until there were no more chunks in my mixture, then I scooped it in my jars. And, we’ve never noticed that you can over-whip it, but the more you do whip it, the more air will be in your final product.

      I hope this helps! :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. We aren’t planning on a lip gloss quite yet, but I will pass it onto the team! :)

      Have you seen our newest lip recipe? It’s a Vanilla Latte Lip Balm and it is just so yummy!

      Vanilla Latte Lip Balm: http://www.soapqueen.com/bath-and-body-tutorials/lip-products/vanilla-latte-lip-balm/

  9. Pau says

    Hi…i wanted to add some cornstarch in what i made, though Tapioca Powder would be awesome , it’s not just available here :( …do i still need to melt everything or just use a mixer for it? thanks!

  10. Susie says

    Quick question…I noticed some gray stuff in one of my testers. I have not noticed it in any of it in my final products. Any idea of what it is? Can it be from people dipping their fingers in it? I was a little grossed out, but relieved that it wasn’t in the other jars.

    • says

      Hi Susie!

      If it is one of your testers it might be from people dipping their hands in it (you never know what they have one their hands), so I wouldn’t be too worried.

      Since this product doesn’t have any water in it, there is no need for a preservative. But I would tell your customers to make sure they are using it while their hands are dry to prevent anything from getting in it if you are worried.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  11. Angel says

    I am just beginning to try to make lotions. This recipe looked like a nice place to start & economical for a beginner? I wanted to find out if color & or sparkle can be added to this. If so, will light sparkle be left visible on the skin?

  12. Maia says

    Dear bramble ladies and everyone else, I just spent the last 2 hours reading this complete post and not only do I find this recipe to be delicious (can’t wait to try it) but I have LEARNED SO MUCH from all the comments!! This is priceless information, thank you!!
    I was able to get my hands on some cupuazu butter, sesame oil, buriti oil, and cocoa butter, do you have a good idea on how could/should I combine these for a similar whipped butter?
    I’m trying to discover some Bolivian produced goodness, I’ll tell you how it goes :)

  13. Maia says

    Dear bramble ladies and everyone else, I just spent the last 2 hours reading this complete post and not only do I find this recipe to be delicious (can’t wait to try it) but I have LEARNED SO MUCH from all the comments!! This is priceless information, thank you!!

  14. Monamur says

    Dear Anne-Marie,

    Gorgeous recipe, looks yammi. As you have another recipe as Whipped avocado butter. In that you use a lot of things as Tapioca Powder and Green tea extract. Why does it different? In this whipped she butter I do not need to use Tapioca Powder? It is only because of the avocado butter?

    Secondly I found near my place Rosemary Extract and Green Tea extract, but there is more possiblity. Which is good for the soaps and lotions? Rosemary infused oil (“extract”), Rosemary alcoholic extract, or Rosemary water infused extract?

    Thank you for your help,
    Have a nice day,

    • says

      Hello Monica!

      This recipe doesn’t need Tapioca Powder or cornstarch, but if you find it to be a bit too greasy for your liking you can definitely add them. The other whipped body butters that we’ve made in the past came out a little greasy for us, so that is why we’ve added the Tapioca Powder/cornstarch to them. :)

      You can use infusions, extracts or other ingredients in your soaps, it really is up to you what you want to add. Infusions are great to add to your recipes because they can provide color and great skin-loving benefits as well.

      Here is a link to how we’ve infused our oils:

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  15. Syntyche says

    Just to be clear …the final product will harden up some correct? My final product never stays in the original fluffy state

    • says

      Two things, (1) temperature control. The double walled jars will stay more temperature-neutral inside the jar. (2) perception of value – the double walled jars look bigger on the outside so the perception that customers are getting more product is there. Many high end lines do this.

  16. Lisa says

    Hi I’m new to this… If I wanted to add grape seed extract for the antioxidant properties, how much would I add? Thanks so much! I’m excited to try this out.

    • says

      Hi Lisa!

      We usually suggest adding Grape Seed Extract to your products at a .5% – 1% usage rate by weight! I hope this helps and we can’t wait to hear how it turns out for you! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  17. says

    I just whipped (heh) this up and I am in love. I cut the recipe in half, added 2 tsp of Tapioca Powder, a bit of carrot oil, a bit of vit E, calendula extract, and a teensy bit of amber fragrance. I really like it, but a dab will definitely do you. If it stays too greasy, I will probably re-whip it with a tad more Tapioca Powder.

  18. Alexandra says

    Okay I tested 3 ways. I had to know…
    If you want it like Anne Maire’s you need refined shea butter and coconut oil 76. Very whipped like fluff and cool whip

    Unrefined Shea and coconut oil 76. Whipped but slightly grainy. Once you start to rub the graininess rubs in. Not a big deal.

    Unrefined Shea and Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
    Whipped but made less volume also slightly grainy.

  19. peonies4c says

    Hi, really nice recipe! Do you have any suggestions on how to make something that isn’t as hard as a body butter and isn’t as liquidy as a lotion… perhaps a body mousse? Any suggestions? Thank you!

  20. Alexandra says

    Can you post a tutorial or recipe on making a body butter using cocoa butter?

    • says

      We’ve tried to make body butter with just cocoa butter (a lot) and it just gets too hard. As a small portion, like 10-15%, it’s a great body butter addition but as a whipped body butter on its own, it doesn’t do a great job.

  21. Allison says

    Hi Anne-Marie,
    Could I use a stick blender for this recipe? I think this recipe will be really fun to make.
    Thank You

    • says

      Hi Allison!

      I don’t know if a stick blender would be powerful enough to blend this recipe, but if you have a hand mixer that could work for this recipe, you just would need to mix it a bit longer then you would with the stand mixer.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Sara says

        I’ve used a stick blender for my whipped butters in the past and the result is much less fluffy. It tends to have more of a cream consistency as air isn’t really whipped into the mixture. This can be useful, however, during the summer months (especially if you plan to sell) as coconut oil has a low melting temp. and can alter the texture if it liquifies.

  22. Susie says

    Hi Anne-Marie,

    So, to properly label this would the ingredients be listed like this?

    Ingredients: Unrefined Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Honeydew fragrance oil.

    I wish there was an app that I could simply enter my ingredients and their measurements and it spit out my list of ingredients properly. It would be a great way to double check myself.



    • says

      Hi Susie!

      You can list it as is, or you could go by INCI, which is the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients, which many soapers use to label their products. It would read:

      Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Honeydew Fragrance Oil.

      I hope this helps!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      P.S. If you are ever looking for INCI terms, we list them for every product on our website! =)

      • Maia says

        Hi Becky, and thank you for all the helpful information! in fact, thank all of you :)!! Is there anything like an INCI online dictionary that helps find the nomenclatures? Thanx from Bolivia :o)

  23. Susie says

    Hi Anne-Marie,

    What would be the proper storage for the body butter? I have found a few articles online stating the refridgerator is the best.



    • Anne-Marie says

      No need – assuming your raw materials were fresh, you should get at least a year at room temperature with your whipped body butter. If you’re storing your raw materials, that’s when the fridge comes in handy. =)

  24. Sasha says

    Hi Anne-Marie!

    i have 2 quick questions:

    will the consistency and the results still turn out the same if i use some Unrefined Shea Butter that has already been whipped? i have a few ounces left over from something else and don’t really want to waste it. it has not be scented or anything, just plain ol’ Unrefined Whipped Shea Butter.

    also, does it matter if you add the F.O. to the mixture before you whip it or after you whip it?

    thank you for your time!



    • says

      Hi Sasha!

      Using refined versus unrefined shea butter shouldn’t make a difference in this recipe, so your whipped shea butter should work for you!

      We normally suggest adding all the ingredients a the same time as it will help them all mix in the right way, but if you have already whipped your shea butter, try adding the fragrance oil in and whipping your shea butter a little longer (about 10 minutes).

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • Sasha says

        Thanks, Becky!

        do i need to alter the recipe some in regards to the whipped shea being a larger amount volume wise, but not density wise? the ratio used in the recipe was for shea butter in it’s SOLID state and not whipped. do i need to figure out a new ratio for it since it is already whipped?

        thanks again!

        • says

          Hi Sasha!

          You don’t need to alter your recipe at all, as the butter would have whipped up to that amount anyways, all you need to do is add in your other ingredients and mix! =)

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Lynn!

      Your shelf life for the whipped shea butter is going to be a minimum of six month, if not a full year. If you are worried about it, you can always refrigerate it until you sell it/give it away/use it. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  25. Rebecca B says

    I’m getting ready to make this very shortly and wondering — I’ve seen it mentioned that the coconut oil and the shea butter are melted, the shea butter is not melted but the coconut is and that they are both melted and then whipped. I just want to make sure I have this all correct to ensure the best end result possible.
    My daughter has super dry skin and her dr suggested today that we use Shea butter (and other commercially made lotions that are alot more expensive to make – considering I have this all on hand – and I don’t want to put all those chemicals on my daughter’s body) so of course I came home and came right to your site cos you always have the best “recipes” here.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Don’t melt either of them. We didn’t in the original recipe and that’s what I like the best. Make sure you’re using solid-at-room temperature Coconut Oil and not Fractionated Coconut Oil which is liquid at room temperature.

      I hope it helps your daughter’s skin.

      • Rebecca B says

        Oh THANK YOU for this — I made it up just now put a pea size amount on my daughter’s arm (she’s so small that’s all it took for her entire arm) I wanted to test it to make sure that she didn’t have any sort of reaction to it and so far so good — she’s had it on for about 10 minutes and no reaction. I too got some of the little bits of shea butter in it but they’re not so big that I notice them when I’m using it (used it on my feet too) and I can see why some are saying that it’s a little greasy feeling but I just kept rubbing it in and all was good – again thank you for this recipe – my daughter just walked up to me and said “mommy feel MeiMei arm so soft” she calls herself MeiMei her real name is Megan, I used the Black Amber and Lavender – I love that scent

  26. says

    Love the recipe and have been reading the comments in search of answers to my questions.
    I am new to making body butter and I am “playing” with desire to create one – two butters to sell.
    So I have tried working with shea butter using melting and cooling methods and this recipe here on SOAP Queen.

    I like this recipe because the butter stays fluffy rather than the butters that are melted. The only thing is that I may need to whip more because I noticed that I had a bit more “grainyness” – is this how the BUTTER is or did I miss a step?

    HELP – any ideas are greatly appreciated!

    have an amazing week!

    • says

      Hi Nicole!

      I’d try it again with fresh butter this time, but don’t melt it. Normally, the graininess happens when the butter has melted and then sets up again (it can also happen if you live in an area that is quite warm).

      You can also try whipping it a little longer to try to get that graininess to disappear. I’d try whipping it for 10 extra minutes if the graininess comes up again in your next batch. =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  27. Samantha says

    I made this…. WOW! Amazing… I added Brown sugar because I thought it a teeny bit too greasy – but – Wow. I gave it to two people who loved it.. told me they needed no lotion after the shower!


    • says

      Hi Ashley!

      We find it to be a perfect thickness for us, but if you were looking to thicken up this recipe, we would suggest using less coconut oil (as that is what helps this body butter be softer).

      You wouldn’t want to use an emulsifying wax because there is no water in this recipe and you don’t need to mix (emulsify) them together.

      I hope this helps!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • says

        It does! Thank you. I’ll try it with less coconut oil. I’m looking for more of a thick body butter consistency, so I think less coconut oil should work well.

      • Maia says

        Hi Becky! I know this is probably off subject but since we’re here I’ll ask anyway. Using emulsifyers always means using preservatives because of the water? or is an emulsifyer already acting as a preservative? Thank you so much!

  28. Linda Corcoran says


    I just made this and I like it but is there anything you can suggest I can add to it to make it less greasy? It dose not bother me so much but my friend who tried this wanted to know if I can make it so.

    Thank you.


  29. Alison says

    I used my hand mixer and whipped it for nearly 20 minutes on medium high and high and its still really liquidy. I’m hoping if it sits maybe it will thicken up. Any suggestions on how to get it thicker and more aerated like yours??

    • Anne-Marie says

      The key is the stand mixer – it really helps to whip a lot of air into the product AND cools it quickly (much more quickly than a hand mixer). The cooler your product gets, the more stiff it will get and the more the air stays suspended.

  30. Alison says

    First off, I love all of your sites! I made my first soap loaf last night and it was so fun! I’m officially addicted.

    Anyhow, I want to try the shea butter and the avacado butter recipes this weekend but need to buy an electric mixer. If you don’t mind sharing, what mixer do you use? I need something that will last since this is for my new business. :) Thank you, much appreciated!

    • says

      Hi Alison! Congrats on your first soap loaf and welcome to the soaping world, you’ll never get enough of it! :) We adore our mixer, it is a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer, 325 watts. Good luck in your new business!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  31. Tabitha says

    Question I made the this recipe and gave it out to some of my friends to try and I gave them all 8oz jars because that is all that i had on hand. How much to charge is what I need to know for a 8oz jar. I don’t want to be to high and also to low.


    • says

      Good morning, Tabitha!

      We don’t want to tell you what to charge for your product, but we can give you some general guidelines on how to price them. Always include the price of the ingredients and any tools that use, and don’t forget to pay yourself!

      You can get a more comprehensive look at how to pay yourself (done for M&P soap, but the concept is the same) for your work at Teach Soap:

      I hope this helps! :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  32. icover says

    i want to try this using pistachio butter since its on sale at bramble berry right now ! : )
    i was wondering since its pistachio butter and not shea? will there be a huge difference in my end product and also in the whipping time?
    i will be trying this by an electric hand mixer…is there an Average mix time you have noticed?
    also…how many does this recipe yield?
    thank you in advance

    • says

      Pistachio Butter would make an excellent substitution to the Shea Butter and will not make a huge difference in your end product or whipping time.

      Everyone’s mix time is a bit different, but if you are going to be using an electric hand mixer, it might take a little while longer. I would say at least 10 minutes, or until it gets to be the consistency you are wanting!

      And this recipe yields about six 4 oz. jars. :)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  33. tonya says

    Ohhh myyy heaven!!!! This is perfect! I used a brown sugar/fig fragrance…I feel like I won the lotto…lol..it’s the little things, right?!

    • says

      That sounds divine Tonya! We are so happy to hear that you love this recipe so much, it is one of our favorites (and by the amount of comments, many others favorite as well)!
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  34. Beth Frazier says

    Hi! I have been reading all your comments and posts. Can the vanilla select fragrance oil be used in the body butter? In one post I thought it said to use EOs only then in one I saw vanilla fragrance oil. I would love to make this with a vanilla select. Thanks!

    • says

      Absolutely! We used the Cranberry Fig Fragrance Oil in this recipe, but you can choose any fragrance or essential oil you want! Vanilla Select sounds absolutely delicious for this recipe, I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. :)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  35. Denise says

    Hi Anne-Marie,
    I am really excited in making my own whipped body butters! :) I was wondering if you can help me with the ratio on how much to use for these type of oils that I will list. My friend buys some from someone who makes this, and this is the ingredients that is used: Babassu oil, Rice bran oil, and palm kernel oil. Plus fragrance oil. This whipped butter is so nice, that it absorbs nicely in the skin. :) Can you help me with the amounts? Thanks so much! :)

      • Anne-Marie says

        75% Babassu
        20% RBO
        5% PKO
        .05% for the fragrance oil – just a little bit.

        Start there and change as you need to =)

          • Denise says

            Wow! I just made it, and put in a toasted marshmallow fragrance, and mmmmmmm it smells so good, and it’s nice and fluffy! I love it! :) Thank you so much again! The babassu oil is fantastic! :)

  36. Tabitha says

    How much Cinnamon EO would you use in this recipe? I am asking because I know its really strong and that is what I have on hand to make it smell good and its one of my favorite scents.
    Also how would I go about finding a vanilla EO or fragrance? Thanks Tabitha

    • Anne-Marie says

      Cinnamon EO is a skin irritant and current regulations have it at a suggested .05% usage rate which means, literally, less than 1/10th of an ounce for pound of base.

      You probably won’t be able to find a Vanilla essential oil but a Vanilla Fragrance oil? I can help you! Vanilla Select or Vanilla Bean are both amazing fragrances: http://www.brambleberry.com/V-C298.aspx

  37. kate s. says

    Hello Soap Queen. So I have made this recipe twice, once with refined shea and once with unrefined. I still end up with grainy result and i HATE it. I want it to be fluffy and smooth. I followed the directions exactly. I didn’t heat anything up, my coconut oil is 76 degree melt too! Any ideas on what I can do to save it or what I can add to it? Thanks! :)

    • says

      Good afternoon Kate!

      How long did your whip your recipe for? Sometimes if it isn’t whipped for long enough it’ll feel a little grainy. Try whipping it for a little longer and put a lot of elbow grease into it, that should get you to that light and fluffy consistency you are looking for. :)

      Who do you buy you shea from? Sometimes the shea heats up in transit and that can make it a little grainy. Let us know and we are happy to help you troubleshoot!

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • kate s. says

        Hey Becky! I realized that both times I made these batches it was 68 degrees in my house(I live in California and it’s already so hot here). I turned off my air conditioner, ran an errand and when I came back, I had NO clumps in my mixture! Thank you for your quick reply. I’m glad I figured out it was the temperature!

        • says

          I am so glad you were able to figure it out, Kate! Thanks for letting us know it was the heat, we are just as curious as you why a recipe doesn’t turn out and we want to help troubleshoot! :)
          -Becky with Bramble Berry

  38. JoannN says

    Awww! I still keep getting little un-whipped shea butter lump-a-di-doos in the mixture even after more than 10 minutes of whipping + “softening” with the beaters beforehand!! I don’t mind it though… It’s like a surprise burst of shea butter when it melts on my palm. πŸ˜€ I also added the Oatmeal, Milk & Honey fragrance oil. Smells so soft.. Like a baby’s fragrance. πŸ˜€

    By the way, Anne-Marie, I have the same Candy Apple Red Kitchenaid mixer like yours! They are so sturdy and retro. I LOVE IT!!! I’m glad I kept talking about it, decided to want to put it on layby and surprise surprise, my husband paid half and we took Scarlet home the same day!! Now I need to buy a stainless steel bowl and I’ve already purchased a separate whisk for making non-food goodies! πŸ˜€

  39. Cassie says

    Hi Anne-Marie!

    Love this recipe! I made the Shea scented in Vanilla Fig and then made another batch up using Mango Butter, scented it in Mango-Peach and added just a hint of peachy colored mica. Beautiful!

    What I was wondering is how this will hold up in the summer months. Will it melt at outdoor craft fairs and/or during shipping? I’d really like to be able to continue selling this year round. Or is there another recipe that you would suggest for summer months instead of a ‘butter’?

    Thanks for everything you do! Cassie

  40. Jackie says

    Question… When I made mine I used Raw Shea so I had to melt and cool while whipping. It came out whipped and lovely like your picture above but after putting it into the jar it got a little solid, like somewhat soft butter would be and not so fluffy. Should I mix it more? Is it possible to over mix?
    I’m using a hand blender.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Even with raw shea (not processed as much), you should not have had to melt it. That said, if you melted it, it’s possible that it hardened up a bit more solid than if you hadn’t but the whipped butter does get harder and settles a little bit. No, it’s not possible to overmix (at least not that I’ve found yet!) =)

  41. Jackie says

    I have coconut oil that says can be heated up to 280 degrees F. I don’t see anywhere on there that it says it melts at 72 degrees. Are you referring to C or F?

    Its unrefined Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Spectrum, is this okay?

    • Anne-Marie says

      You’re totally fine – that’s the right stuff. You can heat the coconut oil safely up to 280 degrees when cooking but it will melt around 76 degrees normally =)

  42. Aami says

    Quick question.. So I would melt my butters first right? Because The butters I have are hard… Sorry I’m an amateur. I think it’s awesome that you went to Saudi!! I dream of going there one day! I would love a post on how your experience was there..
    Also- can this be used on the face??

    • says

      In this recipe, you are going to want to melt your coconut oil fully before you start to mix the rest of your ingredients. And it is totally okay to use it on your face, but it might feel super heavy on your skin.
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  43. Joannn says

    ps: I wish Kitchenaid stand mixers in Australia are more affordable!! Prices range from AUD$649 to roughly $800 EACH. :o( The Kitchenaid stand mixer would make my kitchen look so much sexier!! I guess my Bodum red handheld mixer and a glass Pyrex bowl will do. For now! πŸ˜€

  44. Joannn says

    Thank you Anne-Marie, team and readers for sharing your knowledge and recipes with the world! Good Karma!! πŸ˜€

    Just a quick question about adding honey to this recipe. Honey is not oil so adding Vitamin E oil would help preserve this Whipped Shea Butter better/longer?

    I have not tried this recipe yet and have been researching for whipped shea butter recipes on youtube, which mostly requires the heating and cooling method.

    Like everyone else, I’m glad I came across this recipe! Nom nom nom for my skin! Can’t wait to try it out asap. Can’t do it now though. Husband won’t appreciate the mixer sound at 12.30am!! haha

    Lots of love from Melbourne, Australia,

    • says

      Since this recipe has no water, you don’t actually need a preservative. Vitamin E would be great to add to it since it has some wonderful skin-loving antioxidants in it, but it isn’t actually a preservative.

      We have never used honey in this recipe, but you could definitely use it if you wanted, but it might leave a sticky/sugary feeling on your skin
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  45. Ronnie says

    I love shea butter and this recipie, but would like to color it. What can I use to color shea butter or am I stuck with the white? Thanks!

  46. Kelly says

    I am off to Kohls with my 30% coupon and getting a Kitchen Aid right now! I can’t wait to try this…I love body butter! Thanks to all the comments and everyones success on this recipe gives me great hope on this one! Thanks Anne-Marie!

  47. Zikhona says

    Anne – Marie you are Awesome. I love this recipe, I love how it is quickly nicely absorbed by my body. My family loves this, all our bodies are loving it, thank you. One question though. Is it meant to remain in the “just whipped” consistency (as in the picture above? After whipping, my got slightly softer, and I followed the recipe as is. I am wondering if I maybe added too much EO. All in all I added about 60 drops of lavender, Orange and Cinnamon oils. It’s still usable but I would like it to be in the “just whipped consistency”. How much EO would you suggest?
    Thanks, Zikhona

    • says

      Yay! I’m so glad you like the recipe!

      You’ll love this fragrance calculator to give you the correct usage rate for fragrances and essential oils

      Your essential oil usage rate doesn’t sound like too much at all. Are you in a warm environment? It kind of sounds like your mixture may have gotten a little warm? Or maybe over mixed? How long did you whip your recipe?

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

      • Zikhona says

        Soap Queen you rock. Thank you for replying so soon. Yes, later that evening I made a smaller batch and kept it in a slightly cooler area and it maintained the correct consistency. So it was definately the temperature. Although Autumn has started, we are still having lovely sunny days down here in Cape Town, South Africa.
        Oh, I made a Cocoa Butter, Olive oil, Avocado oil and Jojoba oil version, 60/40 hard, soft oils and it came out perfectly. I love it. It takes slightly longer to be absorberd into my skin but its perfect. Will be great for those rainy winter days we have here in the Cape.


  48. Michelle B says

    Hi!…I’ve been making this for about 3 weeks. The first time I tried it with refined/deodorized (white) shea butter.Worked great. Not grainy. A little oily, but great for bedtime. Then I tried it with raw/unrefined shea butter (yellowish/gray). I saw a post that said you should be able to use raw shea butter with similar results. I switched to raw shea butter for the more natural properties- more vitamins/etc. The consistency is not the same. It doesn’t have the same “whipped” feel and it is grainy. I am not melting the shea butter or coconut oil. I’ve tried it room temp (for both), and then tried it with a slight softening in the microwave (less than 30 sec). I’ve altered my whipping, whipping less and whipping more (anywhere from 10-20 minutes).Any ideas on how to make the raw shea butter have the more whipped feel and how to make the graininess go away? I LOVE the recipe! Thanks!

    • says

      Hi Michelle,

      I’d ask your vendor for the raw shea butter but that’s one of the reasons that Bramble Berry doesn’t carry raw shea butter. We just haven’t found one that is awesome for us to craft with. The refined does have a smoother consistency.

      That said, what’s happening is that the shea butter has a variety of fatty acid chain components. Some of those are harder than others. When you melt or break up those chains, they sometimes come back together in a strange way.

      You could (and this is last ditch effort), melt the shea butter ENTIRELY and then work on slowly whipping it until it’s solid to see if the whipping of the melted shea helps to orient the fat molecules in the same way so that they don’t grain up on you. That’s my best idea – well, that and asking your vendor for any tips they have! =)

  49. Kim James says

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I was wondering if an essential “oil” could replace the fragrance oil or would that be considered adding water, causing mold growth issues? Thanks again. I am so excited to try this recipe.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Essential oils should be fine for use in place of the fragrance oils, as long as the essential oils are pure. They shouldn’t cause any mold issues.

  50. Susan says

    Thank you so much for this recipe and all the information via the comments. I am very excited to make it this week.

    • Anne-Marie says

      This has been a super popular recipe! I can’t wait for you to try it and let us know what you think =)

  51. Eugenia says

    Hello All,

    Just wanted to share something with you. If you want to make a smaller batch (I cut the recipe in 4), also think of suitable cup/bowl. I had mine quite big so ended up chasing the pieces of shea around the walls, not an easy job haha..
    At the end it came out very beautiful but yes still a bit too oily so I’d put this cream on only before I go to bed. I know my skin will be goooorgeous in the morning! :)


  52. Eugenia says

    Hello Anne-Marie,

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us!
    Could I substitute arrowroot by orris root powder in case this will come out too oily to my liking?

    Thank you,

  53. Stephanie says

    Well, I was just reading about 92 degree coconut, which is hydrogenated to make it more heat stable. It isn’t good for the inside of your body, so it probably isn’t good for the outside either. I’ll be sticking to the 76 degree, and keeping it out of my bathroom :-).

  54. Stephanie says

    I followed it to a T- I didn’t melt the coconut oil at all (not sure if you guys did or didn’t). I used an EO Blend of pure oils in one batch and a pretty solid vanilla absolute in the other and had the same result with both batches. The only other thing I can think is that I had the ones I used in my bathroom- Oh no! I bet it was the coconut oil- 76 degree oil and the heat from my shower! Maybe I’ll try the 92 (or is it 96?)degree, it should still melt on skin contact, but I wonder if it would still be as whippy? Or I could just not keep it in the bathroom, but I want to sell it, so I need to get that worked out. Thanks!!

  55. Stephanie says

    Hi Anne Marie,

    I made this body butter about 2 months ago, but it appears to be separating now. I made several jars-the ones I’m using are the only ones separating-the unused are still completely blended. Do you think it could be the fragrance separating out? I followed the recipe exactly. About how long do you think it should stay blended? Thanks for your help! Ps..I didn’t put wet hands in the jar :-)

    • says

      This is very interesting. We had the original whipped shea butter in our soap lab for almost a year and it looked great. What fragrance oil did you use and did you follow the recipe exactly?

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

    • Anne-Marie says

      You can release the lock, barely lift the blender and then turn the blender on and keep speeding it up as all the butter starts to flick off the blender =) Don’t lift the blender too high – or else all the butter will go ALL over the walls (yup, been there, done that!).

  56. Ronita says

    What else can I use instead of the Tapioca Powder and how much? Tapioca Powder is out of stock and I need something to use this week.

  57. deborah michaels obrien says

    I have Nilotica (a softer but solid type) of organic shea butter on hand and organic jojoba (which is liquid at rm temp. but solid when cold)

    would the end product consistency be the same? Should I cool the liquid jojoba to solid and then mix?

    would I use measuring cup amount since I dont have a scale? Where is the best place to get a scale? Is there Organic shea butter bricks avaiable? Thank you!

    • Anne-Marie says

      End consistency will be significantly softer – because Coconut Oil + Shea Butter are both solid on solid.

      Cooling the jojoba oil won’t change anything for the final product.

      A scale is the best way to get an accurate product. You can buy a nice quality scale here: http://www.brambleberry.com/Scales-C207.aspx

      I don’t know of organic shea butter bricks available for sale but BrambleBerry.com does have lovely shea butter =)

    • Anne-Marie says

      Combine like butters like Mango and Shea is definitely possible – but they need to be like to like in terms of consistency so adding cocoa butter, for example would not work.

  58. Ronita says

    Hi Anne-Marie, I was wondering if I could use a different oil for mixing? Everyone doesn’t like the smell of coconut, so would olive oil or almond oil work with this recipe??

    • Anne-Marie says

      Since coconut oil is solid at room temperature, if you used a liquid oil, the recipe will have a different (softer) consistency. It will still work – just have a different consistency.

  59. says

    Hello Anne-Marie-I have another question for you. I have a really hard time finding a facial moisturizer for my sensitive skin that really helps my aging problem. I have always ordered organic or no paraben items. They are very expensive. Thought I could save money so I ordered a Natural Multi-base Lotion made from distilled water, Aloe Vera, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Meadowfoam Oil, stearic Acid, Soya Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Veg. Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Vit. C, Citric acid and Rosemary oil. It is extremely thick and all I am supposed to do is add enough warm distilled water to it until it reaches the consistency that I like. My question: do I need to add some kind of preservative to this since I have to add the distilled water. In reading the above write-ins and your replies it seems that once water is entered into a product it needs a preservative. I ordered one pound of this product and it is supposed to give me 2-3 pounds of lotion when the water is added. I would like it to last not spoil. Should I mix a little at a time? What is your opinion? Thanks so much for all you do for us out here TRY IT OURSELVES LAND!!!!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Hi Shari,

      First of all, have you tried Tanaka Massage yet? YouTube search for it. I have seen some pretty interesting before and after pictures and you can do it with just straight vegetable oils.

      Second, of course I would 100% recommend talking to your vendor but I would assume that they have not preserved for your additional water because if they had, the original MultiBase would probably be over-preserved for the original amount which seems like an unsafe idea…. Just talking out loud here.

      So, given that, I’d suggest adding a preservative. This preservative is paraben free and it works: http://www.brambleberry.com/Optiphen-P3682.aspx

      Finally, I know that MultiBase and in every vendor I’ve ever seen selling it, they’re using Germall Plus (a paraben based preservative). It’s usually listed right after the Citric Acid so I wonder if it was accidentally missed on your vendor’s website? So, while I hesitate to mention it, I strongly suspect that the product is preserved. If it wasn’t, it wouldn’t NOT grow mold over time with those ingredients.

  60. Diane Houser says

    Hello everyone. Wow! I have learned quite a bit from reading what is on here alone. I am so glad I stumbled across this site two months ago. In terms of the recipe, I made something similar. No, I didn’t whip it so don’t freak out as to what you are about to read.

    I don’t have a scale and I really need to invest in one and soon. The “no measure ingredients” method may have worked for my great grandma’s but “it ain’t gonna keep happening” with me in the future. I have made too many mistakes with my concoctions. Here’s what I did long before stumbling on this site…

    I wanted to try my luck at making a butter/balm that had a spreadable consistency. I had on hand – refined shea butter, mango butter, palm oil, soft butters – avocado and pumpkin seed, beeswax, liquid oils -grapeseed macadamia nut, vitamin E oil, and almond. (double boiler method here.. NO coconut oils of any kind were used.)

    Wannabe Mad Scientist at work – (1) I melted 1-2 parts shea and mango butters. Let them cool and harden. Too hard! (2) I re-melted the butters again and added palm oil, and the soft butters. Too soft-soupy. (3) Re-melted again but added beeswax – one ounce. Not too bad BUT, not easy enough to dig out with a cosmetic spatula. (4) Re-melted again and added one or two of the liquid oils. WAH LAH! Party time! The consistency was on the money even though I heated everything. No grains present either. There’s a hint of a beeswax scent. I did that on purpose since these are prototypes. (no clashing with other scents once you get out of the tub/shower)

    I had some LUSH oval tins and two of their oval plastic containers. I believe once the temperature was right, I was able to fill two of the oval tins, and two oval plastic containers – one large and one small. I even let them sit out overnight at room temperature. Still solid but a tiny, tiny bit softer which is what I wanted. My relatives in southern California are my guinea pigs. They don’t know it yet but these are Christmas gifts. (i’m in Illinois.)

    I am going to try the “whipped” version. I want to add a liquid oil just to see what the consistency will be – not hard as a rock but spreadable. Tell me what you think..thank you!

    • Anne-Marie says

      I love your mad scientist ways. =) And yes, a scale would be fantastic for your future mad scientist toiletry experiments. =)

      I’m sure your balm is LOVELY without whipping – that’s more of a balm or a lotion bar – but a whipped butter is definitely a different animal (even uses the same ingredients – just a different process).

      Keep me posted when you try it. I’d love to hear what you think of it.

  61. Ellen says

    Hello Anne-Marie,

    I just stumbled onto this thread last night and feel like a kid at Christmas! Thank you so much for this fab recipe. I actually mixed in some salts and had a question. While the body butter doesn’t require preservatives because there isn’t any water in the product, should I add a preservative to a body scrub because of the moist environment?

    Thanks again, can’t wait to dive into your site and start reading!

    • Anne-Marie says

      Body butters do not require preservative if there is no water. You are correct.

      Body Scrubs are another story. Many people do add preservatives at 1% because people using the scrubs are dipping their watery hands back into the scrub, potentially introducing bacteria in that small amount of water, back into the scrub. Phenonip at .5% to 1% would be a good choice if you’re going to add a preservative.

  62. Amanda says

    Made this today and absolutely love it. I’m very new to all this fun and am only making it for personal use and gifts. I’m curious about the sterilizing cautions mentioned up above. My mixing bowl was clean, but not sterilized. Will that effect the shelf-life of the product? Thank you for the tip about plastic taking on the essential oils. I am allergic to many fragrance oils so I bought some lovely EO’s from Otion, but I didn’t know they could seep into my plastic mixing bowls! Looks like I’ll be picking up some extra bowls!

    Thank you for your site and for all the education you offer. This has been great fun to discover.

    • says

      Disinfecting is simple – it’s just 5% bleachwater or rubbing alcohol =) But, interestingly enough, since there are no water in this recipe, there should be no ability for the product to grow mold. That said, you always want to be working in a clean kitchen environment and keeping your utensils as clean as possible to ensure no bacterial and microbes can get a toehold in there =)

      Yes, get some extra bowls just to be on the safe side. I’d hate for your food to taste like fragrance or essential oil!

  63. Margo says

    A.M. I am a little confused on the ratio for adding Tapioca Powder. In one post above you recommend the following: “I would recommend 2 Tablespoons per pound of oils and add it and whip whip whip it in” and then farther down you recommended the following: “1 tsp to 1 Tbs per 16 oz. of product”.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Ah ha! You are an eagle eye! Different answers, different days – go figure. I have no idea why I wasn’t consistent. You can use up to 25% Tapioca Powder in your oily recipes so easily anything up to 2 Tablespoons is good to go (and then some). =)

  64. says

    Anne-Marie-Thank you so much for your response. I have some more questions. We ordered the Almond oil and Apricot oil because we thought it would scent the shea butter enough for our body butter (even though we did not have a recipe – I was going by the label on one of my purchased containers). The oils do not smell at all! What else could we make with the oils we purchased. They are both cosmetic grade. If there is something, then we could just purchase the coconut oil and go from there. Any idea why no one has the Dry-Flo product. Is the key to the cornstarch making sure you sift it well? Thanks again, Shari

    • says

      Neither of those oils have any scent – they are actual food grade cooking oils so they will smell natural and oily but no smell.

      You could use those (Almond and Apricot) for massage oil or lip balm or lotion bars (if you had any beeswax).

      Dry Flo was discontinued to do low sales from the manufacturer but we have located a completely ideal replacement from a brand new manufacturer and we are just waiting to confirm pricing since it’s a new product for them.

  65. says

    I have refined shea butter, almond oil and apricot kernal oil. Just found your website and am thrilled to have found your recipe. Our garden club girls all bought the same ingredients to make a shea butter batch but we not sure just how to go about it until now. My question, and I know you have discussed it some, is about the oil. We do not have the coconut oil and want to use the almond or apricot oil. Other than the consistency, is there anything else we should know about the difference in the oils before we waste our small amount of ingredients. We each only have about 1 and one-half pounds. Thank you so much Anne-Marie. You are fantastic!

    • Anne-Marie says

      It will be a different consistency but try:

      14 oz Shea Butter
      2.5 oz Almond or Apricot Oil

      Make sure to whip it up – that’s the key – the whipping (without melting).

  66. punkin says

    Ann Marie I love this recipe! I have a few questions and really hope that you will be able to answer them. Aside from the shea butter, what other butters can be used?
    And what other sorts of things can be added to the recipe? Different oils or anything like that? I have been making it and just love it. But I want to start playing it up a bit and see if I could use different butters and different oils?

    Also was wondering if regular old liquid soap dye or a few drops food coloring could be used. I have been using mica pigments but wish to get a bold color.

    • says

      You could use any other butter with the same consistency of Shea Butter so Mango Butter for example, would work great but Cocoa Butter would not (too hard and brittle). If you do liquid oils instead of Coconut Oil (solid at room temperature) the butter can whip and be lovely BUT it will be softer and not as solid in the in jars.

      You need OIL soluble colorants, not water soluble colorants (so no food coloring and probably no liquid soap dye) so think lip balm colors or micas to get this to take on color =)

  67. J'Naye says

    Hi. I’m new to this website and new to making my own hair & body products. I don’t know anything about all the comments that I have read. Measurements, percentages, etc. I’m dumb struck! Anyway, I still tried and made a batch. It came out nice and creamy….and greasy. I let it sit overnight, woke up the next morning to my daughter using it. She used it on her hair and arms asking no questions. I asked her how was it? and she said “its cool” and left for work.
    After she left, I looked in the jar and it turned hard! however it wasn’t as greasy/oily as the night before. I gently “scratched” some off and rubbed it in my hands. It melted very nicely and oily. I really really want that fluffiness…..even after it sits over night. Can I dump this batch back into my stand mixer (yes I have a kitchen Aid…2 yrs now)and fluff it up again? will it fluff again?

    • says

      Wow, I’m so happy that you like the feel of the butter after it sat for a day. Yay! Yes, the product does get more hard as it sits. You can pop it all back in the kitchen aid but after it sits for a day, it will get hard again. =)

  68. punkin says

    Does the coconut oil need to be melted before mixing it? Or is it just added as is?
    I have read through the comments but there are soo many!! And they are running together lol.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Just add the Coconut Oil – solid – and then let the mixer go to town and whip it into a delightful oil froth =)

    • Anne-Marie says

      This recipe is solid at room temp coconut oil and solid at room temp shea butter. So while sunflower oil will probably be lovely in there, the consistency will be very different because you’d be subbing a liquid oil for a solid oil

  69. Nancy says

    I just mad a small batch of this yesterday and I love it! I too have done the melt, cool and whip routine and the end product always felt greasy. For some reason this recipe doesn’t feel greasy. I put some on my hands last night and they felt soft this morning. I just gave some to my tester to see what she thinks! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  70. says

    Hi my name is Valarie, I am addicted to lotions & body butter!!! I am disabled so no longer work, so I decided to look for recipes for making my own Shea Body Butter. I have read every post on here and I’m so excited to try this…I can’t even tell you how excited I am!!! What can I use to color the butter? I am sooooo Happy that I found your blog!!! Thank you so much <3 Valarie p.s. I have some Sugar Cookie fragrance that I got for making candles, can I use that in this recipe? (Crafty Candles Fragrance)

  71. Mallory says

    Hi Ann-Marie,
    I plan on trying this recipe for Christmas presents. I have a few questions. First of all, is the Cranberry Fig fragrance oil very sweet smelling? And Secondly, everywhere I look, including Bramble Berry, Tapioca Powder is out of stock. What do you suggest I use instead to make my body butter less greasy?

    • Anne-Marie says

      Cranberry Fig is a tart fruit fragrance so yes, it does smell sweet but not like a dessert sweet – more of a fruity sweet. You can use cornstarch for your body butter but make sure to sift it first.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Cranberry Fig is a lovely tart fruity smell so it’s not like a dessert sweet fragrance =)

      Go with Cornstarch but sift it for sure! Don’t want any little lumps.

      We are hoping to have Tapioca Powder back in stock soon and are in daily communication with the vendor.

  72. Rob Cohn says

    Thank you Anne-Marie for this incredible recipe. I have a version of this I make that I have Apricot Kernel Oil and also Cocoa Butter. It comes out really nice. The natural oils absorb so quickly that the greasiness goes away very quick.

    • Anne-Marie says

      Sounds yummy! I love the idea of making this recipe with Cocoa Butter. It’s such a fantastic ingredient. =)

  73. says

    Excited!!! Made this tonight and am so pleased with it. I added the cornstarch to make it a little less greasy, used rosemary and neroli essential oils (smells gorgeous) and coloured it a very light orange with a little bit of Vitamin E oil infused with annatto seeds, figuring the Vitamin E oil would work as a mild preservative… Can’t wait to see how it goes down with people. Love this site, and can’t wait to try out lots more new things. Thank you for all the valuable info x

    • says

      The glass bowl is not necessary. Any bowl that comes with your stand-alone mixer will work. =) I’m using a Kitchen-Aid model that comes with a glass bowl but any bowl will work =)

      • Rob Cohn says

        Now that I have looked at the many different models. I am going to get one that actually looks just like yours that comes with a glass bowl and they are having a special offer which will get me an additional glass bowl for free. :) I am very excited. I do think that working with essential oils it is probably better to use glass rather than metal. Who knows if that theory is correct or not. :) LOl Thank you for all your help.

  74. Rob Cohn says

    Hi Anne Marie:

    I am in the market for a stand mixer and that picture of your Kitchen Aide is great! I just burned out my 2nd hand mixer. LOL Have you been happy with it and which model is it??



    • Anne-Marie says

      I love love love love love it AND we are crazy busy with it. I think we use it more than your average crafter. The clear bowl is awesome too. I would recommend the extra $$$ to get the clear bowl.

  75. Kathy says

    This is a really fabulous recipe!! I don’t like the feel of normal thick body butters on my skin so this is perfect for me. I made a mixture, a while ago of just coconut oil (2 parts) and olive oil (1 part)which has the same ‘melt-in’ feel to it but which, unfortunately, here in South Africa, melts to a liquid! I have to keep it in the fridge.

    My Shea Butter (unrefined) was grainy to start off with so I melted it down in a pot over some boiling water and let it re-set. It whipped up beautifully – looked just like meringue (I was so excited by the texture and feel of it)- but I found that overnight it went a bit hard. Would this be because I melted the Shea Butter? Also, I only use pure essential oils and was wondering what the correct quantity would be for a batch this size?

    I am so pleased to have found your site. I also make cold process soaps and other 100% natural body products as well as soy wax candles which I sell at some local markets here in Cape Town. I haven’t had time yet to go through everything you have here but I am sure there will be plenty of interesting and helpful articles.

    Thanks once again.

    • says

      We didn’t melt the Shea Butter for this recipe – and we put it with a little softer oil (Coconut Oil) so maybe that’s the difference? =)

      I’m so glad that you’ve found our site – YAY! – and welcome from Cape Town. We’re thrilled to have you. Keep us posted on how your soaping journey is going =)

  76. Sasha says

    Hi Anne Marie!

    I made a very small test batch and it is coming out VERY oily. i used 1.75 oz of UNrefined Shea Butter (solid yet soft @ room temperature), 0.6 oz of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (completely melted), and 0.75 mL of fragrance oil. Using a hand held eletric mixer, I whipped for about 5 minutes and tested it out. It was oily. I added 0.5 teaspoons of Arrowroot Powder and also another mL of FO (trying to get rid of the nutty/smokey scent of the SB)whipped some more for about 10 mins. It was still very oily so I ended up adding in an ADDITIONAL teaspoon of both the FO and the Arrowroot powder. It is still so oily.

    In total, I whipped the Shea Butter and Coconut Oil for a little more than 25 mins. Could I have over whipped and that is causing it to be extra greasy?

    Please help!

    • says

      Is the Extra Virgin Coconut Oil solid at room temperature or liquid? You say ‘completely melted’ so I assume solid.

      The fragrance oil will keep the product oilier and softer so you don’t want more of that.

      It’s tough to say why it feels so oily or if it actually feels oilier than the product I made. It is 100% Oils and butters so yes, it’s oily but I don’t think it’s unduly oily …. hm, tough call. You did the right thing with Arrowroot though – good instincts there.

      Too much whipping will not make it too oily so you didn’t do anything wrong there.

      I would try traditional Shea Butter and traditional Coconut Oil (so ultra refined and skip the virgin organic) and see if that gets you better results.

      If you try it again, keep me posted. In the meantime, if you like the fragrance, use it as a solid perfume balm =)

      • Sasha says

        Thank you for your response, Anne-Marie!

        The coconut oil I used does melt at 76 degrees. I didn’t have to melt the oil for this mixture because the kitchen was already sunny and warm and the oil melted naturally.

        Now, based off what you stated about the fragrance oil keeping the product oiler, I’m starting to think that may be the cause here. In total I had about 6.75 mL of FO in this small batch.

        I left the mixture out overnight completely uncovered and it seems that the nutty smell has faded some. I can now smell a very FAINT hint of the FO I used. I’m gonna try to add another 0.5 teaspoon of the Arrowroot and NO more FO.

        I’ll keep you updated! :-)

        • Anne-Marie says

          Definitely keep me posted – I can’t wait to hear how it turns out. I hope that you were able to make it into something you really like.

  77. Mellifera says

    I’ve made it this way, and made it using 2:1 shea:aloe butter or shea:jojoba butter. That makes for a firmer product, and it also works well. Adding 1 T of honey also adds to the humectant value, and doesn’t leave any stickiness.

  78. terri says

    Hi Anne Marie,

    I had so much fun with the whipped shea butter
    I used shea butter and aloe butter tuned out greate used cornstarch, to cut the oil. Gave it out for birthday gifts every one loved it even some of my male friends used col water FO oil .ty

  79. Anne-Marie says

    Hm, that’s a great question. Shea Butter is really soft and cocoa butter is hard and brittle. But, maybe you could add 60% liquid oils to the 40% cocoa butter, melt that and then try to whip it as you cooled it. Keep me posted on how it goes AND just try for a very small batch and not a big batch =))) Test small amounts first.

  80. Arianna says


    I love this recipe, but I also have a lot of Cocoa butter at home. I was hoping for an easy to use whipped lotion with cocoa butter. Do you have any suggestions?

  81. Natalie says

    Can we add a little natrosorb to help with the greasiness, and scent a little? OR would it seperate?

    • says

      Yes, definitely add any fragrance oil that you prefer. We used Cranberry Fig. If you want to cut the greasy feeling, I would suggest Tapioca Powder (which is a modified tapioca starch). Have fun with the recipe!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  82. Shoe addict says

    I get 6 4oz jars and a tester jar out of half of the mixture……. Does anyone else get this same amount?

  83. says

    if I wanted to add goat’s milk to this recipe how much would I add and then I would need to add a preservative which one and how much? Thank you can not wait to try this!!!!

    • Anne-Marie says

      You can’t add Goatsmilk to this recipe as it will just separate out, eventually. It would need an emulsifier to keep it in the balm.

      • says

        ok thanks for the reply. I will definitely make your recipe but still looking for a cream with goat’s milk , does that need to be more of a regular lotion?

        • Anne-Marie says

          If you wanted to make a cream with goatsmilk, you’d want it to be more of a regular lotion and then it would have a shelf life because of the goatsmilk potentially going bad over time.

  84. says

    We don’t sell unrefined shea butter but I would imagine that it would work the same in this recipe.

    Shea butter can get grainy if it’s overheated. Do you think that’s what they were talking about?

    Courtney from Bramble Berry

    • Corrie says

      Thanks Courtney for the response. I think perhaps that is what they are talking about, I tried to do a little further research and I did see someone mention that overheating is usually the cause and can result in crystals. I am very new to soap and lotion making so trying to cross all my t’s and dot my i’s before I start and try something new :)

  85. Corrie says

    If I wanted to substitute and use raw unrefined shea butter would the consistency be the same as the refined shea butter? I read on a different blog that it can be a little grainy??? Have you had this problem? Thanks!!

  86. Shoe addict says

    Not sure if I over-whipped mine. I measured out half of the amount as stated i.e 7oz Shea and 2.5oz of coconut oil and it filled 6 (whole) jars. The jars are meant to hold 125ml each yet they only held 40g/ml of the whipped body butter. Did I over whip it? I did not do it for more than the 6-7 minutes as stated above but there was LOADS of it in the mixing bowl. Has this happened to anyone else and do you think that this will make it a less moisturising jar? I was hoping to get at least 100ml/g in each jar as it is for selling purposes. I thank you in advance.

    • says

      I say the fluffier the better! Our full recipe filled 6 or 7 four ounce jars. I can’t imagine that the final product would be less moisturizing if it were over whipped- it still contains the same ingredients =)

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

    • says

      It will last over a year. Since there’s no water in the product it’s not subject to mold growth. And it stays super whipped and fluffy too!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  87. Rose says

    I just made this with the grapefruit lily FO and it came out so NICE! I just love it! I made half a batch to test out, I might jar it up next time and sell at my local farmers market :) Thanks so much Anne Marie!!

  88. says

    I have been making this fabulous recipe for awhile, but with macadamia nut oil instead of the coconut oil, and it has turned out soft and fluffy. But sometimes it would get lumpy. I think I figured out that I need to slowly add the oil a little at a time and mix thoroughly between additions. I am going to try this today, but thought this might help others trying to do this with oils besides the coconut.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing, Kyle! There are so many wonderful variations that you go do with this type of recipe!

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

    • Anne-Marie says

      The Coconut Oil (solid) is what keeps the entire thing nicely whipped solid. If you do Safflower or Avocado, you’ll end up with a softer product but yes, that’s a traditional whipped shea butter (shea butter + liquid oil) =)

  89. Melanie says

    How many ounces does this make for a final product? So excited to try it!! I made a shea body butter last night and ended up dumping it all because it was soooo oily.

  90. Elizabeth says

    Thank you! I just ordered some Tapioca Powder and can’t wait to get it! I love everything else about the whipped shea, I scented it with lavender and I’m nuts about it!

    • says

      Tapioca Powder does wonders for recipes like this. It will take out some of the oily feeling. I’m so glad you like it. We’re nuts about it too =)

      Courtney from Bramble Berry

  91. Elizabeth says

    I tried this tonight and found it to be more greasy than I expected. Awhile after I rubbed it in, it still seemed shiny and oily. I added a little Polysorbate 80 as someone suggested above, but it didn’t seem to make a huge difference. Does anyone think it might be better once I let it sit overnight? Should I try adding more polysorbate, or try the cornstarch? Thanks!

  92. Pikes Peak says

    Hello. New to the list, hoping to make some Shea Butter Lotion real soon.

    I plan to use our inexpensive hand-held electric mixer, the one we use for mixing cake batters, etc.

    Does mixing shea butter and fragrances make the beaters unfit to use for food preparation? I can’t imagine it does, as the beaters are stainless steel and to my knowledge there is nothing toxic or harmful in the ingredients, but I’d like to get confirmation from those with some experience.

    Thank you!

    • Anne-Marie says

      If there is any plastic at all, it will take on the fragrance of the fragrance or essential oil you’re using so definitely keep that in mind. Food that tastes like fragrance oil is not delicious.

      If you are selling product, yes, buy new equipment. If this is for fun and hobby, disinfect well in between uses.

      Never mix cold process soap equipment and kitchen equipment as lye can seriously burn or hurt you if accidentally ingested.

  93. says

    Love this! Thanks for sharing. I made a 1/10th batch which made only about 1/2c total- perfect test batch. My Shea was cold, so I measured it out along with the Coconut oil in a 2 cup pyrex, then put it in the microwave for 15 seconds, stirred, again 15 seconds. This took the chill off basically, then started whipping with my hand mixer using only 1 whipping blade instead of two. Whipped on med-high for about 4 minutes-that did it! VERY nice! I added Wild Orange Essential Oil and what a lovely scent with the coconut! I added just a 1/8 t Tapioca Powder and it wasn’t quite enough, so I’m off to try another one and play around with my Tapioca Powder some more!

  94. terri says

    HI Ann,
    just a question my daughter is Allergic to coconut oil can i use grape seed or jojoba oil refined or any other oil.
    love the information you give on candles & mp soap

    • Anne-Marie says

      Coconut oil is considered a hard oil because it’s solid at room temperature while GSE and Jojoba are both liquid oils (liquid all the time). Substituting with these oils will definitely change the consistency of the recipe. It may turn out softer and less fluffy but give it a try in a small test batch. I’m sure the end product will still be moisturizing and fabulous!

  95. Rita says

    I tryed it as mentioned in Your recipe. It is really fantastic, thank You!
    How it could be with more coconut oil and less sheabutter? And is the mangobutter soft enaugh to use it instead of shea?

    • Anne-Marie says

      I think it will work using more coconut oil but it may end up harder than the original recipe since coconut oil is solid at room temperature. Yes, mango butter is soft enough to whip so in theory it will work. Let me know if you come up with a new variation =)

  96. Natalie says

    I just made my batch of cream and mine is yellow and smells funny. After reading every comment on this recipe I come to learn that the shea butter has to be refined, and you cannot use fractional coconut oil. Well that is what I have in my house, and I used that. I added fragrance to it and it doesnt help at all. I just wished the recipe would of specified what EXACTLY to use and not use. Hope I have better luck next time!

    • says

      Oh I’m sorry Natalie. Fractionated Coconut Oil isn’t ever the same as Coconut Oil and I’ve just never thought anyone would confuse them. I now know better and will definitely amend the recipe.

      The Shea Butter can be unrefined; if it’s unrefined, it will just have a nutty smell =)

  97. says

    OMG I can’t wait to try this. I made up a combo for my mom a while back with mostly coconut oil. She has CRAZY dry skin (she used to use baby oil on her face! horror). I too saw the “mix until you’re insane” version and then THIS! I should have known to check here first. I pathetically do not have a stand mixer, but I am going to figure this out. Thinking this might go well with our “flip flop package” for smoothing out rough winter knees.
    Thanks Anne-Marie!

    • Anne-Marie says

      In theory, you can use a handheld mixer (think egg beaters) but you’ll definitely be mixing until you’re insane then =) I hope you like the recipe. Come back and let me know what you think after you’ve tried it =)

  98. Patty says

    I’ve just made this recipe and it is a wonderful smoothing and delicious scented cream!! :) I wonder the life shelf for this one, since it doesn’t has any water? I’m almost sure it doesn’t need any preservative…

  99. genaolivia says

    Oh my goodness! This recipe is heaven! I used Yuzu as the fragrance and didn't color. It soaks in fast, and makes my hands feel like new! =]

  100. Rebecca says

    Hi. I just tried my first whipped shea recipe using jojoba oil and the hot to cold (repeat until you've gone insane) method. At first it appeared light and fluffy, now after being in jars for a few days, it has hardened up. Can I fix this or do I need to start all over. I did use raw shea that is quite yellow. What kind did you use above as the color is white and I've never seen that in unprocessed shea.


  101. Amy says

    Awesome, thank you! I've been using this today on my poor winter-dry-cracked hands and they are SO soft and smooth and no greasiness, burning, or irritation like with store bought moisturizers. I'm so happy I found this post! Thanks again!

  102. Anne-Marie says

    Not at all – your shelf life is a minimum of six months if not a full year (I would be shocked if you didn't get a full year when using fresh products). A fridge never hurts but if you can use up/give away/sell within 6 months, everyone should be able to enjoy the product with no problems.

  103. Amy says

    I'm in LOVE. I just made this – I cut the batch in half and it made just the amount I wanted. One question, does this need to be refrigerated if it's not used after a certain amount of time? Even this half batch will last me 2 months.

  104. WiJoyMom says

    Looks fantastic, I look forward to trying this. Do I need to use a fragrance? I do not have any (is there a source, you recommend?) if I leave out the fragrance, will I need to make an adjustment?

    I do not have arrowroot, but I do have cornstarch for cooking…will that work, if I need it?

  105. Anne-Marie says

    Aw, thanks so much! That is so fantastic that you were able to 'save' the recipe with the Olive Oil. Yay yay yay for moisturized winter skin.

  106. Anonymous says

    Oh my, you truly are the Queen! I had about 8 ounces that I "over-cornstarched". I did what you said and whipped in Olive Oil (I did 1 ounce for the 8 ounces) and it is so much better. It did get a softer texture…it's a little less puffy but more creamy. Thanks a ton :)

  107. Anne-Marie says

    I've never used just plain cornstarch – just the modified tapioca powder for cosmetics (Tapioca Powder) but yes, dry up sounds like too much cornstarch. The only way to fix it is to add more oils to dilute the cornstarch. You could whip in an ounce or two of olive oil. It'll make the whole thing softer but also take up some of that cornstarch stickiness. Just whip it in – don't heat anything.

  108. Anonymous says

    Love the recipe but I think I added too much cornstarch and it seems to "dry" up on my skin VERY quickly and feel kinda uncomfortable. Any ideas at all on how to fix this so I don't waste the batch I made?

  109. Anne-Marie says

    Hi Amy,
    Yes, melting the Shea butter without tempering it can result in crystals that feel like little bumps. That's why in this recipe I don't melt anything – just whip it up until it's soft and fluffy.
    It could be any of your powder additives clumping as well. You might carefully mix them into the fragrance oil to make sure they are perfectly lump free before adding them to you recipe. Hope this helps!

  110. Amy says


    Hope you can help. I made a batch of whipped shea butter and, after a day, little 'pulp-like' nubbins are forming when I rub the butter together in my hands. I used shea butter, mango butter, grapesead oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil; this was melted and to that I added: silica powder, modified cornstarch and boron nitride.

    I've experienced 'graininess' before but never these strange, little globules.

  111. Anne-Marie says

    Thanks Hip Chick! Glad to see you're enjoying the blog and the YouTube channel. I'm obsessed with soap and toiletries and glad to have people to share my passion =)

    Betty, Yes, use a stainless steel bowl and definitely make sure it's clean when you start (bleach water or rubbing alcohol are your friend).

    Mowrah Butter will act a bit differently than the coconut oil (different melt points and consistencies) but the process will work the same. Don't melt either of the products down – just whip them.

  112. Anonymous says

    Anne Marie
    I am wanting to make this whipped shea. Looks yummy but do you have to use a glass bowl? My kitchenaide has a stainless steel bowl. Also I got some of your Mowrah butter. Can I use that instead of coconut?
    Thanks Betty

  113. ~Hip Chick says

    I've been wanting to do this for years. I can't believe how easy the recipe is. THANK YOU!THANK YOU!

    You Are the Soap-Queen! So glad I stumbled across your web-site and Youtube channel.

  114. Anne-Marie says

    Rob, Generally, all the coconut oil I've seen at health food stores is the typical 76 degree melt point. If it's not liquid at room temperature, it's probably not the same stuff that Sara is using. I think she's using a form of Fractionated Coconut Oil which is generally liquid but can harden up when very cool. That said, I could be wrong. There are lots of health food stores all over the US and I haven't checked each of them. LOL!

    You can use the same amount with Synergy Blends as the recipe calls for with fragrance oil.

  115. Rob says

    I bought my coconut oil from our local health food store. It was Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil and I had great results. I used the whisk attachment for my hand mixer and the timing you used Anne-Marie was great!

    Anne-Marie, when using the synergy blends of essential oils from Brambleberry how much do I use in a recipe like this??

  116. Anne-Marie says

    Virgin Coconut Oil is very different than 76 degree melt point Coconut Oil. So that might be it. But the other issue is that you're not supposed to melt the shea butter with this recipe. It's similar to creaming butter – you do both ingredients without heat.

    I hope this helps =)

  117. Sara says

    I was really excited to try such a simple recipe with the vigin coconut oil I sell…but so far I've had poor results.

    I bought my shea butter from Bramble Berry and it came in solid blocks. I melted 16oz of shea butter and added 7oz virgin coconut oil, 6ml vitamin E and 6ml fragrance oil. I am whipped with a hand mixer for about 5 mins. As the mixture cooled it quickly went from a whipped cream consistency to a solid again. Please help?! I hate to waste any more of my ingredients on experimenting.

    How should I prepare the shea butter when it is a soild? What about the virgin coconut oil (Which is also in soild form in these cold winter temps)?

  118. Anne-Marie says

    .095 ounces, or .1 ounces. You are correct. 2.66 without using the rounding for the grams or the 2.71 grams by using the full and correct gram measurement. Great job!

  119. Anonymous says

    Thanks for answering my question regarding the glycerin. Using this recipe (19oz) – am I correct in calculating the preservative at .5% as 2.71grams?

  120. Anne-Marie says

    Hi Rob –

    So glad you're enjoying this recipe (yay!). It's a definite crowd pleaser. And yes, Energy is incredibly awesome (it's the #2 best seller at BB so you're in good company there).

    Vanilla + Coconut is a much lighter fragrance just in the bottle than something as bright and out there as Energy so that's probably why it's not as strong. You can use more for weaker fragrances. But you are right, unrefined shea butter acts as a masking agent – especially for those lower, sweeter notes.

    I don't know of a way to naturally reduce the smell of unrefined raw shea butter (besides refining it – which sort of defeats the purpose of using raw – LOL). You could just go with it and use darker fragrances like Patchouli, Amber, Sandalwood etc… and the unrefined shea butter would simply add to the darker, more masculine blend?

  121. Rob says

    Thank you so much for your help Anne-Marie! I made 3 batches this weekend and they came out great. Learning the fragrance part of it! So far my favorite is the Energy blend. When I used the island coconut and vanilla it didn't seem to be as fragrant as I expected. I wonder if this has something to do with the fact of using unrefined raw shea butter.

    Do you know of a way to help reduce the natural smell of the unrefined raw shea butter to help make it more neutral without using refined shea butter??



  122. Anne-Marie says

    Yes, you could use the Lotions amount for Butters. I like to stay in the minimum range because I like to not have my lotions and balms as strong as perfumes =)

  123. Rob says

    The fragrance calculator on Brambleberry has one for lotions but not butters. Can I use it for making this butter???



  124. Anne-Marie says

    Krissy, Technically, if you added vegetable glycerin the product could grow mold in the glycerin so yes, Optiphen or Phenonip at .5% would be advised. Good question!

    Tina, Yum! I love the idea of an all natural cocoa scent =)

  125. Tina says

    I love this recipe! It's all I've been using for my face, hands and body for almost a year now. The only thing I add is some melted cocoa butter for a slight chocolatey scent. The cocoa butter is too hard at room temperature, but it whips in nicely when it's melted and doesn't harden the cream up at all. It stays soft and fluffy for weeks until it's gone! Thank you so much – I was so tired of melting and cooling and whipping shea butter – this is WAY easier and makes a better cream, in my opinion!

  126. Anonymous says

    I love this recipe and love how I don't have to add preservatives! I'm wondering if I add Veg Glycerin would I have to add a preservative?

  127. Anne-Marie says

    Nice – I stick blended the entire thing so probably the same thing as the mixer/blender in concept. =)

    I agree – the melting/freezing thing can be one extra time-intensive step.

  128. Kyle says

    The lumps were tinier Anne Marie. But I tried putting all the ingredients in the mixer together before whipping, rather than whipping the shea first and this helped. Plus, I whipped it longer.

    I am sooo glad I do not have to do all the melting/freezing anymore.


  129. Anne-Marie says

    No need for double-walled jars but the lid liner is definitely nice to have because if the product ever melts, it's one more potential seal from melted oils all over your purse, car, couch etc…

  130. Rob says

    Hi Anne-Marie:

    Thank you so much for your help. Do the jars need to be double walled and does it matter if the lid is lined or not??



  131. Anne-Marie says

    You could just package in a jar – that's what most people do – and there's a good selection of jars at SunburstBottle.com =)

  132. Rob says

    Does anyone have recommendations about packaging and a good resource for packaging body butters??



    PS: I am so excited this was so easy and it came out GREAT!!! :)

  133. Anne-Marie says

    Jody, Tell me more about your recipes for greasy on the outside. Soap and Candles are SO different to make that right now, nothing is coming to mind so more info about the recipes would be helpful =)

  134. Jody says

    Hi! I stumbled across your site and love it! Sooo many ideas. I've made soap and candles once or twice before and was thinking of doing it again this year. I have the same question as Rob. Where do you get shea butter? This is a great and simple idea (I think I could even do it) πŸ˜‰

    In the past when I have made candles and soap, it seems to get greasy on the outside. What would be the reason be for this? Wrong wax? Too much oil?

    Thanks Anne-Marie for sharing all of your tips and showing us how it's done! :)


  135. Rob says

    The question I have is what source are you getting your unrefined shea butter?? There are quite a few out there.



  136. Anne-Marie says

    Hi Breanna,

    Thanks for chiming in. I've used Arrowroot and find it can work but my preference is Tapioca Powder. Tapioca Powder is vastly different than the product you are concerned with. The actual INCI name for Tapioca Starch Powder is Polymethylsilsesquioxane. In my personal opinion, the Skin Deep database should not be regarded as a complete source for information. They tend to rely heavily on Pub Med studies and place a great emphasis on in vitro studies.

  137. Brenna says

    I use 5-8% arrowroot in my lotion bars and whipped shea butter. It reaches maximum oil absorption within 12-24 hours. Tapioca Powder is actually aluminum starch octenylsuccinate. When I create skin care formulations (which are purely for personal use), I try for the most natural ingredients possible as I have EXTREMELY reactive/sensitive skin. I double check my ingredients with the Skin Deep cosmetic safety database to see what research has been done on various ingredients (www.cosmeticsdatabase.com). This site is what convinced me to take a more natural approach to caring for my skin in the first place after entering some of the ingredients in the products I was using. In case you're curious, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate by itself has a rating of 9 out of 10 as a health hazard. Of course, it really depends on how it is used in a formulation.

  138. Joy says

    OMG!!! I was looking for a whipped body butter recipe all night! I've come across a few that requires heating, cooling, etc., but thank goodness I kept searching and finding this on Anne-Marie's blog! Thanks so much! I've already got shea butter, which I ordered from you…smile. Can't wait to try this ummm tomorrow/today!

  139. Anne-Marie says

    Tapioca Starch Powder is modified Tapioca powder that has specifically been modified to be especially fine and free-flowing. Over Arrowroot, it will be a better final product using Tapioca Starch Powder (in my opinion).

    I don't recall anything negative on Arrowroot. There's plenty out there about Talc (which is mostly fear-based and not science-based) but nothing that I can recall off the top of my head about Arrowroot.

    Kyle, Are the tiny lumps hard hard little nubbins or just tiny lumps of un-whipped-in Shea butter?

  140. Kyle says

    I too, on my second try, have little tiny lumps in the batch I made today. I made it a few weeks ago and it came out beautifully, with no lumps, and two weeks later was soft and creamy. I was so excited! But, I forgot to write down my process and I KNOW BETTER! I am wondering if the first time, I put the macadamia nut oil in that I use first and this time I whipped the shea and THEN added the oil…

  141. Aubrey says

    Thanks so much for the response! I'm hoping to use some of the stuff I already have, why do you suggest the Tapioca Starch Powder over the arrowroot? It appears like they're pretty similar?

    I remember awhile back seeing something negative about arrowroot I think on the BB site, but for the life of me I can't remember what it was!

  142. Anne-Marie says

    Liquid Coconut Oil (Fractionated) will produce a vastly different product. You shouldn't have to heat it up. Maybe just whip longer and at a more vigorous setting?

    Aubrey, I like to use Tapioca Starch Powder (http://www.brambleberry.com/Tapioca-Powder-P3803.aspx) rather than Arrowroot. It really makes it less oily and more smooth when applying. I would recommend 2 Tablespoons per pound of oils and add it and whip whip whip it in. You'll love it. All my students always choose the Tapioca Starch Powder option over the plain oil one.

  143. Aubrey says

    Also – I see Breanna added arrowroot powder, which I have, but have never used. Is this to make it easier to apply? It did seem to take a little elbow grease to get it to spread out nicely and I would love any recommendation for an addition to the recipe to make it smoother. And how much arrowroot would Breanna or anyone else recommend adding to the recipe? Thank you again!

  144. Aubrey says

    hello! Not sure if this is getting replies anymore but I had a couple of questions.

    I had everything specifically except I used liquid coconut oil(fractionated), and I don't know if this might have made my outcome a little different.

    It seemed absolutely awesome, except I still have some tiny lumps of shea butter here and these(not grainy, just plain ole lumps) Any reason this could have happened? should I heat the coconut oil up a little before using it next time?

    Seemed plausible since it sounds like Anne-Marie started with solid coconut oil that she then turned into a liquid.

    I used a handmixer, and wasn't sure whether to use the two beaters or one whisk. I ended up with the beaters. Or maybe I didn't work it long enough? I don't know, I just hate the lumps!

    Any help would be much appreciated! Thank you!

  145. Brenna says

    Love, love, love this recipe. I have made several attempts at whipped shea butter in the past using the alternating-mixing-and-cooling method, and it always got harder after sitting. Plus it took forever. This was a snap, and it didn't feel greasy when I added arrowroot powder. Thanks!

  146. Anne-Marie says

    Thanks for the endorsement! =) I'm so happy that you like the recipe. I'm a pretty big fan too …

  147. ZalaSoaps says

    Trishnicol, not Anne-Marie, but would like to comment nevertheless. I had the same problem with every formula I tried, but that's just so great about this recipe: it soaks in so nicely. I've had great comments from the people who tried it. It's really a good recipe.

  148. Anne-Marie says

    Hi Trish,

    Great to hear from you!

    You can always change the SWI lotion by decreasing the water by about 10-15% to make a much thicker body butter. That's the main difference between a body butter and a lotion – the water content.

    If you like a whipped body butter like this but don't like the greasy feel, try Tapioca Powder. It really helps cut down on that oily feel – a lot!

    Hope to see you again soon =)

  149. trishnicol says

    Hi Anne-Marie,
    I was just wondering if your whipped shea butter recipe is greasy-feeling. I have tried seems like hundreds, but probably only 8 recipes, but so far, they all feel greasy. Also wondering if you have a body butter recipe similar to your SWI lotion (I was there, remember?), but thicker for a jar container.
    Thanks so much, love your blog, and you are just as great in person as on your blog :)
    Trish Nicol, Chilliwack BC

  150. Anne-Marie says

    I'm glad you gave it a go and thanks for sharing your results! I started with room temperature shea butter and liquid coconut oil. Maybe give that a try…start with room temp mango butter and melted coconut oil. Mango butter can get a little grainy if it gets too hot. I usually temper it like chocolate.

  151. Anonymous says

    OMG. I can not believe you responded back. You are like a celebrity to me, so this is awesome and you made my day. I try it with the mango butter and I made a very tiny batch of 2oz of mango butter and .5 oz of coconut oil. When I put it together it came out really grainy. So I heated the oils in the microwave, blended them and put it in the frige till it became solid again, then I whipped it, and girl it came out like butter, like cream cheese icing. It still cold so I will see what it looks like at room temp.
    Thanks again for getting back to me.I love your products, I love your youtube vids, I love your blog. So thanks a lot for everything
    Sheena C

  152. Anne-Marie says

    Yes, a hand mixer will work great. I imagine Mango Butter would whip the same but I have not tried it. Maybe start with a small batch and let me know how it works =)

    • Tony says

      Mango butter doesn’t whip like Shea butter. The end resulted in a very hard consistency after a day. I usually make whipped Shea butter but figured mango was soft & the results should be great…Naah, not really.

  153. Anonymous says

    Can I use any other kind of butter like mango butter? And can this be done with a hand mixer?
    Sheena C

  154. Anne-Marie says

    Elli- Thanks for sharing the tip. It's great to know that the recipe works even when you don't heat the coconut oil first. I'm glad your skin is loving the moisturizing recipe =)

  155. Ellie says

    I just made this recipe but did not heat up the coconut oil before whipping it into the shea butter. Still turned out GREAT! My husband even took over the whipping process for several minutes as he could not believe how light and fluffy the mixture got after a few minutes. This is SUPER moisturizing so a little goes a long way. I think I actually heard my skin drinking up the moisture! What a wonderful and easy recipe Anne-Marie. Many thanks!

  156. Anne-Marie says

    Anon- Double Score! Sounds like you have a keeper for a husband. I love the glass bowl feature too. It's so nice to see what you're whipping up (especially fabulous shea butter).

  157. Anonymous says

    What a great reason to buy a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Hubby bought the same model you have Anne-Marie, I LOVE IT! I have wanted one for the last few year. LOVE the glass bowl! The first thing I made was this "Easy Whipped Shea Butter". Turned out wonderfully!!

    I told hubby I now need a mixer for the kitchen, because this one is for soaping. He laughed, but a few days later I came home and there was the new one on the kitchen counter. THANK YOU for posting this receipe and the pictures of the mixer! hehehe

  158. Tricia says

    I just made this recipe, and it's very grainy, even after whipping for 7-8 minutes. Any ideas on how to fix this? Also, is the 6 mL of fragrance correct? I put in 1 mL, and it seems slightly on the light side, but 6 mL? That sounds like a lot~
    Tricia, WY

  159. Zalasoaps says

    Melissa, I had also way too much and I made a scrub with it. Just add sugar to your scented batch and some polysorbate if you think it will be too greasy to your liking. I's wonderful! And I bet it could be a nice 'bath butter' without the sugar.

  160. Melissa says

    I did half a batch and I still ended up with waaaaaay too much! Is there something that I can do with this to turn some of it into something else? Could I use it in soap somehow? Turn it into a bath oil, or regular lotion, anything? I do like it on my driest of areas, but not so much as a hand lotion so I can't imagine going through this much!! Thanks!

  161. Anne-Marie says

    I did regular coconut oil which seemed to help maintain the fluffiness longer than when I've used liquid oils in the past.

  162. Topcat says

    Thank you Anne-Marie for such a wonderful recipe and it looks delicious! πŸ˜‰

    Did you use fractionated coconut oil? I was wondering if regular CO would make a hard whipped butter in cooler temps?

  163. Anne-Marie says

    No problems with the shea butter turning grainy without melting it – at least not in any of my many, many tests batches that I still have here =))

    I used regular, melt point 76 degree coconut oil, that is solid at room temperature.

  164. Anonymous says

    No problems with the Shea Butter turning grainy without melting it? Did you use Fractionated Coconut OIL or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?

  165. Anonymous says

    No problems with the Shea Butter turning grainy without melting it? Did you use Fractionated Coconut OIL or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil?

  166. Jessica says


    I love whipped shea butter and wouldn't have thought it was so easy but I gotta admit, I'm cringing a little at the thought of using that beautiful, limited edition Kitchenaid NOT for delicious (edible) treats!

  167. gardeningAngel says

    I made this today and it is awesome, so nice and light. I have previously been using recipes that have different oil/butter ingredients along with the shea, and always had to heat up/cold water bath/whip several times to get it fluffy. This recipe is so much easier. For fragrance I used bergamot, grapefruit, and orange essential oils blend, and also added contents of 3 natural vitamin E capsules. Filled 8 4 oz jars, with tester left over. Thanks so much for the recipe.


  168. Zala says

    I was searching for a good whipped shea butter recipe for ages (it always turned out too hard, too soft, too greasy, too oily…) and, wow, I think I found it now! I made it a few days ago and it's still creamy and fluffy. Feels wonderful on the skin. Sinks in very quickly. Also made a salty spa fragranced sea salt scrub with it that turned out very nice; rather greasy (look out: very slippery floor!), but after drying it leaves just the right amount of oils on the skin. I think you could easily add some polysorbate if you prefer it less greasy. Thank you so much, Anne Marie,for this awesome and unbelievable simple recipe! Greetings from The Netherlands!

  169. Anne-Marie says

    Anon, You could definitely add sugar or salt to the recipe and fold it in (like flour or sugar to a frosting or cake mix). The product will be thick and very creamy luxuruious.

  170. Anonymous says

    I've been looking for a whipped sugar scrub recipe for some time…something firmer than the typical sugar scrubs- what do you think about adding some sugar to it?

  171. Osmosis says

    I can't wait to try this. I've been experimenting with lotions lately and I like that this recipe leaves the water out. Thanks for sharing!

  172. Courtney @ Bramble Berry says

    Hi Marmotte! Anne-Marie is off to Saudi Arabia today. I know that she melted the Coconut Oil first and used the Shea Butter at room temperature.

    Good luck with the recipe!


  173. marmotte says

    what a great recipe, thank you so much!
    do I need to heat the oils in advance, or should I use them at room temperature??

  174. Angel Scents says

    I already made it and you guys are going to love it!!! Its great on dry skin and with the fragrance I put in its wonderful! Anne Marie thank you so much for such an easy and wonderful item!!! I love it and can't wait for my daughter to try it!!! Thank you!

  175. Soapchick says

    Wow Anne Marie, I cant tell you how happy I am that you posted this recipe! I have just found a fantastic source of fairtrade, natural, unrefined Shea and I was dying to try it out. this is totally perfect, thank you X

  176. Angel Scents says

    can you cut this receipe in half? I think it does look more like cream. Its great looking and I can't wait to make it!!! I just need to make a little less than 4 jars. Thanks so much for posting this. This is great!

  177. Anne-Marie says

    Pamela, You could easily whip in a mica to the mixture or any oil soluble (skinsafe) colorant.

    Jen, Babassu Oil should work great. It's such a similar consistency to Coconut that it should act the same way. =)

  178. Anne-Marie says

    Ann- It's still soft and buttery. The way it feels right now (I made the first batch a few weeks ago),I don't think it's going to harden up at all.

    A.J.- I measured the shea butter and coconut oil by weight.

    Angel Scents- You can call this whatever you want! Because it's so light and fluffy, I'm going to call it a cream. =)

  179. Pamela says

    Nice job and thank you for sharing all this fun!

    Is there an additive necessary to keep it in this form and fix it, or will it stay all on it's own all fluffy and poofy?

    Can a faint color be added, say seafoam green or some such?

    Thanks Anne Marie so much.

  180. TeresaR says

    Now you've got me itching to try this too! You make everything seem so fun and easy. I LOVE your red Kitchenaid mixer, BTW!

    Oh, p.s. I am so happy with that infrared thermometer you recommended to us! Dh discovered that I had bought it and was all excited about it too (men and their gadget-fixations…LOL!)

  181. Anonymous says

    This looks so easy, I can't wait to try it. BTW When working with Shea butter do you measure by weight? or do you measure it like brown sugar and pack it into a measuring cup?

    A. J.

  182. Rhody's says

    sound great and looks even better! Easier than the whipped body butter that I have been making!

  183. FuturePrimitive says

    thanks so much for this…been meaning to make some for ages..and now I know how simple it is, i'm off to the kitchen!

  184. Unique Garden says

    I have been making and selling a very similar recipe that I stumbled upon in my experimenting. Aren't these just the best kinds? Lol. At any rate, it is a very easy recipe, and one that extends your shea butter nicely, so thank you for sharing!

  185. Holly says

    That does look super-easy! It looks like whipped cream, especially with the mixer in the pictures. :)

  186. Karen S says

    This is wonderful! I've been holding on to some shea butter that got "smell-ified" by leaking lemongrass and this was the perfect project for it! I made a small batch using a whisk, warmed the coconut oil up a bit and it blended super easy by hand. Added a smidge more lemongrass, glopped it into a little ziplock storage jar and presented it to my sweetie for his cracking hands. Now he thinks I'm the best. Thanks Anne Marie!

  187. Anne-Marie says

    Princess Frances, The Cocoa Butter won't work because it has a harder consistency than the Coconut Oil so the product won't whip quite the same way.

    Refined versus unrefined should not make a difference in the shea butters.

    Kelly, You do not need a preservative since there is no water in the product. An anti-oxidant like Vitamin EO or ROE or GSE to help prevent spoilage (oils going rancid) would be lovely but you don't need any sort of synthetic preservative.

    I think it filled about 6-y jars? I've already given some of them away so I'm going by memory now! =)

  188. Kelly Taylor says

    do we need to use preservatives?
    i came across a site on etsy that said so….but i thought you only had to add preservatives when there was WATER in the mix.

    i am so glad you posted this and i know you are going to saudi and all but this detail has really been weighing on my mind.

    making and selling this fab product!

  189. Rose says

    Looks like such an easy recipe :)

    Does it matter if you're using refined or natural shea butter?
    If it does is there any prep to either of them?


  190. Sunset Soaps says

    I have been wanting to try whipped shea butter for a while now but I only unrefined shea butter, not sure it will be as nice.

    How many 4 oz jars did this recipe fill? Thanks! :)

  191. Burnt Mill Candles and Soap says

    I just happen to have all those things around here! adding this to the to do list :)