Jar of Body Butter with Wooden Spoon
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Shea butter is a thick, fatty oil compound extracted from African shea tree nuts. According to The American Shea Butter Institute, this formulation contains vitamin A and works as a moisturizing agent that promotes healing. Shea butter is said to help skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis by hydrating and sealing the affected area. Adding jojoba oil and vitamin E oil to whipped shea butter at home creates a treatment that moisturizes the scalp and adds fullness to hair.

Set a large pot filled with water on the stove. Bring the water to a boil and then reduce the temperature. Add a second smaller pot to the water. This is a double boiler system. A small pot sits on top of hot water in a larger pot. No water enters the smaller pot, and the hot water in the large pot heats the small one.

Add the shea butter to the small pot. Heat the butter until it reaches a temperature of 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Dip a candy thermometer in the shea butter to determine the temperature. Heat the butter at 175 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

Remove the small pot from the stove and transfer the melted butter to a large metal or glass mixing bowl.

Pour the jojoba oil and vitamin E oil into the butter. Use an electric mixer to blend the ingredients for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Set the bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes. Check frequently. The goal is to cool the liquid quickly, not freeze it. If the butter develops a thin coating on the top before the 10 minutes is up, remove it.

Mix the compound again for 5 minutes. Repeat placing the bowl in the freezer and remixing it a number of times until the butter firms to a creamy consistency.

Scoop the whipped product out of the bowl and store it in a glass container. Place the container in a cool dry location until ready to add to hair and scalp.


AromaWeb reports that shea butter can catch fire. Watch the compound closely when heating.