Whipped African Shea Butter Recipe

RECIPE: Whipped African Shea Butter

Shea butter has always been known to be very soothing to dry, chapped skin. With the additional benefits of argan oil and frankincense powder, this will be a go-to moisturizer for year-round use.

Project Level: Easy
Estimated Time: 1/2 Hour
Yield: (6) 2.8 oz. Jars



• 16 Ounce(s) Shea Butter – Ultra Refined
• 2 Ounce(s) Argan Oil
• 0.10 Ounce(s) Frankincense Powder
• 5 ml(s) Frankincense & Myrrh – EO & FO Blend 594
• 5 ml(s) Vitamin E Natural T-50
• 0.10 Ounce(s) Slick Fix – Oil Locking Powder
• 6 Piece(s) 4 oz Black Double Wall Plastic Jar – 70/400
• 6 Piece(s) 70/400 Black Dome Top Cap – F217 Liner



•  Large Glass Bowl
•  Hand Mixer
•  Scale – Digital Display (Professional)
•  Spatula
•2 Piece(s) Droppers – Plastic
•  Large Metal Spoon


Recipe Directions

NOTE: If you are making these products for sale, good manufacturing practices recommend you wear a hairnet, gloves and a mask. We also recommend a clean apron.

  1. Empty 16 oz. bag of Shea Butter into large glass bowl. Be sure butter is at room temperature.
  2. With a spoon, flatten out any larger pieces so they are softer and easier to whip.
  3. Add 2 oz. Argan Oil to bowl.
  4. Using hand mixer begin to whip shea butter and oil. Continue until product starts to become fluffy.
  5. Add 0.10 oz. Frankincense Powder and 0.10 oz. Slick Fix and blend in. (Just a small amount of Slick Fix was used for this recipe, if you want a butter that is not as greasy more can be added. It can also be eliminated if desired.)
  6. Add 5 ml fragrance and 5 ml Vitamin E and continue to whip for about 5 minutes until product becomes fluffy and almost double in size.
  7. Place an empty jar on scale and tare to zero. Fill jars to 2.8 oz. each.
  8. Place lid on jar and label product accordingly.

INCI Ingredient Label: Shea Butter, Argan Oil, Frankincense Powder, Tapioca Starch, Vitamin E, Fragrance.

3Shea Butter Benefits

  • Moisturizing: The concentration of natural vitamins and fatty acids in Shea butter makes it incredibly nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to remedy dry skin and to help protect the skin’s natural oils.
  • Reduces Inflammation: A 2010 study found that due to its cinnamic acid and other natural properties, shea butter was anti-inflammatory. (source) One compound in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation and even potentially help avoid skin mutations. This also makes it beneficial for some people with acne.
  • Skin Smoothing: Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying. With long term use, many people report skin softening and strengthening as well as wrinkle reduction.