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What Oils Do You Mix Your Shea Butter With?

Precious CurlsPrecious Curls Posts: 448Registered Users
Right now as a sealant I'm using Califia Moisturizing Cream from KomazaCare, which has Aloe Butter, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil and Mango Butter. It works wonders and I love it, but I'm trying to find a cheaper alternative. I'm thinking of using raw unrefined shea butter and adding some oils to it for scent and to soften it. Which oils and how much do you add to your shea butter? And also where do you order your oils from? Thanks in advanced!

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  • FronomenalFronomenal Posts: 712Registered Users
    I don't add any oils to my shea butter. I used to in the past but my mixes came out too greasy. I just whip in some LOTD aloe vera gel and honey. The mix smells great and works well as a sealant.

    You could make a knock off of the Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Cream by whipping some shea butter, mango butter, aloe vera gel and coconut oil together. You wouldn't need to buy aloe butter--It's just a mix of coconut oil and aloe vera.
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  • LiyahLiyah Posts: 118Registered Users
    Sweet almond oil
    Castor Oil
    Aloe Vera Gel
    Jojoba (just a little)
    Coconut Oil

    and then I just mix it/ whip it...
  • mj11051mj11051 Posts: 407Registered Users
    Depends on the other butters I use with shea butter. Like I mix murumuru, shea and JBCO. If use a little corn starch in your mix it cuts out the greasiness.
  • SailaSaila Posts: 1,212Registered Users
    I have ordered jojoba oil and coconut oil from drugstore.com. They also have avocado oil, but I don't think it is organic.

    I have never tried shea butter. Could someone compare it to olive oil, jojoba, or coconut? I've tried those three, and the heaviest was olive, followed by coconut and then jojoba, which was extremely light.
  • MrsComboCurlzMrsComboCurlz Posts: 625Registered Users
    Jojoba Oil. Olive Oil. Coconut Oil and ah lil Distilled Water for more moisture...whip w/ melted shea butter and super smoothness is what u'll get!!!
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  • Precious CurlsPrecious Curls Posts: 448Registered Users
    Thanks for the responses everyone!

    Saila, shea butter is a pretty thick sealant ... people actually usually use some of the oils that you mentioned to soften it and make it easier to apply to the hair because it's just that thick ... so if you find olive oil too thick/heavy then I prob wouldn't use shea butter it would definitely weigh your tresses down too much :)

    I like most of the oils that people mentioned. Now, I have never used raw unrefined shea butter, and I have heard about the smell ... I don't know if I will like it or not, but what can I use to perhaps cover up the smell? And how much of the fragrance oil or essential oil do you use?
  • SailaSaila Posts: 1,212Registered Users
    Thanks for explaining. :)
  • kinkycurlyDTkinkycurlyDT Posts: 380Registered Users
    I have a mixture of oils all in one, that i use with my unrefined shea butter: Sunflower oil, JoJOBA oil, castor oil and grapseed oil :blob8:
  • Hakim NuraldinHakim Nuraldin Posts: 1,467Registered Users
    I have raw, unrefined shea butter. So far, for me my best mix is to mix it with coco butter and coconut oil. The combination of all three in my hair has had such a great result for me. The ways in which I've been using it have literally transformed my hair. I'm happy.
  • LiyahLiyah Posts: 118Registered Users
    Thanks for the responses everyone!

    Saila, shea butter is a pretty thick sealant ... people actually usually use some of the oils that you mentioned to soften it and make it easier to apply to the hair because it's just that thick ... so if you find olive oil too thick/heavy then I prob wouldn't use shea butter it would definitely weigh your tresses down too much :)

    I like most of the oils that people mentioned. Now, I have never used raw unrefined shea butter, and I have heard about the smell ... I don't know if I will like it or not, but what can I use to perhaps cover up the smell? And how much of the fragrance oil or essential oil do you use?

    Shea butter doesn't have a heavy smell, definitely not as heavy as cocoa butter. It smells nice and its not overpowering in the least.

    You can cover the smell easily with an essential oil like lavender or even a fragrance oil.

    I ordered mine from CoastalScents.com they have all of the oils as well and if you spend $50 you receive free shipping.
  • stargazer613stargazer613 Posts: 103Registered Users
    The shea mix for my hair usually includes coconut oil, castor oil, jojoba, and sometimes almond oil.


    I also love to make one for my skin with shea, cocoa butter, cupuacu butter, mowrah, grapeseed, almond and jojoba, vitamin-e. and essential oils for fragrance.


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  • KurleeEdnaKurleeEdna Posts: 714Registered Users
    Fronomenal wrote: »
    I don't add any oils to my shea butter. I used to in the past but my mixes came out too greasy. I just whip in some LOTD aloe vera gel and honey. The mix smells great and works well as a sealant.

    You could make a knock off of the Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Cream by whipping some shea butter, mango butter, aloe vera gel and coconut oil together. You wouldn't need to buy aloe butter--It's just a mix of coconut oil and aloe vera.
    Hmm...your shea butter mix without the oils sounds like something my moisture-deprived hair would like.

    So, where do you buy your mango butter?
    (I read that whipped mango butter makes for a good dry skin cream, so I'd like to experiment with it.)
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  • FronomenalFronomenal Posts: 712Registered Users
    KurleeEdna wrote: »
    Fronomenal wrote: »
    I don't add any oils to my shea butter. I used to in the past but my mixes came out too greasy. I just whip in some LOTD aloe vera gel and honey. The mix smells great and works well as a sealant.

    You could make a knock off of the Komaza Care Califia Moisturizing Cream by whipping some shea butter, mango butter, aloe vera gel and coconut oil together. You wouldn't need to buy aloe butter--It's just a mix of coconut oil and aloe vera.
    Hmm...your shea butter mix without the oils sounds like something my moisture-deprived hair would like.

    So, where do you buy your mango butter?
    (I read that whipped mango butter makes for a good dry skin cream, so I'd like to experiment with it.)
    You should try it! I use 1 part shea butter, 3/4 part aloe vera gel and a smidgen of honey.

    I haven't tried mango butter yet but if I do I'd buy it from butters-n-bars.com I get my shea butter there and I like it a lot.
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  • berri_cherriberri_cherri Posts: 91Registered Users
    I like the unrefined Raw Shea Butter (yellow), not the white. The white has a funky smell to it. I love do love Raw shea butter for it's great hold. Jojoba oil is too light, olive oil wayyy too light. Shea Butter, coconut oil have been what my hair loves. I ordered some grape seed oil, sweet almond oil and more coconut oil. I want to make a Shea butter mix, but I want to know why it is that people are making the mix is there something beneficial about it mixed?
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  • Alice_42 Alice_42 Posts: 791Registered Users
    Coconut Oil, peppermint oil, lavender oil (I hate the smell of shea butter) and a tiny bit of castor oil.
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  • MsCurl83MsCurl83 Posts: 289Registered Users
    Shea butter mix, oils I use:
    Castor
    Jojoba
    Sweet almond with vitamin e
    Olive oil
    Tea tree
    Eucalyptus
    Lavender
    Rosemary
    Coconut

    First batch was good just couldn't make it smell sweet.

    Though I will add vitamin e and add more sweet almond. Decrease the coconut and castor, maybe.
    Also try and add acv juice too.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I melt the shea butter just enough so it softens then I add a bit of jojoba oil or olive oil (whatever I have at home) and a drop or two of vanilla for scent only. Then I whip it with a fork and the put in the fridge right away. Once cooled and solid again, I leave at room temperature for a nice scented whipped shea.
  • smallfrosmallfro Posts: 10Registered Users
    I use coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, and castor oil.
    make sure to only use 1 tsp of oil or it gets to greasy.
    I get my oils from the local health food store or new directions aromatics if I am ordering my shea butter.
    I always used refined shea butter, because I can not stand the smell of unrefined.
    To scent my mix, I use 1-2 tsp of burnt sugar pomade.
  • 1FlySista1FlySista Posts: 14Registered Users
    My whipped Shealoe mix includes:

    Ivory white raw Shea butter
    Coco mango scented Shea butter
    Tucuma butter
    Aloe Vera gel
    Raw honey
    Vegetable glycerin
    Cornstarch
    Coconut oil
    EVOO/Sunflower oil blend
    Grapeseed or Safflower oil (one or the other)
    Castor oil
  • MsCurl83MsCurl83 Posts: 289Registered Users
    My Shea butter mix:

    Castor oil- softness and growth antiseptic
    Sweet almond - frizz control
    Vitamin e- good overall but thick have to dilute
    Coconut oil w cherry kernel oil- mixed but good and lighter than unrefined coconut oil this is the fractionated kind
    Olive oil- moisture and light
    Rosemary oil- growth and helps with gray hair keeping the brown
    Tea tree oil- antiseptic and deodorizing
    Eucalyptus oil- soothing
    Peppermint oil- growth and smells delicious
    Aloe Vera gel- humectant and helps cool my strands
    Argan oil- softens and strengthens hair

    All of these oils excluding aloe vera gel and olive oil are in my castor oil mix too.
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  • LeentoraLeentora Posts: 72Registered Users
    This is my sheabutter mix and results.

    The Black Hair Diary: My SHEA BUTTER Mixture
  • afroniqueyouafroniqueyou Posts: 31Registered Users
    MsCurl83 wrote: »
    Shea butter mix, oils I use:
    Castor
    Jojoba
    Sweet almond with vitamin e
    Olive oil
    Tea tree
    Eucalyptus
    Lavender
    Rosemary
    Coconut

    First batch was good just couldn't make it smell sweet.

    Though I will add vitamin e and add more sweet almond. Decrease the coconut and castor, maybe.
    Also try and add acv juice too.
    hey i really like your ingredients but i was just wondering can i add water to my mix to keep it creamy
  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    MsCurl83 wrote: »
    Shea butter mix, oils I use:
    Castor
    Jojoba
    Sweet almond with vitamin e
    Olive oil
    Tea tree
    Eucalyptus
    Lavender
    Rosemary
    Coconut

    First batch was good just couldn't make it smell sweet.

    Though I will add vitamin e and add more sweet almond. Decrease the coconut and castor, maybe.
    Also try and add acv juice too.
    hey i really like your ingredients but i was just wondering can i add water to my mix to keep it creamy


    Not unless you use it within a week (refrigerated) or incorporate a preservative.
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  • MsCurl83MsCurl83 Posts: 289Registered Users
    Adding h2o to Shea butter I never heard of. You'd be better off spritz on the hair with it then sealing with the Shea. I've heard vitamin e is a good preservative.
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  • Jo SomebodyJo Somebody Posts: 1,578Registered Users
    MsCurl83 wrote: »
    Adding h2o to Shea butter I never heard of. You'd be better off spritz on the hair with it then sealing with the Shea. I've heard vitamin e is a good preservative.

    Eh? Isn't that basically making a buttercream? How is that weird at all? There are loads of products on the market with butters (shea and otherwise) and water. :-|
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  • ricotdorothyricotdorothy Posts: 436Registered Users
    MsCurl83 wrote: »
    Adding h2o to Shea butter I never heard of. You'd be better off spritz on the hair with it then sealing with the Shea. I've heard vitamin e is a good preservative.

    Eh? Isn't that basically making a buttercream? How is that weird at all? There are loads of products on the market with butters (shea and otherwise) and water. :-|

    Yes that is true and they work wonderfully. The issue is that if you are attempting to make a butter cream at home you will need to incorporate a preservative because otherwise the water in the water based product will serve as a breeding ground for bacteria rendering it unsafe to use. Butter creams that are sold on the market generally have to incorporate an effective preservative if they want to avoid customer complaints that the product is molding etc.
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  • pmgiang008pmgiang008 Posts: 1Registered Users
    I like the unrefined Raw Shea Butter (yellow)



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