Saturday, March 28, 2015

MAKING WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER CREAM

Making Whipped Shea Butter Cream
In the above photo is the finished result of the Whipped Shea Butter Creme. It's probably a lot of these floating around, but I think I did a wonderful job in mixing this baby up (My Baby). I found what will work, and stuck with it. Well, the steps I had to create this delicious, skin butter was not easy to do at first, but with careful planning how and when to incorporate this, along with practice handled this very well. I hope you guys can give it a try sometime. Okay, I was alone doing this, so I had to take pictures along the way. Here are the steps as follows:
I sterilized my jars 24 hours ahead of time to allow dry time. The next day, on a clean, sanitized surface, I gathered up what herbs I wanted to use, and infused them in distilled water.  Distilled water: I heated this up to 180 degrees, and let it stand for 20 min. under this temperature to make sure to kill bacteria. Then added the herbs to steep. 


 Here are my infused herbs. I strained the herbs in this jar with a lid to keep in the heat. I added 1tsp of Potassium sorbate in my water phase. The next step is melting my solids.
                                            

The solids includes: Unrefined Shea, BTMS, and Cetyl Alcohol. 

I melted the solids to 180 degrees as well to make sure everything was dissolved.

Sorry I couldn't get a picture while doing the next step, so I will try to be detailed as possible in explaining. Well, the next step was for me to incorporate my oils into my water phase together, but before I did this, I added in my light oils in the melted oils, because I didn't want to mess up their benefits with cooking it. The way to incorporate oils in water is to have them both the same temperature to get a great emulsion going. In my case, my oils and water was about 140 degrees. Working quickly, I slowly pour the water phase into the oil phase while stick blending. Allowing to cool to 120 degrees to add of any additives such as preservatives, fragrances, essential oils, and/or vitamins. I added 1 tsp of Optiphen in my product.

Here, I'm checking my pH in my finished creme. The typical pH for lotions and cremes should be around 4.5-6. I successfully have a pH of 5.5.

Well here is the final product. It's ready to be labeled now. It's fun to be creative in making different moisturizers to suit your needs. Why not try it out.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.