Dayton has really great outdoor markets, especially during the summer months. When my mom visited us in September, we found a vendor that sold amazing whipped shea butter body lotions. I had to learn how to make my own!
After running a search on the web, I noticed that most of the recipes call for 2 parts shea butter, 1 part carrier oil (such as sweet almond oil), and 1 part coconut oil (solid), plus 5-10 drops essential oils, and Vitamin E.
To make a small batch, I used these measurements:
1 tbsp shea butter
1.5 tsp sweet almond oil
1.5 tsp coconut oil
5 drops lavender oil
Add the first three ingredients to a Pyrex measuring cup and place over a saucepan filled with 1 inch of boiling water to make a double boiler. Melt, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the lavender oil (or any other fragrance oil of your choice).
Freeze the cup for 10 minutes until the mixture turns solid. Remove from the freezer and stir by hand using a small spatula for about 5 minutes. Most recipes call for larger quantities and a hand-held mixer, but you don’t need one for such a small batch. Just make sure you keep stirring the batch quickly until it thickens and has whipped-cream consistency. Scoop into a container of your choice. This body butter should last about 6 months…perfect to last you through the winter until the summer vendors come back!