Shea Oil & Squalane Cream


We all know Shea Butter, but how familiar are you with Liquid Shea Oil?

This was a new ingredient to me, so I decided to make a cream with it, adding Almond Butter and Squalane Butter to round out my formula.

Liquid Shea Oil is a pretty greasy oil, but it absorbs into the skin quickly and feels super luscious.

Squalane Butter is dreamy! It brings extra luxury with velvety emollience and no greasy after-feel to products. Yes, please!

I chose Wild Mint & Ivy as a fragrance. It’s a sweet-smelling mint scent that is clean and makes me happy! Top notes include spearmint, frosty peppermint, and everything fresh! Middle notes are lavender and citrus. Base notes are woody, moss, and patchouly.

Gather up some supplies and equipment, and make this decadent cream along with me.

What You’ll Need

Supplies

Distilled Water
Liquid Shea Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Almond Butter
Glycerin
Squalane Butter
Liquid Germall Plus
Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance

Equipment

Scale
Thermometer
Microwave-safe container
Spoon
Spatula
Immersion Blender
Pipettes
Jars and Lids

Formula

72% Distilled Water
10% Liquid Shea Oil
5% Emulsifying Wax
5% Almond Butter
4% Glycerin
3% Squalane Butter
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance

100-gram Test Batch

72 grams Distilled Water
10 grams Liquid Shea Oil
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
5 grams Almond Butter
4 grams Glycerin
3 grams Squalane Butter
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance

16-ounce Batch

72 grams Distilled Water
10 grams Liquid Shea Oil
5 grams Emulsifying Wax
5 grams Almond Butter
4 grams Glycerin
3 grams Squalane Butter
0.5 gram Liquid Germall Plus
0.5 gram Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance

Instructions

Weigh everything but the preservative and fragrance into the microwave-safe container. Heat in short time bursts until everything is melted.

Blend thoroughly with the immersion blender until the emulsion forms. Check the temperature; cool to less than 120ºF, then add Liquid Germall Plus and Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance. Stir well.

Scoop finished cream into a plastic bag, seal the bag, and cut off a corner. Pipe the lotion into jars and allow the cream to cool completely before capping.

Ingredients weighed before melting.

Using the immersion blender to mix.

Notes

This cream turned out to be a big surprise – it’s not greasy at all! I was a little concerned that the Shea Oil would make it greasy.

It has a nice consistency, not too stiff, but with enough body to easily scoop out of a jar. It definitely is not fluid enough to put in bottles.

Now I have a new favorite hand and body cream! I highly recommend you give this a try!

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About Denise

I'm a crazy goat lady who got into making my own soap with goat milk, found MMS to order supplies, and now I get to combine my love of creating skin care products with a job to pay the feed bill. I live in Alaska and greatly enjoy the unique aspects of my northern home - summer days when it never gets dark and the Northern Lights dancing above in winter. Favorite scents include Wild Mint and Ivy, Rhubarb & Sugar Cane, and Eucalyptus Spearmint.

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