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Old 02-03-2009, 02:51 PM   #1
 
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Okay, so I bought some raw, unrefined shea butter (from crabapplesoap.com per the great reviews- thanks!). I knew that I might not like the smell (based on what I read on here), so I decided to try to scent it.

I bought some perfume oils from Whole Foods (Black Coconut and Vanilla so it would match the scent of my Jessicurl stuff). I placed the shea butter in hot water to soften it and whipped it. I divided it in half and made shealoe with half and kept the other half as shea butter. However, I can smell the oils I added, and it still has a bothersome smell. Also, the Shealoe I made hardened (as well as the shea butter). What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to use this?

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I was just thinking about this earlier. I haven't quite figured out how to use the shea butter in a way that my hair likes(even though it loves sheamoisture), whatever. I use it on my skin now, but I'm not really diggin the smell. I was thinkin using an oil that had a really nutty smell and something light & spicy would combat the original smell, and stay away from sweeter smelling sents. I tried a sweet smelling oil before, and mine was just how you described yours. I plan to test this out soon.
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The problem likely is that you used raw, unrefined shea butter. For more cosmetic purposes(in regards to scenting it), it's best to use refined since it takes scent better, and the filtration process removes most of the unwanted natural smoky scent.

Or instead of doing what you did, use a dbl boiler to heat the shea butter. I think you can heat it to about 175 degrees before it crystallizes(once you cool it), which is what you don't want. Anyway, add the scent to the heated butter. You have to make sure it's a fragrance oil that can be added. Knowing the flashpoints has alot to do with this. Also, I'm not sure perfume oils should be added(i believe there's a diff. between perfume oils and fragrance oils, although I'm not sure) There's alot of chemistry involved with this stuff. LOL!

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Okay, so I bought some raw, unrefined shea butter (from crabapplesoap.com per the great reviews- thanks!). I knew that I might not like the smell (based on what I read on here), so I decided to try to scent it.

I bought some perfume oils from Whole Foods (Black Coconut and Vanilla so it would match the scent of my Jessicurl stuff). I placed the shea butter in hot water to soften it and whipped it. I divided it in half and made shealoe with half and kept the other half as shea butter. However, I can smell the oils I added, and it still has a bothersome smell. Also, the Shealoe I made hardened (as well as the shea butter). What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to use this?

Thanks

How did you make your shealoe? Did you use coconut oil and aloe vera gel? How much did you use? I add a fragrance oil to my butters mixes but only after I've mix all the ingredients and my butter is what I want it to be. Using unrefined shea butter makes a better butter and it does take the fragrance oils I use.
Here's my reciep

8oz of unrefined shea butter, I melt this a little, the same way you did because it tends to be less grainy.
the whip the shea butter really good until it's fluffly, then I add 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coconut oil and whip that until it's fluffly, then I add 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel. I whip until it's like cake frosting. After I add my fragrance oil and use a whisk until it's mixed in and then whip it some more. Makes a lovely hair and skin moisturizer. HTH pm me if you have another questions.
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Ms Kitty, what brand of aloe vera gel do you use? Do you think this would work with FOTE aloe vera gel?
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I use Lily of dessert aloe vera gel. But I guess you can use that one.
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Okay, so I bought some raw, unrefined shea butter (from crabapplesoap.com per the great reviews- thanks!). I knew that I might not like the smell (based on what I read on here), so I decided to try to scent it.

I bought some perfume oils from Whole Foods (Black Coconut and Vanilla so it would match the scent of my Jessicurl stuff). I placed the shea butter in hot water to soften it and whipped it. I divided it in half and made shealoe with half and kept the other half as shea butter. However, I can smell the oils I added, and it still has a bothersome smell. Also, the Shealoe I made hardened (as well as the shea butter). What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to use this?

Thanks

How did you make your shealoe? Did you use coconut oil and aloe vera gel? How much did you use? I add a fragrance oil to my butters mixes but only after I've mix all the ingredients and my butter is what I want it to be. Using unrefined shea butter makes a better butter and it does take the fragrance oils I use.
Here's my reciep

8oz of unrefined shea butter, I melt this a little, the same way you did because it tends to be less grainy.
the whip the shea butter really good until it's fluffly, then I add 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coconut oil and whip that until it's fluffly, then I add 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel. I whip until it's like cake frosting. After I add my fragrance oil and use a whisk until it's mixed in and then whip it some more. Makes a lovely hair and skin moisturizer. HTH pm me if you have another questions.
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Thanks so much! Yes, yours was the recipe I used. It came out great while it was still melted, but as soon as the mixture sat it hardened. So now I'm not sure how to use it. Should I place it in hot water to soften it each time I want to use it? I tried scraping it out, but it applied to my wet hair in chunks, not like the smooth pudding/butter it was when it was melted/softened....
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Also, my hair loves Jessicurl's Weekly Deep Conditioner (which I mix with LOTD Aloe Vera and honey). I also use Coconut Oil as a pre-poo (and condish wash it out with not problem). But when I used the Shealoe mix as a deep conditioner, my ends came out really dry and tangled Maybe my hair doesn't like coconut oil or pure shea as a condish?

Does Jessicurl's contained refined shea butter I wonder?
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Okay, so I bought some raw, unrefined shea butter (from crabapplesoap.com per the great reviews- thanks!). I knew that I might not like the smell (based on what I read on here), so I decided to try to scent it.

I bought some perfume oils from Whole Foods (Black Coconut and Vanilla so it would match the scent of my Jessicurl stuff). I placed the shea butter in hot water to soften it and whipped it. I divided it in half and made shealoe with half and kept the other half as shea butter. However, I can smell the oils I added, and it still has a bothersome smell. Also, the Shealoe I made hardened (as well as the shea butter). What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to use this?

Thanks

How did you make your shealoe? Did you use coconut oil and aloe vera gel? How much did you use? I add a fragrance oil to my butters mixes but only after I've mix all the ingredients and my butter is what I want it to be. Using unrefined shea butter makes a better butter and it does take the fragrance oils I use.
Here's my reciep

8oz of unrefined shea butter, I melt this a little, the same way you did because it tends to be less grainy.
the whip the shea butter really good until it's fluffly, then I add 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coconut oil and whip that until it's fluffly, then I add 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel. I whip until it's like cake frosting. After I add my fragrance oil and use a whisk until it's mixed in and then whip it some more. Makes a lovely hair and skin moisturizer. HTH pm me if you have another questions.
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Thanks so much! Yes, yours was the recipe I used. It came out great while it was still melted, but as soon as the mixture sat it hardened. So now I'm not sure how to use it. Should I place it in hot water to soften it each time I want to use it? I tried scraping it out, but it applied to my wet hair in chunks, not like the smooth pudding/butter it was when it was melted/softened....
No but you can put in the microwave for a 20 seconds and then use it. make to rub it between your palms to melt it before you put in your hair. It works better on damp hair not wet. HTH
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Also, my hair loves Jessicurl's Weekly Deep Conditioner (which I mix with LOTD Aloe Vera and honey). I also use Coconut Oil as a pre-poo (and condish wash it out with not problem). But when I used the Shealoe mix as a deep conditioner, my ends came out really dry and tangled Maybe my hair doesn't like coconut oil or pure shea as a condish?

Does Jessicurl's contained refined shea butter I wonder?

Shea Butter is a moisturizer and when i use it as a conditioner I mix it with AOHSR, coconut oil, Olive oiland blackstrap molasses. I use shealoe to moisturizer my hair after conditioning and for sealing my end. I hope this helps.
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Okay, so I bought some raw, unrefined shea butter (from crabapplesoap.com per the great reviews- thanks!). I knew that I might not like the smell (based on what I read on here), so I decided to try to scent it.

I bought some perfume oils from Whole Foods (Black Coconut and Vanilla so it would match the scent of my Jessicurl stuff). I placed the shea butter in hot water to soften it and whipped it. I divided it in half and made shealoe with half and kept the other half as shea butter. However, I can smell the oils I added, and it still has a bothersome smell. Also, the Shealoe I made hardened (as well as the shea butter). What am I doing wrong? How am I supposed to use this?

Thanks

How did you make your shealoe? Did you use coconut oil and aloe vera gel? How much did you use? I add a fragrance oil to my butters mixes but only after I've mix all the ingredients and my butter is what I want it to be. Using unrefined shea butter makes a better butter and it does take the fragrance oils I use.
Here's my reciep

8oz of unrefined shea butter, I melt this a little, the same way you did because it tends to be less grainy.
the whip the shea butter really good until it's fluffly, then I add 1/4 or 1/2 cup of coconut oil and whip that until it's fluffly, then I add 1/3 cup of aloe vera gel. I whip until it's like cake frosting. After I add my fragrance oil and use a whisk until it's mixed in and then whip it some more. Makes a lovely hair and skin moisturizer. HTH pm me if you have another questions.
Does your shealoe ever seperate?
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Try using an electric hand mixer, popping in the freezer for about 5 mins then mixing again. In the very final stages of mixing then add drops of an essential oil. When I try this combo, my mix stays fluffy for a long time (it's been 6 months).

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