Agbanga Karite is happy to assist in gathering recipes from around the world for natural cosmetic products that are specifically developed for unrefined shea butter, virgin palm kernel oil, virgin red palm oil, virgin coconut oil, and African black soap. The goal of this page is to share ideas with others to increase our knowledge about the use of pure unrefined shea butter and virgin oils in shea butter body butters, soaps, creams, and hair care products. Please submit your recipes and we will be happy to add them to the site. Feel free to use and alter these recipes.* We only ask that you do not sell them for personal financial gain and that you contribute your own recipes to share...
Unrefined Shea Butter Creams, Lotions and Balms
Body Butters with Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined Shea Butter Soaps
Body Treatment Moisturizer
Ingredients % of total Batch
Oil Phase 2
Unrefined Avocado Oil (Emollient) 12 % of total
Shea Butter (Emollient) 6 % of total
Emulsifying Compound (Complete emulsifying system) 8 % of total
Cetearyl Alcohol Stiffener (leave out if you like a "looser cream") 0.50 % of total Vitamin E Oil (Antioxidant) 0.50 % of total
Water Phase 1
Unrefined Honey (Humectant with Active Ingredients) 3 % of total
Green Tea Extract in Glycerine (Antioxidant) 3 % of total
Deionized Water (Dilutent) to 100%
Final Phase 3
Fragrance up to 1%
Liquid Germall Plus or Suttocide A (Preservative) (recommended for creams and lotions) 0.50 % of total batch
1. Heat your water and Oil phases separately to 65-70 degrees Centigrade.
2. Combine your oil and water ingredients and blend for 5 minutes. Try not to get air into the emulsion.
3. If using Suttocide you may add it when you emulsion is still hot. If using Liquid Germall Plus add it to the emulsion after it has cooled to 35 degrees. Mix it in well. Your cream will thicken as it cools. Use a stick blender. (Works well and quickly)
4. After you cream has cooled mix in your fragrance well. Enjoy! Contributed by Therese' African Essene Toiletries Cape Town, South Africa
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