how to cover the smell of unrefined shea butter
Q: How do I cover the smell of the natural Shea smell in my lotions and body butters? I know essential oils and fragrance oils, but I guess I'm not doing it right because I had to put a lot in and it still smells.
A: Good question! I can think of 3 things you could do:
1. Reduce the amount of shea butter you're using in the recipes.
2. Increase the amount of scent, although you have to be a bit careful with this because you don't want to go too high.
3. Switch some or all of your shea butter to a refined shea. This is my least favorite of the choices because you lose a lot of the therapeutic benefits.
In your shoes, I would be doing a combination of ideas 1 and 2.
If you don't like the scent of your body butter you can re-melt it and ad more scent or even more of your other ingredients. Body butter is incredibly forgiving - just make sure you melt it sloooowly!
For lotions, I would make a completely new batch with no shea in it and lots of scent, then combine the old batch with the new. You can't re-melt lotion without it separating :(
I hope these ideas help. Good luck!