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how to cover the smell of unrefined shea butter

by Jess

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!

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Using Cornstarch NEW
by: Anonymous

Thank you! I heard using natural arrowroot instead of cornstarch is much healthier, but I will give Tapioca powder a try.

??? Cornstarch ??? NEW
by: Jessica

IMO I prefer tapioca flour /starch over cornstarch but if is what you have on hand it will do. I just keep adding a little at a time till it doesn't feel greasy. Tapioca has a really soft silky texted & please use a little at a time. You don't want to have a body butter that's drying to the skin. I haven't had this issue yet. Good luck. Again thanks for the comments & suggestions on EO'S. We definitely figured out some great sents I love to use. Thanks Jess 💜

I guess some say that cornstarch isn't good for you. I found my Tapioca starch in the healthy ,natural organic section @my local grocery stote. I wish I could remember why we ended up not using cornstarch. I'll have to look it up. I'm not sure if in your area you have a Kroger or not? The branch had other names like Fred myers or something like that.

Cornstarch NEW
by: Ingrid

How much cornstarch should I use?
Thank you,

Corn Starch Works Too NEW
by: Anonymous

I just made up a batch of cream. I found using cornstarch cuts down on it being too oily - makes it more creamy. I too tried to find oils that cover up the smell of Shea Butter. I am now looking into edible flavor scents as well to make a luscious body butter. I still can't imagine putting anything else on my face - I only use raw shea butter.

Unrefined Shea butter scent NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there,
I work with unrefined shea butter a lot and have tried many essential oils to help ease the strong smell. Nothing will ever mask it completely, however I've found some oils work better than others, for myself, that is. Many light florals do not seem to have any affect; lavender etc. The best I have found is bergamot, peppermint, citrus scents. Lemongrass will take on any butter smell- wise, but be careful, a little goes a long way, and your butter will smell sicking-ly sweet. Spicy scents are good for base notes; rosewood, patchouli, vetiver. I hope this helps.

Stinky but some great stuff :) NEW
by: Jess

Thanks :)your ideals are great! If we want to use unrefined Shea butter I found that we def have to add more of the fragrant oil we are using & we also use a combination of sweet almond oil,coconut oil(unrefined),& Jojoba oil in our recipe(I did not mention this before).It still took quit a bit of F.O., but honestly almost one small bottle to a little more than 1/2 the bottle is not that bad. We did however find that if we use a strong 100% natural essential oil over a fragrant oil you don't use as much @ eucalyptus & peppermint.So we are learning and having fun while doing it!!! I never been this best crafter or been good @ alot but this is my new found passion :)That I can honestly say Im good at & enjoy!

We also found that if too oily add tapioca starch/flour & whipping is so wonderful!! Its luscious but not too oily. thanks so much for your help :)
Jess~any tips & ideals welcome :)

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