DIY Olive Butter for Hair + Skin Care

02/11/2011

Olive Butter is a moisturizing and protective mixture that combines the healing benefits of shea butter, and penetrating prowess of olive oil (olive oil is also one of three oils (coconut oil and avocado oil are the others) known to have the ability to penetrate the hair shaft. When shea butter is whipped with extra virgin olive oil, the resulting vitamin-rich Olive Butter protects tresses and skin from the elements, and locks in moisture.

How to Make Olive Butter

  1. Melt 8 ounces of unrefined shea butter using a double-boiler or an improvised double-boiler method (place the shea butter into a container, and then place that container into a saucepan of boiling water; see image below).  Note: microwaving may bring the butter to high temps in which medicinal properties diminish.
  2. Mix the melted shea butter with ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil.  Whip with a hand blender, whisk or fork into a creamy mixture.
  3. Allow to cool, and add a half ounce of your essential oil if desired. Refrigeration is not required.

Shea butter can be purchased at beauty supply stores, health food stores and even vitamin shops.  Shea butter also can be purchased online.  Wherever you decide to purchase, make sure that the provider is a Fair Trade organization.  Extra virgin olive oil can be found at most grocery stores.