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How to do a home facial for glowing skin

You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars (or even leave the house) for a spa-like facial. Since most of us are stuck safe at home, I figured what better time to share how you can get glowing skin in six easy steps. As a skincare fanatic, you can do your own facial easily and inexpensively (I do all the time!)! So let’s get into these at home facial steps for glowing skin!

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AT HOME FACIAL STEPS FOR GLOWING SKIN

1. CLEANSE

The first step to an at home facial is thoroughly cleaning your skin. You want to wash your face with a simple cleanser that will remove dirt, gunk, and makeup.

I like to use Simple Fash wash since it’s gentle, extremely refreshing and great for sensitive skin. However, apply any cleaner of your choice.

I find that wetting your skin prior to applying your cleanser will help it lather up better and be easier to apply across your skin. You’ll want to take a dime-size amount and apply it to your face using small circular motions, ensuring that you’re covering your entire face. Massage the cleanser into your skin for an extra spa-like level.

Once your face is covered, rinse off with warm water and pat your face dry with a paper towel. Regular towels can be full of bacteria so I prefer to try my face with an eco-friendly paper towel. Be sure to lightly pat your face instead of rubbing or wiping your face which can tug at your skin.

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2. STEAM

What are some benefits of steaming your skin? It gives your pores a deep clean, removes toxins, enhances circulation and helps other products work better (which thus saves you money!).

You can purchase a steamer such as this one (a top seller on Amazon) or you steam your face at home in the shower or with a bowl!

To steam for that at home facial, you want to bring a small pot of water to boil (no more than 4 cups). Once the water is boiling, turn off the heat.

From here, you can add some tea bags or flowers to the water. It’s best to use loose-leaf tea, but tea bags work perfectly fine as well. One of my favorite teas to steam my face with is Chamomile Flowers Herbal Tea.

Check out this blog post for some DIY Facial steam recipes!

Place your water inside a bowl and allow it to cool for about a minute (you don’t want it so hot that it burns your face!) Now drape a towel over your head to help direct the steam. Place your face about 12 inches away from the steam.

I recommend steaming your face for a minute or two and then taking a 1-minute break for a few minutes. You can repeat this process as much as you want. You should feel like your face is sweating a little. This means its working!

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3. EXFOLIATE

Exfoliating is one of my FAVORITEEEEEE things to do because it helps to get rid of dead and dull skin cells revealing beautiful skin!

You can make your own DIY facial scrub using simple ingreidents like baking soda and honey or sugar and cocoabut oil.

When I’m not using my own DIY facial scrub, I like to use NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals. What’s the difference? Microdermabrasion scrubs use aluminum oxide crystals to scrub away dead skin which is a much finer crystal. This scrub works great to even out your skin tone, smooth skin and can help makes you look younger.

You want to wet your skin and then apply a small amount of facial scrub. For NeedCrystals Microdermabrasion Crystals, I apply it with a little water or facial cleanser.

Apply your scrub in circular motions but please be gentle! You don’t want to over scrub your face (which can irritate your skin). Once your entire face is covered, rinse off with warm water and dry with a paper towel.

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4. FACE MASK

Face masks help improves the overall appearance of your skin as well as soothe. You can make your own face mask and face wraps or purchase one. They’re pretty inexpensive and the options are endless for one that fits your needs the best.

I purchased the SpaLife Pink Spa Set which includes face mask, feet mask and hand masks. It’s not the best facial mask, I’ve ever used but it’s decent for a spa-like experience at a low price.

Be sure to follow the directions for your face wrap or face mask. Add cucumbers to your eyes for an extra spa life experience (plus cumbers on your eyes help reduce puffiness!)


5. TONE

Toning your skin helps to restore your natural PH balance and get rid of any traces of face scrub/face mask we previously used.

One of my favorites is Simple micellar water. It’s not harsh and great for sensitive skin which is why I love it! I use it every day.


6. MOISTURIZE

The last step to getting glowing skin with your at home facial is to moisturize your skin! You can use a moisturizer of a serum.

Serums are great because they’re able to pack in beneficial ingredients such as more antioxidants, and skin-restoring ingredients without needing other ingredients such as SPF, emollients or texture-enhancing ingredients that general moisturizers need (which is why serums also tend to be more expensive).

Look for serums with active ingredients in high concentrations. How can you figure this out? The higher the active ingredient is placed on the ingredient list, the higher the concentrations within the product.

Retinol is great at helping to fight acne, even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover. I tend to use retinol during seasonal changes when my skin needs a little extra.

For active ingredients like retinol, too little of it and it’s a waste (real-life experience talking here) so make sure you’re choosing a serum with more than .000000001%. of active ingredients.

You only need a tiny amount of serum. Apply it to your fingertips and gently massage into your face and neck!

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So this is how to do your own at-home facial for clean glowing skin (without the expensive spa bill or even leaving the house!). Do you like to give yourself facials at home too? If so, let me know below!

 

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47 DIY at home spa day ideas that will have you feeling luxurious

Ahhh, the spa. Relaxing, tranquil, quiet and oftentimes expensive. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a relaxing spa day and you can even have that spa day at home. Yup, right in your very own home. Today, I’m sharing 47 different DIY at home spa day ideas that will have you feeling relaxed and luxurious all while on a budget!

At home spa day checklist:

How you plan out your DIY spa day is completely up to you but I do recommend a few essentials to truly elevate your at home spa experience:

Essential Oils – These improve your emotional wellbeing, can affect your mood and even manage your stress. I recommend diffusing a few essential oils or adding a few drops to your bath or foot water. My favorites are Lavender, chamomile, and peppermint. You can also try some essential oils mixes such as this Tranquil Essential Oil Set

Essential Oil Diffuser – Air diffusers distribute essential oil molecules by breaking them down and dispersing into the air. This maximizes the beneficial properties of essential oils when you inhale.

Terry Cloth Robe – Seriously, what’s a spa day without a robe? A fluffy soft robe is just what you need to elevate your at home spa night.

Heated Footbath – Did you know foot soaks can alleviate symptoms from colds and flu, increase circulation and reducing inflammation? If you’re on a budget, you can definitely soak your feet in the bathtub. However, I highly recommend a Footbath tub that includes a massager (and vibrating bubbles!). This is my favorite foot soak and I use it at least monthly for the past 3 years. I like to add Epsom salt or homemade bath salts for a full-on foot pamper without the expensive bill!

Candles – Soaking in the bathtub? Why not add a candle or two to your bubble bath to set a relaxing mood and reduce stress.

Infused water – I love to drop a few sliced cucumbers, strawberries, and basil into my water… especially on days I’m practicing some self-care with my own DIY at home spa. Infused water is delicious, refreshing and full of minerals!

A calming playlist– Check out this relaxing massage playlist on Spotify. Another option is Relax Melodies which has sleep, meditation, calm and white noise sounds!


DIY spa at home recipes

Homemade face scrub recipe

Face scrubs are awesome at removing dead cells to reveal smoother and brighter skin! I recommend wetting your face first and then applying one of the below awesome DIY facial scrubs:

IMAGE BY www.freebiefindingmom.com for homemade coffee scrub

Try this Homemade Coffee Scrub
Check out this Facial Sugar Scrub
Make this Lemon Facial Scrub
Make this Aloe Green Tea Facial Scrub

DIY facial mask recipe

When I think of an at home spa day, I imagine me comfy in a robe, sipping delicious infused water and rocking a skin tightening face mask! Facial mask can help deep clean and shrink pores as well as give you that glowing skin. Here are a few homemade face masks you can use!

Try this DIY Bubble Clay Mask
Make this Honey and Cocobut Mask for glowing skin
Check out this Avocado Face Mask
Try this DIY Rose Clay Face Mask

DIY facial steamer recipe

Facial steams are a great way to pamper yourself! They increase circulation in your face and help to open up your pores so you can cleanse away any dirt and impurities. You can steam using hot water and pot/bowl or a professional facial steamer

Try This DIY Facial herbal facial steam
Check out these 10 DIY Home facial steams

Homemade facial toner recipe

I love a good facial toner because they hydrate our skin, restore our natural ph balance and can help with acne. You can apply with a clean cotton ball or simply spritz on if added to a spray bottle.

Image by www. helloglow.co for diy rose water toner

Make this Rosewater facial toner
Try this Tea Tree Oil Face toner
Check out these DIY facial toner pads
Try this DIY Blood Orange Hibiscus Facial Mist
Check out this Apple cider vinegar face toner

DIY Bath bomb recipe

What’s so great about a homemade bath bomb? Well, besides being super easy and cheap to make, bath bombs are great at softening your skin because they add emollients to your bath’s water which moisturizes your skin. Additionally, bath bombs make your bath water smell great and create a relaxing atmosphere. Ahhhhhhhhhh

Image by Countryhillcottage.com for Milk & Honey Bath Bombs

Check out this Milk & Honey Bath Bombs
Try this Coffee and Cream Bath bomb
Make this Matcha Green Tea Bath bombs
Check out this cotton candy bath bomb
Try this Oatmeal Bath Bomb
Make this Rose Bath Bombs

Homemade shower jellie recipe

What exactly is a shower jellie you ask? They’re cleansing body washes that kinda look like Jello. They’re perfect to travel with (since they won’t spill out) and you can use them a multitude of ways such as cutting them up for a luxurious bubble bath, applying a few pieces to your loofah for body wash or simply using as a bar of soap!

Check out this recipe for DIY Shower jellies
Make this DIY Vegan Showe jellies
Try this DIY Honey Lavendar Shower Jellies
Check out this Apple pie spice shower jellie

DIY body butter recipe

Applying Body butter is a great way to moisturize your skin especially if your skin is dry or flaking. They’re usually chalked full of beneficial antioxidants like vitamin C, E & A that leave skins feeling silky smooth.

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My DIY Whipped Shea Butter

Check out my DIY Whipped Shea butter here
Try this Vanilla Spced Whipped Body Butter
Make this Whipped Laendar Body Butter
Check out this peppermint and matcha green tea body butter

DIY Bath Salts recipe

Bath salts soothe achy muscles, hydrates skin, detoxifies the body and helps promote restful sleep. Simply pour into warm bath water, breathe and relax.

Image by yourbeautyblog.com for Rose Bath Salts

Make this rose bath salt
Try these aromatherapy DIY Bath salts
Check out this refreshing orange green tea balt sats

DIY Foot soak recipe

I love, love, love a good foot soak! I ride my bike a lot and wear heels often so it’s vital I soak and exfoliate my feet often if I want baby soft feet. If you’re on a budget, you can definitely soak your feet in the bathtub. However, I highly recommend a Footbath that includes a massager (and vibrating bubbles!). This is my favorite foot soak. Pair this with one of the homemade foot soak recipes below and you’ll feel like you’re at a luscious and expensive spa! Your feet with thank you

IMAGE BY www.savynaturalista.com FOR CITRUS FOOT SOAK

Check out this Citrus Foot Soak
Try this Lavender Foot soak
Make this DIY Peppermint Foot soak
Check out this Skin soft bubbly foot soak

DIY Cuticle oil recipe

What’s so great about cuticle oil? Umm, a lot! Cuticle oil helps promote nail growth and moisturizes you nails. It also improves the health and appearance of your nails! You can purchase cuticle oil or you can make your own with a few easy ingredients.

Try this DIY nail serum for nail growth
Check this DIY cuticle oil for cracked and dry cuticles
Make this DIY cuticle butter


You can have a relaxing at home spa day without breaking the bank! These DIY recipes are perfect for spa night ideas with friends and you can even create these DIY products for gifts!

Do you love to pamper yourself at home? Have you tried any of these DIY at home spa recipes? If so, I would love to know below!

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How to look younger at 30

CONGRATS, GIRL! You survived your very messy 20’s and now you’re thirty, flirty and thriving! Your 20’s were probably kind of a mess but 30’s? Well, it’s still a mess but its different but better mess. It’s awesome!

Today, I’m sharing how to take care of your skin after 30 at home because while I’m sure you currently look amazing, there’s nothing wrong with a little 30’s glow up either!

FACT: Did you know your skin cell turnover slows down in your 30s? What does that mean, you ask? It means your skin won’t repair itself as quickly it did in your 20s.
Fun.

Skincare in your 30’s may not be a whole lot different than it was in your 20s, however, it should be. There are definitely some different things that need to be considered when it comes to your skincare routine when you’re in your 30’s.

Don’t worry though. As a 30-something (I’ll nevaaaaaaaaaa reveal my true age) year old, it’s not all bad and today, I’m sharing all my secrets *evil laugh* to looking young and glowing.

Let us begin.

How to take care of your skin after 30 at home

1. Stay Hydrated.

Are you surprised this is number 1? You aren’t right? Because you know the most important beauty tip (besides self-love) is that you have to stay hydrated and DRANK (not drink), DRANK YOUR WATER!

Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and it’s mostly made up of that good ol’ H20. Without water, your skin can’t function at its best and prone to becoming dry, dull, and flaky. Ewwww.

One way I like to stay hydrated at home and on the go is a collapsible water bottle. These are great because you can fill it up and drink while you’re’ on the go. When it’s empty, simply smoosh it down to a smaller size and throw it in your bag or purse. Plus this water bottle is BPA Free (super important to me!) and can withstand extreme temperatures from -40ºF to 248ºF without compromising the integrity of the foldable water bottle.

There are so many benefits to drinking water such as tighter skin, smaller pores, clearing adult acne, reducing puffiness, improving complexion and maintaining a healthy PH balance. When it comes to how to take care of your skin after 30 at home, drinking plenty of water is always on the top of my list.

2. FULLY remove your makeup (Consider double-cleansing if you wear a full face of makeup!)

Gone are the days of sleeping in your makeup. As you get older, it’s extremely important you fully remove all of your makeup so your skin can breathe.

If you’re simply wiping your face with a makeup wipe, it may not be enough. Throughout the day, airborne bacteria and pollution are attracted to your skin, and if you don’t wash that gunk away properly, it could contribute to pigmentation and breakouts. No, thank you on that.

These days when I’m wearing a full face, I double cleanse which is quite simply using two different types of cleansers, one after the other to fully remove your makeup and sunscreen.

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How do you double cleanse?

1. First, you want to use an oil-based product that breaks down your make-up, SPF and dirt on the surface of your skin such as a cleansing oil, balm or micellar water.

You can use expensive products…. but wanna know what I use? Good ol’ coconut oil. Yup, I use coconut oil to break down my full face of makeup and mineral SPF sunscreens.


Be sure to massage your cleanser into your face about a minute to thoroughly remove build-up dirt, make-up, toxins, and gunk. After you’ve washed off your coconut oil, you want to do a second round of cleansing which will clean much deeper into your pores and remove any impurities. I like to use all-natural products on my skin and one thing I love is Simple facial wash! I use it daily.


I then follow that up with the Simple toner.

Face toners prepare your skin for moisturizers and serum while also helping to remove any stubborn dirt or leftover makeup. Once you’ve cleansed and applied a toner then you moisturize or apply a serum.

3. Start using Anti-ageing products

Yes, the time is NOW… like RIGHT NOW to start using anti-aging products.

I’m picky when it comes to the ingredients in my skincare products. My facial mask are usually aloe vera juice from my home-grown aloe vera and when it comes to serum, I want something natural and preferably organic. One of my favorite Anti-ageing products includes Vitamin C Serum, Retinol Serum, and Hyaluronic Acid Serum which are all amazing when it comes to combating dark circles, hyper-pigmentation, dull skin, and aging.


4. Make eye cream apart of your life

I was the tender age of 25 when I first received some eye cream in a gift bag. I was offended (and now looking back, I guess over-dramatic too).

The skin around your eyes ages faster than the rest of your face.

Eye creams can help protect the skin under your eyes which is very thin and help reduce things like dark circles, puffiness and fine lines. However, be sure to check the ingredients when it comes to eye creams and add it to an already awesome face routine (which you will have by following this post).


5. Chill out with the Concealer

As we get older, dark circles may become more apparent but that doesn’t mean you should smack on even more concealer.

Why not? Well, the more concealer you apply, the more it’s prone to wrinkling and settling into your fine lines which is equally not as cute and even more aging. Instead, focus on a concealer that has a heavier coverage or designed to be luminizing. I, personally, prefer liquid concealers for the thin skin around our eyes.

Two of my favorite concealers are NARs creamy radiant concealer and Born this way multi-use concealer because they’re luminizing and long-lasting. I apply by adding a few dots and lightly blend with a damp beauty blender sponge.



6. A really great primer is your friend

There are so many benefits when it comes to primer. For example, primer can compact oiliness, create a smooth base for your makeup, reduce shine, even out skin tone, disguise flaws, make pores appear smaller, fill in wrinkles and fine lines…. a lot. Before applying your foundation and concealer, you first want to apply a primer (the same way you would apply primer before painting a wall). Primer preps your skin.

My favorite primer hands down, without a doubt, we-are-not-about-to-argue is Dr. Brandt Pores No more.
Yes, it’s a little pricy but a tiny bit goes a LONGGGGGGGGGGG way and it actually works.

I prefer to buy a pricy primer that works and requires very little product over a cheap primer that doesn’t work well and requires a lot of product. Why? Because you still end up spending more and getting less in the long run with cheap, ineffective primers.

7. Body exfoliation gloves to scrub are a game changer!

I love a good ol’ body scrub and honestly, I tend to make them myself with oil, essential oil and some salt. Body scrubs should not be $95 especially if they’re full of chemicals that do more harm to your skin than good.

Exfoliating is important because it removes dead skin cells clogging the skin. When you exfoliate you uncover fresh new cells below which gives you softer, glowing skin. Additionally, by exfoliating, you open the way for moisturizing products to penetrate more deeply into the skin which makes them more effective.

I recently discovered exfoliation gloves and its a game-changer. At first thought, it seems ridiculous but listen, I’M A BELIEVER! You can use them dry (like dry brushing), however, they work best on wet skin.

Exfoliating gloves are meant to be used with water and body wash so I recommend wetting your entire body, as well as your exfoliating glove, then start scrubbing.

Your exfoliator glove is your exfoliator. Be sure to use circular motions and replace them often to prevent built-up bacteria (the gloves below are washable so you can reuse! Yay, for the environment!).


When it comes to how to look good in your 30s, exfoliating and removing dead skin cells is super important!

8. Lip scrubs are everything too

I want ugly lips that are flaking, crusty, crack up, and bleed when I smile. Said absolutely no one ever.

Lip scrubs make lips soft, smooth, and kissable because they help remove dead skin from your lips and reveal a fresh layer of skin. Don’t exfoliate your face and body, and forget about your lips!


9. Consider a light cleanse in the morning

#Storytime I use to wash my face every morning and night with heavy cleansers and it actually wasn’t beneficial because I was over-cleansing (yup, it’s a thing).

If your skin is naturally oily but dehydrated, it will then try to produce even more oil to compensate which means your oily skin only gets oiler when you’re constantly trying to remove the oil. Wonderful. So in the morning, I skip my face wash and use a toner instead.

I splash a little water on my face, dry and then take a cotton ball with toner and wipe all over my face to remove any dirt from my face while I snoozed. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin since doing this and the amount of oil my face creates (I have oily skin).

Note: If you have highly acne-prone skin or skin that has excessive oils then I do recommend a gentle cleanser in the morning.


10. Body luminizers for instantly glowing skin

One of my beauty secrets in the summer is I apply luminizer all over my body (paying extra attention to my legs and shoulders).

You can make your own (check out my video here:)

or if you’re not a fan of DIY (or lazy like me sometimes), here’s a great organic body luminizer. The key is the shimmer. When the sun hits your skin that shimmer starts glistening and you’re glowing!


11. Say YES to serums

Serums are great because they’re able to pack in beneficial ingredients such as more antioxidants, and skin-restoring ingredients without needing other ingredients such as SPF, emollients, or texture-enhancing ingredients that general moisturizers need (which is why serums also tend to be more expensive).

Look for serums with active ingredients in high concentrations. How can you figure this out? The higher the active ingredient is placed on the ingredient list, the higher the concentrations within the product.

Retinol is great at helping to fight acne, even out skin tone, reduce wrinkles, stimulate collagen, and promote cellular turnover. I tend to use retinol during seasonal changes when my skin needs a little extra.

For active ingredients like retinol, too little of it and it’s a waste (real-life experience talking here) so make sure you’re choosing a serum with more than .000000001%. of active ingredients.


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12. Get your 6-8 hours of sleep

Without sleep, your brain can’t continue to work correctly. It’s important in your 30’s to start doing all you can to set daily morning and night routines that allow you to meet your sleep needs.

If you struggle to sleep well, here are a few things I use to help me fall asleep faster and better:

You can also check out my peaceful night routine here. GOOD sleep is vital when it comes to how to look good in your 30s!

13. Move your body

Ever heard the quote “If exercise could be packaged in a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation.”

Even just 10 minutes of exercise a day can help reduce your risk of age-related diseases and keep you looking young. If the gym is not your thing, there are other ways to move your body such as taking a walk (the sidewalk is free), dance around to music, and working out from YouTube videos.

When I’m too busy to hit the gym, I like to work out at home. You can get a great workout anywhere and for less than $100 you can create your own mini at-home gym.
Check out my Pinterest board with different full-body workouts you can try.

If you’re interested in at-home workout essentials, these are my recommendations and what I currently use to stay in shape:

Resistance bands


My Pinterest board with different resistance band exercises you can do at home.

Kettle Bell


My Pinterest board with different Kettle band exercises you can do at home.

Bosu Ball

My Pinterest board with different bosu ball exercises you can do at home.

Fitness ball


My Pinterest board with different fitness ball exercises you can do at home.

I also have a DIY workout storage you can make to store your equipment.


Your 30’s are an exciting time! Getting older doesn’t mean you cannot continue (or start) feeling your best and looking your best! When it comes to how to look good in your 30s, I say eat nutritionally dense food, drink plenty of water, work out, speak kindly to yourself, and use natural products that help you glow up too!

Are you currently in the 30+ club? If so, please share some of your tips and secrets below when it comes to how to look good in your 30s!

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How To Make Whipped Shea Butter At Home

A few years ago I received a complimentary bottle of Shea oil and I’ve been hooked ever since! I started purchasing Shea butter in the raw to compliment the oil but it’s pretty tough and can be a pain to spread across your skin in its natural solid-state. I’ve been trying new methods to keep my skin in great condition.

This whipped Shea butter is amazing! My skin loves it and I instantly notice a difference once I apply it! I add coconut oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil to my whipped butter but you can honestly add whatever oil of your choice!

This is great for those who have dry skin and/or want more natural skincare products!

Products Used:

– 1 cup unrefined shea butter
– 1.5 tablespoons fractionated coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
– 1.5 tablespoons of almond oil
essential oils (optional), I used 3 drops of peppermint, 5 drops of sweet orange and 3 drops of lavender
– Electric mixer
– Clean empty container (cleaned glass salsa jars and peanut butter jars work great!)

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Directions to make whipped Shea butter

1.Cut & Melt

Cut the Shea butter into pieces and Melt  (low setting) No higher than 175 F

 

2. Add other oils

Once the oil starts to cool, add other oils to the melt shea butter

3. Whip it together

Whip…. Whip it good lol. Whip the Shea butter with an electric mixer until it becomes a whipped soft texture.

4. Enjoy!

Store Whipped Shea butter inside a glass or plastic bottle

 

 

Notes:

– If your Shea butter is solid, melt on a very low setting (I use a double boiler). Shea butter has a very low melting point. Shea butter starts to lose its nutrients when melted above 175 F
– make sure the mixture is completely cool before blending. The Shea butter will not whip if it’s warm. You can sit the bowl on top of a plate of ice while mixing to quicken the process

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