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01-16-2007, 04:15 AM #1
shea butter + jojoba oil = darn good
I've been messing around with homemade after shave balms/conditioners. Take some unrefined shea butter -melt it slowly -then add some jojoba oil and essential oils of you liking --let it cool or force cool it in ice bath and you've got yourself something good. I think about 50% butter , 40% jojoba oil and the rest essential oil is about right --- but fix it to your liking. Maybe start out with as little essential oil as possible. You can whip it as it cools to get a light ,fluffy concoction. I guess you can add other complementary butters and oils like aloe, hazelnut, avocado, and the like ---do a little research though --some of these oils go a long way.
Take care with the essential oils --- some can be harmfull and folks react differently to different oils. Good luck.
01-16-2007, 08:09 AM #2
Pharmacists stock a few fragrant oils (e.g. rose oil) and will add it to any basic skin care cream you like.
01-17-2007, 02:58 PM #3
Keep an eye on the performance of your brush when using this combination. Jojoba oil tends to build up on a brush somewhat quickly. If you notice it is hot holding water as well as it should, give it a good shampoo to remove any oily residue.
01-17-2007, 04:45 PM #4
thank you for the advice rtaylor61 ---- I suppose I wasn't clear that I've used this mixture only as a post-shave conditioner and not as a preshave. I bet the shea butter could really gunk up a nice brush. Am I understanding you correctly?
01-17-2007, 09:30 PM #5
I mis-understood. There are a lot of shea butter soaps on the market, and over time, I guess could cause issues. But the Jojoba oil...that will definitely build up an oily base on the brush.