Mixing shea butter and coconut oil is great for dry skin especially in this dry season. Many mothers have also confessed to using shea butter and coconut oil mixture to smoothen and keep their babies' skin moisturised. Shea butter, when mixed with coconut oil works
great to keep the skin and hair naturally moisturised and soft but where some people have problems is in the mixing. Many methods online explain how to mix by melting the shea butter on low heat and mix with coconut oil before leaving to cool and use. That's not the only method. Whipped shea butter works better for me. No heat needed. We soften shea butter a lot in my family because after ordering our organic shea butter  from Sheamapo, most times the butter remains packed for some time and by the time we are ready to use, it has solidified and even poking in a finger becomes difficult. What we do is whip the shea butter a little to soften it. Without softening your shea butter, it will be almost impossible to get it to mix well with coconut oil and to rub on the skin or hair. Whipping shea butter is very easy.

There are just three steps we use to soften shea butter;
1. For very small quantity of shea butter, empty into a bowl and with your whisk (egg whisk) whisk continuously for a few minutes and see it softening. The more you whisk, the softer the shea butter becomes. Mix until you get that creamy soft feel, then you can drop in your coconut oil or honey and whisk well again.

2. This is for when the quantity of shea butter is more than you can whisk manually. Here you place the shea butter in a food processor and pulse gradually to soften. Use the pulse button and if your food processor has no pulse button, just use the normal button but don't run continuously. Press briefly and stop like that continuously until your butter is softened.

3. The third method we use to soften shea butter and make excellent body butter is the hand mixer. where you mix flour for baking. That too can whip and soften shea butter. Your electric or hand mixer can do a great job. The mixer is actually the best method to whip/soften shea butter, even though you'll need to wash with very warm water and soaps after use. Actually even the food processor and blender or egg whisk will also require washing with warm water after use. The warm water will help wash out all the shea butter with ease. 

To mix the oil fast and easy, while whisking or mixing the shea butter, just add your coconut oil little by little and continue to whisk as you add, the thickness reduces. As coconut oil makes the consistency lighter  until you feel it flowing freely like body lotion. That way they blend along as you mix until you get a smooth perfect body butter.

After the shea butter is well softened. You mix with the coconut oil, stir or whisk again until well blended and store in airtight hair creams or body cream containers for use. Shea butter and coconut oils are both very natural and safe for both adult and baby skin and hair. This shea butter mixture is great for black hair that tangles and makes the hair easy to comb. For very hairy babies hair combing too. Don't let them cry while combing their beautiful hair. This skin and hair butter will make the hair very soft, free from tangle and easy to comb. It doesn't feel greasy on the skin at all but moisturises accordingly. If you'd like to know the exact
 quantity of shea butter to mix with coconut oil and almond oil for those who want to mix the three essential oils,  Sheamapo explained that on the blog post where readers opened up about their different uses of shea butter and how it worked for them. 

1 cup organic raw shea butter (solid)
1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)
1/2 cup almond oil (liquid)
1. Melt shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes. 

2. Stir in almond oil and essential oils of your choosing.*

3, Place oil mixture in freezer or outside to chill.

4. Wait until oils start to partially solidify (see photo) then whip until a butter-like consistency is achieved. 

4. Place in clean, glass jar and enjoy! A little goes a long way.

You can also try making your easy homemade lipstick or lip moisturiser with shea butter.

There is a post on how to lighten black thighs with shea butter.