A good body butters will deliciously nourish your skin; it will soak into your skin completely within a few minutes after applying it. It shouldn’t just sit on top of your skin, leaving you feeling greasy. Your skin shouldn’t feel tight or dry an hour after applying the butter either.
Thick and luscious body butter
Many people love this body butter as it is not only incredibly thick and luscious but the main reason is it will sinks into your skin quickly and leaves it feeling soft all day, without feeling sticky or greasy. It’s a little pricy per ounce, but it’s worth every penny.
Yields: 32 ounces (907.2 grams)
- 2 oz. (56.7g) of grapeseed oil
- 2.5 oz. (70.9g) of sweet almond oil
- 2 oz. (56.7g) of avocado oil
- 2.5 oz. (70.9g) of shea butter
- 2.5 oz. (70.9g) of mango butter
- 2.25 oz. (63.8g) of cocoa butter
- 2.25 oz. (63.8g) of kokum or your choice butter
- 2 oz. (56.7g) of emulsifying wax
- 1 oz. (28.4g) of stearic acid
- 13 oz. (368.5g) of distilled water
- Preservative (manufacturer’s recommendation)
- .3 oz. (8.5g) skin-safe fragrance or essential oil
- Pour the oils and butters into the stainless-steel pot.
- Place the pot over low heat, and stir occasionally, until oils and butters are completely melted.
- Use a thermometer to check the temperature of the mixture. Heat the mixture to 180ºF (82ºC).
- If you’re using unrefined butter, hold the mixture at 180ºF (82ºC) for 20 minutes to kill any germs or bacteria that may be in the butter. But remember not to overheat your butters.
- Add emulsifying wax and stearic acid to the pot.
- At the same time place water in the microwave for about 60 seconds until it’s at least 140ºF (60ºC). (The water must be warm before you add it to the mixture.)
- Add the water to the mixture in the pot, and use an immersion blender to bring the oils, wax, and water together to form a good emulsion. Remove from heat and allow to cool to 110ºF (43ºC).
- Add preservative and fragrance oil to the pot, and use the immersion blender to incorporate all the ingredients. At this time you can also add a skin-safe colorant. Follow the amount recommended by the manufacturer.
- While the mixture is still warm, transfer it to sterile jars.
Lovely Body Butter
Hydrating, nourishing, and replenishing, this vegan body butter quenches dry skin, leaving you soft and glowing. This combination of natural butters forms a protective, regenerative moisturizer that is beneficial for all skin types.
Yields: 8 ounces
- 3⁄4 cup of unscented cocoa butter
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of sweet almond oil
- 4 vitamin E capsules
- 30–40 drops of essential oils, optional
- Place cocoa butter in top of double boiler and heat over medium heat. Reduce the heat to simmer until cocoa butter is melted, stirring occasionally. To preserve the beneficial nutrients, do not overheat.
- Remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, and dry off with a towel so no water drips into your melted butter.
- While the pot still warm, add the coconut oil and gently stir until it is melted. Add the sweet almond oil and stir.
- Set it cool for 10 minutes, or until the oils have cooled to the touch but are not yet forming a hard layer around the edges of the pan. At this point, stir in the essential oils.
- Add the vitamin E to the melted oil and stir well.
- You can add the essential oils if you prefer and stir well, scraping any of the hardened cooled mixture off the sides and back into the melted oils.
- Pour into jars, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand undisturbed for 4 hours or overnight.
Coco-Spice Body Butter
This Coco-Spice Body Butter is gorgeously warm and spicy with hints of chocolate and coconut. This is homemade luxury at its best!
Yields: about 10 ounces
- 2 teaspoons grated beeswax
- 1⁄2 cup cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1⁄2 cup Chai Spice–Infused Oil
- 12 drops patchouli essential oil
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 4 vitamin E capsules
- Place the beeswax and cocoa butter in the top of the double boiler and heat over medium heat. Reduce heat to simmer and stir occasionally until it is melted. To preserve the beneficial nutrients, do not overheat.
- Remove from heat, take the top pan off the double boiler, and dry with a towel so no water drips into your melted butter.
- While the pot still warm, add the coconut oil and stir until it is melted. Add the Chai Spice–Infused Oil and stir.
- Set it cool for 10 minutes, and stir in the essential oils.
- Add the vitamin E to the melted oil. Stir well, scraping any of the hardened cooled mixture off the sides and back into the melted oils.
- Transfer the butter to your jars, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand undisturbed for 4 hours or overnight.