Body Butter Recipes

Posted on October 30, 2010
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When formulating body butter recipes, the possibilities are endless when you consider the number of oils and butters , essential oils and additives that you can use.

It’s mind boggling and very exciting to get started on trying them all!

I find that often when I create a recipe, it is too tempting too try a slightly different ingredient to make something completely different to be used for a slightly different use or even to suit my mood as far as scent or consistency go.

The following body butter recipes are all variations of the same body butter recipe to give you some idea of the ease and endless possibilities you’ll find in making your own natural body care products. This site has a recipe called Blissful Body Butter that includes a few suggestions for making an herb infused body butter.

Using choice ingredients such as shea butter, cocoa butter and select nutritive carrier oils and essential oils, you can make it perfectly suited to your own liking.

All it takes is one good idea and some time to play.

Here are a few reasons to make your own body butter and a recipe idea at eHow.

Splendor in the Grass Body Butter

I’ve listed a few variations of essential oils that you can add to scent this body butter recipe, unscented it has a very subtle *green* smell to it due to the base oils used. The essential oils I’ve listed will give you a slight variation on this theme. If you aren’t interested in obtaining this scent, you can sub other base and essential oils.

This body butter, in my mind is made to order for anyone who is heavily into natural and *green*. I added liquid chorophyl to obtain a deeper green, you can make it without for a very light green/golden colour, which may be more attractive to some :0)

.5 oz carnauba or beeswax

1 oz refined cocoa butter

.5 oz unrefined shea

1 oz unrefined hempseed oil

1 oz jojoba oil (or 2oz hempseed)

1 tsp natrasorb

a few drops vitamin e

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Bronze Goddess Body Butter

1oz Unrefined Cocoa Butter

.5oz shea butter

.5oz natural beeswax

2oz golden jojoba oil

3/4 tsp natrasorb

smidgen of bronze mica

a few drops vitamin e

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Golden Goddess Body Butter

1oz Refined Cocoa Butter

.5oz shea butter

.5oz white beeswax beads

2oz golden jojoba or kukui oil

a few drops vitamin e

3/4 tsp natrasorb (optional, gives a smoother less greasy feel)

smidgen of gold mica

English Chamomile Essential Oil (I know this oil may not be easy to come by, Roman Chamomile can be substituted. I’m hoping to have some in stock soon, it’s expensive but absolute heaven if you like chamomile)

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Pure Goddess Body Butter – You Glow Girl!

.8oz Refined Cocoa Butter

.5oz ultra refined shea

.4oz white beeswax beads

1.2oz virgin coconut de creme

1.1oz coconut nutri oil (or emu or fractionated coconut oil – any fairly emollient light coloured oil will do.)

a few drops vitamin e

3/4 tsp natrasorb (optional)

smidgen of iridescent glitter to taste :0) I sprinkle it directly onto the parts of the mold that I want the lotion bar to have, it works beautifully.

This body butter recipe is excellent for those who don’t like added scent, it smells great all by itself. Another variation is to use all or part Unrefined Cocoa Butter and Golden Beeswax. I’m experimenting with complimentary eo’s. I’d love to hear any suggestions.

BODY BUTTER RECIPES INGREDIENT NOTES

Here are a few notes that I kept while making the butters that you may find helpful.

WAXES:

I find beeswax easier to work with for these body butter recipes because I like to keep the temps as low as possible although either one can be substituted. I have been working on butters that don’t contain any wax. They are  easier to make and a very light consistency.

OILS:

I haven’t tried it yet but I was also told by a reliable source that it is best to melt your butters separately then combine them. It would be something worth experimenting with, I find that I do prefer to add the less stable oils last when making anything to protect the beneficial elements of the oil as best as possible from the heat. Some oils stand up better to it than others.

Oils and butters can be substituted and percentages changed to better suit yourself. I like to use oils that absorb quickly (jojoba and fractionated coconut are my favourites because they are light and effective, nut oils are heavenly for something with a little more oomph) but any oil can be used and even preferred depending on the effect your looking for. Virgin Coconut de Creme is one of my favourites due to the fresh coconut scent, you just can’t get that naturally anywhere else (that I know of!)

SHEA BUTTERS:

I’m now carrying an assortment of unrefined shea butter as well as ultra refined shea butter, there is something to suit every taste and every body butter recipe! The best way to find out which you like is to order a sample pack and tweak the recipes to your own preference.

GLYCERIN:

Depending on the final effect you are looking for, only a small amount of glycerin is needed (I use more for foot butters). It may not even be necessary to get the smoothness, I haven’t tried it without yet, the trick is possibly the temps and whipping and the cornstarch helps consistency as well. Anyway, the glycerin can be tricky sometimes, far better to mix it when the temps are as cool as possible, after the butter is starting to look like butter, but not so solid that you can’t mix it. You will see what I mean :0) I’ve found some sitting at the bottom of the bowl once in awhile that didn’t mix. The top portion was fine though. Just to let you know :0)

NATRASORB:

I was using cornstarch until I tried Natrasorb. It is much lighter and more effective. You can use cornstarch if you don’t have any natrasorb to give a thicker constancy and less greasy feel, it’s optional and can be adjusted to your own preference.

PRESERVATION:

Although as a rule to my knowledge butters and lotion bars don’t need synthetic preservation, I have had one butter grow mold. I made many more at the same time with no problem so far, but the fact is that one of them did go bad. I was re using a jar, so maybe I didn’t sterilize it properly, or my kids where using it too, it’s possible some bacteria was introduced that way, I don’t really know. But it’s important to stress the importance of stringent cleanliness when making and using products with no synthetic preservatives. Also it’s important to keep any water out of the mix, don’t use it with wet hands etc. If your giving your products away be sure to pass this info on.

CONSISTENCY:

You may find that according to your climate that you may want to adjust proportions so I would recommend a small batch first. You can also remelt and add what ever you need. I am finding as the winter is coming on here, that I think I will start mixing with a slightly higher proportion of oil as our house is a touch cool (unless my husband has a few too many coffees and gets carried away with the wood stove!)

COMMENTS:

These body butter recipes take a bit longer to soak in than a lotion but they are by far my favourite choice for supreme skin softening capabilities, especially on really rough spots like feet and elbows. They are great for fingernails and to use as a skin barrier when washing dishes or swimming too.

Shop for the ingredients you will need to make your own body butter recipes.

Additional Information

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A NOTE ON SUPPLIES – SITE MAY BE DOWN UNTIL MONDAY:My main supplies site at the url www.handmadesoap.ca is down right now due to an overload of traffic. I am working on getting them to put it back up but since it’s the weekend it seems that it may take 48 hours, putting it to Monday. If you need to order anything before that time just shoot me an email at jan.ferrante (at) gmail.com

Also, I do have natrasorb, carnauba wax and glycerin here. If you need those or anything else that you can’t find just leave a message in the message box on the cart when you order and I will get back to you with pricing and instructions on how to add it to your order.

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