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Video:Make Your Own Body Butter

with David Fisher

Soap makers usually have the few ingredients on hand needed to make body butter. Learn how to make this skin-loving lotion in two different forms: body butter bars and creams.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make Your Own Body Butter

Hi, I'm David Fisher with About.com. One of the great things about being a soap maker is that you generally have ingredients on hand that you can use to make other items that will make your skin love you even more than when you started making your own soap. One of those is a body butter, and we're going to make two variations of body butter today.

Making a Body Butter Bar

The first formulation we're going to do is actually going to be a solid lotion bar, a solid massage bar, and we want it to be fairly firm at room temperature.

Body Butter Bar Ingredients

So, for this bar we're going to use:
  • 3 oz of bees wax
  • 3 oz of cocoa butter
  • 3 oz of shea butter
  • 3 oz of jojoba or another liquid oil

Heat the Body Butter Bar Ingredients

Melt this on the stove top or the microwave until it's completely melted. Once it's melted, add in your liquid oil. Stir well and add in any fragrance or essential oil you want, although the natural scent of the cocoa butter and the bees wax is actually really nice. Pour it into your molds, and let it cool. Once they've cooled and hardened, take the mold out, press gently, and the bar should come out. A solid lotion massage bar!

Making Body Butter Cream

The next formulation we're going to do is actually a body butter and it will go into a cosmetic jar so it doesn't have to be firm at room temperature.

Body Butter Cream Ingredients

So to make 12 oz of bars, we're going to use:
  • 3 oz of cocoa butter
  • 6 oz of shea butter
  • 3 oz of jojoba or any liquid oil

Blend the Body Cream Ingredients

First we're going to melt all the ingredients together. Once everything is melted, give it a little bit of a mix with a blender. You can use just a standard mixer. I'm using a mixer here with a whisk attachment. Then what we're going to do is cool down the mixture and whip it several more times.

Cool the Oils

Now there are two ways to cool down the oils so you can whip them. One is to just take your container and put it into the freezer. If you don't have enough room in your freezer for this, you can put it into a bowl full of ice, and that will chill it down quickly as well. After about 5 minutes, pull it out of the freezer or bowl of ice, and start to whip it up. I'm using a mixer with a whisk attachment that whips it up really well and gets a lot of air into the mixture. This is the time that you would want to add any fragrance or color if you were going to. Put it back into the freezer for another 5 minutes. Take it out and whip it again. Put it back into the freezer for another 5 minutes. Take it out and whip it again. By that time you should start to be getting little peaks like you were whipping frosting. If it's at a consistency that you like, take a rubber spatula, scoop it out of the bowl, and put it into your cosmetic containers.

Contain the Body Butter

That's it! Wipe the rim of the jar with a towel and put the lid on. You're going to want to let them set for about 24 hours. It will firm up after about 24 hours. If it's too hard of a consistency for you, in your next recipe you can add a little bit more liquid oil. If it's too soft for your liking, you can add a little bit more cocoa butter or hard oil. As you see, just a little bit melts on your skin right when you put it on and it's really amazingly moisturizing.

Shea butter, cocoa butter and all the other liquid oils that we use in our soap making are good for other things as well. Like body butters and solid massage bars.

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