Linda’s Body Butter
|Linda has been dying to make an anhydrous body butter that has a high enough melt point that it can travel to hot locations in the summer. Let’s help Linda test a formulation that just may help her solve her personal challenge! Are you ready? Let’s go!
First, I started with High Melt Point Shea Butter. High Melt Point Shea Butter is great because you get the same great sensation of regular Shea Butter with a higher melt point temperature which means it is better for hotter locations and you won’t struggle with fractionation. Wow! Now, that is what I call two birds with one stone!
Second, I used Virgin Coconut Oil. Virgin Coconut Oil is great because it melt at body temperature making it easier to massage into the skin. This is very important when we try and make a body butter that can handle higher temperature and even travel during the summer.
Next, I used Cherry Seed Oil. Cherry Seed Oil is not only a light weight oil but it is also very loving to the skin. It has been great for counteracting dryness and itchiness in skin. It also makes the finished body butter smooth and creamy.
I also used Babassu Oil. Babassu is a type of palm oil that is smooth and silky without being greasy. It is a wonderful exotic oil without you being required to mortgage the house to use it. Wahoo!
Next, I needed a stiffener. Beeswax is a great stiffener and requires a higher melt point. However, too much beeswax can create a stiff, grippy, waxy feel to the skin that is often unpleasant. So, to create that a product that can handle hot summer weather, we will need one last ingredient.
Finally, I used Stearic Acid. Stearic Acid melts at 162° F. This is perfect when trying to combat summer heat from melting your products. Stearic Acid is a great stiffener while not adding as much of as a waxy feeling that beeswax. Another bonus is that it melts at a higher temperature than beeswax which only melts at 147° F.
Weigh everything into a microwave safe container. Heat gently until liquid. Pour into containers and allow to cool. If you want a whipped body butter, whip as the mixture cools. It is important to continuously whip so as not to get any graininess in the final product.
Note: If you don’t like the texture that either the Stearic Acid or Beeswax contributes to the finished product or you want to use a lower percentage of stiffeners, Carnauba Wax is an excellent ingredient to substitute with. It has a much higher melt point temperature, which is just you need to handle the summer heat.