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.

Ingredients
Shea Butter, High Melt Point
Coconut Oil, Virgin
Cherry Seed Oil
Babassu Oil
Beeswax
Stearic Acid
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Grams
78 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
4 grams Coconut Oil, Virgin
2 grams Cherry Seed Oil
5 grams Babassu Oil
3 grams Beeswax
8 grams Stearic Acid
Recipe in Ounces
2.75 oz Shea Butter, High Melt Point
0.14 oz Coconut Oil, Virgin
0.07 oz Cherry Seed Oil
0.17 oz Babassu Oil
0.10 oz Beeswax
0.28 oz Stearic Acid
Recipe in Percentages
78% Shea Butter, High Melt Point
4% Coconut Oil, Virgin
2% Cherry Seed Oil
5% Babassu Oil
3% Beeswax
8% Stearic Acid

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.

Taylor

The best kept secret just might be in your cupboard!

The best kept secret just might be in your cupboard!

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7 Comments

  • Anne-Marie Faiola says:

    What a great recipe! I love the idea of using Cherry Seed Oil, it sounds super nourishing.

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  • Cece says:

    This is a very interesting recipe Taylor – thanks for blogging about it. I think it would be interesting if you re-posted it using the amount of Carnauba Wax you would use.

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    • Taylor says:

      I am glad it has caught your attention. This is how I would approach making this recipe with Carnauba Wax.

      78 grams Shea Butter, High Melt Point
      4 grams Coconut Oil, Virgin
      2 grams Cherry Seed Oil
      5 grams Babassu Oil
      5.5 grams Carnauba Wax

      2.75 oz Shea Butter, High Melt Point
      0.14 oz Coconut Oil, Virgin
      0.07 oz Cherry Seed Oil
      0.17 oz Babassu Oil
      0.19 oz Carnauba Wax

      I hope this helps!

      Best of luck to you!

      Taylor

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  • Emily says:

    Taylor,
    I noticed in Linda’s body butter there are not measurements in ounces or grams. Could you supply these? I have been wanting to play around with a butter that uses beeswax and this would be perfect! Thanks.

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    • Taylor says:

      Emily,

      Whoops, That escaped my notice when I was writing it. Thank you for letting me know! It has been all fixed!

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  • andrea says:

    Thank you Taylor — excited to give this a try!

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