There’s nothing I like better than the smell of freshly brewed coffee, especially first thing in the morning.
This week is all about coffee with Espresso Lip Balm on Tuesday, a Gingerbread Spice Latte Coffee Soap coming up on Thursday, and today we’re going to make a body butter with Coffee Butter to really make the morning routine a treat!
If you were feeling really lazy, you could just slather Coffee Butter on your skin and call it good, but it’s pretty greasy that way. Instead, let’s add a few ingredients and some water, and we’ll make a wonderful emulsified cream that will be a delight to all your senses.
Naturally, we begin with water, which is a solvent and offers hydration to thirsty skin.
To the water, we’ll add Coffee Butter for its fantastic aroma and lovely skin feel. I also love Squalane Butter in body creams, so we’ll add that to the list.
We’ll toss in a humectant (Hydrovance), emulsifier (Emulsifying Wax), and a broad-spectrum preservative (Liquid Germall Plus).
Let’s head to the workroom and mix up a quick batch of wonderful!
What You’ll Need
72.5% Distilled Water
14% Coffee Butter
5% Squalane Butter
4% Emulsifying Wax
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
100-gram Test Batch
72.5 grams Distilled Water
8.7 ounces Distilled Water
Weigh water, oils, humectant, and emulsifying wax into a microwave-safe container. Heat gently, using short time bursts and stirring after each heating, until all oils and waxes have melted.
Use the stick blender to form the emulsion, blending thoroughly. Check the temperature of the mixture.
Allow the mixture to cool below 120ºF before adding the preservative. Stir well to combine, then scoop the cream into a zipper-top bag. Snip off a corner of the bag and pipe the cream into jars. Allow the cream to cool completely before putting on the lids.
Label and enjoy.
As I applied this cream to my skin after a shower, I was delighted at the slight coffee fragrance that lifted around me. The cream goes on light and spreads easily. It’s quite nice!
If you want a real coffee kick, go for a fragrance oil or add some Coffee Seed Oil to your formulation.