The original formulation for this gorgeous body butter comes from Lotioncrafter’s Body Butter Bliss Recipe which is claimed to be a dupe of The Body Shop’s Body Butter. I changed quite a few things and you’re free to follow either the original formula, use mone or create your own! That’s the beauty of homemade bath and body products, you choose what your skin likes and that’s what is going in your body butter jar.
I am providing the recipe in % and grams so you could easily make a smaller or a larger batch. You could use Spreadsheets to calculate everything for you. But before jumping to the recipe I would like you to give a little bit of information on the ingredients and possible substitutions because I understand that not everyone has the exact same ingredients I do, especially if you’re a beginner.
Distilled water – you can use a hydrosol instead (Rose, Lavander, Chamomile – whatever your heart desire) or part water and part hydrosol.
Glycerine – it’s a humectant, it was moisture into the skin. It’s a cheap and readily available ingredient but if you don’t have it then just substitute it for more water.
Sodium Lactate – it is also a humectant with twice as strong water holding capacity as glycerine. So it provides even more hydration and prevents the skin from drying.
EDTA – a chelating agent, used to decrease the reactivity of metal ions. It boosts your preservative activity so your body butter will last longer. If you don’t have it, use more water instead.
Lotionpro 165 – is a very stable, robust complete emulsifier which creates lighter, fluffier, and less draggy lotions, creams, and butter than Emulsifying Wax NF. You could use a different emulsifier instead of Soft & Silky Emulsifying Wax, BTMS-50, Polawax, etc. However, a different emulsifier is going to impact the texture, thickness, and skin feel. Lotionpro 165 is a “naked” emulsifier so the texture and the thickness of your end product are going to be impacted by your oils, butter, and thickeners, where Emulsifying Wax NF already has a thickener.
Shea butter, Cocoa butter – moisturizing and nourishing for the skin. You could use a different type of butter for example Kokum or Mango butter would play well in this recipe.
Fractionated coconut oil, Macadamia Nut Oil – you can use a different oil instead.
Cetearyl alcohol – it’s a thicker and stabilizer. You can use stearic acid, cetyl alcohol, or behenyl alcohol instead.
Cetyl alcohol – it’s a thicker and stabilizer which also improves skin sensation and adds a velvety texture to your product.
Sepimax Zen – creates gels or can be used as a water phase thickener and stabilizer. You can use Xanthan Gum instead. They are not the same ingredients so using Xanthan gum instead of Sepimaz Zen will change the texture a little bit.
Vitamin E – prolongs the shelf life f your oils and butter.
Fragrance oil or Essential oil – optional
Liquid Germall Plus – a preservative. You could use a different preservative like Germaben II or Phenonip. Using a preservative IS NOT OPTIONAL! YOu have to use a preservative if your product contains water or might come in a contact with water.
Dow Corning Silicone Blend – you could use Dimethicone instead or add 2% of lightweight oil to your oil phase and skip this step if you don’t have it on hand.
|Phase||%||500g Batch||Ingredient Name|
|B||8%||40g||Macadamia Nut Oil|
|B||4%||20g||Fractionated Coconut Oil|
|B||0.2||10g||Sepimax Zen or Xanthan Gum|
|C||0.5%||2.5g||Liquid Germall Plus|
|C||2%||10g||Dow Corning Silicone Blend|
- Clean and sanitize your working area, your tools, equipment, jars, put your gloves on.
2. Weigh your oil phase into a heatproof beaker or measuring cup.
3. Place the measuring cup on a water bath until everything is melted through.
4. Weigh the water phase and make a note of how much the measuring cup and its content weighed before you place it to heat. Some of the water is going to evaporate so you will need to add me water later. I needed to add 2g more. Your oil phase and your water phase should reach about 80C (176F), hold them in your double boiler or water bath for about 20 minutes.
5. Once everything has melted through take the beakers out of your water bath, weigh your water phase again and compare it with the note you made. Add as much distilled water as has evaporated in the heating process. Now, add your water phase to your oil phase.
6. Stir slowly with a spatula. The mixture turns milky so the emulsifying process has started! It is still very hot and liquid but the butter will get thicker as it cools down.
7. To speed up the cooling process place your container in a cold water bath and start stick blending. You have to use a stick blender or an immersion blender to make sure your butter emulsifiers properly. This step is NOT optional. Start blending slowly with a few bursts at a time and once your butter gets thicker you can blend for 2-3 minutes.
8. Mesure the temperature of your batch. If your butter has cooled down to 45C (113F) or lower you can add your cool down phase.
9. Add your cool-down phase ingredients and stir with a spatula very thoroughly. Once your butter comes down to room temperature you can fill up our jars, make some cute labels, and enjoy the fruits of your work.
I made an extra step end measured the PH level of my butter. I understand that if you’re a beginner then you don’t have a PH meter or even pH strips. If you’re interested in how to measure the PH level of your product check Humblebee and me and Taralee Youtube channels or let me know if I should make a little tutorial on measuring the PH.
Now, let’s simplify the formula as much as possible so even someone with a minimum amount of ingredients could make lovely body butter.
You can download this spreadsheet with both formulas. You could easily make a smaller or a larger batch by using this file. I provide detailed instructions on how to use spreadsheets on my blog.
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