I did my taxes today 😦 and my reward for finishing them was to try to make a couple of batches of homemade body butter. I had a couple of different kinds in mind and since I’m rather tired of cold weather, I chose to make Lemon Coconut and Orange Cocoa. Kind of warm and tropical don’t you think?
I decided on a formula of 75% solids and 25% liquid oils. I added Vitamin E and essential oil. I thought the best choice for containers would be glass and the best value at the time were 4 oz. jelly jars that I purchased at Walmart. I made a large batch of lemon coconut using an entire 7 oz jar of Shea Butter, adding enough Coconut oil to make 9 oz of solid, 1.5 oz Sunflower oil, 1 oz Almond oil, and .5 oz Avocado oil. After melting those ingredients in a double boiler, I let it cool 30 minutes before adding 10 capsules of Vitamin E and 25 drops of Lemon essential oil.
I beat the oil off and on until it obtained a whipped, white creamy, peaked mixture. I made some labels and added some twine. It was enough to fill 5 jars and a small sample.
I made a smaller batch of Orange Cocoa. It smells like Orange Chocolate, but no worries, the scent is not particularly strong when it soaks into your skin. I used Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Olive Oil, Apricot Oil, Vitamin E and Sweet Orange Essential Oil. The consistency of this batch was firmer than the Lemon Coconut, but both are very nice on the skin. Making Body Butter takes a good amount of time due to the whipping. If you come across any great recipes, please share!