Problems with Body Butter

jkaschDecember 18, 2005

I made a batch of body butter, first time last night. I used 16 oz of Soya Skin Butter, 2 oz Mango butter and 2 oz of Avacado Oil, melted it all down and then let it cool. Whipped it until it was very creamy, added my fragrance oil, and then put it in the bottles. But, today when I went to check it it is hard and not creamy. I want creamy body butter. Does any one have a good recipe for a creamy body butter, or could you tell me what I am doing that is wrong here. Should I add more Oil. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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I have had this happen to me. It seems that after it sits overnight or for 24 hours, it sets up a lot harder than what you originally thought. I always just melt mine back down and add some more oils or cream, wait a couple of days, then check it. It is just a matter of trial and error for me.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 12:00PM
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Thank you Susan for your reply.

Since I want to give this to my sisters in law for Christmas and this is the first time that I have made this I am not sure what "cream" I should add. What would you suggest. I am running out of time. Or, do you have a better recipe. Any suggestions that you have would be greatly appreciated.

Merry Christmas

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 4:49PM
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I use a ready-made, unfragranced lotion base to make my lotions, and I have added some of that to the body butter. That way, you are getting a creamier texture without over-doing the oils. I would think any lotion could be added (I whip mine into it) but if it is a fragranced lotion, it would throw off the fragrance of your body butter.

    Bookmark   December 19, 2005 at 9:01PM
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On body butters it should be 60% butter, 40% oil, or is that for whipped butter?

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 8:08AM
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I really don't know what the ratio is, as I just go by the way it feels and if it is the consistancy that I want it. I make a lot of whipped shea butter, and I don't add anything to it, just melt it down and whip it to make it lighter and fluffier and easier to spread.

    Bookmark   December 21, 2005 at 11:43PM
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Susan, you melt the butter first? I have only tried it one time, I took the butter added some rosehips oil and mixed it with my mixer for a long time, (about a 1/2 hour) It was great stuff, but I thought it was a little lumpy, is melting it the key?

    Bookmark   December 29, 2005 at 8:24AM
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Yes, I melt mine comletely down, then as it is cooling I whip it. Now, this may take a whole day, because the shea sets up slowly. As it cools more and sets up more, I whip it again with my hand mixer. It requires patience. But, I don't like adding extra oils to it because that makes it too greasy for me. If I want it to be creamier, I add lotion. The lotion gives it a creamier texture without the added greasiness.

    Bookmark   December 30, 2005 at 11:22AM
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Susan, I made a new batch of body butter yesterday and it turned out wonderful! Thank you so much. Here is what I did. I mixed together hemp oil, evening primrose oil and rose hips oil to equal 1/3 cup. I took 2/3c shea butter and melted it with my oils. I started whipping it as you suggested, of and on while it cooled. I am so pleased!!!I can feel the wrinkles coming off my face! LOL I think I am going through mid-life crisis,I'm turning 50 next year, I have been so busy with my kids & family over the years, it just dawned on me I'm gonna turn 50! OMG! I need all the anti-aging stuff I can get. Thanks again

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 8:34AM
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Glad I could be of help. It sounds wonderful! I, too, have "older" skin, LOL, and I love the shea butter.

    Bookmark   December 31, 2005 at 12:27PM
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For a great lotion bar I add 4 ounces of cocoa butter, 4 ounces beeswax, 4-5 ounces of oil such as oilive, sunflower or sweet almond, 3 teaspoons of essential oil or fragrance oil and 1 cap. of vit 3. I let mine set for about a week after removing it from the mold and it's awesome, so great for the skin. Keep away from warm temperatures so it won't melt.

    Bookmark   January 14, 2006 at 9:34AM
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Sounds Wonderful, thanks for the tip. How do you package it? I've read where they package it in tins, but they are so expensive. I would like to make them to sell at the Farmer's Market, it's outdoors and gets hot. Think adding a little more wax would solve the melting issue?

    Bookmark   January 16, 2006 at 10:30AM
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yes water in things like this REQUIRES a preservative.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2006 at 11:35PM
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whay type of perservative do yo use and the amount
for lotions or butters with water in it

    Bookmark   December 11, 2006 at 12:45AM
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I don't make lotions and butters.
I use "butters" in lotion bars and lip balms.
But I don't make anything with water in it.

Brambleberry and Oregon Trails Soap Supply both have great informative sites.

    Bookmark   December 13, 2006 at 10:37PM
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For preservative - good preservatives for lotions and things of this nature are Germaben II and Phenonip. Only use .3 to 1.0% total in your product, depending on the weight of the lotion. You could also use PerForm, a paraben-free preservative.

    Bookmark   February 1, 2011 at 10:06PM
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Thank you for your helpful page! I am a first timer at at making body butter's & I am gathering supplies currently. Is 1 part liquid oil to 2 parts solid oils the approx. proportions for a basic recipe as mentioned by athena. Ingredients are costly & I would hate to waste them. This one question seems difficult to pin down, I want to make a larger batch to share & most recipes are all over the place with amounts. Also I have seen many recipes where they add cornstarch to make product less greasy, do you have any idea of how much to add, to say like 1/3 cup oil to 2/3 cup harder solids? Is there a really good book you could recommend? Also where to find a good lip gloss recipe? Much appreciation in advance? Thank you , Lola :)

    Bookmark   July 18, 2011 at 10:14AM
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