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How To Make Luxurious Body Butter

Updated on June 9, 2011

Easy Ingredients

Easy to make personal care products

I have an inexpensive recipe for body butter that is an intense 24-hour moisturizer that is completely natural and will leave your skin softened and smoother. It’s great for guys or women, and you can tailor the scent to your particular preference.

I use simple ingredients that are reasonably accessible in local stores, and a few containers that run anywhere from 1.7 to 4 ounces. You can reuse old containers that have been sterilized in the dishwasher.

Body Butter

  • 1 ounce beeswax
  • 3 ounces cocoa butter
  • ¼ cup of grapeseed, jojoba, almond or olive oil (choose your favorite)
  • 1 cup water, boiled
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E oil
  • Essential oil of your choice – add several drops until it smells the way you like. I used a mixture of lemon, orange and jasmine.

Melt the beeswax and cocoa butter at very low heat in a double boiler or saucepan. If you have an electric stove, you should definitely use the double boiler. A microwave can also be used, heating the two ingredients for 1 minute in a glass bowl.

Add the one cup of water, oil and vitamin E. Stir with a clean plastic spoon, and add the essential oil of your choice.

Tip: you can create a wonderful essence by steeping a gardener’s bunch of rosemary, or a couple bags of spiced tea in the boiled water. Remove the tea or rosemary with a sieve before adding to the melted beeswax and cocoa butter mix. It’s heavenly!

Let the mixture cool somewhat until it begins to coagulate. You can pop it into the fridge or freezer to speed this up.

Once it is starting to set, whip the mixture with your tool of choice. An electric hand mixer, a stick blender, or – my favorite – the Magic Bullet mixer. The latter turns this body butter into a whipped, emulsified mixture that I spoon or scoop into wide mouth containers.

I’ve had fun playing with different scents and different containers. Alternatives to the original recipe include switching the beeswax to vegetable-based emulsifying wax, or adding more or less of the cocoa butter and oils.

It’s a lot like cooking – you’ll find your favorite style and method after making a few batches. Your friends and family will be happy to receive any extra portions.

Melting the beeswax and cocoa butter

Melt it s-l-o-w-l-y on low heat. You can also use the microwave.
Melt it s-l-o-w-l-y on low heat. You can also use the microwave.

Get ready for mixing!

Mixing Options

Mix the ingredients as they cool with an electric beater  ---
Mix the ingredients as they cool with an electric beater ---
The other option is to whip it with a Magic Bullet mixer.
The other option is to whip it with a Magic Bullet mixer.

The Results!

Scoop the results into your favorite jars and enjoy!
Scoop the results into your favorite jars and enjoy!

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