Body Butter

Making your own body butter is easier than you think! Here’s what you’ll need.

  • Shea butter 1cup
  • Melted Beeswax 1/2 cup
  • Aloe vera 1 cup
  • Vegetable glycerin 1/3 cup
  • Jojoba oil 3 tbsp
  • Essential oil / oils of your choice 15-20 drops

I tend to measure with my heart. So, don’t stress getting everything exact. This recipe makes enough to fill three 8oz jars.

If you want you can substitute coconut oil for shea butter. If you don’t have jojoba oil you can use whatever oil you have on hand or whatever you like. Rose hip oil, sunflower oil ,almond oil…

  • Double boiler
  • Another pot
  • Two mixing bowls
  • Whisk
  • Thermometer
  • Clean up cloths – they will be sacrificed to the wax.

Get started by melting your shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler (or a big pot with a smaller pot or bowl inside of it).  Be sure to keep your temp under 170°. At 170° beeswax will begin to burn.  I stay safe under 160°. 

In a separate bowl mix your aloe and vegetable glycerin. I like to put this bowl in a pot of hot water just to get it warm. You get a bit more time to work if all your ingredients/bowls are warm…

Once your wax and shea is melted, slowly add in your aloe and glycerin combo while whisking.  You’re going for an emulsification. If you pour too fast and it separates it is no big deal, you can fix it later. Once it is all combined keep whisking. Alot. Then whisk some more. If you notice that the wax starts to cool before it is fully mixed in just put the whole thing back on the heat and keep whisking. I suppose you could use an electric mixer but where’s the fun in that?!? Hard work is how you add your love! Whisk it, whisk it good!

As you can see in the picture, my wax needed a bit more melting.

It should be looking pretty creamy at this point. Go ahead and add jojoba oil. Now, you can either add essential oils to all of the body butter at once or you can split it up in jars first. I like to do different scents for each jar.

If the wax and aloe separate after the body butter is poured into the jar just put the lid on and shake it. Here is a pic of one jar that is separating and another that I have already shaken.

That’s it! You can expect the body butter to stay good for at least 3 months.

When it’s time to clean up it will be easier if things are hot.

Wipe bowls out while they’re hot! Put them in a pot of water on the stove if you need to to get the wax all melty again. For utensils, wrap them in a cloth and put them in a vegetable steamer. All the wax will melt into the cloth. Once a cloth has been used for wax it can only be used for wax from now on. Or compost the cloth.

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