While in the past “when I was younger” 😉 I felt inclined to buy expensive cosmetics, I have gotten rid of that habit after recognizing what is all in it and as well after having once been totally ill-adised by a Shiseido-Sales Lady (my skin took months to become itself again).
As I cannot get hold of the bee-product-creams I used for some time and my skin behaves different in summer and winter, I wanted something I can dose myself according to my needs.
After having initially used a Body-Butter from an online seller of soaps and beauty stuff, I have now started doing my own, as the online-shop has proved not to be reliable. In the end, it is extremely easy to make your own BodyButter or “BodyMelt” enabling me to control what goes into it.
After a couple of tests, try and error, I have found my preferred recipe but for sure it can be varied based on one’s preferences – I prefer to have not too much beeswax in it, so I try rather 3gr than 5gr (if it goes wrong, the mix will get a bit too soft, but is still fine for use). I do not use perfume, though you surely can do that. I don’t need any conservation as I simply work with fatty ingredients and do not have any water in the recipe.
So the standard recipe I use is:
- 50gr Cocoa butter (comes usually in lozenges)
- 30gr Mango butter (comes in a block)
- 3-5gr Beeswax (very small pastilles)
- 10ml almond oil (ensure brown bottles)
- 10ml grape seed oil (ensure brown bottles)
I keep all ingredients in my fridge to shield them from light and too hot temperatures in summer.
As I live in Germany, I order it from a German online trader “Dragonspice” and you would need to find yourself one in your country of residence. In addition I highly recommend to use proper laboratory glas ware for the creation (melting) and melting it on a proper stove in a proper pot. A good thermometer will be helpful to ensure it does not start cooking, as that would be too much heat. Definitly!
What else do you have to think of… not too much actually – don’t go crazy about all the do’s and don’ts and you must not overheat over 50° Celsius.
The problem is: Beeswax has a higher melting point than all other ingredients – so you need to have at least 60° Celsius to melt it (with that, your water in the pot where you have your lab glas in surely has around 70°Celsius) and when you add the other ingredients, you need to make sure, it is not getting to cold as it won’t mix with the other ingredients then. A lot of stirring is involved…
You see here the last struggle to melt the mango butter into the cocoa butter and beeswax
Before making my body melt, I pour boiling water over my silicone mould to have it as good as possible cleaned and impurities removed. I let it dry by itself to avoid bringing fresh impurities onto it and then start melting the bees wax in the laboratory glass that stands in hot water (not boiling water! I hardly ever go higher than 70° Celsius). When it has melted, I add the Cocoa Butter – melt it (don’t forget the stirring) then I add the mango butter (stirring) and the oil (stirring!). When everything in the fluid is clear, I pour it into the silicone mould (beware of the hot glas!).You can also use other forms, but I found the silicone the most easiest one – also to get the pieces out of it again..
Finally everything has become one liquid
Poured into the silicone mould
When you are done you need to WAIT.
…usually in my experience at least 24hours to have the Bodybutter cool down and dry. Once the blocks have become solid, you can also put them into the fridge to further cool down and become even more solid. In case you have not used enough bees wax, there is no other way than using the fridge, honestly. I already had that 😉
I keep the blocks in the fridge in any case, after taking them out of the silicone. You can store them in a plastic bag (use it only once) or a box that you can clean before the next use.
Working in a relatively clean environment is important – any impurity you have in the Bodybutter might cause infestation with mildew – that is also the reason why I do not want to have water in my mixture, as it makes it more vulnerable.
Last but not least – using it 🙂
The body melt really melts with your body heat so when you spread the small block over your skin, it melts. Depending on how much “thirst” you skin has, you can use more or less of it. Afterwards, as my skin needs lot of water as well, I pour a few drops of water from the tap into my hand and spread over my skin as well. Sometimes I cann see the mix of fat and water turning white, like a “normal” cream. Only that normal cream can contain crude oil, conservation, acids… what ever things I don’t want to have there and on my skin. I use my body butter also for my face, except for the eyes. Although I probably could.
Small pieces for easier use