Battle of the Body Butters

SORRY I've been so hit and miss the last few weeks... I'll totally tell you why in a future post.

Today's projects are 3 great recipes for homemade body butter. I make 'em and then put them head-to-head to see which is the most cost and time effective as well as feels the best on your raggedy mitts! Also, just to plug a thing I'm in love with... Brambleberry! I buy all of my soap and body product making ingredients from them and I can't say enough good things about their customer service and the great prices on their high-quality products. So go buy things from them and support awesome small business! 

Before we get to excited, feel free to refresh yourselves on the post I wrote about the importance of cleanliness in body product makin' as well as previous how-to's (here and here) regarding melting and cleaning up oils and butters.

Rosemary Citrus Body Butter

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Ingredients:

  • 1tbs citrus zest (I used orange, but feel free to experiment!)
  • 3tbs honey
  • 1-1/2c coconut oil
  • 5-10 drops rosemary essential oil (to taste... I like to pair the bright citrus with a musky herbal like rosemary)
  • An airtight container (pre-sanitized)
  • Hand or stand mixer w paddle attachment

Step 1-- Combine zest, honey, and coconut oil in a bowl and whip together with the paddle attachment in the stand mixer (or with hand mixer) for approximately 5 minutes. At first I tried the whisk attachment to whip some air into the oil and make it light and fluffy but the oil mostly collected in the middle of the whisk so I switched to the paddle. 

 

Step 2-- Add the essential oil and fold it in either with a spatula or mix a few more moments with the stand mixer.

Step 3-- Scoop into the sanitized airtight container and enjoy! 

Tips: I suggest keeping it at room temperature so the coconut oil doesn't get too hard or too melty, and due to the lack of extensive preservatives, I'd use it within 6-12 months. A note on sanitization, I use your basic baby-bottle sanitization process. An added step, but very imporant! Heat water in a pot with lid to boiling while washing the container with soap and hot water. Once the water boils, drop the container into water with tongs. Allow to boil for full 5 minutes, then remove from the water and allow to dry on clean towel or dish drainer.

 

And now on to the second contender...

Whipped Vanilla Body Butter!

Ingredients:

  • 4oz (or 1/2c) cocoa butter
  • 4oz (or 1/2c) shea butter
  • 4oz (or 1/2c) coconut oil 
  • 4oz (or 1/2c) almond oil
  • 1tsp vitamin E oil
  • 1/4tsp vanilla extract (or any other scent you prefer!)
  • An airtight container (pre-sanitized...DO IT)

Step 1-- Measure cocoa butter, shea butter and coconut oil with kitchen scale or measuring cups. Heat in a double boiler (or jar) until completely melted.

Step 2-- Pour into the bowl of stand mixer and fold in almond oil, vitamin E and fragrance. (Or, because I am obsessed with my new immersion blender and want to try it on this) Pour almond oil, vitamin E and fragrance into jar.

Step 3-- Allow to chill in the fridge for a few hours. It should firm up somewhat but not completely harden.

Step 4-- Once cooled, use either your stand mixer with the paddle attachment or awesome immersion blender until you achieve a smooth, whipped texture. Scoop into an airtight container.

Tips: This recipe should keep very well in a dark place at room temperature for 6-12 months. If you plan on using this on your little ones, make sure the scents you use are safe for them, like lavender essential oil. 

 

And finally!

Simple Whipped Shea Butter

Ingredients:

  • 7oz Shea butter (cut into chunks)
  • 2.5oz Coconut oil
  • 3ml of any fragrance oil (I used lemongrass and lavender) 
  • Optional vitamin E oil
  • Stand or hand mixer
  • Air-tight container

Step 1-- Measure ingredients by weight using a kitchen scale

Step 2-- Combine shea butter and coconut oil in stand mixer with whip attachment on medium speed

Step 3-- Slowly add fragrance and vitamin E oil while mixer runs, continue to whip for 5-6 minutes

Step 4-- Scoop butter into (SANITIZED, no kidding!) airtight container

 

BETA TESTER RESULTS

Orange Rosemary (under $10)

Pros

  • Simple & easy!
  • Uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen
  • Stays light and fluffy
  • Super-moisturizing

Cons

  • Needs water to achieve the hand-feel that I really wanted out of a body butter, would maybe be best as a shower moisturizer or shave-cream
  • Leaves little zestys behind if you aren't using it in the shower

Whipped Vanilla (under $20)

Pros

  • Easy to do, without too much cleanup
  • SUPER moisturizing, creamy and thick
  • Smells fantastic, even without added fragrance
  • Some of the ingredients are grocery store available, others would need an online order or specialty store. All still very easy to come by.

Cons

  • Oilier than I would like until it absorbs. This might be corrected with less of the coconut or almond oil.
  • Includes specialty ingredients like shea and coco butters that you many not already have at home.

Simple Shea (under $15)

Pros

  • Lovely hand-feel, very creamy & thick
  • Great basic recipe
  • Easy to do with not a lot of cleanup
  • Kid-friendly process and useage
  • Ingredients are fairly easy to come by, if you don't already have them in your kitchen

Cons

  • Oilier than expected, so it takes some time to absorb
  • Solidifies slightly due to coconut oil
  • The amount of fragrance was too much for me, I would do less fragrance in the future with this recipe. Somehow I always forget that I can always add more smell but can't take it out... GAH Don't be like me, kids.

The Verdict

I think my favorite was the Whipped Vanilla, even though it was the most expensive, though I will admit that I did not break those prices down to a per ounce used which would probably change the cost. I was told there was no math in crafting? That's probably wrong... Back on the point! It stayed light and fluffy and gave me the over-all feel I was looking for despite the oiliness. However, all of the recipes are great (no stinkers here!), pretty easy to put together and could work for your body! I would also love to hear any pro tips anyone out there on the interwebs has for making body butter even MORE AWESOME. 

 

Don't forget to hit me up on the interwebs with questions or suggestions and show me your best body butter test with the hashtag #BettyBetaTester