Ingredients to Make Body Butter

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Ingredients to Make Body Butter
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Body butter is a great way to moisturize your skin. The thick and rich body butter melts into your skin due to your body temperature. Body butter works well to treat very dry skin. Making body butter at home is a good idea if you have sensitive skin because you can control what goes in it.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup shea butter
  • 1/4 cup soft oil (jojoba, rice bran oil, or fractionated coconut oil)
  • 1 to 2 tbsp. corn starch (optional)
  • Fragrance as desired (optional)
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Small sterile container
  • Electric beaters or whisk

Melt the shea butter in the microwave using short bursts until it is slightly soft. It should be the consistency of room temperature butter.

Whip the shea butter with an electric mixer on low speed.

Add in the soft oil, slowly, while still mixing.

Add the corn starch. Corn starch helps absorb the grease.

Add some fragrance. Usually, 1 or 2 teaspoons is enough.

Whip the body butter until you have a consistency that you are happy with. Spoon into an airtight container and enjoy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute mango butter or any other solid butter for shea butter. Try a combination. Cocoa butter by itself is too brittle for body butter. Try it combined with other softer butters.
  • Do not melt to a liquid because it may become grainy. If it is melted too much, place it in the freezer until it firms up. Too much air in the butter may cause it to fall. Use caution when walking in bare feet just after using body butter on your feet. They will be slick until it soaks in, so try wearing a pair of cotton socks.

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