This body butter recipe is 100% natural. It is made entirely of oils with no water added, excluding the need for preservative. The addition of Vitamin E helps to prevent rancidity. Extra jars can be store in the refrigerator to prolong the shelf life.
10 ounces soy wax (like soy candles are made from)
1 ounce castor oil
1 ounce shea butter
16 ounces olive oil
1.5 ounces sweet almond oil (or oil of choice)
1 teaspoon Vitamin E
30 drops lavender essential oil
25 drops palmarosa essential oil
15 drops bergamot essential oil
Melt the soy wax and shea butter together. Have the olive oil, sweet almond and the castor oil blended together in a large mixing bowl while waiting for the soy-shea oils to melt.
When the soy wax and shea butter have melted, pour into bowl with liquid oils and blend with emulsion blender (also known as a stick blender) You may use a regular hand blender, such as used for making cakes, but be aware that if your bowl is not deep enough you just might be repainting the kitchen when the oils splatter on the wall.
It will take a while for the mixture to cool enough for it to begin to thicken. Don’t bother with burning up the motor in your stick blender by trying to blend the entire time. Going back to the mixture every few minutes for more blending is just fine. During this watch-and-wait game, this is the time to add your essential oils and vitamin E, then proceed with blending.
You are waiting for it to thicken up to the consistency of runny pudding. If it is jarred before it reaches the thickening stage, the body butter may separate, creating a layer of oil on top of the hard oils. When it reaches that pudding point, it will thicken up very quickly and needs to be poured into your jars.
Makes approximately seven, 4-ounce jars.
Note – if the mixture becomes too thick to pour into jars, you can either spoon it into the jars or slightly begin to remelt, mix and pour again.