We're going to be making a lot of body butter around here in just a tick, so I thought it might be an idea to do a quick run-down of some of the plant butters worth considering.
There's a world of fabulous butters to choose from, so there's no need to limit yourself. Depending on the consistency, feel, and properties you are looking for, you can create your own perfect body butter.
Each butter has its own properties, melting point, scent, and feel. A butter is often characterized as hard, semi-hard etc. I have sectioned a few butters below by hardness (some of the upcoming recipes will specify a certain amount of 'hard' or 'soft' butter). This chart will hopefully be useful (and maybe even inspirational) for you.
Butter ChartBelow: a quick overview of skin-loving plant butters and their approximate melting points. If the name has a link, it's to a post about that butter on this blog, or there's a profile to be found on that butter at Susan's blog: Point of Interest.
HARD BUTTERSCocoa - 34˚C - 37˚C
Illipe - 38˚C - 40˚C
Kokum - 38˚C - 41˚C
Murumuru - 27˚C - 37˚C
SEMI HARD BUTTERSCupucacu - 32˚C - 36˚C
Sal - 35˚C - 38˚C
Tucuma - 28˚C - 36˚C
SEMI SOFT BUTTERSKpangnan - 35˚C
Mango - 35˚C
SOFT BUTTERSShea - 25˚C - 30˚C
NOTE: These are not real butters, but oils that are (generally) solid at room temperaturePalm Kernel - 28˚C - 30˚C
Coconut - 24˚C
Next up: We make a 2-ingredient body butter!