This fail-safe body butter can be done in a flash and needs only 2 ingredients. It's perfect for beginners and won't even think of breaking your budget.
But don't be fooled.
Just because it's inexpensive and a snap to make, don't think this body butter won't be the most fabulous skin-loving balm for hands, cuticles, feet, dry patches, elbows, or lips that you've ever tried.
Prepare to get hooked on your own body butter!
This basic formula works beautifully as is, but can also be 'fancied up' to your hearts content.
Are you ready ?
Let's get started!
Texture PerfectionTo get the consistency 'just so' with a 2-ingredient body butter, the main challenge is achieve enough body to stay solid without being too stiff to get out of the container, yet soft enough to easily scoop out and smooth on to skin.
And these proportions will provide you with just that:
OilsYou can use any carrier/vegetable oil you like. For this batch, I wanted a neutral oil so the honey-rich scent of beeswax could shine through.
I chose jojoba for the job.
OK, if you want to get technical, jojoba is not really an oil. Its chemical composition places it in the wax category, so if you choose jojoba to make this body butter, you are technically making an all wax body butter.
Jojoba? 'Oil'? Excuse me?
Other Neutral-smelling Oils
- sweet almond
- apricot kernel
- fractionated coconut oil
- rice bran
- Container for your body butter
- Heatproof container
- Accurate scale
IngredientsFor this batch (a modest 55 ml), I used:
- 10 grams beeswax
- 40 grams jojoba
- 3 drops e-vitamin
- Weigh out your ingredients
- Add to heatproof container
- Place container on LOW heat and stir until melted
- remove from heat
- If using essential oils, add them now
- Pour into container
- Let set (room temperature is fine, but you can pop it in the fridge if you like)
Tip: Always weigh your ingredients! Oil is lighter than water and doesn't 'translate' from ml to grams the way water does. To weigh oil, place a container on the scale, set the scale to 0, then add oil until the desired weight is reached.
Here is the mixture right after I poured it. I decided to try it out as a lip balm as well and filled a container. It set quite quickly as you can see here.
Tip: Wipe excess product from your heatproof container with paper towel while it is still warm. This will easily remove product that will otherwise do its darndest to clog up your pipes and cost you thousands in plumbing repairs. You're welcome.
The Yummy TextureHere's a peek at this butter after a period of use. At room temperature, it remains soft, spreadable and that honey-rich scent keeps me coming back for more.
It's a hit!
PS: When I write room temperature, I am referring to 19°-22° C / 66° - 71° F.
Getting FancyAny of the following elements can be incorporated to tailor this formula to your needs. Remember to subtract from the oil when you add anything. For example, if you add 5 grams of herb-infused oil, use 5 grams less of the other oil you are using.
- essential oils of choice (max 20 drops pr. 100 ml of product). Depending on the oil, 20-27 drops of essential oil equals 1 gram
- Herb-infused oils (replace all or part of the oil)
- Spice-infused oils (replace all or part of the oil)
- Oil-based Herbal extracts (for example: carrot, calendula, arnica)
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