Wednesday, March 11, 2015

How to - 2 Ingredient Body Butter with Wax and Oil


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 Perfection

To 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:
20% beeswax
80% oil


Oils

You 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.


Jojoba? 'Oil'? Excuse me?

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.


 Other Neutral-smelling Oils

  • sweet almond
  • apricot kernel
  • fractionated coconut oil
  • rice bran


Equipment List

  • Container for your body butter
  • Heatproof container
  • Accurate scale
  • stirrer

Ingredients

For this batch (a modest 55 ml), I used:
  • 10 grams beeswax
  • 40 grams jojoba
  • 3 drops e-vitamin





Method

  1. Weigh out your ingredients
  2. Add to heatproof container
  3. Place container on LOW heat and stir until melted
  4. remove from heat
  5. If using essential oils, add them now
  6. Stir
  7. Pour into container
  8. Let set (room temperature is fine, but you can pop it in the fridge if you like)
  9. Enjoy


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 Texture

Here'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 Fancy

Any 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)


More About Body Butters on this Blog

The Basics of Body Butter
Plant Butters - Hardness and Melting Points
10 Uses for Body Butter
2- ingredient body butter using butter and oil
How to make a super soft Body Butter

6 comments:

Signe said...

I use and make lots of this kind of salves, usually with some herb-infused oil. My mother loves them, and so do I. ;)

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely recipe! Could I use another wax such as olive or soy to achieve the same result?

Thank you,

Ayanda

Lise M Andersen said...

Hej Signe - Ooh I would love to hear more about your salves and how you make and use them.

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Ayanda - I'm not sure how other waxes will work, but if you want to try, start with a small portion and see how it behaves. I use an olive wax as an emulsifier, and have as yet to work with soy wax, so I'm afraid I cannot share any experiences in this particular use of these waxes.

Please drop a comment and let me know how it works for you if you give it a try!

Signe said...

Hej, Lise - if you find word "salvat" from my blog's right side, you can read about salves I've made. I think I haven't wrote about them all, but some at least...

Lise M Andersen said...

Hi Signe - I've just had a look - oh that tar salve looks interesting!! Thanks for sharing this!