Butter Therapy - The Basics of Body Butter
Butter therapy. It sounds a little like nuturing care, love, and mamma's gentle touch all rolled into one, don't you think?
In keeping with this years 'back to basics' theme, we're going to be taking an up-close and personal look at body butter.
By dissecting its components and and getting acquainted with what each ingredient brings to the mix, it actually becomes quite easy to create your own body butter formulas. By the time we're finished, you're going to be a veritable body-butter making whiz!
Butter - Say the NameSpeaking from an ingredients standpoint, a body butter is a mere hop, skip, and jump away from a lotion bar. If you've ever made a lotion bar, you'll feel right at home making body butter. The ingredients are pretty much the same – it's just a question of proportions.
And speaking of ingredients...
There are a many companies out there selling 'body butter', but when you look at the ingredients list, the very first listed ingredient is water.
It would appear a few companies have missed the memo.
By the very nature of its name, body butter is anhydrous.
I mean, check the name: Body BUTTER.
Is there even the slightest indication that water, hydrosol, or anything else water-based belongs in there?
I rest my case.
So, What's in Body Butter?There are 3 basic ingredients in body butter
And if you really want to get minimalistic, you can even cut back to 2 ingredients:
- oil & wax
- oil & butter
Even with only 2 ingredients, a body butter can be the most fabulous moisturiser you've ever used - melting in easily and leaving your skin silky smooth without the slightest trace of greasy feel. (yes, really)
Because there are so many wonderful butters and oils to choose from, the possibilities are truly vast.
As for waxes: most of my experimenting with waxes has been limited to the various types of beeswax (filtered, unfiltered, organic etc etc), but maybe we will try out a few alternative waxes by the time we're finished with this series.
Is That It?Yup, that's pretty much it. You can keep it simple or get as fancy as you like. It is easy to add actives, scents and other extras – as long as they are oil based.
A couple of examples of extras:
- e-vitamin (retards rancidity)
- essential oils for scent and for special purposes (like a calming, relaxing massage butter)
- macerated herb oil for special purposes (like a soothing balm to aid healing)
- spice-infused oil for scent and special purposes (like a muscle-warming mix)
We're going to take a quick look at some different butters and their melting points in preparation for our first body butter how-to.