Body butter can be a luxurious way to moisturize dry skin. Commercially produced body butter is often made with chemicals that are products of the petrochemical industry. If you prefer to treat your skin with a moisturizer that is derived from natural products, you can search for organic body butter. Another avenue is to make your own. Making your own will allow you to control all of the ingredients and adjust the recipe to your particular skin type. It will also allow you to customize the scent to your liking.
Most body butters are based on a recipe that includes some form of plant butter, such as coco butter, mango butter or Shea butter. Oils, such as jojoba oil, are often added for the silky feeling. There are many combinations that can be made. Pure essential oils are used for scent. A good starter recipe for whipped body butter is 1 and 1/3 cups of ultra refined Shea butter, 1/2 cup of olive oil, 1 tsp.of Vitamin E oil and 1/2 oz. of essential oil of your choice. Place the Shea butter in a double boiler and melt slowly. When melted add the olive oil and stir. Let cool for 30 minutes and add the Vitamin E and essential oil. Use a hand mixer to whip until it has a consistency like whipped cream. If it is not setting up, chill it in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Store in a wide mouth container with a lid. Other butters can be substituted in this recipe.
Jojoba oil is widely used in cosmetics and is often added to body butter. Its chemical structure is very similar to that of the oils in human skin. It is the most readily absorbed plant based oil. Jojoba oil is helpful in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It has antibacterial properties. It has been used by Native Americans on the skin for centuries according to the University of Wisconsin. A simple body butter recipe using it would be 10 oz. of ultra refined Shea butter (by weight), 3/4 cup of jojoba oil, 2 tsp. of corn starch and 20 drops of essential oil in your choice of fragrance. Melt the Shea butter in a double boiler until it liquefies. Remove from heat and add the jojoba oil, corn starch and essential oil. Place the pan into a bowl of ice water to chill. Do not let the water go over the sides. Beat with an electric hand mixer until peaks form. The corn starch gives it a less greasy feel.
Many other oils are added to body butter. Coconut oil adds a soft coconut scent to the mix. Almond oil is know for the luxurious feel it imparts to lotion and butter. Grapeseed, soy and avocado oils are also popular choices. They can all be substituted in the above recipes.
References and ResourcesUniversity of Wisconsin for more about alternative field crops