I am very lazy when it comes to personal care, so I have slowly and steadily made my beauty routine as simply as possible. So for moisturiser I have come down to the most simple ingredient I possibly could – oil! The other day though, I felt inspired and whipped up a batch of Mango and Kokum whipped body butter, and it did feel just a little more pampering than my usual oil routine. It is also insanely easy to make, so I thought I would give you a little post on how to make your own custom body butter.
What is Body Butter
Body butter is a mix of butters and oils. Butters are usually solid or soft with a very smooth feel on the skin. In India Mango Butter and Kokum butter are probably the most commonly known butters, but there are also less known butters such as Sal Butter and Mowrah Butter. Internationally Shea butter and Cocoa butter are widely used in a wide range of personal care product. Oils added to body butter can be divided into two categories – soft oils and semi-hard oils. Soft oils are oils that are liquid at all times, and semi hard oils will turn solid at certain temperatures. The most common semi-hard oil is Coconut oil, but Palm as well turns solid at some temperatures. Typically I mix 1-2 butters with 1 soft oil and 1 semi-hard oil, and then play around with the quantities according to the season. Let me explain.
The trick in making body butter in India (or any place with large changes in temperature), is to take the seasons into consideration. In winters you need less butter and semi hard oil to make a beautiful whipped body butter, and in summers you need more. This ensures your butter stays fluffy rather than stone hard or super soft. So I follow these guidelines to make my body butter:
Medium – early and late summer:
- 25% Semi-hard oil
- 25% soft oil
- 50% butter
Warm – summer:
- 75% butter
- 25% soft oil or Semi-hard oil (at this temperature it won’t make a difference if its soft or semi hard)
Cold – winter:
- 50% butter
- 50% soft oil
- 25% butter
- 25% semi-hard oil
- 50% soft oil
When you decided you’re quantities, its time to decide what you want to put inside. I will write some basic recipes for inspiration, where you can switch up whatever you feel like to make it your own. 4 parts represents 25% each.
Mango-licious Body Butter
- 2 part Mango butter
- 1 part Coconut oil
- 1 part Sweet almond oil
- Grapefruit & Peppermint essential oil
Koko-tastic Body Butter
- 1 part Kokum butter
- 1 part Mango butter
- 1 part Alkanet infused Coconut oil
- 1 part Safflower oil
- Lavender essential oil
How to make it
- Measure your ingredients out in grams, and gather them in a double boiler.
2. When everything is melted, set it apart and let it harden. You can speed up the process by putting it in the fridge.
3. When it has hardened, whip it with a whisk like you would whipped cream. It will soften and then start becoming fluffy. Add your essential oils until it has the scent you want. Now voila!
Keep in a jar in a cool place. I don’t usually keep mine in the fridge but it’s an option, if you’d like your body butter to last longer. Since this is for personal use I don’t put any preservatives, and have never needed it as long as its used within a few months time. Though, I recommend that If you’re intending to sell you should do your research on preservatives and stabilisers to taken an informed call on this.
Note: Shea and Cocoa butter makes excellent body butters. My selection is purely about local availability.