Melt shea butter, cocoa butter and more for perfectly textured body butter!
Following a recipe is important when creating a product that you want to replicate.
But by understanding how to melt shea butter and other natural ingredients, you will be able to be more creative. There is no limit to the variety of custom auto body products you can make!
And you can use tools that you probably already have in your kitchen.
I’m going to share one of my most popular recipes and walk you through the process of merging shea butter with several other natural ingredients.without getting a grainy texture in your final product.
Let’s start with the recipe!
This melted shea butter recipe is from one of my most popular YouTube videos:
- 2 oz (56 g) cocoa butter (Theobroma cocoa)
- 2 oz (56 g) coconut oil (Cocos nucifera)
- 1 oz (28 g) beeswax (Cera flava)
- 1 oz (28 g) shea butter (Vitellaria paradoxa / Butyrospermum parkii)
You will also need some supplies:
- Three 2 oz (60 ml) glass jars
- Several small bowls (to measure your ingredients)
- Kitchen scale
- Glass stirrer (or stainless steel spoon)
- Pyrex Measuring Cup
- Pot that can contain Pyrex
The easiest way to melt shea butter is to make your own “double boiler”.
Fill your pot with about ¼ of water. Gently bring it to a boil. Place your Pyrex in the jar and hang the handle of the measuring cup over the rim of the jar. You might be surprised at how cool the handle stays when you melt your ingredients!
I will add the shea butter LAST, as it is heat sensitive. (This is one of the reasons that melted shea butter products can sometimes appear grainy when they solidify.)
(My body butter videos are usually only for Aromahead online students Body butters and lip balm classes, but i want to share this one for free. Knowing how to melt raw and natural butters is such an important part of the mix.)
Let’s add the natural ingredients one by one.
First, melt the beeswax.
Measure 1 oz (28 g) using a small bowl and your kitchen scale, and add it to the Pyrex measuring cup in your pot.
Beeswax adds firmness to the texture and helps keep other butters and oils mixed together.
The texture of your body butter depends on the ratio of beeswax to other butters and oils. In this mixture I am going for a smoother texture to spread, so the ratio is 5: 1 (5 parts natural butters and oils, to 1 part beeswax.) I also sometimes use 6 : 1 for an ultra-soft texture.
Let the beeswax melt, then …
Add the coconut oil.
Coconut oil can withstand a lot of heat, so you can add it to your Pyrex early in the melting process.
Add the cocoa butter.
Cocoa butter can also withstand heat. Add it to your Pyrex and stir while it melts, using your glass stirrer or the handle of your stainless steel spoon.
Add the shea butter.
As I mentioned, shea butter does not like high temperatures. It tends to get grainy if it gets too hot, then cools too slowly.
So you can either lift your Pyrex measuring cup off the heat before adding the shea butter, or you can simply remove your pan from the heat, stirring the mixture until all the pieces of shea butter are melted.
TIP: break your shea butter into small pieces before adding it to the Pyrex. Smaller pieces will melt faster.
That’s it for this recipe!
Pour your melted shea butter mixture into the glass jars and let cool. It should be completely cooled and solidified in just a few hours.
If you want to add essential oils, you can do so in several ways …
- Add a single mixture of oils to the entire batch of melted butter, after removing it from the heat.
- Add a unique blend of oils to each jar of melted butter after pouring it in, so you can customize them. Be sure to gently stir each jar with your glass stirrer.
- Leave the essential oils completely and keep your jars of body butter in stock. When you need a specific therapeutic mixture (maybe you want to make a muscle massage butter), simply melt your body butter and add the essential oils. It works great!
Melt other butters and natural oils
Suppose you want to substitute some ingredients and create a different recipe.
You can customize this blend for specific skin concerns or according to the ingredients you have available.
Just remember a few main points:
- The consistency of each ingredient – If you don’t have cocoa butter, replace it with something with a similar firm and thick texture. Kpangnan butter would work!
- How much heat he can take – For example, if you want to use rosehip seed oil in your product, treat it like shea butter and add it at the very end so that it doesn’t get exposed to a lot of heat.
- The therapeutic intention of your product – Want to make scar butter? Use tamanu oil instead of coconut oil. Or a joint care butter? Try the kombo butter!
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- Shea Butter
- Cocoa butter
- Kpangnan butter
- Trauma oil
- And more!
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