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Mon Sep 05, 2005 4:26 pm      Reply with quote
Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone has any tips on making body butters. I have been trying but they never seem to work. Last nite i tried to make one using: 1 tbsp shea butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp cocoa butter
1 tbsp apricot kernal oil
Then i tried to whisk it using the hand held stick blender but wouldnt change so put it all in the blender. Oh and i added some corn starch. Well it stayed runny after blending it all nite and then i ended up putting it in a container and it was solid this morning. I have read that it should form stiff peaks like egg white before you put into its container.
If anyone has any tips on this i would be really greatful,
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Melissa. Very Happy
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Tue Sep 06, 2005 2:28 am      Reply with quote
hmm not tried but have thought you may be using too much oil?
I always use proper coconut 'oil' which is a solid at room temperature and not the treated oil which stays like regular oil.

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Tue Sep 06, 2005 9:12 am      Reply with quote
When I make body moisture bars, I do equal quantities of shea and cocoa with some grapeseed oil. I leave mine overnight to harden off. I'd avoid adding things like starch in future because if the consistancy isn't right, then you can always warm and add either cocoa or a liquid oil depending on what you want. If you want to have a 'fluffy' mix, then I think (but not sure) that you can also add some water instead of more liquid oils.

You could also try beating when the mix is nearly set. I have to do this to my scrub bars and body scrubs or all the grits settle in the bottom.

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Tue Sep 06, 2005 3:51 pm      Reply with quote
I saw in some books the use beeswax as emulsifier. In the UK, I found Neal Yard book offers a step by step guidance on how to make your own cream or lotion.
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Tue Sep 06, 2005 4:05 pm      Reply with quote
Thank you for your tips. I will try to make it again using beeswax and some water. Yes the coconut oil i used was the solid stuff, it looks nice enough to eat!!
It is so frustrating when you spend ages trying to get it right and it just wont work!
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Ps: thanks sarah i will look out for that book u mentioned.
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Wed Sep 07, 2005 10:57 am      Reply with quote
Hi Melissajane,

I just found the book, here is the recipe for

cream:
2 tsp beeswax
2,5 tsp cocoa butter
2 tsp sweet almond oil
1 tsp wheatgerm oil
3 tsp spring water
0,5 tsp emulsifying wax
few drops essential oils

balm:
2 tsp beeswax
3 tsp almond oil
1 tsp wheatgerm oil
2 tsp herb tincture or spring water
few drops essentials oils

Good luck! Hope you will enjoy your homemade products.
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Wed Sep 07, 2005 8:20 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks Sarah Jones for those recipes. That is really helpful. I will attempt to make them on the weekend and let you know how i go!! I have got the hang of making lotions with oil, water and emulsifying wax but butters are just so hard.
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