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Old 02-04-2021, 07:41 AM
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tropit- this is a basic recipe. I use what I have on hand. For a carrier oil I usually use Jojoba. Also I sometimes use Coconut oil ( solid, not fractionated) I've also used Orange butter, whatever you want really. Love orange or mango butter.

  • 1/4 cup Shea butter unrefined/crude or refined (41g)
  • 1/4 cup Mango Butter or Cocoa Butter * (41 g mango butter or 34g cocoa butter)
  • 1/4 cup Carrier Oil ** (42g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Arrowroot flour optional*** (5g)
  • 36 drops Essential Oil optional****

Instructions

  1. Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Place the butters in the glass bowl, and allow them to fully melt.
  2. If you're planning to use arrowroot flour in your body butter, in a small bowl, whisk the flour into the carrier oil. Set the mixture aside. If you're not using arrowroot flour, skip this step.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl (and melted butters) from the heat source. Add the oil (with the arrowroot flour, if using), and stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. At this point, the oil mixture should be cooler (along with the bowl). If not, allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to solidify (about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on location in the fridge and fridge temperature).
  5. Once the mixture is opaque and a bit firm (not solid as a rock), remove the bowl from the fridge. Add the essential oil of choice, if desired.
  6. If you used cocoa butter in your body butter, then whisk the mixture with a fork until it appears "whipped." If you used shea and/or mango butters in your body butter, then you can use the same technique with a fork, or use a stand mixer to "whip" the mixture.
  7. Scoop the body butter into a jar with a lid. Place the lid on the jar. Store the body butter at room temperature (out of sunlight). This mixture should last about six months, if bacteria isn't introduced to the mixture via dirty hands.

To Use:

  1. After bathing, apply a small amount of body butter to your fingertips, and then massage the butter on your skin/body. Apply as needed.
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I don't know why the beginning came out so large!

Please note: homemade body butters are greasier than store bought. A little goes a long way. Your skin will love it.
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Old 02-04-2021, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by WMUTeach View Post
Just subscribed to this thread. Boy oh boy a boon to my interests to combat dry skin and hair. Started with a humidifier but there are days when my skin hurts because it is so dry! Some good natural "home grown" products will please me to no end.

Topit, your chemistry story is a gem and beats mine all away around the block. I had a high school lab partner who was popular and charming and a sloth that did little on team projects. I eventually complained to the teacher and the student teacher who was teaching that particular unit that I was doing all of the work while he was getting credit for it. The very astute student teacher assured me that she was aware of who was really doing the work and who was being carried along for the ride. I got the "A" and guess who did not. As I recall, that was the first time I stood up for myself and the victory was sweet!!
Kitchen chemists unite!
Yeah!!! Glad to hear your story and to know that I was not the only one. Thanks! I did the same thing. I told the TA about his harassment and lack of contribution. The TA figured it out. I got an A- and my partner failed. I think the minus was because I flubbed the last experiment, but was sure worth it!
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Old 02-04-2021, 10:53 AM
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Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post

tropit- this is a basic recipe. I use what I have on hand. For a carrier oil I usually use Jojoba. Also I sometimes use Coconut oil ( solid, not fractionated) I've also used Orange butter, whatever you want really. Love orange or mango butter.

  • 1/4 cup Shea butter unrefined/crude or refined (41g)
  • 1/4 cup Mango Butter or Cocoa Butter * (41 g mango butter or 34g cocoa butter)
  • 1/4 cup Carrier Oil ** (42g)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Arrowroot flour optional*** (5g)
  • 36 drops Essential Oil optional****

Instructions

  1. Place a glass bowl on top of a saucepan partially filled with water over medium heat. Place the butters in the glass bowl, and allow them to fully melt.
  2. If you're planning to use arrowroot flour in your body butter, in a small bowl, whisk the flour into the carrier oil. Set the mixture aside. If you're not using arrowroot flour, skip this step.
  3. Carefully remove the bowl (and melted butters) from the heat source. Add the oil (with the arrowroot flour, if using), and stir to combine the ingredients.
  4. At this point, the oil mixture should be cooler (along with the bowl). If not, allow it to rest for a few minutes. Then place the mixture in the fridge and allow it to solidify (about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on location in the fridge and fridge temperature).
  5. Once the mixture is opaque and a bit firm (not solid as a rock), remove the bowl from the fridge. Add the essential oil of choice, if desired.
  6. If you used cocoa butter in your body butter, then whisk the mixture with a fork until it appears "whipped." If you used shea and/or mango butters in your body butter, then you can use the same technique with a fork, or use a stand mixer to "whip" the mixture.
  7. Scoop the body butter into a jar with a lid. Place the lid on the jar. Store the body butter at room temperature (out of sunlight). This mixture should last about six months, if bacteria isn't introduced to the mixture via dirty hands.

To Use:

  1. After bathing, apply a small amount of body butter to your fingertips, and then massage the butter on your skin/body. Apply as needed.
Thank you, thank you!

Orange butter? Mango butter? I've not heard of those. Please explain.

What does the arrowroot powder do?

I need to go shopping for the ingredients. I have some, but not all. Oh...I'm so excited!!!
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Old 02-04-2021, 06:38 PM
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You can get orange or mango butter anywhere that sells these types of products. I know I've gotten some from Amazon but there are many other places. They are made from oranges/ mangoes. Lovely products!
My favorite part is when you whip it. So much fun to make! Just be sure that you let the mixture get opaque in the fridge before you get out your mixer.
Arrowroot powder is to make it less greasy. I don't always use it- it's optional. As I said "a little body butter goes a long way". My sister is addicted to these butters and she's super picky about such things. I use different essential oils depending on my mood.
The last batch I used lemon and grapefruit essential oils and we loved it.
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