…whipped body butter! Using a combination of just vegetable oils and essential oils, I’m now experimenting with blends that are luxuriant on skin without needing to rely on preservatives, stabilizers etc that are normally present in store-bought body butters.
I’ve been working hard at this–and the results are pretty exciting!
The key active ingredient that I’m including in my blends is cocoa butter–the lovely stuff that has a subtle yet rich scent, and does wonders for dry skin. I’m now figuring out how to balance the solid and liquid oils in order to come up with a smooth, easy to apply butter. Another challenge is finding the right amount of cornflour to add to the blend so as to help counter the greasiness in body butters that some may not be accustomed to.
So far I’ve made 1 batch, which I’ve reworked because it was too solid. I also added a cocktail of essential oils–geranium, citronella and lavender–in an attempt to make the butter act as a mosquito repellent for the kids. The blend seems to work on me! This evening I applied the body butter on my arms and legs before heading off to my in-laws’ (their place is teeming with mozzies, unfortunately), and instead of coming home covered in itchy bumps as usual, I have none to show for my visit! My husband still got bitten despite the body butter though. He reckons maybe his own body odour trumped the essential oils. :p
Next step–to apply the butter on the kids. First I want to make sure they don’t have an adverse skin reaction (it is possible for citronella to irritate sensitive skin), and only then will I concern myself with observing whether they escape being mozzie buffets. Fingers crossed that the butter passes both tests!
Will these eventually be for sale? Yes, that is my goal. So far I have been receiving great feedback on my soap, but to *really* give skin proper all-round care, moisturizing is the next logical step. Apart from getting the formulation just right, I am also in the midst of sourcing for responsible packaging. I would love to use round glass jars for my body butters, but they have been quite difficult to find locally. The desire to minimise my environmental footprint has me searching for locally-produced or locally-available stock–suffice to say, the hunt goes on for a suitable packaging solution.
Alright now, time for bed and a brand new week to breeze through.