Body butters are luxurious, deeply moisturizing creams. In the department store you can expect to pay a premium for high quality body butter, but you can make an olive oil body butter right at home. Olive oil is wonderful for the skin inside and out--though it’s not recommended that you eat this olive oil body butter. The recipe makes eight ounces.
Items you will need
- ¼ cup distilled water
- ½ teaspoon borax – preferably cosmetic grade
- ½ cup organic, cold-pressed virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons organic, virgin coconut oil
- 3 tablespoons of vegetable wax – examples: carnauba or palm wax
- 20 drops of high quality essential oil – example: lemon balm or lavender essential oil
- Heavy duty whisk
- Heavy bottom pot
- Double boiler
- Sterilized 8 oz. jar
Simmer distilled water and borax in the heavy bottom pot just until borax has dissolved. Cover and remove from heat.
Add about an inch of tap water to the bottom of your double boiler and bring the water to a simmer. When water has reached temperature, add the olive oil, vegetable wax and the coconut oil to the top of the double boiler.
Whisk oils and wax mixture until melted. Remove pan from heat. Continue to gently whisk the olive oil mixture while adding the water and borax at a very slow drizzle. Whisk until water is well incorporated.
Continue whisking the olive oil body butter as it cools and increase whisking speed as it begins to thicken.
Add your essential oil fragrance to the olive oil body butter when the mixture feels slightly warm but not hot. Mix well until body butter reaches room temperature.
Spoon your new body butter into the sterilized jar and cover.
To prolong shelf life, keep the body butter from this recipe should be in the refrigerator. Use within 60 days.
Double or triple this recipe and give decorative containers of olive oil body butter as gifts. Be sure to give instructions on how to keep the body butter.
You may use an electric mixer in place of a whisk. Set the speed to low for the first part when incorporating water/borax mixture to the olive oil mixture. After about 5 minutes, when the body butter has thickened, increase speed to medium and continue mixing until body butter has cooled to room temperature.