How to Make Whipped Massage Butter
This massage butter has a light, whipped consistency like the very best buttercream frosting and is scented with a relaxing and refreshing blend of lavender and spearmint essential oils! The foundation of this cream is coconut oil which is a solid at room temperature but melts on contact with the skin into a beautiful oil that glides over the skin. Cocoa butter, shea butter and jojoba oil enrich this butter formula making it nourishing for the skin. You can substitute a different liquid oil for the jojoba oil, if you like, but do not substitute the other ingredients or it may change the consistency of this product.
The secret ingredient in this cream is emulsifying wax, NF which allows the cream to be easily rinsed off in the shower, if desired. It also helps the sheets to wash clean if you spill. Emulsifying wax, NF also makes this massage butter an excellent moisturizer to use after the shower as well. The water left on the skin will emulsify into an instant nourishing lotion. (Note: Do not substitute beeswax for the emulsifying wax in this product.)
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Yield: 3 x 8 oz Jars (4.4 oz / 125 g of product in each)
- Prep Time / Clean Up: 15 Minutes
- Perform Time: 1 Hour
- Total Time: 1 Hour, 15 Minutes
- Digital Scale
- Stand Mixer or Handheld Mixer
- Stand Mixer Bowl (or other heat proof mixing bowl)
- 1-2 qt Saucepan or Skillet
- Piping Bag w/ Large Star Tip (optional)
- Tall Drinking Glass or 1 qt Mason Jar (optional)
- Spray Bottle w/ 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Pipettes (for Essential Oils)
- Paper Towels
- Stovetop or Portable Burner
- 3 x 8 oz Plastic Jars
- 5 x White Lids
- 1.4 oz / 40 g Cocoa Butter, cut into chunks (10%)
- 4 oz / 112 g Shea Butter (28%)
- 1.4 oz / 40 g Jojoba Oil or liquid oil of your choice (10%)
- 5.6 oz / 160 g Coconut Oil (40%)
- 1.4 oz / 40 g Emulsifying Wax (10%)
- 0.22 oz / 6 g / 6 mL Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil (1.5%)
- 0.07 oz / 2g / 2 mL Spearmint Essential Oil
Before starting this tutorial please make sure to read all instructions. Spray work surface, utensils and mixing bowl with 70% isopropyl alcohol and wipe with paper towels. Use caution when handling heated oils. Use disposable pipets when dispensing essential oils. Do not place undiluted essential oils in plastic ware. Carefully weigh all ingredients before you start working.
Fill saucepan with 1-2 inches of water and bring to a simmer on stovetop.
Step 1 – Melt the Butters and Oils
Combine cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and emulsifying wax in the bowl of a stand mixer or other heatproof bowl.
Place bowl on top of saucepan with simmering water. Allow mixture to fully melt, stirring with spatula occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and place in freezer. Remove when a “crust” has formed, about 20 min.
Step 2 – Whip the butter
Whip scrub base at high speed until fully thickened and cooled, about 10 min. The mixture will form very soft peaks.
Return it to the freezer for another 5-10 minutes. Whip at high speed until it is very thick, like buttercream frosting. If it seems stiff, place it over the double boiler for a few seconds. (Don’t let it melt, or you’ll have to start over and completely remelt the base.) If it seems too soft, place it in the freezer for a couple of minutes.
Add essential oils. Whip briefly.
Step 3 – Pipe the butter
Spoon or pipe the butter into jars. To use a disposable piping bag, snip the tip of the bag with scissors and drop the tip into the bottom of the bag. Twist the end of the bag shut to prevent your product from leaking out while you fill the bag.
To fill the bag, place it in a tall drinking glass or mason jar. The jar of a blender also works well. Fold the cuff of the bag down over the edge of the glass. Scrape the massage butter into the piping bag. Twist the bag shut. Untwist the tip of the bag and squeeze to remove the excess air. Pipe the massage butter in the jars. Tap them firmly on the table and fill any remaining space at the top of each jar.
Label your jars and enjoy! For cleanup, wash all dishes with hot, soapy water. Alternatively, use the dishwasher with appropriate detergent.
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