Cocoa Butter Whipped Body Butter Recipe
Today, we will be learning how to make a cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe. Within our formula, we will be working with a lot of wonderful ingredients! This batch, of course, will include Soap Making Resource's all-natural pure prime pressed cocoa butter, a naturally aromatic butter that has substantial antioxidant properties and a wonderful deep chocolate aroma. We will also be adding apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil to the batch. Our precise tried and tested ratio of cocoa butter to liquid oils will give your finished product that ever-important whipped body butter look and feel. Don't worry, all the details for creating this batch will be explained within this tutorial, complete with pictures for each vital step!
Below is a picture of our finished product. If only you can smell it through your screen!
Our cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe will be scented with a blend of peppermint essential oil and lime (distilled) essential oil. A pleasant and unique combination indeed! Plus, the deep chocolate aromatic back-notes produced from the natural cocoa butter used within this batch make the aroma of our finished product truly enticing and exotic. I absolutely love the scent of this finished product!
Finally, we will be adding a small portion of Rosemary Oleoresin Antioxidant to our cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe batch to give our finished product even more antioxidant properties.
Now, on with the recipe... Below is the exact formula that we will be using to complete our cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe:
- Cocoa Butter (Pure Prime Pressed) = 9 ounces
- Apricot Kernel Oil = 3 ounces
- Almond Oil, Sweet = 2 ounces
- Grapeseed Oil = 2 ounces
- Peppermint Essential Oil = 6 grams
- Lime (Distilled) Essential Oil = 5 grams
- Cornstarch = 2 teaspoons
- Rosemary Oleoresin Antioxidant = 5 drops
*All ounces are weight ounces, not liquid ounces
*All ingredients, aside from the cornstarch, are available to purchase at Soap Making Resource. Cornstarch can be found in your local grocery store.
The above cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe will make a 1 pound batch of finished product. Keep in mind, however, that you can easily multiply all ingredients evenly to expand the size of your batch.
Following is the full step by step detailed picture tutorial demonstrating exactly how to make Soap Making Resource's all natural cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe. As you will soon see, SMR's body butter recipe formula will produce a wonderful healing product that is both nourishing for the skin and delightfully aromatic. I hope you enjoy it!
Step 1) First, measure out 9 ounces of cocoa butter into a heat-safe container. For this step, it is important that you use a vessel to which you can safely apply heat to as we will need to melt down the cocoa butter.
As you can see in the picture above, I am measuring out my cocoa butter portion into a stainless steel stockpot. Alternately, you can use a large metal mixing bowl, large saucepan or even a heat-safe measuring cup to complete this step. Keep in mind that your container should be large enough to include the rest of the ingredients called for within this recipe and have plenty of extra room for splashing as we will be whisking all the ingredients together in a later step!
Step 2) Next, melt down the cocoa butter portion using a low and steady heat source.
You can use a double boiler method to gently melt the cocoa butter by placing your heat safe container into piping hot water. Alternately, if you measured out your cocoa butter portion into a stock pot or large saucepan, you can use a very low heat setting on your cooktop burner to slowly melt down this solid ingredient. Make sure that you only use a light heat and be sure to monitor the cocoa butter constantly as, with any oil or fat, cocoa butter is easily combustible.
Be sure to melt down the cocoa butter thoroughly until all chunks have dissipated. As SMR's pure prime pressed cocoa butter begins to melt, you will notice an incredible deep chocolate aroma begin to emanate throughout the room! This is one of the many benefits of working with this fine ingredient!
Step 3) While the cocoa butter is slowly melting, measure out your liquid oil portion. Our cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe formula calls for 3 ounces of Soap Making Resource's apricot kernel oil, 2 ounces of grapeseed oil and 2 ounces of sweet almond oil. Remember, these are weight measurements, not liquid measurements!
Step 4) At this point, your cocoa butter should be thoroughly melted. If so, remove it from your heat source. If the cocoa butter portion is not fully melted, allow it to remain on the heat source until the melting process has been completed.
Step 5) Now that each liquid oil portion has been successfully measured, pour them into the fully melted cocoa butter and gently mix all the ingredients together.
Step 6) While the base oils begin to cool, we are going to measure out our essential oil portions. For this batch, we will be creating a delightful essential oil blend using 6 parts Soap Making Resource's peppermint essential oil and 5 parts Soap Making Resource's lime (distilled) essential oil. Carefully measure out the 6 grams of peppermint essential oil and 5 grams of lime (distilled) essential oil that's needed for this batch to create the blend.
I like to initially measure out each essential oil portion into separate containers as you can see in the picture below.
I do this so that if I accidentally over measure one of my essential oil portions, I can easily remove the necessary amount of oil from the container using a pipette. Making a correction like this would not be possible if I was measuring the essential oils into one another as they would instantly combine together.
This cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe will create approximately 1 pound of finished product, therefore; our essential oil usage rate is 11 grams (approximately .388 ounce) per pound of body butter. This usage rate will cause your product to have a relatively strong aroma. If you want your body butter to have a more subtle scent, you can add as little as 4 grams (approximately .14 ounce) essential oil per pound of body butter or even less. Of course, you can also increase your essential oil usage rate if you desire a more robust aroma within your product. Just don't go overboard here as cocoa butter whipped body butter is a leave on product and you need to make sure that you are using an essential oil usage rate that is both safe and non-irritating for the particular essential oils that you decide to use.
Once you determine your preferred essential oil usage rate, if you decide to make a larger body butter batch, simply stick with your specific usage rate to allow each batch, regardless of size, to have a consistent aromatic quality!
Step 7) Next, combine the essential oils into one dish and add them to your cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe batch and gently mix them in.
Step 8) Now, add 5 drops of rosemary oleoresin antioxidant to your batch and gently mix it into the rest of the recipe components.
A little goes a long way when using this powerful antioxidant ingredient. Only 5 drops of rosemary oleoresin antioxidant per pound of body butter is necessary to achieve an effective rate within your finished product!
Not only will this important ingredient add extra beneficial antioxidant properties to your finished product, but it will also help extend the shelf life of your cocoa butter whipped body butter by preventing the oils within your batch from oxidizing prematurely!
Step 9) Next, we are going to add the 2 teaspoons of natural cornstarch to our body butter batch and thoroughly mix it into the rest of the ingredients.
The addition of cornstarch within your product is entirely optional. This ingredient is added to the batch in order to cause your finished product to be slightly less oily. Once again, this is a 1 pound cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe; therefore, we are adding cornstarch at the rate of 2 teaspoon per pound of product. If you are making a larger batch, and decide to add this optional ingredient, you can easily stick with this 2 teaspoon cornstarch to 1 pound body butter ratio as you expand the recipe.
Step 10) At this point all the ingredients called for within our cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe formula are fully incorporated into one container and lightly mixed together. We now need to cool the batch down. Surround the vessel that is holding your ingredients with ice, or carefully submerge the container into shallow ice water.
I highly recommend that you do use ice for this step. Cold tap water will not have a low enough temperature to rapidly cool the body butter mixture. Using only cold water, without ice, to cool your ingredients will drastically increase the amount of time needed to create this batch.
If you decide to submerge your container into ice water, or if the ice that you used to surround your vessel begins to melt, be sure to prevent the water from entering into the container that is holding your ingredients. It is best to add only enough water so that the container that's holding your ingredients is unable to float! I've learned from personal experience that if your container is submerged into too much water, it is very easy for it to tip over, allowing water to breach the lip of your ingredient container and ruin the batch.
Step 11) As your cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe ingredients are cooling, immediately begin whisking the concoction using an electric hand mixer.
As you can see in the picture above, I am using a whisk attachment, which I highly recommend, to accomplish this step. This tool works wonderfully for creating an ideal whipped body butter texture. If you do not have a hand mixer with a whisk attachment, you can alternately use a stick blender to mix your ingredients. Keep in mind, however, that stick blenders do not do as good of a job inserting air into the body butter ingredient mixture, which is essential for forming our desired whipped body butter look and feel.
It is important that you keep the container that houses your ingredients on ice while you are whisking the mixture. Our goal is to whisk all the ingredients together while the oils gradually solidify. This simultaneous effort will give your finished product a wonderful light whipped butter texture!
During formula testing for this tutorial, I left a whipped body butter batch for only a few minutes, only to come back to it being completely solidified. Once my batch became hard, it was impossible to whisk the ingredients to create my desired texture. Unfortunately, I had to re-melt the batch and start the cooling and whipping process all over. You don't want to make this same mistake!
Keep on continuously whisking the ingredients. As your batch cools, you will notice that the mixture will begin to thicken. Don't stop yet. Keep on mixing!
Eventually, the color of your mixture will begin to change from its original dark brown shade to a creamy white hue. You are officially getting closer!
Finally, almost spontaneously, the body butter batch will rapidly thicken and your final texture will become increasingly apparent. At this point, the entire batch will have a beautiful off white shade and the consistency of warm icing.
Still keep on mixing for several more minutes. You are almost there! During these final few minutes of mixing, the cocoa butter whipped body butter batch will continue to thicken, dramatically increasing the volume of your product.
Overall, this mixing process can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the starting temperature of your body butter batch.
Once you are satisfied with the consistency of your product and upon the determination that your body butter is no longer thickening, you can stop whipping the batch.
Step 12) Offer yourself a big "congratulations"! You have officially finished making your cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe batch. Our final step is to transfer the product into your cosmetic container of choice. You can do this by carefully scooping the body butter into your container.
Alternately, you can transfer the product into a heavy duty plastic bag, snip off a corner and pipette the body butter into your jars.
if you don't plan on using or selling your cocoa butter whipped body butter within the near future , you can refrigerate the finished product to extend its shelf life. Even without refrigeration, however, your new body butter creation should last several months or more.
Go ahead and try out your new antioxidant-rich creation! Just keep in mind that a little goes a very long way when it comes to using body butters effectively. Simply start off by applying only a small "pea sized" amount of body butter to your skin and then add more product as needed!
As you apply the body butter to your skin, your body heat will cause this product to almost instantly melt. This is perfectly normal! Gently massage the body butter into your skin. Immediately, all the nourishing ingredients within the body butter will begin to absorb and you will be left with soft, hydrated skin and the pleasure of a pleasant chocolate lime-mint aroma. Cocoa butter whipped body butter really is an incredible product that I think both you and your customers will enjoy and benefit from!
For some users, the initial application may feel a little bit oily, but our recipe was formulated with specific ingredients that absorb quickly and that won't leave a greasy residue. Keep in mind that natural body butters do have a very different feel than your typical synthetic, preservative-packed lotion that so many people are accustomed to using. For some, it may take a few tries to get used to! I personally prefer natural body butters over lotion for hydrating my skin, and I don't think I'm the only one! I have to say that body butters seem to be gaining in popularity out there on the market.
I hope you enjoyed this cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe tutorial. I also hope that it has helped you and your business! I truly believe that this cocoa butter whipped body butter recipe will be a hit with your friends, family and customers!