I created this as a few of you have asked for an emulsified body butter. I wanted one that I’d enjoy using, so have made it from some of my favourite ingredients. If you aren’t a fan of the ones I’ve chosen then you can swap them out.
The video to go with this is a bit different, as I’ve had some requests for more ASMR, so I’m doing this with no voice-over or music, just the sounds of making the product. The purpose of an emulsified body butter is to have a less greasy, lighter feeling product than an anhydrous body butter. It is thicker than a lotion and cream.
The texture is very personal with these, so adjust the water and oil phases to suit your preferences and climate.
Formula and recipe for a 100g Batch
53.5% (53.5g) Distilled water – solvent, hydrating.
10% (10g) Vegetable glycerine – powerful humectant.
10% (10g) Macadamia Oil – moisturizing, rich in antioxidants and helps to reduce the appearance of stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.
5% (5g) Unrefined Cocoa Butter shea butter - a highly moisturizing butter known for its skin tightening and anti-aging effects as well as being packed with antioxidants and fatty acids to nourish the skin. I’m using unrefined as it has the most benefits and I love the smell.
5% (5g) Coffee Butter – highly moisturizing, anti-aging and skin smoothing. Also used in part for the scent.
5% (5g) Monoi De Tahiti – Moisturising and skin repairing and firming. Again, in part used for the scent.
5% (5g) Emulsifying Wax (INCI: Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) - emulsifier
4% (4g) Cetyl alcohol – thickener, moisturiser and texture enhancer
2% (2g) Saligard PCG – Broad spectrum preservative particularly effective in creams and lotions.
0.5% (0.5g) Vitamin e - antioxidant
· Add water and glycerine to a sanitized heat-proof beaker and weigh, noting down weight including beaker.
· Add phase B ingredients to another heat-proof beaker.
· Heat phases A and B until phase B has melted.
· Take off the heat and re-weigh water phase, replacing any water lost to evaporation.
· Pour water phase into oil phase and sheer mix to create your emulsion.
· Leave to cool to 40 degrees C then add cool down ingredients.
· Stir well by hand to incorporate.
· Test pH and adjust if needed to between 4.5 and 5.5 to be nice and gentle on the skin.
· Fill your containers of choice and it’s ready to use.
Notes: If you want to make substitutions then keep the oil phase to around 25% and any hard butters to 5%-10% of that. If you want to use oils instead of butter that’s also fine, though the texture may vary and you may want to increase the Cetyl Alcohol. I’ve used the butters as a natural way to scent the product, but you can swap them for unscented butter and oil instead and use a hydrolat with the water to scent instead or add a fragrance oil or essential oil in the cool down phase. Check IFRA guidelines for allowed usage rates and deduct from water phase.
If you want you can add some actives in the cool down or water phase depending on heat sensitivity and pH, but I felt it unnecessary for a body butter, being that the idea is to get the benefits from the butter. I tend to save my actives etc for cream and lotion formulas.
Disclaimer: These formulas and recipes are experiments created for the purpose of sharing on Patreon and YouTube. Revega does not make any claims as to their qualifications or the efficacy of the formulations which are listed here for entertainment purposes and accepts no responsibility for how you use these. We are self-taught and offer these videos from our years of knowledge and experience in making our own cosmetic products.Remember that if you intend to use one of these formulations for your own product range, do your own research, experiments, adjustments and tests before using, gifting or selling.