This recipe was originally posted back in November of 2021 for my Patreon Supporters. I’m beginning to open some of the older content up to all my followers, but if you don’t want to wait 6 (or more) months for new apothecary and magickal recipes, please consider becoming a Thornesworld Supporter on Patreon. I have tiers accommodate every budget from $3 to $100 monthly with a wide variety of patron only content, goodies and services. Please check me out!
You’ll love this simple and flexible Body Butter Bar recipe. And I bet you’ll love even more that I’m not going to blah, blah, blah you before we actually get to the recipe. Here goes!
- 4 parts oil (I prefer coconut oil. You may use olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil or any number of natural oils of your own preference.)
- 4 parts Butter (I use a blend of shae butter and cocoa butter.)
- 2 parts Beeswax
Let’s speak briefly on measurements. I make large batches because I sell my bars, but I’ve converted my recipe to parts so you may make whatever size batch best suits your needs. So, if your “parts” are Tablespoons: 4T oil, 4T butter and 2T beeswax. If your “parts” are 1/4 cups: you have 1 cup oil, 1 cup butter and 1/2 cup beeswax. Got it? Good.
In general, the ratio of beeswax to your other ingredients is 1:3 for bars, but since I don’t use straight oil (butters are already a bit thick) and coconut oil changes consistency with temperature, I make these at a 1:4 ratio. You may have to play with it a bit to get your bars just right for you.
Using mason jars in a pan full of water works well as a double boiler for me. Add your oils and butters first, melt and blend then add your beeswax. Medium to medium low heat, take your time, and keep the water level at least to the level of ingredients in the jar. You may, of course, use a real double boiler or a makeshift pan in pan situation that works for you. While it’s all melting together, set up your molds. I lay mine on waste paper for easy cleanup. I hate scrubbing waxy butter off my tile, and I always spill and slop. What can I say, I’m a messy witch. I love these silicon molds, but cupcake papers nestled in muffin tins work just as well and it’s still a pretty shape.
The beauty of body butter bars instead of just making body butter is that you can put them in a tin like my first (top) photo, dump them into your hands to warm and coat your hands, then apply. Or just hold them in your hand and rub directly on the desired area. This works great for knees, elbows and feet. I like that so much better than fishing a firm butter out of a container a finger at a time, or scooping too much of a soft butter and slipping and sliding all over the place!
These bars are super moisturizing and my customers just love them. They’re suitable for use on any skin that needs a little moisturizing and very effective for dry, rough or cracked skin. A few friends have also used them (unscented) for the burns from radiation treatments.
Now for scent. If you prefer your moisturizing without added scent, by all means leave this recipe as is. If you use cocoa butter it will have a nice, light cocoa scent. Since I use part shae and part cocoa, my unscented is very subtle.
Once your blend is liquid, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool a tiny bit, (still pre-solid, just a little off the fire), then add your essential oils.
Adding your essential oils is also a bit by the seat of your pants. No one ratio is going to be pleasing to all. I’m sure some will prefer more and some less scent.
Let’s start with a total essential oil ratio of 2%. Since we don’t know what you’re using for “parts” I can’t give you a drop by drop recipe. I’m sorry but you’ll have to do the math yourself.
Here’s a little example chart to start you off:
- 10 mL/ 2 tsp = 6 drops
- 15 mL/ 3 tsp/ 1 T = 9 drops
- 30 mL/ 6 tsp/ 2 T = 18 drops
This is a safe ratio even for sensitive skin and children, but do make sure that you’re not sensitive to the essential oils you choose. You may safely raise your ratio to 4% for a stronger scent but above that you’re entering medicinal dosage ratios and you’d want to know what the effects would be. Please use care with essential oils.
Here are a couple of popular Thornesworld blends:
- 1 drop Jasmine
- 3 drops Spikenard
This is a lovely floral scent, but be warned that Jasmine is potent and expensive. The Spikenard adds a bottom note of earthiness to balance the sweetness of the Jasmine.
- 1 drop Peppermint
- 1 drop Neroli
Both citrus sweet and spicy. Yummy.
- 3 drops Bergamot
- 2 drops Lavender
- 1 drop Spikenard
This is my personal favorite. It combines the lightly floral lavender with a slight citrus tang and an earthy bottom note.
Please do leave me a comment if you try this recipe. Feel free to ask questions or let us all know how it works for you!
In Light and Shadow,
*I don’t do affiliate links, so any links you find here in my blog will take you to my own hand crafted products/items. Please visit the shop to view my hand crafted items.