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Whipped Body Butter

Body butter is an extremely rich mix of solid and liquid fats and oils. It is quick and easy to make, even for an absolute beginner. For maximum absorption, apply after your bath or shower.   The glycerine and benzoin tincture are required if you want to give this as a gift or expect it to last longer than 3 weeks.

You will need:
Saucepan & a stainless steel, glass or ceramic bowl that fits over the pan
Container with spout for pouring
Clean jars.

50g Shea Butter (unrefined or refined)
50g Vegetable oil (sweet almond, apricot kernel, olive oil, coconut oil)
2.5ml (1/4 tsp) glycerine
5 drops Benzoin tincture
1ml Essential oils of your choice

Place shea butter in the bowl.  Place the bowl over the pan half-filled with water and heat gently until the shea butter has melted.
Remove from heat, add the vegetable oils.
Cool in freezer until a crust begins to form around the edges of the bowl and it starts to become opaque.
Remove from freezer and start beating with an electric mixer, preferably with a whisk attachment.
Once the mix becomes aerated and fluffy, drizzle in the glycerin and benzoin tincture while mixing on low speed.  Once all the glycerin is in, whip again.
Add essential oil at 1% of the total weight of the ingredients (1ml = 20 drops), stir and pour into the clean jar/s.
Because there is no water in this recipe, you should not encounter any problems with separation of the ingredients.

Amor Cocoa Butter AfterSun Milk 
Makes approx 180ml.

Oil Phase
8g emulsifying wax
5g cocoa butter
10ml avocado oil
10ml jojoba oil
5ml Tocopherol D-Alpha (Natural Vitamin E)

Water Phase
5ml vegetable glycerine
160ml purified water
1g potassium sorbate or 1ml benzoin tincture

40 drops of essential oils of your choice - German chamomile, lavender, peppermint, tea tree to soothe and cool, palmarosa, rose, rosewood and sandalwood to rehydrate skin cells, bergamot, frankincense, myrrh and patchouli to heal wounds and prevent scarring.

Measuring utensils
2 bowls
2 saucepans to fit bowls
Mixing Spoon (Plastic or metal)

  1. Weigh out your ingredients.
  2. Place the waxes in a glass bowl.
  3. Pour your water phase ingredients into another bowl.
  4. Place the bowls over a saucepan each that is partly filled with water.
  5. Place the saucepan onto the stove.
  6. Add your vegetable oil to the melted waxes and heat until the oil phase reaches 65-70°C.
  7. Bring the water phase to 65-70°C.
  8. Slowly pour the water phase into the oil phase bowl while it is still sitting on the saucepan. Stir continuously while doing this.
  9. Once all the water phase ingredients have been incorporated into the oils phase ones, remove from the heat. The emulsion will be very watery in consistency and look milky.
  10. When the emulsion cools to 45°C add your essential oils and stir in thoroughly.
  11. Once the emulsion begins to thicken, but is still pourable, pour into your bottle.
  12. Cap and label your bottle once the emulsion is cool. Include on your label the purpose of the emulsion, ingredients and date.


Body Scrub and Soak
You will need:
2 cups
Dead Sea Salt
3 teaspoon Olive Oil
6 drops Petitgrain
6 drops Himalayan Cedarwood
6 drops Lime

In a small bowl mix the oils and olive oil into the Dead Sea Salts. 
Hop into the bath water and wet your body (don’t make the water too hot or you will get sleepy and not refreshed). 
Stand up in the bath and take a handful of the salt mixture at a time and scrub down your entire body. 
Let the mixture fall into the tub. 
Soak for no more than 20 minutes as this mixture is to refresh and rejuvenate, as well as gently detox.
Massage your entire body with a
body oil blended with your favorite essential oil combination and allow the oil to absorb into your skin. 
Do not use more than once a week as the salt can be very drying on your skin.

Coffee Body Scrub
Makes 1 x 250g pot or 2 x 100g (120ml) pots or 4 x 50g pots

You will need:
10g Ground Coffee
100g Sugar (white or raw)
Epsom Salts
50ml Grapeseed Oil  or Sweet Almond Oil
10 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
10 drops Sweet Orange Essential Oil
2 drops Benzoin 
2 x 100g
glass cosmetic pots 

In a small bowl mix the oils into the Coffee, Sugar and Epsom Salts.  
Take a handful of the scrub mixture at a time and gently scrub down your entire body in your bath or shower. 
Rinse off.
Massage your entire body with a body oil, lotion, or butter blended with your favorite essential oil combination and allow the oil to absorb into your skin. 
Do not use more than once a week as the salt can be very drying on your skin. 

Cost:  Between $3-$5 depending on your coffee, sugar and pots.

Basic Body Wash/Shampoo Base
This base will separate as there are no artificial ingredients to hold it together.  Therefore, we recommend shaking it before use to disperse it.
To make 100gm/approx 125ml...

You will need:
45gm Purified or Distilled Water
20gm Cocoglucoside or Polyglucose (Surfactant)
20gm Cocobetaine (Surfactant)
10gm Honey (Moisturiser)
4gm Laureth-2 (Thickener)
1gm Citric Acid (pH adjuster)
0.5gm Potassium Sorbate (Fungicide & Bactericide)
10-20 drops of essential oils of your choice
1 x coloured bottle (hides the separation layers, although they can look funky if you add colour as depending on the colour it will either rise to the top or fall to the bottom)

1. Mix Honey into the water until dissolved
2. Mix Potassium Sorbate into the water until dissolved
3. Mix Citric Acid into the water until dissolved
4. Add Cocoglucoside and Cocobetaine until dissolved
5. Add Laureth-2 until you reach the consistency you want
6. Add your essential oils

Vegetable oils and herbal tinctures can be added - if you wish to use them, deduct them from your water measure.