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Chocolate Body Icing February 12, 2016 18:01 2 Comments

Chocolate Body Icing

Although everyday is special with the one you love, Valentine's Day (or any day) can be a great time to make something special. You can even create handmade items together as a great bonding experience. 

Chocolate Body Icing is quick and simple. Some of the items you probably have in your kitchen or ingredient stash.  This formula is for 10 oz. of body icing, but will increase in volume as you whip. The ratio is 65/35 with 65% butters and 35% oils.

6 oz. shea butter

0.5 oz. cocoa butter

3.5 oz. oil(s) of your choice (you can use avocado oil, olive oil, or any oil you have available)

2 tbls. of cocoa powder

Step 1: Weigh butters and oils.  Melt them in the microwave or double boiler. You can refer to other body butter tutorial posts as a reference.

Step 2: Place the container in the refrigerator to cool down quickly. Make sure it's the consistency below before whipping. You need a little texture to whip properly without oil flying all over the place.

 

Step 3: Whip the mixture until it resembles fluffy cake batter and add cocoa powder. Continue mixing until it's nice and fluffy.

chocolate body icing

 

Step 4: Package and it's ready to go. This was done using piping tips but it's not necessary. It just makes it look a little more decorative. Chocolate candy optional lol.

chocolate body icing

Now wasn't that easy! Enjoy and let me see your batch when it's done.


Body Butter FAQ January 18, 2016 01:05

Body butter FAQ's

  1. How long do body butters last?                                                                                             Body butters can last anywhere from 6-12 months with proper care. Keep butters in a closed container away from moisture and water.
  2. Do I need to add a preservative to my body butter?                                                                    Synthetic preservatives aren't necessary since body butters are made without water. 
  3. What types of oils and butters can I use to make body butters?                                               You can use any natural oils and butters to make body butters. 
  4. Why is my body butter so greasy?                                                                                     Typically body butters are greasy because too much oil was added to the butter. Keep in mind butters are basically oils with longer carbon chains which effect the texture (oil vs. butter). If you add too much oil or use oils that don't absorb easily into the skin the body butter will have a greasy feel.
  5. Do I have to add cornstarch to cut down on the greasy feel?                                             Adding cornstarch can help with the greasy feel but formulating the body butter correctly should eliminate the need to add cornstarch for greasiness. 
  6. Why does my body butter get stiff after whipping?                                                               After the initial whipping your body butter will have the consistency of cake batter. After a few hours the butter will deflate and the air will settle. The butter will still be whipped, but not as fluffy as the initial time you whipped. A lot of the texture depends on the type of mixture used as well. A mixing device with more power (Kitchen Aid stand mixer) will create a better texture than a hand mixer.
  7. How do I know how much butter and oil to add? The body butter is made based on total weight and percentages. Typically I use a 70/30 or 60/40 percentage mix depending on the texture of the butters. Ex. 10 oz total weight of product/70 % = 7 oz. 

Cupuacu and Shea Body Butter Recipe January 17, 2016 23:33 1 Comment

Displaying IMG_1261.JPGCupuacu Shea Body Butter

During the last live video tutorial I made Cupuacu Shea Body Butter. As promised I wanted to break down the steps and give a picture tutorial of each step. For frequently asked questions about making body butters click here. 

Body Butter is probably one of the easiest beauty products you can make. In a few simple steps you have created a great way to soften and moisturize your skin. It's particularly helpful during the winter when dry skin can be hard to deal with. As I discussed during the video below you can choose from a plethora of butters and oils to make a product that suits your needs. For this project I used the following:  You can also purchase the kit to make your own Cupuacu and Shea Body Butter Kit

4 oz. Shea Butter

3 oz. Cupuacu Butter

1 oz. Avocado Oil

1 oz. Macadamia Nut Oil 

.9 oz. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

.1 oz. Fragrance Oil/Essential Oil

 Step #1 - Weigh butters (using a digital scale is best for weighing all items)

how to make body butter

how to make body butter

Step #2 - Weigh oils

    

 Step #3 - Melt butters and oils together in microwave or using a double boiler 

Step #4 - Place in the refrigerator or freezer until the mixture is partially solidified as in the image below. Careful not to introduce water into the product since no preservative is necessary. If adding fragrance oil or essential oil add it after it's removed from the refrigerator. 

How to make body butter

Step #5 - Mix using a hand mixer and Kitchen Aid or stand mixer.  Mix until it's light and fluffy. The amount of time will vary depending on the type of mixture used.

  How to make Whipped Body Butter

Step #6 - Place in a container and it's ready to use. You can package it in glass or plastic containers with a lid to keep water and moisture away from the butter.

How to make body butter

The video below gives more info about the process and answers some questions. 


Murumuru Butter Benefits August 06, 2015 02:19

What is MuruMuru Butter?

Murumuru Butter is pressed from the reddish-orange fruits of the Astrocaryum murumuru tree. This tall palm tree is native to Brazil and other regions of the Amazon. MuruMuru Butter is full of essential fatty acids and Pro-Vitamin A. This butter is solid at room temperature but melts on contact with skin.

What Are The Benefits Of MuruMuru Butter?

Hair: MuruMuru butter is known to be a super emollient. Absolutely wonderful for conditioning dry, brittle, damaged hair. Creates a permeable barrier that is said to prevent moisture loss when applied to wet hair while keeping hair soft and pliable

Skin: MuruMuru butter's unique composition of essential fatty acids and Pro-Vitamin A help restore elasticity to damaged and aging skin. This butter is soothing to dry and cracked skin and those suffering from eczema and psoriasis.
How To Use:

Hair: Because of it's great ability to help retain moisture, MuruMuru  butter is best applied to wet hair, allowing hair to stay moisturized longer. Great for use as a sealant after applying leave in conditioner.

Skin: Rub a small amount in the palms of hands to melt and apply all over skin paying close attention to problem areas. Best if used directly out of the shower on slightly damp skin to help lock in moisture.

In Cosmetic Products: Great for use in lip balms, creams, and lotions for hair and skin products.

Simple 2 Ingredient Body Butter Recipe July 21, 2015 00:05 3 Comments

 Making a body butter doesn't require lots of different ingredients.  It's really as simple or complex as you desire. Typically you find body butters with other additives such as cornstarch and arrowroot powder to help with the oily after effect, but quite honestly those things aren't necessary.  Having a great combination of butters and oils will prevent a greasy butter and give you an amazing body butter.  For this tutorial we're using 2 simple ingredients for a wonderful skin loving product. 

Recipe/Formula:

For this recipe we'll make 10 oz. to keep the percentages easy.

80% mango butter - 8 oz.

20% avocado oil - 2 oz.

fragrance is optional 

4 Simple steps to follow:

Step 1: Mix the butter and oils together and melt (using a double boiler or microwave).

Step 2: Place the bowl in the refrigerator to solidify a little.  Notice the sides are a little solid but there's still liquid in the center. 

Step 3: After removing it from the refrigerator mix using a mixer. I use a kitchen aid, but a hand mixer will work. Mix until it's light and fluffy.

Step 4: After mixing you can place it in a container and it's ready to use.


Cupuacu Butter Benefits February 27, 2015 23:29 1 Comment

Imagine a fruit that has moisturizing effects, helps with dry skin, and makes your hair feel like butter.  If you guessed 
cupuacu butter, you're correct!  If I had to choose a top 5 list of butters cupuacu would definitely be very high on the list.
What Is Cupuacu Butter?
Cupuacu butter (pronounced koo-poo-ah-soo) grows on the cupuacu fruit tree in the Amazon Rainforest.  The butter is extracted from the seeds and ends up being a soft solid that absorbs into your skin immediately upon contact. One amazing property of cupuacu butter is its capacity to absorb water.  It contains phytosterols that operate at the cellular level to regulate water balance and activities in the superficial layer of the skin. For this reason cupuacu butter is highly recommended for skin disorders to aid in the healing process.

 

Cupuacu Butter Benefits

Cupuacu Butter comes from a cupuacu fruit tree of the chocolate family, native to the northern Amazon.  Cupuacu improves the appearance prematurely aging and thinning skin while being a superior moisturizer with great water absorption. It offers high levels of essential fatty acids, which with its rich phytosterols, help the appearance of your skin's elasticity and overall appearance of your skin. Cupuacu's incredible creaminess promotes a special softness and smoothness to your skin to boosts natural moisture and help your skin appear more elastic.

Cupuacu has been used in Brazil for many centuries as a food to make ice cream, juices, and sweets. For cosmetic used it can be used in creams, lotions, lip blams, soaps, hair products, and a variety of other cosmetic uses. In addition, it can be used alone for cosmetic purposes. Cupuacu has an earthy cocoa aroma but the smell can vary based on personal preferences. 

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How Do I Use Cupuacu Butter?
Cupuacu butter is awesome when used alone, no other items added.  However, adding other items can give your final product a boost when all of the natural goodies are mixed together. When using cupuacu butter alone rub it between your hands to melt and apply to your hair or skin. In case you want to add cupuacu to your cosmetic creations, use the following percentages as a guide:
Lotions/Creams:  2-20%
Hair Conditioners: 2-10%
Handmade Soap: 2-10%
Salves: 5-100%
Go ahead and create an wonderful product using our Cupuacu Butter.  If you have any questions about how to formulate your product with cupuacu butter, just let us know.  Happy Making!

Welcome to Exotic Oils and Butters! August 01, 2013 00:19 5 Comments

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