Lately my skin has been sandpaper rough and lizard scaly. Dry as a desert. I’ve tried lotion a few times but decided what I really wanted was a good body butter, something rich and emollient, to use after showers and lock in lingering moisture.
I hadn’t worked with cupuacu butter before, but I wanted my butter to be silky and light, not heavy and greasy so shea butter was out of the question and cupuacu is described as having a satiny, almost silicone feel. It’s expensive, so I didn’t use a lot but it really is awesome. I also used lanolin and fractionated coconut oil to round out the “emollient, but non-greasy” finish. You could use grapeseed or hemp and get great results, too.
The one ingredient you can’t substitute is the stearic acid. I’m afraid it’s non-negotiable. The combo of stearic acid and liquid oil comes from experiments done by Marie over at Humblebee and Me. It had a creaminess that I associated with beeswax, but without any of the tackiness or waxiness that can come with wax. It was just… creamy. Buttery, but not greasy, and with more staying power than plain butters.
Winter Body Butter
24g stearic acid
20g cupuacu butter
22g fractionated coconut oil
10g hempseed oil
4 drops vitamin E oil Or 1g rosemary oleoresin
8 drops each lavender, helichrysum, and chamomile OR 20 drops Honey I Washed the Kids fragrance oil are my choices
Prepare a water bath by bringing about 3cm/1″ of water to a bare simmer over low to medium-low heat in a small saucepan.
Weigh the stearic acid, lanolin, cupuacu butter, fractionated coconut oil, and grapeseed oil into a small heat-resistant glass measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in your prepared water bath to melt everything through. You can also use a double boiler or even a thick saucepan on very low heat, but watch carefully so you don’t scorch the oils. Voice of experience here; the measuring cup method is best.
Once everything has melted, remove the measuring cup from the heat and set it aside. Let it come to room temperature about 10 min. This is important so it doesn’t crack during the next step! Prepare an ice bath by placing a couple ice cubes and some cold water in a shallow bowl. Place the measuring cup of the melted oils in the ice bath for short spurts, stirring continuously—it will start to get a bit cloudy and then start to thicken up. Keep stirring to ensure you get a nice, creamy final consistency.
When the mixture is cool, thick, and creamy, add the vitamin E and essential oil or fragrance oil, and stir to combine. Transfer to a small jar or tin—I used a wide mouth glass Mason jar, and later when I made it a plastic jar from Bulk Apothecary. Enjoy!