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Question: How to Keep Your Body Butter from Melting
Today's Mailbag Monday comes from Mamta of Bodyshine Essentials in Ahmedabad, Gujarat India. She has asked me numerous questions about soap and bath and body products as she has been developing her unique organic ayurvedic product line. In this email, she writes, "I followed your video on body butter. It turned out fine, but in the Indian heat, it melts to oil after few days. Help!"
Answer: Great question! Whipped body butters like the one I feature in the body butter video are a balance of different oils that are great for your skin. In the video, I feature two different recipes, one for a solid bar, and one for a whipped butter that goes into a cosmetic jar.

The first recipe uses:

  • 3 oz of bees wax
  • 3 oz of cocoa butter
  • 3 oz of shea butter
  • 3 oz of jojoba or another liquid oil
This bar is solid at room temperature (at least here in the U.S.) but melts at near skin temperature.

The second recipe uses:

  • 3 oz of cocoa butter
  • 6 oz of shea butter
  • 3 oz of jojoba or another liquid oil
The only difference? The beeswax. The beeswax has a much higher melting temperature, so it makes the combined oils have a higher melting temperature.

So the answer to your question, Mamta, is to reformulate the recipe using a higher percentage of the hard oils or beeswax. Adding a higher percentage of cocoa butter or more beeswax to the mix will raise the melting temperature of the product.

Now, the downside is that it's not going to melt as quickly on the skin, but it should at least hold its consistency a bit better in the container.

Living in Texas, we have really hot weather as well. I know several folks who just plain won't ship body butter from May to September. They just know that the journey from their shop to the customer's door is too risky - there are too many opportunities for hot trucks, hot warehouses, and hot front porches to travel through. So they tell their customers to stock up from October through April! You're in the southern hemisphere, so the applicable months would be reversed.

The bottom line is, you can add a higher percentage of hard oils or beeswax to help raise the melting temperature of the product. But there's a point where the meltability of the product on the skin will be affected...and a point where it's just not worth it to risk shipping your natural product in the hot weather.

I hope this helps...and I hope I can come visit you some time!

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