Massage Bar: How to Make a Body Butter

Body butter bars make perfect treatments for dry skin.

The texture is somewhere between nourishing, protective, and greasy-in-a-good-way, of course.

It’ll perk up your parched, ashy skin, and give it a glowy, slickity split shine.

But be warned, they don’t sink in particularly quickly.

Body butter massage bars – the low down

A body butter bar is an anhydrous product, this means it’s not a product that contains water, the really great thing about this is that no water is required in your bar; so it can be completely preservative-free.

Adding around 1% Vitamin E oil will also help to give your bar more stability.

You won’t have to worry about the emulsification aspects either; the ingredients can all be dealt with in one simple phase, instead of separately.

Any oil ingredient, such as butter, waxes, or essential oils can be included in your bars, but avoid those water-based ingredients, because you will get separation as oil and water repel. Colours don’t work well either in anhydrous products; they clump together, and the result will look unattractive.

If you would like further information on formulas created with butters, check out the article, Creamy, Body Butter Recipes

Massage bar recipes

Nourishing lotion bar

This is a lovely, nourishing, balm massage bar.

28% Beeswax
30% Shea or Mango Butter
40% Almond Oil
2% Essential oil

Step 1: Melt the ingredients together in a double boiler; the Shea butter will melt quickly, so stir in the beeswax first.
Step 2: Once the oils have melted, you can then add you’re essential oils. Be careful not to add them too soon, or the blend will evaporate too quickly.
Step 3: Next, pour the mixture into your lotion bar moulds and allow it to cool.

Chocolate, cocoa massage bar

This is a great massage bar for dry skin – just the right consistency; not too greasy or too hard.

24% Beeswax
36% Cocoa Butter
38% Sesame or Fractionated Coconut Oil
2% Fragrance oil or Essential oil

The hardness of a massage bar

The article on body butter looks at the hardness profiles of the different kinds of butter; this is something you will need to think about when creating your own massage and lotion bars.

For example, Cocoa butter has a hardness of 10, so if you plan to create a bar made predominantly of Cocoa butter, then obviously you are going to create a very hard bar, you will need to add softer butters like shea or mango, or add botanical oils in.

If you create your formula with 25% Shea butter, your lotion bar is going to be a lot softer and more nourishing, it is all about trial and error – if you use butters that are too soft, they may disintegrate too easily; ideally, you want to create something in-between; a massage bar that stays hard when not in use, but melts when it comes into contact with the skin.

The point is to get creative and play around with different butter and oils until you reach the desired consistency you want.

6 replies on “Massage Bar: How to Make a Body Butter”

Hello! Thank you for the tutorial! Can emulsifying wax, candilla wax or other vegan wax be used here? I am trying to offer more plant based options.

Hi, in the Luxury bar you mention that the avocado butter melts quickly but that is not in the list of ingredients. I’d like to try that. What is the correct amount?

If you are making candles yes, but if you are creating something a natural product for the skin I wouldn’t recommend it!
The problem with soy wax is that it is usually processed with paraffin oil, fragrances and dyes! Hope that helps x

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