Body butter bars make perfect formulas for dry, dehydrated skin.

A body butter bar is an anhydrous product, which literally means it is a product that does not contain water.

The great thing about this is that no water is required in your massage bar; it can be completely preservative free.

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

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

Any oil ingredient such as butter, waxes or essential oils can be included to your bars.

It is important to note that ingredients such as Glycerine, Aloe, Surfactants, Hydrosols and Water, should not make up any part of your formula.

These ingredients are made up of water and you will get separation, because oil and water repel.

Colours don’t work well either in anhydrous products, they clump together and the end result will look unattractive.

If you would like further information on formulas created with butters, check out the article on body butter recipes.


Luxury 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 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 add then add your essential oils. Be careful not to add them to soon, or your blend will evaporate too quickly.
Step 3: Next pour the mixture into your lotion bar moulds and allow to cool.

Nourishing 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

Hardness of Massage Bar

The article on body butter, looks at the hardness of the different butters.

This is something you will need to think about, when creating 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.

If you create a formula with 25% Shea butter, your lotion bar is going to be a lot softer and way more effective,

It is important to err on the side of caution, because if you use butters are too soft, they may disintegrate making it impossible to create a hard massage bar.

Ideally you want to create something in between, a massage bar that melts when it comes into contact with the skin.

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

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