Tips on making a body butter cream

We get lots of questions about how to make a body butter thicker and less greasy.

So we have put together this article for our readers.

It’s a guide on tips and tricks for creating a thick, smooth body butter cream.

Get creative when making a body butter cream

  • use up to 15% butters in your formula
  • don’t just follow one recipe get creative; you can easily alter the texture of a formula yourself
  • if you don’t want an oily body butter cream, we recommend substituting your heavier oils like Macadamia or Avocado oil for lighter drier oils Rice bran or Safflower and Almond are good examples of oils that are a little drier

Reduce your butter

In some case, reduce the butters you use to around 10% and use a less greasy butter.

  • shea is going to give you a rich, thick butter, that is quite greasy
  • mango will give you a drier texture and won’t be as greasy
  • cocoa butter is also drier, a harder butter it is not too greasy
  • beeswax helps make a good barrier cream, ideal if you are looking for a heavy-duty hand cream

Consider using a thickener

Ideally, you will want to use a thickener in your body butters; stearic acid will give you a thick heavy cream, ideal for foot cream, it will help keep the product on the skin for longer.

Cetyl alcohol will give your formulas more slip and glide.

Stearic acid will give you a much thicker body butter cream; this is ideal for adding to formulas if you want to treat dry skin or include it in foot products; Body butter with stearic acid will stay on your skin much longer.

It may be a good idea to read the some of the articles on oils in skincare, which may help you get a feel of the different types of oils, and how they work on the skin.

We have put together a complete glossary here for our readers.

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