It's mysterious b/c the darn body butter has absolutly confounded me!? As soon as I think I've begun to understand the enigma that is my body butter creation - it goes and does something unexpected...like improve in texture without reason or warning. Sigh. Ack.
Here's the story: a couple days ago I woke up and thought to myself, "I should make some body butter. I probably have all the ingrediants - all I need is a recipe." After much web surfing, I (thought) I stumbled upon the perfect ratio: 60% butters to 40% oil. Okay.
I melted shea butter in the microwave and added almond oil, coconut oil, calendula extract (which is an anti-inflamatory good for sensitive skin), cornstarch, and fragrance. I stuck the mixture into a water bath to cool, and ever so often blended it with my hand mixer (I was going for a whipped consistency). Once I thought I achieved the proper consistency, I poured it into containers.
Let's just say the next morning I woke up to a separated liquidy mess.
At that point I decided to add 1oz cocoa butter (which is super solid at room temp) and 1 oz beeswax to emulsify and thicken. Everything went back in the microwave, then in the freezer, and I whipped and whipped and whipped.
While the butter's thickness improved - it's texture was a bit "off" (little, almost invisible, globules in it...which would melt once it touched skin).
Okay - after even more research I discovered if you don't heat your shea butter to 175 degrees for 20 minutes little crystals can form in it. I made a mental note for next time and decided I'd have to use up all the yummy cake batter/orange scented slightly weird body butter myself, instead of forcing it upon everyone I know. Totally do-able.
So - the past couple times I've popped open my body butter after a shower the texture has seemed a bit better - which I attributed to wishful longing on my part.
Well, today I've decided I may not be hallucinating. Damn you body butter!! Just when I think we've come to an understanding. I don't understand you! Argh!!! Aaaaaaaaaaa!
The Evil Cupcake Clementine Scented Body Butter