Vegetable Butters for Soap Making: Olive Butter Recipe
Vegetable butters make wonderful ingredients when soap making. They make your soap creamy, more moisturizing, plus they provide all the properties of the butter!
Now, if you're one of those do-it-yourself people, which you very well could be since you're making your own soap, it is likely that you are interested in figuring out how to make your own vegetable butter. Here's a simple recipe you can do today.
- Take a double boiler and pour a cup of olive oil into it. As it slowly heats up, add six tablespoons of shredded beeswax. Let the beeswax melt, stirring it until fully melted and oil is once again clear.
- Let your mixture cool then add half a cup of cider vinegar and half a cup of water.
- Mix until you get a yellowish mixture.
- Store in a jar in the fridge. You can use this as a body lotion or you can use it when making soap and you need vegetable butters!
Olive oil is wonderful for the skin because it is excellent at retaining moisture. This butter is heavier, which means it works even better.
So now you know how to make a basic olive butter, but you may have noticed that it actually took a lot of olive oil to make this, and it is quite expensive. Commercially produced vegetable oils can be cheaper because they make them in bulk, blending the nutritive fatty fractions from the vegetable oil or is hydrogenated version.
If you are soap making as a hobby and you do it only occasionally, making your own vegetable butters can be the best way to go. Keeping in mind that different butters will follow different creation methods as the oils have varying properties. However, if you make soap often and if you have a soap making business, it makes more sense to just buy vegetable butters for your products. So far, one of the best selections available is at ‘From Nature With Love.com’
Feel free to experiment with your vegetable butters! Some butters can be spread at room temperature, while others are hard at room temperature. Cocoa butter, which is hard at room temperature, can easily be turned into a sea salt scrub. Try this out with your next purchase of cocoa butter:
- Melt half a cup of cocoa butter in a double boiler. Once completely melted, add just a few drops (depending on how fragrant you want it) of your essential oil of choice and the liquid from two vitamin E capsules. Mix well.
- Let the mixture cool slightly, and while it cools, mix three-fourths of a cup of sea salt (I prefer the dead sea kind) and a fourth of a cup of coarse brown sugar. Make sure there are no lumps in the salt-sugar mix.
- Add the salt and sugar to the cooled cocoa butter, and whisk it.
- Store in a jar and use as a scrub!