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Light Shea Butter Body Cream

I wanted to make a body cream using Shea Butter that followed the KISS method (Keep it simple, Sue). I enjoy using body creams that feel nice on the skin and yet don’t require extra applications as the day progresses. This body cream was the result of my formulating. Let’s take a peek at the ingredients that I chose!Shea Butter: For several years, I have seen lotions and creams advertised as using Shea Butter in their ingredients. I wanted to see if I could make a light body cream while using Shea Butter, or if I should use Liquid Shea Oil. I was happy to discover I didn’t need to change from using the Refined Shea Butter.

Weighing ingredients.

Peach Kernel Oil: I had originally formulated this recipe using Apricot Kernel Oil but since I don’t have any in my recently filled work cupboards, I decided to use my newest favorite oil instead. Peach Kernel helped contribute to the light feeling of the body cream.

Emulsifying Wax: Since I wasn’t planning on making an anhydrous body butter, I needed something to help the oil and water bond. Emulsifying Wax was just the thing!

Melted ingredients after mixing.

HoneyQuat: I could have easily used any humectant, but I decided on using HoneyQuat for the simple reason of needing more recipes using it! HoneyQuat helped with the long-term moisturizing feel of this body cream.

Stearic Acid: I wanted to have a thicker cream, so I used Stearic Acid as a thickener for the lotion as I knew the Shea Butter wouldn’t be enough to make a thick lotion.

Liquid Germall Plus: Liquid Germall Plus is one of my go-to preservatives because it has a low required usage rate. (Which means money saved!) It also is compatible with most cosmetic ingredients so I don’t have to worry as much about a failed preservative.

Cooled body cream on my finger.

Natural Vanilla Oil: Now the holiday season is in full swing, I find myself dreaming about foodie scents. Scenting this cream gives a light vanilla scent that makes me wishing for pie and vanilla bean ice cream.

Collect needed items:

Distilled Water
Shea Butter
Peach Kernel Oil
Emulsifying Wax
Stearic Acid
Natural Vanilla Oil
Liquid Germall Plus
Microwave Safe Container
Jars for Cream

Recipe: (Makes 100 grams or 3.53 ounces)

Recipe in ounces:
2.43 ounces Distilled Water
0.53 ounces Shea Butter
0.35 ounces Peach Kernel Oil
0.11 ounces Emulsifying Wax
0.04 ounces HoneyQuat
0.04 ounces Stearic Acid
0.02 ounces Natural Vanilla Oil
0.02 ounces Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in grams:
69 grams Distilled Water
15 grams Shea Butter
10 grams Peach Kernel Oil
3 grams Emulsifying Wax
1 gram HoneyQuat
1 gram Stearic Acid
0.5 grams Natural Vanilla Oil
0.5 grams Liquid Germall Plus
Recipe in Percentages
69% Distilled Water
15% Shea Butter
10% Peach Kernel Oil
3% Emulsifying Wax
1% HoneyQuat
1% Stearic Acid
0.5% Natural Vanilla Oil
0.5% Liquid Germall Plus

Weigh all ingredients except the additives (Natural Vanilla Oil and Liquid Germall Plus Preservative) into a microwave safe container. Heat in the microwave using short time bursts until everything is melted. Blend the ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency using the immersion blender. Add the additives once the temperature drops to approximately 120° F in the mixing bucket. Stir gently until completely mixed. Pour into jars and allow to cool completely before labeling.

Cream Notes: This is a nice and light body cream. It absorbs easily and leaves skin feeling silky. There is a slight drag that allows the skin to be briefly massaged while being applied and allows one to quickly pamper oneself. If over used, will take a few minutes for the fingertips to not feel slick. That being said, you can easily apply and go back to work without leaving an oily residue on everything!

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