How to make a Body Melt
Facial or body melts (aka Lotion Bars) are among the most prosperous products in natural and organic skin care. They are easy peasy to make, and easy to handle. Free from water and therefore no need to add any preservative, they allow you to use creative packaging, avoiding plastic as being environmentally friendly is a goal, right. The only limitation when making facial or body melts is, there is no limitation, except those you put on yourself!
All you need is the right balance between your solid and liquid ingredients, a nice combination of essential oils (for the many moods we have), additives such as anti-oxidants, skin enhancers, and a mold. If you have soap molds from previous soap making, great you can use that, or you can buy some. However, if you do not have any soap molds, no worries, you can use cookie molds or ice cube trays. I’m super positive that after you’re familiar and comfortable with the technique and have found a formula that you love, you’ll become obsessed with facial/body melts and will go mold crazy!
You can prepare these melts in any size, I personally prefer smaller sizes for ease of handling and I like to rotate my soaps depending on my moods.
Body Melt Formulation Advice
There are absolutely no rules or limitations (just be sure of ingredient safety and allergy safety, especially with the dermal limits of the essential oils you apply). For a practical application, however, you should consider that the body melt should keep its form and consistency during storage and while it is in your hand during the application. It would be a bit unpleasant if the body melt actually melts in your hand and drips as soon as it comes into contact with your skin temperature.
On the other hand, however, you cannot apply high melting point butters and waxes. This is not going to be a massage candle and must glide smoothly over your skin and melt over your skin by applying very light pressure.
These are the key points when formulating facial and body melts:
- Keep it Simple . . . . (KISS, if you don’t know what that means, ask me) and start as simple as possible.
- Test the product to check that it works well for your climate.
- After you’re happy with the consistency, stability, and performance, you can build on the formula.
How to make this Citrus Sun Body Melt
I’ve decided to use a more colorful oil for this formula. The beautiful Buriti oil (comes from the buriti fruit in the Amazon and full of fatty acids and minerals, therefore great for skin) conveys a nice and cheerful orange color to the product, of course, you can use other colorful oils or lipophilic plant extracts.
This is a very basic formula and the process is super easy to follow.
- Cocoa butter 60.0%
- Cupuacu butter 19.0% (or Shea butter)
- Babassu oil 10.0%
- Alpha-Tocopherol 0.5%
- Rosemary CO2 extract 0.1%
- Buriti oil 9.9%
- Mandarin essential oil 0.5%
1. In a water bath, melt the cocoa butter, babassu oil, and cupuacu (or Shea) butter. Stir gently during melting.
2. After this blend has melted, stop heating and remove the beaker from the water bath. Add tocopherol, rosemary extract, and buriti oil and stir gently. As the temperature goes down to around 35 C (95 F), add the essential oil. Put the beaker in an ice/water bath and keep stirring or put it in the fridge but stir it in 10 minutes intervals until you reach a trace (emulsified). Remember the stirring is what gives it the smooth shininess without that grit.
3. As you reach a “trace”, pour the blend into your mold and put it into the fridge. Let it sit there overnight or at least for 12 hours. After 12-24 hours, take it out of the mold and enjoy your amazing creation!
If you’ve chosen the right combination, the melts do not need to be kept in the fridge. I keep some in my bathroom and I place some in the guest bath. A nice bowl with fragrant body melts is great in a guest bath. Just keep it pretty and environmentally friendly.
Remember Sharing is Caring- In This Case Anyway
Now it’s your turn. Looking forward to seeing your amazing creations. Please share your results, what you have learned changed, or done differently. Things I post here are not the end all be all, you should experiment and come up with your own formulas, especially once you become comfortable with the various ingredients and the process. I often times prefer a more earthy soap and use patchouli oil for many of my DIY products, or even Frankincense or Sandalwood. What’s your favorite?