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Triple Butter Emulsified Body Butter

I’ve been a fan of body butters for probably close to 20 years now. The first time I’d ever heard of them was in a Body Shop store in my local mall and saw these delightful little pots of a super thick, super moisturizing balm and was instantly intrigued. I rubbed some on my arm and, while I thought it was a bit heavy, I was smitten. I knew it wasn’t going to be something I put on my entire body, but I could definitely use it on my ashy bits - you know - knees, feet, elbows.

Jump to 2018 when I discovered that people were actually MAKING these concoctions and I just could not help myself from trying it. Back then, newbie-me somehow ignored the water in the ingredient list and went straight for the butters and oils and melted and mixed, and whipped myself into a fury trying to replicate the same moisturizing feel of the old Body Shop ones. And, truthfully, I came quite close. The problem was that I remembered that I wasn’t a huge fan of that heavy feel they left on my skin. So, I walked away from them for a bit and concentrated on other things to make.

I came back to body butters a year or so later when I saw a “Body Butter” recipe on Bramble Berry’s site. I read the recipe, and I can’t remember if there was an accompanying video to go with it, but if there is, I watched that, as well. There, staring me in the face was the addition of water to the recipe. I watched thinking this can’t be the same thing, but by then I’d gotten better at reading ingredients lists and, sure enough, water was the first ingredient on the body butters I looked up at the Body Shop website. So I looked at Bramble Berry’s recipe and thought about some ways that I could tweak it to make it suit me more. 

The end product is this recipe. It is all of the things I want in a body butter - the easy spreadability, quick absorption, the lasting moisturization - all without leaving me feeling slick and greasy. And THEN, I had to go and incorporate some Ceramides into the mix, and now we’re really cooking! It also has the added benefit of not melting in reasonably hot weather. I can’t vouch for tropical conditions, but I’ve never had a batch melt or separate, and it’s been pretty hot where I am. 

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! 

Triple Butter Emulsified Body Butter W/ CERAMIDES

Water Phase:

67.5% / 76.54g Distilled Water 

Oil Phase:

8.5% / 9.64g Kokum Butter

4% / 4.54g Deodorized Cocoa Butter

4% / 4.54g Horsetail Butter

4.8% / 5.44g Emulsifying Wax

1.3% / 1.47g Stearic Acid

2.3% / 2.72g Sunflower Oil

1% / 1.13g Marula Oil

1% / 1.13g Isopropyl Myristate

Cool Down Phase:

2% / 2.27g Fragrance Oil (follow IFRA guidelines) 

0.5% / 0.57g Liquid Germall Plus

0.10% / 0.11g Vitamin E - Tocopherol

3% / 3.40g Ceramide Complex


  1. Weigh out water into a heat-safe vessel. Set aside.
  2. In a separate heat-safe vessel, weigh out all of the Oil Phase ingredients. 
  3. Heat both phases in the microwave in short, 20-30 second bursts until the oil phase is all melted and the water is approximately the same temperature as the oils.
  4. Carefully pour the hot water into the hot oils and blend for approximately 1 minute. Let cool.
  5. Once the temperature is BELOW 122°F / 50°C, add the Cool Down ingredients and stir well to combine.
  6. Transfer mixture into a clean, sterilized jar and only cap it once the mixture is completely cooled.
  7. Enjoy!

Where To Buy: 

Kokum Butter

Deodorized Cocoa Butter

Horsetail Butter

Emulsifying Wax

Stearic Acid

Sunflower Oil

Marula Oil

Isopropyl Myristate

Liquid Germall Plus

Vitamin E - Tocopherol

Ceramide Complex