Click here to see the basic lotion bar recipe from the other day...)
One of my favourite combinations is mango butter with rice bran oil (the cream coloured bars above). It has a nice combination of the dryness of the mango butter with the slipperiness of the rice bran oil. Although you can go with the 1/3 of each ingredient in this recipe, I prefer this recipe...
MANGO BUTTER LOTION BAR
30% mango butter
40% oils (I do like 20% sunflower oil with 20% rice bran oil, but you can use all of 1 oil)
1% Vitamin E
1% fragrance or essential oil
Even though my rice bran oil is a slightly brownish colour, my mango butter-rice bran oil lotion bar turns out off white. I'm using white beeswax in this recipe because that's what I have in the workshop. If you were to use a yellow beeswax or another type of wax, it might take on that colour (more about this below).
Remember that your lotion bar will take on the colours of the ingredients. I am currently using white beeswax because that's what I have in the workshop. If I were to use yellow beeswax, this bar would take on a more yellowish cast thanks to the slightly brown colour of the rice bran oil and the yellow beeswax.
As you choose your butters and oils, remember to consider what oils and butters you have in the workshop and what each brings to the party. Consider the skin feel, the weight of the oils and butters, the shelf life, and the properties of each oil before creating your recipe. And remember you can adjust the wax to reflect the hardness of your butters.
Never underestimate the effect of your oils and butters on a lotion bar. You can create vastly different products when you tweak the oils. For instance, using cocoa butter with avocado oil (25% beeswax) will create a hard, slightly dry bar perfect for your feet, whereas using shea butter with fractionated coconut oil (30% beeswax) will product a softer, greasier but lighter feeling bar perfect for your body skin. If you choose mango butter with hazelnut you'll produce a drier bar than you would if you paired mango butter with soy bean oil.
If you wanted to create a massage bar, you'll want to choose a butter that creates a hard bar that melts around our body temperature, so cocoa butter should be your first choice. You won't want 33% beeswax because this doesn't melt at body temperature, so you'll want to reduce that to 25% for two reasons - because the cocoa butter is hard and so the bar will melt at body temperature. You'll want to choose some slippery oils that won't stain sheets or fabric - sesame oil or fractionated coconut oil tend to be the oils of choice here. Some people choose a lip balm flavour oil at up to 3% instead of a fragrance oil for this application - for obvious reasons I won't go into here - but you might need to sweeten it yourself. And make it a decent size - a 10 gram bar will get annoying for this application.
MASSAGE BAR WITH COCOA BUTTER
35% cocoa butter
39% sesame or fractionated coconut oil
1% fragrance oil or 3% flavour oil
When you're tweaking the bars, remember you can use any combination of oil soluble ingredients - not just butters and oils, but silicones, esters, fatty alcohols, fatty acids, oil soluble extracts, and essential oils.
Because I'm a girl who can't just make something basic, join me tomorrow for a post on making a really complicated lotion bar using some of these other oil soluble ingredients!