Monday, July 14, 2014

One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in whipped butters

I love using sunflower oil in whipped butters because it offers a really light skin feel that takes a while to sink into my skin. It offers me tons of lovely linoleic acid to help repair skin's barrier mechanisms and reduce transepidermal water loss, oleic acid to soften and moisturizer, and the phystosterols help reduce itching and inflammation.

As you can see from the related posts below, I've written a lot about whipped butters, including a detailed Newbie Tuesday series, a Back to Basics post, and a visual tutorial at SnapGuide, so I won't go into a ton of detail about the making of whipped butters here, I'll just share a few thoughts along with the basic recipe.

80% butter of choice - shea or mango, not cocoa as it's too hard
18% oils of choice
1% Vitamin E (optional)
1% fragrance or essential oil (optional)

Melt the oils and butter in a double boiler until just melted. Put into the freezer until it gets a layer of solid oils on top. Remove, and add your fragrance or essential oils. Mix with a whisk attachment until it almost doubles in size. Put into a container. Rejoice.

If you're new to making bath & body products, whipped butters are one of the easiest products you can make. (I think you will be genuinely shocked when you see how easy it is!) You need two ingredients - the butter and the oil - and three steps - melt, cool in the fridge or freezer, whip - to make this awesome product. You can play with all kinds of oils and butters, and you can play with the ratios. If you want something less stiff, reduce the butters and up the oils. If you want something stiffer, increase the butters and reduce the oil. With mango butter, I suggest starting at 70% butters and 28% oils and with shea butter I suggest starting at 80% butters and 18% oils and see how you like it.

If you are experimenting, keep detailed notes and keep your batches small. You can even make 50 gram batches to see how you like them!

As an aside, if you like the idea of whipped sunflower butter, meaning making a butter out of sunflower oil, check out Lipidthix (INCI: Hydrogenated vegetable oil)! This powdered ingredient is added to your product in the heated stage, and enables you to make awesome butters from oils! I found 25% Lipidthix to 75% oil makes for a lovely butter (see picture), which you can then use as the base of a whipped butter, lotion bar, and other anhydrous products.

Related posts:
Newbie Tuesday: Let's make a whipped butter
Newbie Tuesday: Whipped butters - choosing your butters
Newbie Tuesday: What did you think of your whipped butters?
Back to Basics: Whipped butters
My visual tutorial for making whipped butters on SnapGuide
Whipped butters with esters
Weekend Wonderings: Texture and feeling of whipped mango butter?
Formulating with mango butter: Lotion bars & whipped butters
Pumpkin seed oil: A whipped butter
Whipped babassu, sal & hemp seed butter
Formulating with oils: Whipped butters for itchy skin
Newbie Tuesday: Creating Christmas presents
Chemistry of our nails: Whipped butters for manicures
Experiments in the workshop: A whipped butter for my aching back
What do you want to know? What makes a whipped butter remain whipped?
Experiments in the workshop: Whipped golden shea butter
What do you want to know? How to add preservatives to whipped butters?
What do you want to know? Adding starches to whipped butters?
Experiments in the workshop: Whipped butter modifications
Formulating on a budget: Anhydrous products and ingredients
E-mail question: Grainy products and butters?

Other posts in this series:
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in body oils
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in blooming or dispersing bath oils
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in lotion bars
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in emulsified scrubs
One ingredient, ten products: Sunflower oil in a zinc oxide cream

Join me tomorrow as we have fun formulating more products with sunflower oil!

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