You’ve just whipped up a batch of homemade body butter, and you can’t wait to start using it! But before you can slather it all over your skin, you need to preserve it.
Fear not: preserving your body butter is easy! In this step-by-step guide, we’ll show you how to keep your body butter from going bad. So read on, and learn how to preserve your homemade body butter like a pro!
Materials Needed to Preserve Homemade Body Butter
You will need the following materials to preserve your homemade body butter:
- An airtight jar or container
- Vitamin E oil or vitamin E capsules
- A saucepan
- Label for your jar
Preparing the Container
The next step is to prepare the container. You can use a glass jar, plastic container, or even a recycled body lotion container. If you are using a glass jar, make sure to sterilize it by boiling it in water for 10 minutes.
If you are using a plastic container, wash it in hot, soapy water and then rinse well. Be sure to allow it to air dry completely before filling it with your body butter.
If you are reusing a body lotion container, clean it thoroughly with hot, soapy water and rinse well. Allow it to air dry completely before filling it with your body butter.
Mixing the Butter
First, add water to the saucepan and heat it until it boils. Next, carefully add the body butter to the boiling water. Stir the body butter until it is melted, then take it off of the heat. Add the vitamin E oil or capsules and stir until they are melted. Pour the mixture into the airtight container and label it.
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Pouring and Cooling
Once you’ve melted your butter and oils together, it’s time to pour them into jars or containers. Pour the mixture into the jars, being careful not to burn yourself.
Now it’s time to cool the butter. You can do this in a couple of ways. One is to place the pan in the fridge for a couple of hours until the butter has solidified. Another way is to place the pan in an ice bath and stir the butter until it has cooled. You can also let the jars cool undisturbed for at least 24 hours. This will give the body butter time to harden and come together.
Storing Homemade Body Butter
So, now that you’ve made your body butter, how do you store it so that it lasts? First of all, you’ll want to make sure that it’s in an airtight container. And second, you’ll want to store it in a cool, dark place.
The reason for this is twofold. First, light can cause the body butter to degrade, and second, heat can cause the butter to melt. And once the butter melts, it will be much harder to get it to solidify again. So a cool, dark cupboard or drawer is the best place to keep your body butter.
Another thing to keep in mind is that body butter can go bad—just like any other food product. So be sure to check the expiration date on your ingredients and use your body butter within that timeframe. For example, if your coconut oil expires in six months, your body butter will only last for six months as well.
When it comes to homemade body butter, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible. By following these simple steps, your body butter will stay fresh and free of bacteria.