Hemp body butter recipe, as any other whipped body butter recipe, combines oil and butter(s). Body butters can be made with solid or liquid oils and with soft or firm butters. Body butter will melt more easily when liquid oil and soft butters are used, and it will not melt as easily when solid oils and firm butters are used. Hemp seed oil is liquid but hemp body butter will be quite firm because of the cocoa butter. But don’t worry, regardless of that, it will melt nicely when it comes in contact with the skin.
What Makes Hemp Seed Oil Great Ingredient in Body Butter?
Our skin needs natural fats to be healthy. Those natural fats are what keeps the skin moisturized. Deficiency of natural fats causes dryness and irritation of the skin and makes it more vulnerable to external influences and to aging. Hemp seed oil is made up of 80% of essential fatty acids (Omega 3,6, and 9). When the oil penetrates the skin, it prevents moisture loss and keeps the skin healthy, smooth, and soft.
- it is noncomedogenic ie. it doesn’t clog pores (see the list of comedogenic oils)
- it contains all 21 amino acids and has an optimal 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids that keep the skin healthy
- it has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help alleviate acne, dermatitis, and eczema
- it keeps the skin moisturized which makes it great for dry and irritated skin
- it recovers cracked lips when used in homemade hemp lip balm 🙂
Hemp Body Butter Recipe
This hemp body butter recipe includes 100 g of ingredients but it will fill 200 g container as the body butter doubles in size when it’s whipped.
- 50 g (or 3 tbs) shea butter
- 25 g (or 1.5 tbs) cocoa butter
- 25 g (or 1.5 tbs) hemp seed oil
- 5 drops vitamin E oil
As this recipe contains cocoa butter which has a higher melt point, we will need to melt it before mixing. Some oils with lower melt point such as shea and mango butter don’t necessarily require melting and can be mixed right away. But in this case, as we combine shea and cocoa butter, we need to melt the butters before mixing.
- Put cocoa butter in a double boiler to melt.
- When it is close to being completely melted, add shea butter and hemp seed oil.
- When the entire mixture is melted, put it in the fridge for 5-10 minutes or until the mixture starts to solidify.
- Remove from the fridge and add vitamin E.
- Use a stand mixer or hand mixer to whip the mixture. Whip it until all ingredients have combined and doubled in size. It will take approximately 10 minutes of whipping.
- Use the spoon to transfer the mixture into the containers.
Write down the shelf life of hemp body butter on the label and stick it on the container. This will ensure you don’t use the body butter after its shelf life has passed.
The Shelf Life of Hemp Body Butter
The shelf life of this hemp body butter depends on the shelf life of ingredients. The shelf life of hemp seed oil is 2 years and shelf life of shea and cocoa butter is 1 year. This means that if you used fresh ingredients, this hemp body butter will last for 1 year – as much as the ingredient with the shortest shelf life.
If, for example, you have used shea butter that has been open for 10 months (and its shelf life is 1 year), this body butter will last for only 2 months. Read more about how to calculate the shelf life of your products.
How to Use
Scoop up a bit of body butter on your finger and massage it onto your skin. It will melt when it comes in contact with the skin. Body butters are meant to be used on the body and not on the face because they can be too heavy for the sensitive facial skin.