DIY GIFT - 2 COLOR BUTTER BAR September 27 2014, 2 Comments

Ready to impress your friends with made with lots of love and goodness gifts? Stuff they will never find in stores?

Gifts that will made their skin gorgeous with ingredients that help protect the Amazon and help buy "Natal" gifts for rainforest kids?

Here is the recipe for a great one!

Butter or Lotion Bars are a great way of carrying your favorite butter around and super easy to apply.

They are basically your favorite butters and oils hardened by waxes. Unrefined Beeswax is my favorite but if you want a vegan bar you can also use Candelilla wax *, in which case you need to tweak the recipe a little, since this wax is a bit harder than Beeswax.

YOU WILL NEED:

TWO CLEAN and DRY glass jars (we are going to use a makeshift double boiler) with lids.

9 oz. cups, I like the waxed paper best but the styrofoam will work.

Wax paper. 

DARK BAR:

2 oz. beeswax (cut in smaller pieces to facilitate melting)

2 oz. Tucuma Butter

2 oz. Buriti Butter

0.5 oz. Buriti Oil

0.5 oz Andiroba Oil

Essential oil (you can skip the essential oils as the natural scent of the butters is nice and fades quickly, you can also use the same oil for both sides or different oils, which is fun, make sure you choose oils that go well together).

LIGHT BAR:

2 oz. beeswax (cut in smaller pieces to facilitate melting)

2 oz. Cupuacu Butter

2 oz. Murumuru Butter

0.5 oz. Pracaxi Oil

0.5 oz Brazil Nut Oil

Essential oil (you can skip the essential oils as the natural scent of the butters is nice and fades quickly, you can also use the same oil for both sides or different oils, which is fun, make sure you choose oils that go well together).

  Making them is super easy!

Put all your ingredients for the LIGHT BAR (minus the essential oil) in a glass jar, 

Pour about 4 inches of water into a medium sized saucepan and place on a burner over medium heat. Place the glass jar into the pan with the water. Put a lid on the jar just to make sure that no water gets in it, as this WILL ruin the lotion bars.

Let the water get to a simmer and swirl the the jar 4-5 minutes until all ingredients are melted, add your essential oil and swirl the jar again. Pour immediately in the cups, pour 1/2" for smaller bars to 3/4" for larger lotion bars.

Put the cups in the fridge on a flat surface.

Start melting the ingredients for the DARK BAR (again, add the essential oils when all the rest is melted) make sure to use a different jar. Repeat the process. 

While you are melting it, take the cups from the fridge, it must be very solid by now, these bars solidify fast.

Pour 1/2" to 3/4"" on top of the light bar and put immediately in fridge. Make sure you have enough mix for every cup.

After 30 minutes you are ready to take them out of the molds, turn the cups upside down on wax paper. They should look like this:

There are many ways to gift wrap these bars, I use wax paper first, cut it in squares and wrap the bars.

Then you can use tin cans, a plain kraft paper around it, little muslin bags, hand made labels. Get creative and make the perfect complement for your 100% natural, 100% active ingredients, sustainable and fair traded, hand poured lotion bar!

EXAMPLES:

     

 Good luck and I hope you have fun making these!

 * wax derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub native to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States 

 You can find the butters and oils here:

Rainforest Chica Butters and Oils

 

I bought my wax on this shop on ETSY, quality was good, fas shipping they have their own bees.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BasicBeeswax