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Swift Crafty Monkey's Honey & Kukui Nut Body Butter

57.5% distilled water
3% Glycerin
3% Propanediol 1,3 
3% Manuka Honey Extract
2% Sodium Lactate 60
0.5% Allantoin

6% Ritamulse SCG
12% Kukui Nut Oil
9% Babassu Oil 
3% Cetyl Esters 

0.5% Liquid Germall Plus
0.5% to 1% fragrance or essential oil 


Weigh your water phase into a heat proof container and put into a double boiler.

Weigh your total water phase on a scale – jug and all – so we can compensate for the lost water before mixing. And set some water in a separate container to heat. A pot with water on the stove or boiling up the kettle works well. You don’t need to boil it the whole time – bring it to boiling now and you’ll have some less-than-boiling water for later. 

Weigh your oil phase into a heat proof container and put into a double boiler.

Heat both phases to 70˚C (158˚F) and hold for 20 minutes. This is to ensure both phases are the same temperature when we mix them together. (This is part of the emulsification process – the heating part of emulsification.)

Remember how we measured the water phase in step 1a? Measure it again – zero your scale and measure the jug and all. Add enough of the warm water to get you to the total weight from step 1a. 

When both phases reach 70˚C (158˚F), pour the water phase into the oil phase in a thin stream or the oil phase into the water phase and mix very well with a stick blender or hand mixer (or Kitchenaid if you’re a lucky person) for about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool slowly on a counter.

When the lotion reaches 40˚C to 104˚F, add Germall Plus liquid and fragrance/essential oil to the lotion, and mix again. Just leave it to cool slowly

Allow the lotion to come to room temperature before bottling. If you are using jars, just glop in what you have made. If you’re using a tottle bottle, a piping bag or a plastic bag with the corner cut off will make it so much easier to fill up!

Always label your bottle with the ingredients and date so you can replicate it or throw it away when the shelf life expires.

This formulation is 99.5% naturally compliant. 

Want to learn more about formulating with Ritamulse? Check out my new beginners’ series on the topic on the blog!

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