This is a snapshot of what goes into my life on the Nebraska Prairie. What living on a small ranch is like and what goes into running a small business from home. Life is very unpredictable out here on the prairie and activities vary from day to day. Here is to that life....
Monday, March 14, 2011
Not Your Ordinary Butter.
Not you ordinary butter. Nope we are talking about Body Butter.
So what is Body Butter anyway? Is it edible? Nope. (Though my children have licked the spatula thinking it was cake batter. Good thing it is all natural) Body Butter acts much the same as real butter as in consistency. If the room temperature is warm the Body Butter is more liquid, if the room temperature is cool the body butter will be more solid. Body butter is by definition a moisturizer that is applied to the body. Our body butter is made with the finest of ingredients and is ultra-softening. Here is a little look into how our body butter is made:
100% all Natural Ingredients are what sets Body Butters apart from one another and from all other moisturizers. Our body butter contains: Goat milk, Coconut oil, Bees Wax, Apricot Kernel, Avocado and Sweet Almond Oil, along with Aloe Vera, Borax, preservative, and essential oils.
Wait hold the bus, did you say 100% all natural? But the ingredients list says Preservative. The ingredients used to produce the Preservative we use is accepted by ECOCERT as preservative for use in organic cosmetics. It is found suitable for all skin types, including sensitive-skin, it even has the ability to smooth skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Could one ask any more of a Preservative?
Once all the ingredients are gathered and measured out it is time to start melting the Bees Wax and Coconut oil. The bees wax comes in little pellets that make it much easier to weight and melt. The coconut oil is the solid white mass that has begun to melt in the middle of the bowl.
The bees wax give the body butter a nice cream color
Now that the oils are all melted it is time to add the milk, borax and preservative to the oil. We use a stick blender for this process.
Now that the milk, borax, preservative, coconut oil and bees wax have been blended we add the rest of the oils. Once these ingredients cool to room temperature it is time to add the aloe Vera, once again with the stick blender.
In the photo to the right you can see what the body butter looks like once all the ingredients are added. The body butter has become rich and creamy like real butter. This batch is scented with one of our most popular fragrances, Oatmeal Honey Spice. Now it is time to put the body butter in the jars.
Once the jars are filled and cleaned now starts the process of labeling, sealing and applying the shrink bands.
I hope this helps you understand what goes into making our Body Butter. And what does not go into our body butter here on the ranch. You will not find anything on our labels that you can not read like, Isopropl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Petrolatum, Dimethiconol. What the heck are those anyway and why would we want to put them on our skin? If I can not read it and if it is not all natural I do not want to apply it to my skin. How about you? For more information on our body butter go to Double L Country Store