A couple of months ago I came across a market stall selling something called a whipped bath and shower butter, which was basically a bath/shower cream with a soufflé-like texture. The owner explained that it was made using a pre-made foaming bath butter base, to which she added colourings and fragrances, then whipped to get the necessary texture. Intrigued, I bought a peppermint-scented one to try – and loved it! The butter foamed up wonderfully on wet skin when applied with a shower puff, and it didn’t leave me feeling dry afterwards.
So, remembering what the stall owner had told me about the ingredients and steps involved (which sounded straightforward enough), I decided to get myself a tub of this foaming bath-butter soap base (which, luckily, was stocked by my usual ingredient supplier) and have a go at creating my own whipped bath and shower butter. For my version, I added some argan oil (rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids) for added luxury, and scented it with lavender, lemon, rosemary and atlas cedarwood essential oils – my favourite scent combination at the moment.
What is foaming bath butter?
Similar to a melt-and-pour soap base, foaming bath butter is a pre-made, soft soap base high in glycerin (and with a pH level between 5.5 to 7). Sold in a tub, the foaming butter base resembles mango or avocado butter (i.e. very soft to touch, unlike harder butters like shea or cocoa butter). It can be used to make products like whipped bath/shower butters and sugar scrubs, or whipped toppings for soaps when mixed with a melt-and-pour soap base. See here for more information.
The great thing about foaming bath butter is that it doesn’t need melting before being whipped – plus, it washes off easily, which makes cleaning-up afterwards a doddle!
- 100g foaming bath butter
- 27g argan oil
- 17 drops lavender essential oil
- 17 drops lemon essential oil
- 8 drops rosemary essential oil
- 8 drops atlas cedarwood essential oil
- Clean and dry all your utensils and containers.
- Place the foaming butter chunks into a measuring jug.
- Add in the argan oil and essential oils.
- Using an electric hand mixer (or a stand mixer), whisk the mixture for 5 minutes. The mixture should double in size.
- Leave the mixture to rest for 10 minutes before whisking for another 3 minutes.
- Scoop the whipped butter out from the jug and into your containers.