Air pockets in Body Butter

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gofastonit

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Can anyone help me with this. My body butter whips ups and looks great at the beginning. After a week or two it seems to develop air pockets. Is it from my whipping process? I use a hand mixer with regular beaters for a couple of minutes after skin forms in the refrigerator. Am I not whipping enough? Should I be using a whisk attachment or stick blender instead?

Ingredients:
1 tbsp. Mango Butter
1 tbsp. Grape seed Oil
1 tbsp. Shea Butter
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil
.25tbsp. Bees wax
.25tsp Cornstarch

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

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Is it common to cool the mixed ingredients in the refrigerator? I would think that could make air pockets form, esp. with the beeswax.
 

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Most things I have read say to cool it refrigerator until the top solidifies a little. The mixture is still mostly liquid when I whip it for the first time.
 

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I'm guessing that the culprit here is probably going to be the beeswax, in what way, I'm not sure. If it's fully melted and blended, it shouldn't create a problem, but I'm wondering if it's cooling too fast -- beeswax, for instance, in candles, must be cooled very slowly.
 

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I would ditch the beeswax and triple the amount of solid butters you're currently using. I don't really consider coconut a solid oil because it gets melty at a much lower temp than butters. Most of the recipes I've seen use around 70-80% butters with the remainder being a liquid oil.
 

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I agree with doriette. I use 75% butters and the rest liquid oils like Meadowfoam, argan etc. with a bit of Coconut. Also making such a small amount is likely causing the mixture get too warm with beating it. I mix mine in an ice bath until it's the consistency I like.
 

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Thank you for all the input. I will try dropping the bees wax and upping the butters. If I were to use some 92 deg. coconut oil would you consider that in the 70-80 pereent butter or not?
 

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No, coconut is not considered a butter. Shea, Mango, Cocoa etc are butters.
 

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