Glycerine Usage in Whipped Shea Body Butter

by Christine

As a newbie, I have been wondering:

1.What percentage of glycerine should be used when making whipped body butters?

2.What is the main purpose(s) for using it in the first place?

3.I have been told that it can be added to any whipped butter recipes even if it's not stated; so how will I know what is too little or too much?

4.Does the same principle work for solid body butters?

Thank you in advance AND I can't re-iterate how much I love this website! It is honest and has integrity. It has helped me to develop a greater understanding in this craft and I'm sure I speak for the masses here!


Glycerin is a humectant. Humectants attract and aid absorption of moisture into the skin.

I would imagine you could add glycerin to a whipped body butter recipe but it may be difficult to incorporate since it is water soluble and you are wanting to place it in an oil product.

I don't think you would need much. I'm afraid I can't be more specific than that since I'm not that knowledgeable on the creation of body products. The Bath and Body page is really just a fun addition to my site and I am by no means an expert.


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Glycerine in WBB
by: Cynthia

I usually add 5 to 10% of glycerine in my WBB.
I never had problems with stability.
But you have to be careful to have at least 60% shea butter. Because your WBB may be a bit softer.
I hope that will be helpful


Feedback on Glycerin in Whipped Butters
by: Christine (UK)

Thank you so much Cynthia for taking time to reply. I will try those ratios.

Glycerin in Whipped Body Butter
by: Sandy

I too have added glycerin to my whipped shea body butter (2 Tablespoons to 10 ounces fluid shea butter and 6 ounces fluid carrier oil) and have never had a problem. I've been reading, however, that glycerin can cause allergic reactions for some folks. One thing you may want to use is organic castor oil as one of your carrier oils. It's been prized for centuries as a skin moisturizer, is relatively inexpensive compared to other organic carrier oils and is a natural humectant making it unnecessary to include glycerine.

Castor Usage Rate In Whipped Body Butter
by: Christine UK

How much castor oil per recipe?

Castor Oil
by: Anonymous

Everyone's preferences differ, but you might want to try 2 ounces castor oil to 4 ounces of a lighter carrier oil such as grapeseed, apricot or almond )to 10 ounces shea butter). Castor oil is wonderful, but it's a heavy oil like olive oil. Hope that helps!

Preservative needed?
by: Angie

Is a preservative needed when adding glycerine to and oil/butter mixture?


by: Iee

Hi new to all this was thinking of adding glycerin to my body butter but how much I have 1/4 cup coconut oil 1/4 cup shead butter 1/4 cup cocoa butter 3tablespoon sweet almond oil 20 drops lavender oil is this OK need help

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