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Pour or place all of your oils and butters (excluding your essential oils) into your heatproof container. I find heatproof, glass beakers are the best option for this job. Place the beaker into a saucepan of water, taking care to make sure the water is lower than your beaker’s rim (this is called a water bath). Simmer over a low heat so that your butters melt into the oils slowly.I sometimes use a microwave to speed this part up. Nuke it in 30 second increments and make sure you’re not using any metal.
Once melted, remove from the heat and saucepan and allow it to sit for a short while. Do not allow the mixture to thicken. If it does thicken, pop it back in the saucepan, melt and have another go.
After a little less than a minute of waiting, the mixture should leave a sort of residue on the sides of the beaker. At this point add the ssential oils, a pipette can come in real handy here, and stir well.
Working quickly as not to let it cool, pour your mixture into your chosen glass, aluminium or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic storing container. If you have to spoon it in, you’ve let it cool for too long (that’s okay, just means the surface will be less smooth on the finished product).Do not attempt to melt the mixture again like in step 2, as the essential oils have now been added and will lose their active properties or scent when subjected to heat. Sometimes this happens to me when I’m a bit absent-minded and I warm it up again without thinking, but I never throw it away. You still have a lovely balm, and the rest of the oils and butters are still excellent for your skin.Once the mixture is in the tube, container or whatever you are using to store your product, do not put the lid on until the mixture has completely cooled.