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Soap Recipes with Exotic Butters

In cold process soap, butters can contribute to the firmness of the bar.

Here are 3 exotic butter recipes specially curated for your next soap project.

1. Bacuri Virgin Butter

Bacuri Butter is very popular in the north of Brazil and comes from the seeds of a local fruit with a rich pulp, deep colour and smell. It is rich in methionine, an essential amino acid, the bodys primary source of sulphur. The body uses sulphur to promote healthy hair & skin and it can be used to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scarring.  It has anti-aging properties since it helps stabilise collagen and elastin production and also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Try this recipe:

EV Olive (40%): 140g

Coconut (30%): 105g

Castor (10%): 35g

Bacuri Butter (15%): 53g

Grapeseed (5%): 18g

Lye: 53g

Water: 111ml

Peppermint essential oil: 10ml

Note: May stain clothing when making soap. Fast trace.


2. Cupuacu Virgin Butter

Cupuacu Virgin Butter Cupuacu Butter is an excellent substitute for cocoa butter, the difference being the white pulp of the Cupuacu is uniquely fragrant and it contains theacrine instead of the xanthines, found in cocao. High in essential fatty acids, it is a very creamy and emollient butter that will offer exceptional moisturizing properties when added to soap or other skin care formulations. Because of its hardness it will also help to produce and nice hard bar of soap.

Try this recipe:

EV Olive (35%): 123g

Coconut (30%): 105g

Castor (10%): 35g

Cupuacu Butter (15%): 53g

Camellia Tea Oil (10%): 35g

Lye: 53g

Water: 113ml

Geranium essential oil: 10ml

Rose Clay: 1 tbsp


3. Illipe Butter

Illipe Butter is very similar in nature to cocoa butter but has a higher melting point which makes it suitable for making hard bars of soap. It has a mild characteristic odour and is creamy white in colour.  Illipe Butter helps protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and as such can be found in products promoting sun protection and sunburn relief, while its skin softening and long-lasting moisturising properties make Illipe Butter a good choice to help repair chronically dry, cracked skin. 

Try this recipe:

EV Olive (35%): 123g

Coconut (35%): 123g

Castor (10%): 35g

Illipe (15%): 53g

Jojoba (5%): 18g

Lye: 53g


Lime essential oil: 10ml

Calendula powder: 1 tbsp

Note: Fast trace.


Other butters that you can add to your soap recipes includes Mango Butter, Shea Butter & Cocoa Butter.

Mango Butter

Mango butter won’t produce a very hard bar of soap and don’t expect too much lathering qualities. However, this exotic butter provides good moisturizing and conditioning properties to the final bar of soap.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is extracted from the shea nut and has a yellow, buttery colour with a rich, creamy aroma. Shea Butter is hailed for its healing, protecting and moisturising properties. Rich in cinnamon acid, it also protects the skin from UV rays and therefore can be included in skin care products for after sun care. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, this butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturising.

Cocoa Butter

This butter is rock hard at room temperature and will melt at body temperature. It smells just like hot cocoa! It creates a hard bar of soap and is very moisturizing. The lather will have very low but stable bubbles.


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