January 8, 2012
1. So what is Booty Butter exactly?I started cloth diapering in May or June . I started because Evie, my youngest, had a nasty rash that would not go away. It ended up being from the Pampers so I started using cloth diapers. You can't just use Desitin with cloth diapers because it builds up in the cloth. Only certain creams work with cloth. 2. So, Booty Butter is a diaper cream and how did you end up making it yourself?Yes, it's a cloth-friendly diaper cream. I couldn't find any diaper cream that was OK to use with cloth diapers around here, so I had to order some over the Internet. With shipping, it was something like $20 for about 2 fluid ounces. It lasted about a month. We really couldn't afford to do that every month, so I started looking into how to make my own diaper cream. 3. Where did you come up with the recipe for Booty Butter?I started researching on the Internet and found that shea butter and coconut oil were really good for diaper cream. I added olive oil, tea tree oil, which is antibacterial, and lavender, and arrowroot powder.4. Where do you get your ingredients?I buy a lot of them over the Internet in bulk. I get my arrowroot powder from the health food store.5. What is the production process like to make Booty Butter?It depends on how many batches I'm making. I usually make two big batches each month. A big batch makes four full-sized jars and two sample-sized jars.6. How long does it take to make the Booty Butter?It's mostly a matter of melting the ingredients down. Once they melt together, I have to solidify it. If I'm using the refrigerator to speed up the process, it takes about four to five hours. As it solidifies, I add the arrowroot powder to make it the right consistency.7. How big are your jars and how much do they cost?They are 2 ounces net weight, which is a lot more than 2 fluid ounces and that is $8.50 plus shipping, which makes it $11. The sample sizes are a half ounce and cost $3 plus shipping.8. How can people buy the Booty Butter?They can order it from my page on Facebook which is called Booty Butter by Jessica, and then they can order from there, or they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. About how much do you sell per month?I really don't know what to tell you my average is because it varies drastically. Some months, I sell three or four and other months I'll sell like 20 jars. It really just depends. 10. How do you ship it out?I use padded envelopes but if they have more than three jars, I'll look around the house for a box to put them in. 11. When you created Booty Butter, were you thinking of this as a business?No, I wasn't really expecting to build a business. My friends who cloth diapered asked me for some when they found out I made it. So, I decided to make a page on Facebook. I went from a few friends as fans to 1,100 fans in just a few weeks. That was in March or April.12. Are there other uses for Booty Butter besides the obvious?Oh yes. I've given it to friends with psoriasis and eczema, and they say it works great. I have two people who melt it down and use it on their hair. It soothes burns and bug bites. Nursing moms can use it as a nipple cream. It clears up rashes, cradle cap and ringworm. I've had people tell me it helps with their arthritis when they rub it into their joints. I like to use it as a moisturizer.13. So, any plans to expand what you offer?I'm working on a Bedtime Butter right now. I had a lot of people tell me they love to use it to moisturize their baby or use it to massage their baby, but the tea tree oil smell was sort of strong. So, this one will have no tea tree oil. It will have a lot more coconut oil and less shea butter. It will also have essential oils — lavender, jasmine and lemon grass.