Understanding Body Butters and How We Use Them in Skin Care & Hair Care

Are you wondering which of our fabulous butters are best to use for your specific needs?Coconut-Butter-9

Using “the butters” are one of the best way to nourish your skin and hair, from the inside out.  And since butters don’t contain water, they don’t dry out your skin, or require preservatives to stop them from spoiling.   Plus, they have a myriad of uses: hand, foot, and face care, cuticle softening, dry skincare, hair care, massage, all over skincare and softening, and even makeup removal and personal hygiene.

Different butters will benefit different skin types.  And there truly is a body butter, or combination of butters, to suit pretty much any need.

These delicious butters melt upon contact, are absorbed quickly, and are amazingly hydrating and beneficial to our skin. If you are using butters in cosmetic creations such as lip balms, soaps, creams and hair care you will want to make sure that you know the major players out there; what kind of texture they have, what kind of benefits they have due to their antioxidants, vitamins, fatty acids and even their spf factor.


Cacao (or cocoa) butter is an edible fat obtained from the cacao bean pod. One of the most popular and well known body butters, it is naturally high in vitamin E to help hydrate and soothe skin, and contains natural antioxidants. Because it is a fantastic thickening agent you will often find cocoa butter in lipsticks, lip balms, soaps, and creams. It helps to create an amazing whipped body butter.RawCocoaButter

The texture tends to be creamy and yellowish in color and it has a deliciously light chocolate scent.  It feels heavenly on your skin. As always, be aware of where you are purchasing from, but a high quality cocoa butter will be suitable for both cosmetic and culinary uses.

Shelf life: 2 years

Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African shea tree.  Another one of the most popular and well known body butters, shea butter is high in vitamins A, E and F, provides collagen (to assist prevention of skin aging & wrinkles), and contains essential fatty acids. Unrefined shea butter will have a noticeable nutty aroma with a creamy lightly yellowish color.  You can apply this directly to your skin, or choose to combine it with other ingredients and enjoy our other skincare products, such as our all natural deodorant.32-Oz-Bulk-Organic-Ivory-Unrefined-Raw-Shea-Butter-FREE-RECIPE-EBOOK-Perfect-for-All-Your-DIY-Home-Recipes-Like-Soap-Making-04

This is an “intense” moisturizer, and you’ll be excited to discover that you can even use this on your scalp for dry skin!  Another awesome fact about shea butter is that is has a natural SPF factor (of about 6).  And, like other butters, it forms a natural barrier on the skin to keep moisture in, so it’s a great choice to apply either before or after sun exposure to keep your skin moisturized.

Shelf life: 1 year

Mango butter comes from the kernals of the tropical mango tree. The texture and composition resembles shea and cocoa butters, yet it contains more fatty acids making it a more intense moisturizer. This butter provides skin softness, soothing, and moisturizing properties, and is a natural emollient. Mango butter tends to be rich, white in color, with a mildly sweet scent and is hard at room temperature.  Due to it’s texture, we found it best to combine mango butter  with other butters or oils to make it more pliable for use on the skin and hair.  Mango butter also just happens to be the key ingredient in our favorite lip butters because of it’s ultra silky moisturizing properties!Whipped-Mango-Sheabutter-2

Shelf life: 2 years

Kokum butter comes from the Garcinia tree.  This is a highly prized and healing butter that can help revitalize skin cells, while supporting elasticity and flexibility.  It’s rich in essential fatty acids, vitamin E, and is non-comedogenic (meaning, it won’t clog your pores), making it a perfect choice for dry, cracked, rough, damaged and calloused skin. Like cocoa butter, it has a uniform triglyceride composition, so one can be easily substituted for the other in skincare recipes.   Kokum is naturally a very dry and hard butter; it will appear flaky and cracked, although it will melt upon contact with skin. It is best to use this butter in combination with other oils and/or butters to make it more pliable and easy to use.

Note: Anyone with a nut allergy should not use this product.  04

Shelf life: 1 year


Shorea (Sal) butter is extracted from the seeds of the Shorea Robusta tree native to India. It has little scent, is off-white in color and is naturally pliable, making it a great choice for skincare use.  It can be used to treat both dry skin and damaged hair.  Sal butter has similar properties to cocoa butter, and will soften and spread easily on skin.image

Shelf life: 2 years

Cupuacu butter comes from a cupuacu fruit tree of the chocolate family, native to the northern Amazon. This sounds like an amazing butter, incredibly creamy and hydrophpllic (which means it has a great ability to retain water and prevent moisture loss), boosting both your skin and your hair’s natural moisture. It has an earthy cocoa scent and contains high levels of fatty acids. Due to it’s texture it can be used by itself for skincare needs.

Cupuacu fruit

Shelf life: 2 years

Illipe butter comes from the Illipe tree in the forest of Borneo in the South Pacific.  This exotic butter is extremely moisturizing and can restore elasticity to hair and skin, and is perfect for treating dry or overly processed hair.  It doesn’t have a strong scent and has a harder consistency, so it is great for use in cosmetics and soaps.image

Shelf life: 1-2 years

Coconut Oil — Now, although coconut oil is not an butter, we’re including it here because it’s consistency is similar to the butters and it’s functions in our recipes are similar as well.

Coconut oil has a multitude of health benefits, which include but are not limited to, skin care, hair care, improving digestion and immunity against a host of infections and diseases.  Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin.  Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil.  Therefore, it’s a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging.  Coconut oil also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.  For that exact reason, it’s forms the base ingredient of almost all of our body care products.Coconut-Oil-Whole-Foods-Market_0

Coconut oil also helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It’s also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair.  Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner and helps the re-growth process of damaged hair.  It also provides the essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged hair.  By regularly massaging your head with coconut oil, you can ensure that your scalp is free of dandruff, even if your scalp is chronically dry.

Shelf life: 2 years


So there you have it!  Details on the different major body butters and what they can do to benefit your skin and hair. So, which of these butters are you ready to try?  If you’ve had the benefit of using our products already, which are your favorites?


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