I hope everyone had a happy 4th and a fantastic weekend! I’m going to start this week off in an awesome way by spreading some ingredient related knowledge! Woo! Get excited!
Okay, I had a list of ten butters but yikes! There is so much information online that I wanted to make sure I was providing a well-cited and well researched post (some places tend to provide sketchy information which I do my best to avoid). Due to the amount of time this took, I just decided to go with five butters for now and include five more butters sometime later in the future when I have more time. :) This way it is a faster read as well, so win-win!
Natural body butters are great, simple as that. They have multiple uses from the prevention of stretch marks to burn ointments and moisturizers. Most can even be used as natural personal healing remedies for your skin. I love using body butters when I’m about to lay by the pool and tan, and I even use some butters when I go to the gym to prevent stretch marks from rapid muscle growth or skin stretching. I use a lot of natural butters in my recipes at Ember Cove, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Even if you don’t think it sounds interesting, just give it a few sentences before you make your final decision. You’ll probably change your mind!
One of the most popular and well-known butters is Shea Butter, which I will not be listing in this particular list (mostly because I already wrote about it). The butters I’m writing about in this post are not as well known, but don’t let that fool you. They are just as beneficial, or more. Now, I’m not going to go into FULL depth with these butters (I’ll save that for individual posts!) so instead I’m just going to give a quick summary of the most popular things these butters are known for and their natural benefits. Enjoy!
Cocoa Butter – Yummm. I seriously LOVE The scent of this butter in its unrefined and natural state. You won’t be surprised to hear that this naturally chocolate scented butter is extracted from cacao seeds, also known as cocoa beans. Yes, the very same that make delicious chocolate! One of the most popular and well known skin care uses for this scrumptious butter is used by pregnant women to help reduce and fade stretch marks. They are advised to rub pure, unrefined cocoa butter on their bellies every day so the skin remains moisturized. If you already have existing stretch marks, try applying this butter every day and see if they don’t fade. Cocoa butter is an excellent emollient that is very well absorbed by your skin (even as deep as the dermis!). The high content of vitamin E found in this butter is the reason for so many of its beneficial properties. It is most popular for its skin renewal and repair, from scars all the way to full blown skin conditions such as eczema or dermatitis.
Cupuacu Butter – This butter is claimed by some to be “the strongest moisturizer for skincare”. It has a softer and creamier consistency than cocoa butter, but shares a lot of the same benefits. It is quickly gaining attention for its remarkable water absorption which makes it a fantastic natural emollient that provides deep, long lasting hydration. It has a slight but pleasant aroma that is kind of hard to describe. Highly recommended for mature, aging or damaged skin, the high level of essential fatty acids within Cupuacu Butter give it the ability to restore elasticity to the skin and treat skin conditions including eczema and dermatitis.
Kokum Butter – Kokum butter is a solid fat that is obtained from kokum seeds grown from the “Garcinia indicia” tree in India. Pure Kokum Butter is well known for its emollient and regenerative properties making it one of the best choices for damaged skin. I find it completely interesting that because it is rich in fatty acids, it provides cell oxygenation and makes nutrients more readily available for use by skin tissues. It also helps to regenerate skin cells. which you have to admit is pretty cool. Kokum butter has the ability to soften and soothe dry, irritated or burnt skin. It also helps to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles of mature and aging skin. This is one of the absolute best options out there for those of you with sensitive skin. Kokum butter is also used to provide moisture to dry lips, chapped hands and soles of the feet.
Lanolin Butter – This nifty butter has been used all the way back to Greek and Roman times. I have to admit, when I first found out what it was I was kind of turned away from it, but I researched more and this butter is pretty legit. So, what is it? Lanolin, also called Wool Fat or Wool Wax, is a thick, greasy and yellow substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep. Yes, you read that correctly. But wait, wait. Stay with me here. Don’t walk away from this just yet. Because it is extracted from freshly shorn wool (the sheep is unharmed, it’s just like a haircut), it undergoes a purification process to remove all impurities, so it’s really not gross at all! Lanolin is actually a fantastic moisturizer, and among my top favorites. It acts as a lubricant and prevents water loss, which helps keep the skin soft and smooth. I use a small amount of this butter in my lotions at Ember Cove, and all feedback I have received claim it’s the best moisturizer they have ever tried!
Mango Butter – The kernels of the mango fruit contain an extremely rich butter which has been found to be wonderful for skin. In tropical countries, this butter has been used for its rejuvenating properties in healing skin problems, and its fantastic moisturizing qualities. This butter may be very rich, but it is easily absorbed by your skin. It is often used to maintain a youthful appearance. How? Well, mango butter rejuvenates skin due to the presence of antioxidants. This helps it to neutralize toxins, generate skin cell renewal and prevents wrinkle formation. Mango butter also has a protective effect against UV radiation. As you see, this butter is very versatile with range of wonderful qualities. The ability to hydrate skin for long periods of time, lightening of age and sun damage spots, tightening skin and healing eczema, rashes, irritations and generally, bringing back a healthy tone to your skin. Mango butter is even able to work deeper into the skin, healing muscle aches and tensions. Pretty nifty!
These all sound great, don’t they? The best part about this list is that it helps motivate me to create a butter blend for Ember Cove. A massage sounds pretty good right now, that’s for sure! I have been thinking of making a massage butter for a while, and a few of these that I listed are really convincing me that I need to get on it right away. :)
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A thank you to my sources: Livestrong, eHow, Skincare Naturals, Veria Living, Skin Care Secrets, Nicole-Spa, HubPages, Cupuacu Butter, From Nature With Love, Ingredients to Die For, Health and Beauty, Kokum Butter, Beautiful with Brains, Fresh! Food for your Skin, Africa Imports