Get ready to enjoy nutritious, delicious, creamy, sweet butter spread generously on your… body. No, that is not a misprint – it’s the truth. No offense, of course, to the butter that you slather on your toast, baked potato, and vegetables. There is no shortage of love for that kind of butter. But today, we’re going to refer to the kind of nourishment that you can receive from the type of butter that is typically used topically.
When it comes to nourishing your skin from the inside out, nothing beats body butters. Even better, they are a skin care routine that can best be classified as minimalist. They can be used alone for a simple treatment or combined with essential oils, other butters, or various ingredients and easily applied. Let’s look at how to use body butters, how they feel, what they do, and the different kinds available.
Body Butters: The One Size Fits All – Cures All Treatment
The only situation presented by the use of body butters is a win-win. With a plethora of uses, body butters come in handy for makeup removal, regular skincare and softening, massage, dry skin care, cuticle softening, and treatment of skin on your face, feet, and hands. But different kinds of butters benefit skin of varying types. Fortunately, whatever the skin type – there is a beneficial skin treatment using a body butter.
First of all, because they contain no water, these butters are beneficial to your skin because of their incredible hydrating properties and how quickly they absorb. They melt lusciously on contact.
Different body butters are used for hair care, creams, soaps, and lip balms. They have varying textures, different levels of antioxidants, fatty acids, and vitamins, and may even differ by SPF factor. We will break some body butters down into two categories in the following paragraphs. One category will deal with the more exotic butters that you may, one day, wish to use. The other category will be body butters that you should have readily available for use by themselves or in a recipe.
A Body Butter Wishlist
Just because these body butters are a little more on the exotic side does not mean that you should do without them. They are, so to speak, the cream of the crop:
- Illipe Butter – Perfect for the treatment of overly processed or dry hair, this exotic butter is highly effective when used to treat skin, hair, and restore elasticity. With no objectionable scent of its own and a firm consistency which helps it hold its shape, it is often used in soaps and cosmetics.
- Capuacu Butter – With high levels of fatty acids and an earthy cocoa scent, this body butter boosts your hair and skin’s natural moisture. It is lusciously creamy and can, therefore, be used by itself or, if you so choose, combined.
- Sal or Shorea Butter – When it comes to skin care creations, this is a great choice. It can treat damaged hair and dry skin and is similar to cocoa butter. It spreads easily and softens readily and is frequently used to stabilize mixes and formulas.
Body Butters You Should Always Have On Hand
At least one or more of the following body butters should always be available on your bedside table, in your medicine cabinet, in your desk drawer, etc.:
- Kokum – This butter is highly prized for its ability to support flexibility and elasticity in the skin. And for skin cells, it will revitalize them with its vitamin E, and rich essential fatty acids. Perfect for calloused, dry, rough, or cracked skin. It is best when used with other butters or essential oils which make it more pliable.
- Mango – A natural emollient, mango butter is rich and provides moisturizing properties and soothing, skin softening benefits. If you use it alone, you may want to soften it first, but it is best used when combined with essential oils or other butters. A fantastic treatment after shaving.
- Shea – Shea is one of the most well-known and popular body butters out there for its high levels of collagen, fatty acids, and vitamins F, E, and A. It makes a good do-it-yourself deodorant, can be combined in recipes (try putting some in your favorite sunscreen concoction), or used alone on dry skin and your scalp.
- Cocoa or Cacao – This can be used to create one of the most incredible whipped body butters ever (it’s so good, it should be against the law – but it isn’t, thankfully) and is used in creams, soaps, lip balms, and more. It contains natural antioxidants and, with its vitamin E, helps soothe and hydrate skin.
Coconut Oil Deserves Special Mention
Just a quick shout out to coconut oil, especially since we have discussed combining some of these butters with essential oils or other butters. Coconut oil nourishes hair, prevents protein loss, treats flaking and dryness, and can prevent wrinkles. It also has a pleasing aroma. In various butters and skin care recipes that are classified as do-it-yourself, this is a highly touted go-to oil.
At Plant Guru, we offer an online supply of body butters that are high-quality, all-natural, and affordable. From almond butter all the way to yellow shea butter, and everything in between, we carry it all! Shop now to begin traveling down the path to a healthy mind, body, and spirit through natural butters, oils, and more.