A question I often receive from new customers is: “What is a body butter?” The name certainly does sound strange, and believe it or not, I have had people at our vendor shows ask me if they could eat our body butter! Well, of course you can’t eat the body butter, but the high-quality ingredients we use are all food grade.
I personally love the terminology of “body butter” because the word “butter” has the connotation and implication that it is something edible, adding to the idea of its purity. But that’s not really what the “butter” aspect means here; it’s because body butters are usually made of different botanical butters.
So what IS a body butter? A body butter is a body moisturizer used topically for cosmetic purposes of softening the skin.
What’s the difference between a body butter and a body cream? Body creams are usually very thick in texture, with a heavy viscosity. Butters are usually whipped, where creams are not. Butters are light and fluffy, and depending on the ingredients used, are very easily absorbed in the skin.
What’s the difference between a body butter and a lotion? Lotions are emulsified waters and oils, meaning lotions are a combination of water and oil, which is often why you will find glycerin, preservatives, and emulsifying wax as ingredients on a lotion. There is nothing wrong with these ingredients, as they all can be vegan, and any good lotion must have a preservative to ensure mold and bacteria doesn’t grow – Where there’s water, there are microbes ready to spawn. Body butters, on the other hand, are strictly made of oils and butters. There is no water, thus there really is no need of preservatives, glycerin, or emulsifiers.
Is there a benefit to body butters over creams and lotions? It’s truly all a matter of personal preference. When created properly, they can all reap wonderful benefits to the skin, and they all really require the same type of product care. We like to create butters because we personally love the light and fluffy texture, and we feel that there is a greater value to the concentration of oils. You’re buying pure moisturizer instead of additives, so a little bit of body butter can go a long way. For example, our 1.5 ounce jars, if used every day on one large body part (let’s say legs), can last you for 4-6 weeks.
Can I use body butters on my face? This depends on your skin type and the ingredients of the body butter. Our base ingredients are mango butter, coconut oil, shea butter, jojoba oil, and apricot kernal oil/sunflower oil, then scented with essential oils. We craft our butters specifically for body and facial use, as we only use essential oils in our two main butters, Confidence and Butter Me Up.
Why do you use those specific ingredients? Each ingredient we choose in our body butters has a purpose. The mango butter (which is a FAVORITE) has a lot of unsaponifiables, which makes it a super effective emollient and humectant – meaning it keeps water in the skin. Coconut oil is simultaneously moisturizing and slightly drying; this allows the skin to gain a softness without a greasy feeling. Shea butter is renowned for its moisturizing properties. Jojoba oil is a remarkably rich, luxurious, non-comedogenic oil, meaning it provides great smoothness and moisture without clogging pores. Apricot kernal oil and sunflower oil are both also excellent non-comedogenic moisturizers, providing light and fluffy softness, making the butter very whippable. We pride ourselves on using only botanical ingredients, making our butters completely vegan.
When is the best time to use a body butter? We recommend using body butter after a shower, especially after using an exfoliating scrub, which opens the skin up to absorbing more moisture. For the face, we recommend using it at night after washing your face for the evening. A super pro-tip for extra dry feet – Use the body butter on your feet after taking a bath in the evening, and then wearing cotton terry-cloth socks overnight; you’ll wake up to super-soft pedicure-level feet!
Do you have any advice, tips, or testimonials from using body butter?