Body Butter Information
For many of you just joining me on my newest adventure, Welcome! I am an avid lover and believer in using all natural products or using only all natural ingredients to take care of myself. With this being said I have just released my brand new body butters and would like to share what I have learned about them.
What is a body butter? By definition from wiktionary: Body butter is "A moisturizer designed to be applied to the body." I know many of you know what one is but there is a real difference between an all natural body butter and one that is not. There is also a large difference between body butters and lotions. LiveStrong wrote a very good article on the differences that you can read here. For now, let's just focus on the difference between the all natural body butters and those that are not considered all natural.
In an all natural body butter, you will find that the whipped recipe simply melts onto your skin. At first you may notice a slight "oil" look and then moments later it is gone after being completely absorbed into the skin with very little effort from you. The best part, is that because is absorbed, you do not find yourself spending more than several minutes rubbing it into your skin. The best time to use these wonderfully moisturizing body butters is right after a warm bath or shower. Because these amazing body butters are all natural, they typically only contain a few ingredients and do NOT need preservatives or other emulsifying agents. Their shelf life is on average about 6 months when kept properly.
In an body butter that you find at the Body Shop, Target, Bath&Body Works, etc you will find that they will almost always have more than 3-4 ingredients that will include water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Phenoxyethanol (Artificial Preservative), Methylparaben (Artificial Preservative),Propylparaben (Artificial Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol (Artificial Preservative), Artificial Color, and the list goes on. I have provided a few links for some of these ingredients because I think it is important to educate ourselves on what we are really purchasing. Some of these ingredients may not appear harmful, but why add them in when you can use an all natural product that you know what is in it? Not only do store bought body butters have more ingredients that make you ask "what is that?" but they are absorbed differently. They need to massaged into the skin as they do not readily absorb as well as all natural body butters.
So what is in the body butter I make? Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, pure vitamin E, and therapeutic grade essential oils. That is it. It is a very simple and true recipe that leaves you feeling moisturized and pampered. They can last for up to 6 months in their whipped form if they are kept in their sealed containers and in rooms where temperatures do not rise above 76 degrees fahrenheit. Some individuals recommend storing them in refrigerators but it is entirely up to you how you want to store your body butter.
Essentially, the difference in a store bought body butter is not only in the way it is absorbed but what ingredients are used to produce them. I think I will stick with a more natural body butter and encourage you to do so, too! Even if it is not mine, I would recommend you find one you like because chances are it is better for you and you will love it more!