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All About Botanical Butters

Our skin is our body’s largest organand just like our internal organs, it needs nourishment to thrive. We do what we can by eating healthy foods, drinking ample water and getting a good night’s sleepbut if you really want to make your skin next-level-silky-smooth, we suggest trying one of our botanical body butters!

Each of these lusciously nourishing butters contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids – the ingredients your skin has been craving. And since there’s no bad choice on our list of butters, we’ve broken down the unique characteristics of each, making it easy for you to decipher which butter fits your unique needs.

Whether you’re on a quest to make your own beauty products, or just looking for a way to achieve that healthy glow… use this guide to body butter to find exactly what you’re looking for!

Although each of our butters can easily be swapped for one another, here are a few differentiating characteristics to consider:

  1. Smell. Refined butters have little to no scent, as they’ve gone through a natural deodorization process. The scents of the unrefined butters below vary. I recommend sticking with none scented butters if you’d like to have a little more control of the smell of your products.
  2. Texture. Each of the body butters below have their own unique texture – some are drier, while others are more creamy - check individual butters for more details.
  3. Refined vs. Unrefined. Refined butters have gone through a filtration process which removes much of the sediment (plant particles from the pressing process), scent and color from the butter.

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Organic Cocoa Butter

What is it? Cocoa Butter is the unrefined butter produced by roasting and pressing the seeds of a cacao tree and removing the powder.

Extraction: expeller pressed

Texture: thick and creamy

Scent: light and chocolatey

Melting Point: low

Suggested Use: cosmetic and food

Nutrients: vitamin E, stearic acid, palmitic acid

Recipes Using Cocoa Butter

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Kokum Butter

What is it? Kokum Butter is the refined butter made from the fruit kernels of the Garcinia tree. This butter is naturally white, and works best blended with other ingredients.

Extraction: expeller pressed

Texture: hard, dry and flakey

Scent: none

Melting Point: medium

Suggested Use: cosmetic only

Nutrients: stearic-oleic-stearic triglycerides

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Organic Mango Butter

What is it? Mango Butter is a refined butter made from the processed seeds of a mango tree.

Extraction: expeller pressed

Texture: thick and creamy

Scent: sweet and fatty

Melting Point: low

Suggested Use: cosmetic

Nutrients: vitamins A and E, fatty acids, natural antioxidants

Recipes Using Mango Butter:

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Organic Shea Butter: Refined

What is it? Shea Butter is the butter extracted from the crushed and roasted seeds of a shea tree. This butter has been refined + naturally deodorized.

Extraction: expeller pressed

Texture: smooth

Scent: none

Melting Point: medium

Suggested Use: cosmetic

Nutrients: vitamins A and E, fatty acids, stearic acid, oleic acid

Recipes Using Shea Butter:

 

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Organic Shea Butter: Unrefined

What is it? Unrefined Shea Butter is the butter extracted from the crushed and roasted seeds of a shea tree.

Extraction: expeller pressed

Texture: smooth

Scent: thick and nutty

Melting Point: medium

Suggested Use: cosmetic

Nutrients: vitamins A and E, fatty acids, stearic acid, oleic acid

Recipes Using Unrefined Shea Butter:

Shea Butter: Refined vs. Unrefined

Shea butter is a nourishing emollient produced by the seeds of the African shea tree. The seeds are boiled and pulverized to extract the fat, which is then whipped into a butter. Left as is, this produces UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER, which Typically contains flecks and sediment as well as a strong nutty smell.

Or it’s further processed* into REFINED SHEA BUTTER, which filters out most of the natural color, smell, and unfortunately some of the nutrients.

*Mountain Rose Herbs uses only natural methods to deodorize their refined shea butter, while many companies use harsh chemicals.

I hope that my guide to botanical body butters has inspired you to treat your skin to a few of our homemade body butter recipes.

 

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Lindsey

Written by Lindsey on September 1, 2015

Hi I'm Lindsey! Photographer and recipe creator over at The Little Pine, where I share my love for healthy eating and homemade beauty products. I believe in a peaceful place between work outs and wine / kale salads and chocolate / achieving goals and maintaining a calm mind. I love crafting my own concoctions, and sharing them with my favorite people. When I'm not working, you can find me in the mountains, at yoga or trying to learn how to build furniture!