Why use Body Butter?
Sensitive or dry skin, use this great option.
Body Butters are made up of a combination of butters, carrier oils and optional essential or fragrance oils depending on your
DIY recipe of choice. Looking for moisturizing benefits? Shea butter, Turmeric shea butter and my preference Mango butter. It can be very confusing and the choice is yours. Here are a few thoughts to consider when creating a formula.
Then there is a choice of Natural or Organic Shea Butter, Mango and so forth. Brings us to a whole 'nother blog - Chemical or Toxins
Shea Butter most popular of butters, approximately 90 degrees Fahrenheit melting point, up to 2 year shelf life, choice of raw, unrefined, refined, moisturizing to the skin and, may melt quickly if your recipes call for melting. Favorite in Body Butters.
Unlike Mango or Cocoa butters, she has a softer texture.
Mango Butter is softer than Cocoa although Mango has a bit more of a firm texture to shea. Approximately 86 degrees Fahrenheit melting point, up to 2 year shelf life, works well in lotions, balms yet requires melting to incorporate more easily.
Cocoa Butter oh my what a firm texture because it is a vegetable fat. Approximately 86-90 degrees Fahrenheit melting point, 2 year shelf life and melts slightly on the skin thereby some choose to use as a hardener in body butter, lips balm and soap.
Tamanu Butter / Foraha Butter (Not to be confused with Tamanu oil) the hardest and most stable exotic butter. At about 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 C to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 C melting point. Buttery texture makes it ideal for the formulation of lip balm, lotion, body butters and more.
Kokum Butter / Garcinia indica is crumbly, firm and yet similar in texture to Cocoa butter. Melting point may begin around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, again about 2 year shelf life, slightly melts on contact and formulators love it in lotion, body butter, lip balm, and cold process soap for it's hardening capability and it brings skin-loving luxury to the skin.
An then there are all of those oils for example there is Tamanu oil, Coconut oil oh my the list of carrier oils to blend or not to blend. Key note is always mix carrier oils with essential oils. Takeaway from this article and other resources on the market, educate yourself and be concerned for those using your skincare line.
There are a ton of butter options to choose from when formulating your recipes and I have only touched the surface. The point is, research and choose wisely. Thank you for cruising along with me, Kathy T on this new skin journey of exploration. Happy New Year 2022. Keep Cruisin