All About Body Butters

Ever wonder what’s the right body butter for the job? Cocoa, Shea, Mango, Avocado…

body butters

Body butter comes in a variety of textures rich and thick, soft and creamy, each with purpose and benefit for the skin. They are all from natural sources such as kernels and fruit trees. Body butter can be used in soaps, lotions, lip balms, body washes, and creams. Each is solid at room temperature with different melting points and which is key to choosing the right butter for the job! Read on for a handy printable Natural Body Butter Reference Guide.

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Cocoa Butter

Also known as cocoa butter chunks, cocoa butter pastilles, unrefined cocoa butter & deodorized cocoa butter

Texture: Firm

Melting Point: 95.0–97.7 °F  – Does not melt on contact with the skin

Color: Soft tan

Shelf Life: 2 years

Top Points:

  1. Natural chocolate scent
  2. High in Vitamin E
  3. Hydrates and Soothes
  4. Known for reducing scars and stretch marks

Recommended For:

  • Lip Balm
  • Body Cream
  • Sugar Scrub Cubes and Salt Bars
  • Lotion Bars

Shea Butter

Also known as refined shea butter and unrefined shea butter

Texture: Soft

Melting Point: 90° F – Melts on contact with the skin

Color: Pale cream

Shelf Life: 1 year

Top Points:

  1. Light nutty scent
  2. High in Vitamins E, A, F
  3. Intense Moisturizer
  4. Known for healing dry scalp, cracked heels, and eczema

Recommended For:

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Mango Butter

Also known as refined mango butter and deodorized mango butter

Texture: Medium Firm

Melting Point: 86° F – Melts on contact with the skin

Color: White

Shelf Life: 2 years

Top Points:

  1. Mild sweet scent
  2. High in Vitamins E and A
  3. Known for it’s smoothing hydrating abilities
  4. Natural Emollient
  5. Best applied with a carrier oil

Recommended For:

Avocado Butter

Also known as unrefined avocado butter and virgin avocado butter

Texture: Soft

Melting Point: 96° F – Melts on contact with the skin

Color: White with a pale green tent

Shelf Life: 3 years

Top Points:

  1. Little to no scent
  2. High in Vitamins B and E
  3. Soft and Spreadable
  4. Makes skin and hair shiny
  5. Known for repairing damaged weak and dry hair

Recommended For:

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      Lillian Stevens

      Thank you for sharing these interesting facts! I’ve been using plain shea butter in the frigid Chicago winters and absolutely love it! It really does wonders and it’s so nice to not have any artificial scents that would be in store bought lotions/body butters etc.

      Found you by way of the ‘Made by You’ linkup! Nice meeting you!

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        lifenreflection

        Shea butter is a great choice for winter in Chicago, it’s a moisturizer that lasts! I use a essential oils with natural body butters when I want to add fragrance.

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