All you need to know about plant butters in skincare.

plant butters in skincare

With the winters in full swing, you may be switching up your personal care routine for something more moisturising and hydrating. And you may be spoilt for choices between different options available in the market.

While lotions, creams and oils are quite commonly known options, plant butters may be a fairly new concept to some. Especially when you see a solid block of raw butter being sold and wonder how to use them.

Today I will be sharing all the details on plant butters, their benefits, how to use them and where to buy good quality butters in India. So let’s start.

What are plant butters?

Plant butters are edible fats extracted from certain seeds and nuts. The most commonly available ones are cocoa butter from cocoa pods, shea butter from shea nuts and mango butter from mango seeds.

These seeds and nuts with high-fat content are cleaned, dried and then either boiled or cold-pressed to separate the oil from the pulp. The oil is then filtered to remove any impurities and residue, and allowed to cool to form a solid block of butter.

Sometimes, these plant butters are further refined using chemicals to improve the colour, remove their natural aroma and extend its shelf life. But this process strips away certain benefits and renders them less beneficial compared to unrefined butters.

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Use of plant butters in skincare

The basic function of plant butters in skincare is moisturisation due to their emollients and occlusive properties. They can be found in everything from conditioners, lip balms, face creams, body lotions, body butters, soaps, lipsticks etc.

Apart from moisturisation they also provide to skin essential fatty acids, vitamins,  and antioxidants. They are a better choice over petroleum jelly and mineral oil any day.

Also Read: All about the Clean Beauty Movement

Difference between plant oils and butters.

The most distinctive feature between plant oils and butters is that oils are liquid at room temperature. The oils also absorb faster into the skin and are easier to spread.

But plant butters have better occlusive properties and are thus the better choice for intense moisturisation. They are great for dry skinned people or to be used in winters.

However, these occlusive properties make them a bit heavier to use on facial skin. Cocoa butter is often regarded as a comedogenic ingredient and avoided by the oily skinned population. But when used in small proportions can be beneficial for them too.

Also Read: Why you should be using an oil for oily skin.

Types of plant butters

There are so many different butters like jojoba butter, avocado butter, macadamia nut butter, hemp butter etc.

But the four below are the most easily available and commonly used in skincare.

plant butters in skincare
  • Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is extracted from cocoa bean pods and is pale yellow in colour. It contains Vitamin E, polyphenols (fight free radicals) and a heavenly chocolatey aroma. With its rich texture, it leaves the skin soft and moisturised and is beneficial in fading stretch marks and scars.

  •  Shea Butter

Extracted from nuts of the African Shea tree, it is beige in colour and has healing properties. It contains vitamin A, E and phytonutrients and can soothe diaper rashes. Shea butter also helps in fading blemishes, reducing inflammation and prevent dryness.

  •  Mango Butter

Mango Butter is made from Mango seeds and has an off-white colour. It has a sweet fragrance and is less greasy compared to cocoa and shea butter. Rich in fatty acids, It helps moisturize skin and hair, prevent fine lines and wrinkles and soothes irritated skin.

  •  Kokum Butter

Made from the Kokum trees native to India, kokum butter sports a light brown colour. With a uniform triglyceride composition, it has moisturising and skin healing properties. Kokum Butter is used to treat dryness, regenerate skin cells, and heal ulcers, fissures etc.

Where to buy good quality butters in India?

Well, my favourite place to shop for raw ingredients to make DIYs is Blend It Raw Apothecary. They sell good quality organic ingredients at affordable prices. Or else you can go for Anaha or Bliss of Earth– both easily available on Amazon.

If you are not up for a DIY you can buy readymade body butters from brands like Juicy chemistry or Raw Beauty.

How to make DIY whipped body butter.

plant butters in skincare
  1. Pick a butter of you choice (or two) and melt it using the double boiler method. Once melted, add an equal amount of oil (again whatever suits your needs coconut, almond, olive etc.)
  2. Mix it thoroughly and let is cool down. You can also any essential oils if you like at this stage.
  3. Once it is semi-solid, whip it up until it turns fluffy.
  4. Store it in a clean, airtight jar ready to use.

Always make sure you are using organic, unrefined butters to get the best out of them. Have you incorporated plant butters in your skincare routine yet? Don’t forget to share your favourite products/recipes in the comments below.

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