At BluDaisy, we absolutely love & respect the rich nourishment found in nature, specifically for use in our skincare products. Your skin is the largest organ on your body so it’s best to treat it with loving care. Therefore, natural skincare is essential for noticeably soft, smooth and nourished skin.
I would like to share with you some amazing facts about the organic butters we use in our whipped body butters and why they are truly the best choice for your skincare, and why they are vastly different than your every day lotions.
The key difference between the two is in their ingredients: Body butters contain just that — Shea butter, or Cocoa or Mango butter and various oils like coconut, jojoba, or grapeseed oil; Body lotion however, is often a combination of water and oils also requiring preservatives so they don't spoil.
Body butter has a heavier, more hydrating feeling than lotion which keeps moisture locked in your skin, best used after bathing. It’s fantastic for dry skin, dry patches like elbows, hands, and feet. The butter can feel greasier on the skin, but we "cut back" on this greasiness by using an amazing ingredient, Arrowroot Powder which cuts the oily texture and helps the recipe absorb more quickly. It also gives it a light and fluffy consistency and is known to improve circulation too (view link above to see the amazing health benefits).
Benefits of the Highly Prized Butters we use at BluDaisy
*(Photos taken by Nichole Allen, BluDaisy Owner)
Organic, Unrefined Shea ButterThis Shea butter (Unrefined) has not undergone any refining techniques, which means it stills holds 100% of its natural, skin-healing benefits. It has a wonderful creamy-smooth texture with a beautiful olive-yellow hue. Shea butter is filled with vitamins like vitamin A & E which makes it a luxurious skin moisturizer and renowned for improving most skin problems.
Shea butter is popular in the natural body care and cosmetic industry and has been used for centuries in Africa for its moisturizing properties. Shea butter also contains essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals. Shea butter is an intense moisturizer for rough skin.
The making of Shea butter is quite a labor intensive process. First, the nuts are hand pressed, then the oils are cooked over a fire, being stirred constantly. It is eventually poured and allowed to cool.
Because this butter has not been refined, it does hold its natural "woodfire nutty scent" which some find displeasing, and others love it. Unrefined Shea butter is also used as a mild sunscreen aide, whereas refined shea butter no longer holds those benefits. Try using this product directly on your skin ... it works great for stretch marks, extremely dry skin, eczema, and oh the list just goes on and on!
Organic, Unrefined Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is a type of fat that comes from cocoa beans. To harness cocoa butter, the beans are taken out of the larger cacao plant. Then they’re roasted, stripped, and pressed to separate out the fat—the cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is high in fatty acids, which is why it’s often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture.
Cocoa butter is rich in natural plant compounds called phytochemicals. These substances may improve blood flow to the skin and slow skin aging by protecting against damage from the sun’s harmful UV rays. One common use of cocoa butter is to smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin. Many women believe cocoa butter creams and lotions can be used during and after pregnancy to prevent and minimize the appearance of stretch marks.
Organic, Mango Butter
Within every colorful mango is a woody kernel – packed with nutrient-dense fats! Those fatty oils are pressed from the kernels and gently refined to create Mango Butter, a creamy moisturizing butter that is perfect for conditioning hair and skin. Likewise, pure Mango Butter is completely plant-based ingredient made from mango. The process uses a special cold-pressing and steam-refinement method that helps to preserve the butter’s most precious and beneficial components. Loaded with vitamins like A and E, essential fatty acids, and natural antioxidants, this butter is extremely nourishing.
Mango Butter is non-comedogenic. That means that it won’t clog pores or aggravate acne-prone skin. This makes Mango Butter a great choice for moisturizing almost any skin type. Dry skin will love the highly-moisturizing emolliency of this butter!
What is best for you?
When choosing a butter to use on your skin, it’s really a matter of personal preference. You really can’t go wrong, unless you have severe allergies to tree nuts, a chocolate sensitivity or have allergies to the urushiol of mango skin, bark or leaves (the irritant in poison ivy and sumac). While the chances are very low that an allergic reaction can occur from any of these 3 butters, it’s always better to be safe than sorry! If you're using a commercial, grocery store lotion, containing advertised "shea butter," check the label – if it’s the 30th ingredient, you may not want that for the skin benefits you’re looking for. Word of caution, if you’re seeking treatment for a specific skin care need, always consult your doctor or dermatologist. They can help develop a skin care regimen that best suits your needs.
Ready to Shop our Organic, Whipped Body Butters?
We currently have a small variety of Organic, Whipped Body Butters available which are handmade in small batches with aromatic fragrance oils. We can also make (unscented & have plans to add pure essential oils in them too!) for a more pure option if prone to serious sensitivity to fragrances (feel free to ask!). I can confidently say after personally using our products on my own family and from customers testimonies, that your skin will be noticeably smoother and healthier after consistent usage over time (please visit our reviews/testimonies via facebook for more).
*Sources: healthline.com, bettersheabutter.com