All About Body Butter – The Hero Product You Need for Your Whole Body. Around here, we’re big believers that pampering your skin shouldn’t stop with the face. When it comes to your self-care routine, it’s important to remember that the skin is your largest organ and it covers your entire body.
Our skin is what protects us against the elements, regulates hot and cold temperatures, and quite literally holds us together. In other words, it deserves some love and attention.
For the perfect body-pampering ritual, we love nice nourishing body butter. Body butters are wonderfully effective for treating the skin after a hot shower, post-shave, as a soothing bedtime treat, or just any time your skin could use a boost. Read on to learn more about this beauty must-have.
Body butter vs lotion, which is better?
Body butters and lotions are two different types of skin moisturizers. The main difference between them is in the way they are formulated. Body butters tend to be a pure mixture of solid
and liquid oils, whipped to a thick buttery consistency, whereas lotions are a lighter weight-formula – typically a mixture of oil, waters, and other filler ingredients – to make them more spreadable on the skin.
Although there are benefits to any skin moisturizer, the added benefit of using body butter is the raw pure ingredients and the ability of a butter to deeply infuse moisture. Because body butters are thicker than lotions, they are incredibly effective for treating dry skin, dull skin, or skin that is compromised due to environmental damage. Sensitive skin conditions like eczema also respond well to a body butter because it has the ability to repair and soothe the skin
If you’ve been in the market for a body moisturizer here are a few more things to know:
Not all products are created equal
Fun fact: our epidermis is like a sponge. The skin absorbs products applied topically and the ingredients in those products then get absorbed into the bloodstream. Knowing this, science has begun to study the effects of our exposure to chemicals in our personal care products and has linked some cosmetic ingredients to a host of health issues.
In 2010, a Canadian study cited twelve common cosmetic chemicals and compounds known as “The Toxic Twelve” which were found to potentially cause health problems. Some of these
ingredients like sulfates and synthetic fragrances are shown to irritate the skin, whereas others have more serious consequences, such as hormone disruption and increased risk of cancer.
Unfortunately, due to a lack of regulations by the Food and Drug Administration, many popular drug store lotions still contain parabens, synthetic fragrances, and other toxic chemical
preservatives. The good news, however, is that you have alternatives. These days, more natural beauty brands are rising to meet the demand for cleaner body care products.
All-natural ingredients make the difference
Our skincare secret? When you care for your skin with clean products containing natural botanical oils, you’ll absorb all the positive benefits of good skin nutrition. In fact, the ingredients you’ll find in our body butters come straight from mother nature and work amazingly to keep the skin healthy. Let’s look at a few of our favorites:
Shea Butter – A popular cosmetic ingredient that has been used for centuries, shea butter is extracted from the fatty meat of shea nuts. It softens and conditions the skin, leaving it feeling
smooth and supple. It is also anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial. Cocoa Butter – Derived from cocoa beans, cocoa butter has many soothing and protective benefits for the skin. Cocoa butter melts at body temperature, so it is easily absorbed by the skin. Studies even suggest that cocoa butter can help improve skin elasticity.
Coconut Oil – Beloved by beauty experts for its natural purifying properties and ability to infuse the skin with a healthy glow, coconut oil is also highly antioxidant and full of skin-friendly fatty acids.
Mango Butter – Delectable mango butter is as nourishing for the skin as it is for the body. Mango butter is full of vitamins and minerals that the skin loves. When applied topically, it helps repair and rejuvenates the skin.
Jojoba Oil – Jojoba oil is very similar to oils naturally produced by the body, so it is easily recognized by the skin. Jojoba helps balance and strengthen the skin and additionally keeps it
looking more youthful.
Together in one formula, these rich plant-based oils work to provide nourishment and moisturize the skin, meanwhile, our butters are also infused with antioxidant Vitamin C and Vitamin E as well as hyaluronic acid – a moisture binder that holds 1,000 times its own weight in water and locks hydration into the skin.
The With Love & Company story
After a harrowing campfire accident in August of 2016, the founder of With Love & Company discovered the amazing restorative benefits of creating and using a skin healing balm. One product soon became many, and a full line of natural skin care products was born. Five years later, With Love & Company’s Healing Balm and Body Butters have become bestsellers. Customers can’t get enough of the line’s clean formulas and say the products have magical healing properties – remedying everything from sunburn to stretch marks, psoriasis, and more.
The products are handmade in-house at the company’s Las Vegas shop. The company’s mission is to create products that utilize natural raw ingredients and every product is made without stabilizers, preservatives, parabens, or other toxic chemicals. The company prides itself on a line of butters and balms made from only the finest ingredients and a lot of love
The Toxic Twelve: Chemicals and Contaminants in Cosmetics by Scott Faber
What Is Shea Butter? 22 Reasons to Add It to Your Routine by Kathryn Watson, Medically
reviewed by Alan Carter, Pharm.D
What are the Benefits of Cocoa Butter by Aaron Kandola, Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb,
DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP
25 Coconut Oil Uses That Benefit Your Hair and Skin, According to Doctors by Siobahn
How Mangoes May Benefit the Health of Your Skin by Daniel Yetman, Medically reviewed by
Sara Perkins, MD