body butter facts

When it comes to moisturisers, body butters tend to be the least popular choice for most women so we decided to run a survey to find out why body butters are not as popular as we would expect

And the primary reason we found was that women just don't know what a true body butter is and, therefore, do not understand how it can benefit the skin



what is a traditional body butter?

A body butter is an intense, long-lasting moisturiser which keeps your skin nourished and hydrated throughout the day

There should be no need to reapply a body butter during the day

Unlike creams and lotions, a true traditional body butter will only contain butters and oils

The ingredients are chosen according to their beneficial properties e.g. emollient (leave the skin feeling soft), anti-oxidant (regenerative and, thus, reducing the signs of aging)

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what is the difference between a body butter and a lotion?

If we got a cent for every time we were asked this question, we'd be very rich

It all boils down to the composition and ingredients of the product

Lotions (and creams) should have water as their primary ingredient. This means that when you look at a lotion's ingredients label you should 'aqua' as the first listed ingredient

Lotions, by definition and design, should contain up to 80% water whereas creams should contain up to 60% water

A true, traditional body butter however should contain only butters and oils. So when you read the ingredients label on a true body butter you should never see the word 'aqua'

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why is a true body butter more moisturising and hydrating than a lotion?

We need to drink plenty of water each day in order to keep all our organs, including our skin, hydrated and working at their optimal level

Based on this premise, you would expect that spreading water over your skin should moisturise your skin. But this is not true.  Shortly after spreading water over your skin, your skin will begin to feel dry, not moisturised.  The reason is that the water evaporates and it takes with it many of the skin's naturally-produced oils

The more often that skin comes into contact with water, the drier it will become - unless the lost oils are replaced

Whilst lotions (and creams) are predominantly water, they try to minimise the drying effect on the skin by adding moisturising ingredients such as butters and oils. But with such a high water content, lotions tend to wear off relatively quickly and you may feel you want to re-apply a lotion again during the day.  This is most noticeable on areas of the skin which are exposed to the elements most, such as your hands

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As true body butters contain only butters and oils which penetrate the skin and do not evaporate, they leave the skin hydrated and moisturised for a much longer time and you rarely have to reapply during the day   


how do I use my body butter?

A mix of pure butters and oils can be a very heavy combination for your skin.  So at Simply Skin we whip our ingredients together until they are perfectly light and fluffy so our product won't feel heavy on your skin

However it is important to remember that a Simply Skin whipped body butter is a true traditional body butter which is not diluted with water so a little goes a very long way

We recommend you use our body butter in the same way (and places) where you would use a lotion.  But we recommend you start with a very small amount of butter (about the size of your small finger) and, using the heat of your hand, massage it into your skin

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If your skin feels heavy or greasy, you've used too much product

Our whipped body butters are also excellent for softening and hydrating dry patches of skin, face neck and décolletage moisturiser, massage, and after-shaving leg moisturiser


You can check out our full rnage of whipped body butters here >