Beneficial for hair and skin, essential butters are nature’s natural masterpieces! They help lock in moisture and give hair body and shine. All of which is perfect for thick, curly, and/or coarse hair. Now, throughout this section of my blog, I expand on the benefits of shea butter and mango butter. There are also lesser know butters, however, that while lesser known are just as beneficial. I found this article that explains ten butters for your and skins that you can implement into your hair regimen!! I list the top ten butters mentioned in the article (below) but I encourage you to click on the link and visit the article for yourselves. Very informative! While I usually purchase from butter-n-bars, unfortunately, they do not carry the majority of these butters. Instead, you can purchase from Texas Natural Supply or From Nature With Love!
1. Sweet Almond Butter – its properties are similar to Shea Butter and it contains essential fatty acids. It is great for dry skin/scalp because it hydrates the skin and restores elasticity.
2. Coffee Bean Butter – is natural protection from ultraviolet light and is becoming a popular ingredient in sunscreen products. It is an antioxidant and contains phytosterols which have anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties, condition skin and hair and promote moisture retention. It is good for dry skin.
3. Kokum Butter – it has the ability to soften skin and heal ulcerations of lips, hands and soles of feet. Kokum Butter helps reduce degeneration of the skin cells and restores elasticity.
4. Hemp Seed Butter – is rich in essential fatty acids that nourish the skin and helps reduce moisture loss from the skin.
5. Avocado Butter – is a great moisturizing treatment for hair. It makes a good butter for belly balms and lip balms. It can be used as an eye makeup remover and in hair conditioning creams.
6. Green Tea Butter – is anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite (much cheaper than those anti-cellulite creams on the market – about $9 for 8oz) and has anti-irritancy and anti-fungal effects. It has a high content of polyphenols (antioxidants). It protects the skin from aging and against UV-B rays.
7. Pistachio Butter – rich in fatty acids that moisturizes and softens skin. It has excellent penetrating qualities – good massage butter. It also has a low comedogenicity (doesn’t clog pores).
8. Macadamia Butter – has a high concentration of palmitoleic acid, a naturally occurring fatty acid. Our production of palmitoleic acid decreases as we get older so this butter is great for mature skin, as well as and dry skin.
9. Orange Butter – has a high concentration of Bioflavonoids (Vitamin P – that neutralizes free-radicals) polyphenols (antioxidants). It has anti-cellulite and anti-inflammatory properties and other protective benefits for skin, such as a cleansing and toning effect. It can improve oily, acne prone skin.
10. Cupuacu Butter – is similar to Cocoa Butter, but has a softer, creamier consistency. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterols, and is very moisturizing for skin and hair. It is also a natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. It can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and adds shine and replenishes moisture in hair.