Thursday, June 6, 2013

Colors and Textures of Natural Butters

I buy my cocoa butter wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs
Butters are a very important part of making hand-crafted beauty products.  I use them quite often when I want to create a luscious thick cream or a solid lotion bar.  The beauty of a natural butter such as Shea is that it can be used all by itself by simply massaging it into the skin for unparalleled protection. 

I use cocoa butter, kokum butter, mango butter and shea butter the most.  These butters vary in their color and texture.  Here is a bit of information about each butter. Thanks to Mountain Rose Herbs for this valuable information.

Cocoa Butter. Photo from Mountain Rose Herbs
Cocoa Butter is an aromatic solid butter pressed from the roasted seeds of the Cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) and further processed to yield a warm color and delightful odor. Will soften at body temperature and adds a rich, creamy, and thick consistency to lotions, soaps, creams, and toiletry items to help reduce cutaneous dryness and for the improvement of skin elasticity. A soothing ingredient commonly found in most cosmetic preparations and now fair trade certified at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Color: Cream Hue
Texture: Semi-Hard


Cocoa Butter Wafers from Mountain Rose Herbs exhibit the same properties and qualities as their standard Cocoa Butter but in a much more convenient size which makes melting and blending easier. Each wafer or disc measures about 1/2 to 3/4 inch in diameter. Suitable for food and cosmetic use.

Color: Cream Hue
Texture: Semi-Hard 

Kokum Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs
Kokum Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a  highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product.

Color: White
Texture: Hard


Mango Butter photo from Mountain Rose Herbs
Mango Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is expeller pressed and rendered from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. Mango Butter has beneficial moisturizing properties for lotions and acts as a mild lubricant for the skin, and is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter making it an exotic and fun alternative for toiletry products. Great source of essential fatty acids.

Color: White/Off White
Texture: Semi-Hard

Shea Butter photo from Mountain Rose Herbs
Shea Butter from Mountain Rose Herbs is a raw unrefined butter derived from the vegetable fat of the Karite Tree. The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, Mountain Rose Herbs certified organic shea butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturizing. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin. Mountain Rose Herbs shea butter is hand harvested, certified organic, expeller pressed, and is imported directly from the processor.

Color: Cream Hue/Tan
Texture: Soft



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