Natural butters, salts and waxes: It is important to know what type of natural salts, butters, and waxes to use as carriers for essential oils and their properties. This helps in boosting the ingredients in essential oils. Their properties help when deciding what will work best for each function especially for skin.
Contains fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, dietary fiber and manganese. Almond butter is made from tree nut. Almond butter is high in monounsaturated fats, riboflavin, phosphorus, copper, Vitamins E, B12 and magnesium. All these are great for your body and skin. The fats in Almond butter lower the risk of heart disease, cholesterol thus regulating heart health.
Aloe butter is soothing to the skin, absorbs quickly, and restores the skins moisture. It contains natural anti-inflammatory and is high in lignin which makes it easier to draw ingredients into the skin. It blends well with essential oils. It is rich in Vitamins A, C, E, B, Choline, B12, Folic Acid and high in antioxidants. It assists in wound healing and inflamed skin.
Avocado butter is made from the flesh of avocados. It richly contains Vitamins A, B, C and E, protein, potassium and antioxidants. It is a great absorbent. Soothes irritated skin and has antiaging properties and leaves the skin feeling soft and revived.
Originally from northern Brazil. It is extracted from the seeds of the fruit of the Bacuri tree. It acts as an insect repellant and great for problematic skin. A great moisturizer and has antiaging properties. It contains Sulphur and amino acids. Is anti-bacterial and antiviral. Reduces stretch marks as well.
Babassu refined butter:
It is moisturizing and doesn’t clog pores. Being lightweight and absorbs easily. Babassu butter is made from the nuts of the Babassu Palm tree in Brazil. It contains vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids. It has healing properties, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-microbial. Therefore, fights acne, soothes rashes, dry, itchy scalp, relieves sunburn and is used as a hair conditioner amongst other uses.
Is a vegetable fat extracted from cocoa beans. Cocoa butter contains numerous fatty acids, antioxidants and emollient properties. It smells lovely. Fatty acids nourish, moisturize, hydrate and protect the skin. Good for dry skin and great to use during winter.
Cupuacu butter is made in Brazil from Cupuacu seeds. Being lightweight and moisturizes the skin for a longer time, thus causing deep penetration into the skin. It improves the skins elasticity and reduces blemishes. Has antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory properties, omega fatty acids, Vitamins A, B, and C, amino acids and calcium.
Made in Southern California. Jojoba oil contains similar oils and fatty acids to the human skin natural oils (sebum) there as improving the texture of the skin. As well as a great moisturizer. It also contains proteins and minerals. Great for all skin types including hypoallergenic skin. A must-have in your skin regime. Great absorbent and spreads easily for adding essential oils to your skin.
Made from the seeds of Kokum tree. Has lots of fatty acids. Kokum butter melts slightly at contact with the skin. It has antioxidant properties, antiaging, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Ideal for damaged and sensitive skin. Kokum butter has healing properties as well as nourishing to the skin.
Derived from the seeds of the African Nutmeg found in West Africa (Ghana). Being anti-allergic, antifungal, anti-microbial and contains antioxidants makes it great for adding to essential oils as a skin rub. It absorbs quickly, helps alleviate muscle and joint pain while soothing irritated and dry skin in its unrefined form.
Macadamia nut butter:
Rich in vitamins B6, E, fiber, nutrients, manganese, magnesium, iron, copper, healthy fats (monounsaturated fats) and antioxidants. Macadamia nuts are widely grown in Australia. They regulate heart, gut health and aid in weight loss.
Mango butter contains Vitamins A, E and C, antioxidants and emollient properties. It hydrates and balance skin, antiaging and complexion. Works wonders on skin and hair. Mango butter is extracted from the mango kernel originated from India. Great for insect bites, poison ivy, frostbite and damaged hair.
Astrocaryum Murumuru seed butter is native to the Amazon Rainforest vegetation in Brazil and extracted from the seeds of the Murumuru palm tree. It forms a glossy film while nourishing, protecting and moisturizing skin and hair. It contains Vitamins and fatty acids. It doesn’t clog pores and is good on problematic skin prone to breakout.
Derived from orange peels that improve and tone oily skin. Orange peels contain Bioflavonoids that have anti-inflammatory, anti-cellulite and anti-irritant properties. Moisturizing and has excellent spreadability on skin. It smells lovely too.
Vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids which help in nourishing, smoothing, protecting and revitalizing skin. Great for dry, capped hair and aging skin. Rosehip butter works well on all skin types and absorbs quickly. It gives a natural glow to skin and may reduce the appearance of scars. It is extracted from the seeds of Rose Canina bush. It is non-irritating and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Sal seed butter:
Sal seed butter doesn’t leave an oily residue. It has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. While being rich in vitamins and fatty acids. It heals damaged hair and dry skin. Sal seed butter is made from the seeds of Shorea robusta (Sal) tree in India. It also relieves itching and rashes. It is believed to flush toxins out of the body.
Made in Africa from the nuts of Karite tree. Rich in Omega fatty acids and antioxidants. Acts as a natural sunscreen. Shea butter helps to reduce inflammation and joint pain. Eases razor bumps, insect bites, darkens stretch marks, sunburn, wrinkles and itching. Contains Vitamins A, E and F. It also blends well with other oils.
Made from soybeans in East Asia. It is cholesterol free and contains all the essential amino acids needed for growth. It contains Saturated Fat, Carbohydrates, Protein, Sodium, Dietary Fiber, Calcium, Potassium and Phosphorus.
Tangerine butter is made from the peels of tangerines. It is a soft butter. It has an uplifting and tangy aromatic scent. Great for oily skin and contains Vitamin A. It has stress relieving benefits and carries well with citrus essential oils such as Lemon, Orange, Lime and Grapefruit. It maybe photosensitive as it contains citrus oils. Therefore, it should not be used before going out in the sun.
Is a vegetable silicone made in Brazil from the seeds and Tucuma oil pulp of Tucuma palm tree. Improves elasticity and makes the skin smooth and supple. It contains antioxidant properties, Vitamins A and fatty acids. Tucuma butter contains antioxidant properties and emollient properties. It leaves off a glossy shine and is a great moisturizer.
Needs to be mixed with a carrier oil for application because it is very hard. Ucuuba butter is made from the seeds of the Ucuuba tree in Brazil. It contains Fatty acids, Vitamin A and C. It helps in regulating the immune system. Has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antiaging properties.
Coconut butter is made from pureeing coconut meat. It contains proteins, magnesium, potassium and iron. Best used on aging and dry skin. It is believed to have healing and softening properties for hair and skin.
Butters, salts and waxes
Epsom salt is known as magnesium sulfate. It is known to relax your body and muscles. Increase muscle and nerve function, may improve blood circulation. Epsom salt has anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural cleanser and exfoliator. Can be used as an abrasive scrub and natural fertilizer.
Himalayan salt is a rock salt mined in Pakistan. It is minimally processed which makes it free of additives. It contains sodium chloride slightly less than normal salt and is pink in color. It might also contain minerals and trace elements. It is added to bath salts that help relax muscles. Himalayan salt is also made into salt lamps that are believed to clear the air, improve skin and respiratory problems. Other minerals include small quantities of calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.
Beeswax is a natural substance that is secreted from bees. It has antiseptic, emulsifying properties, antibacterial, antioxidant and air purifying properties. Beeswax burns slow, smokeless and long leaving off the scent of honey. It hydrates and soothes the skin and hair while relieving itchiness. Largely contains fatty acids and hydrocarbons. Works great on sensitive, dry and cracked skin and hair.
Is made from the leaves of Copernica Cerifera (Carnauba) palm tree in Brazil. It is a natural emulsifier and hardening agent. It has protective qualities from heat, sun rays and water making it great for polishes. Carnauba wax has hypoallergenic properties. However, it may cause dry and itchy eyes. It is a good car wax.
Is another vegan wax used in soap making and lip balm. Candelilla wax has a high melting point. It contains stabilizing and emulsifying properties in balms, creams, salves and lotions. It is easily absorbed into the skin and hair conditioning, odorless and is rich in nutrients.
Soy wax melts:
A natural moisturizer for dry elbows and knees. It is a better alternative in candle making. It doesn’t contain paraffin and petroleum which are harmful to skin and environment. It is a vegetable-based wax made from soybeans. Soy wax melts are vegan, renewable, biodegradable and nontoxic.
Don’t forget to use natural butters, salts and waxes in their natural, unrefined form. You may also check the ingredients if you are allergic to any one of the ingredients they are made from. Remember to do a spot check before use. You may have to heat up or use oil to some of these butters. Butters, salts and waxes come in hard solid form at room temperature.
Store natural butters, salts and waxes in dry, dark places for a longer shelf life. Keep away from pets and children. Take note not to inhale these substances. And a little goes a long way. Please be careful when mixing ingredients so as not to mix too much of one ingredient.
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