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    Default INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    I found this blog on the web when I was searching the web to find definitions between different butters, lotions and creams. This is essential information for anyone who wants to understand how to layer underneath a fragrance or just general information which may be useful depending on your skin type before buying each product. regards.


    What is difference Between Body Butters, Lotions and Creams?

    Body butters are usually made with a combination of carrier oil (liquid fats) and butters (like cocoa butter, etc. So solid fats) and often a wax (like beeswax). It does not contain water. It is a thicker and harder product than a lotion or cream (though it melts on the skin on contact), and often takes longer to absorb. It may also leave a slightly oily barrier on the skin for several minutes to a few hours, depending on the types of oils used and skin type.

    Butters also refer to just the butters/solid fats themselves, such as cocoa, shea, mango, or kukui butter. They vary in texture and hardness, and absorbancy; some may leave a slight oily barrier on the skin, and others may absorb instantly.

    Lastly, all natural body lotions or creams are made with oils and waters (water, aloe, hydrosol, herbal infusion, etc) and also either a wax (like beeswax), thickener (like xanthan gum), and/or other emulsifier (like borax). It can have butters/solid fats in it, but not always. Lotions and creams are thinner, and 'runnier' than body butters. Lotions are thinner than creams, as they contain a higher percentage of water than creams.


    Which is better to use for cosmetic purposes; which is more moisturizing or less greasy?

    As to which is better, it depends on your skin type. Since lotions and creams contain water, if your skin is really dehydrated, they would be better. Lotions are also good for oily skin. Creams are better for drier skin.

    Since butters, balms, and ointments are thicker, and may stay on top of your skin longer (preventing moisture lost), they are also good for dry skin (though if your skin is really dry, be sure to apply to really damp skin). Many people like to use them on really dry areas like lips, elbows, knees, and feet.

    The only thing that really moisturizes skin is water (or things that contain a lot of water like hydrosols, aloe, herbal infusions etc), so if your skin is really dry apply your chosen product to damp skin or choose a product with a high water content in it. Oils and butters work by lubricating and softening the skin and preventing moisture loss by forming a barrier on the skin. And (unlike mienral oil) they contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients that are great for your skin!

    Courtesy: SOLARKAT'S ECO BLOG
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    Default Re: INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Aerandir4 View Post
    Oils and butters work by lubricating and softening the skin and preventing moisture loss by forming a barrier on the skin. And (unlike mienral oil) they contain a lot of vitamins and nutrients that are great for your skin!
    I always use oils/butters like cold pressed shea butter, macadamia oil or coconut oil on my face and sometimes on my body, works great!

    It doesn't get oily or messy if you use a small amount and let it absorb for a few minutes. If you happen to use too much, just blot some off with a tissue or towel.

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    Default Re: INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    Just in case you are not familiar with all of the BN forums yet:

    : Cosmetics & Beauty

    Last edited by narcus; 8th June 2009 at 09:23 AM.
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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    Default Re: INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    i believe that body butters (at least the 'commercial' ones) do contain water.
    For sale: Armani Prive (Cuir, Jade), Yves Rocher, Artisan Ambre body cream http://community.basenotes.net/showthread.php?t=228894

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    Default Re: INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    Quote Originally Posted by narcus View Post
    Just in case you are not familiar with all of the BN froums yet:

    : Cosmetics & Beauty

    sorry that must have slipped my mind.
    "What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured" Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

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    Default Re: INFO THREAD, difference between body butter, lotion and cream!!

    Aerandir4, no problem with me!
    'Il mondo dei profumi è un universo senza limiti: una fraganza puo rievocare sensazioni, luoghi, persone o ancora condurre in uno spazio di nuove dimensioni emozionali' L. V.

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