I know I have too many body type ingredients. Too many oils, butters, essential oils, powders, clays, and everything else. Oh well. I’m ok with it. And lucky for you, since I have too much, I can tell you what’s worth buying and spare you the same fate. These are my favourite butters:
Cupuacu ButterThis butter was a total revelation for me. Most butters are really quite greasy. There’s a wide range of greasiness, but you usually end up being pretty slippery/sticky for a while regardless of how sparingly you apply it. But not cupuacu butter. No. It’s amazing. It smells like a combination of cocoa butter with a hint of sour milk in the container, but once it’s on your skin all you’ll notice is the cocoa-y scent. And it sinks in beautifully. Your skin is silky soft and smooth in no time at all, without any greasiness. I always carry a little 1oz tin of cupuacu butter in my purse. I love it for my hands, my cuticles, and anything that’s feeling a bit scratchy. It’s easily my absolute favourite butter.
Cocoa butter smells amazing. It’s all beautiful, chocolately wonder. It’s very brittle (just like a chocolate bar), so you’ll need to mix it with other things or be very, very patient as you wait for it to melt on your skin. I absolutely love it for massage bars and lip balm.
Shea butter is the butter that started it all for me. It’s a really beautiful butter; thick, earthy smelling, and pretty darn greasy when applied straight. It’s good for whipped body butters and thicker lotions, but my favourite use for unrefined shea butter (USA / Canada) is in soaps. It tries to function as the “hard” oil, but it’s not very hard, so it’ll need a lot of aging time (at least a year, I’d say). But once it’s aged, its brilliant. So, so moisturizing and wonderful all around.