In this month’s blog, I explore the key differences and how to use them.
A Body butter has a rich and thick consistency, and looks a lot like the butter you eat.
Body butters are a mixture of butters and oils, although it’s possible to make a body butter without adding carrier oils.
The essential fatty acids found in the butters form a protective barrier on the skin and help lock in moisture. They work best on dry skin and in dry climates where skin is in need of regular and long lasting moisturising.
When to use:
- Any time of year, although they tend to be a tad more popular in winter months.
- After a warm bath or shower.
- All over the body, or on any dry and rough skin patches, such as heels, elbows and knees.
Dry Body Oils
Where as a body butter is made up of a mixtures of carrier oils and butters, a body oil is made of carrier oils alone.
A body oil is more lightweight than a body butter, but a tad heavier than a body lotion.
A dry body oil is much lighter and fast absorbing than a body oil. They sink into the skin instantly and without leaving any oily residue. So the term ‘dry’ doesn’t refer to the substance, but how your skin absorbs the oil.
A dry body oil can be made up of light, fast absorbing carrier oils, or mixed with esters (can be plant based), or silicones (synthetic) as these are extremely dry to the feel (commonly used in oil free formulations).
When to use:
You want something a bit lighter that a body butter to moisturise your skin
Summer time travels- no worries about a body butter melting in direct sunlight
- After a warm bath or shower
- Both offer long lasting nourishment and lock in moisture on the skin
- Butters will offer a better protective barrier on the skin, so ideal for winter months
- A body butter will feel moist on the skin, whereas a dry body oil will leave no residue
- Dry body oils are more easily transportable during summer months
- Dry body oils are appealing to people of all skin types