Nudge Boutique, Whipped Body Butter, Norwich, Norfolk


Having launched my new Saffron Glow Dry Body Oil, customers have been asking ‘what’s the difference between a Body Butter and a Dry Body Oil?’

In this month’s blog, I explore the key differences and how to use them.

Body Butter 

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. 
Some butters and oils are absorbed fast by the skin while others absorb more slowly.
How ‘oily’ a product feels should come down to the purpose of the product. For example, one designed to massage will take longer to absorb than one designed for the feet, where you would want the product to absorb quickly.
The viscosity of a body butter can vary depending on the ratio of hard and soft butters used. For example, Kokum butter and Cocoa butter are very hard butters, whereas Shea butter has a medium texture, and Murumuru is quite soft.
Whatever the butter, when applied to skin, they should melt easily and have a decent spreadability.

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).
Dry Body Oils also create a light protective barrier on the skin and lock moisture in, the leave the skin feeling soft and silky.

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
Nudge Boutique's Whipped Body Butters
Our body butters have a creamy and medium texture consistency, and are naturally high in Vitamin E thanks to the presence of Kokum butter and cold pressed Rapeseed oil.
The anti-oxidative effects of vitamin E can help prevent darkening of the skin, which occurs from sun exposure.
I’ve used a combination of ‘dry’ oils and butters that absorb quickly into skin, while offering long lasting protection, and they do not stain your clothes!
Nudge Boutique's Saffron Glow Dry Body Oil
My dry body oil is made up of carrier oils and esters derived from sugar and coconut, they too can help brigthen the skin due to the cartenoids found in the Saffron and Carrot extract.

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