What Is Body Butter?

By Kathryn Hatter

Body butters are moisturizers that can both protect and hydrate the skin. There are many body butter products made with either a cocoa butter or a Shea butter base and then combined with complimentary ingredients to make body butters that nourish the skin.

What Is Body Butter?


Body butters are able to hydrate the skin because of the seeds and oils that have been extracted to make up the base of the butter. These oils are extracted by grinding seeds or nuts. After the grinding process, the ground mixture is cooked carefully to release the oils that are present.

Kukui Nuts

A common body butter ingredient is the kukui nut. These nuts have long been used in skin products because they have a high level of vitamins and essential fatty acids. Historically, the oil from the kukui nut was used as lamp oil.

Cocoa Beans

Cocoa is a very common body butter ingredient. To use cocoa butter as a base for body butter, cocoa beans are ground to create the butter. The cocoa butter that results from grinding the beans is high in potassium, calcium, iron and also antioxidants.

Shea Nuts

Shea nut are used to create Shea butter. Shea nuts grow on the Shea tree in central Africa. These trees are considered organic because they grow wild. Shea butter is very effective for moisturizing the skin.

Mango Seeds

Mango is an Asian fruit that is sweet to eat as a fresh fruit. Mango also contains seeds that can be pressed to create a butter product. Mango butter is high in vitamins E and A and also beta carotene. Mango butter is often used as a body butter base.

Body Butter Recipe

A basic body butter recipe might include ingredients such as Shea butter, cocoa butter, beeswax, vitamin E and some kind of essential oil added for fragrance. These ingredients are simple to mix together and place in a small container to use daily.