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Lotion vs Body Butter?

Body lotion by Yaphene

What is the difference between body butter and body lotion and how do you choose which is best for you? It is very important it is to keep your skin moisturized. Well-hydrated skin promotes a healthy skin barrier which we all want. It is essential for keeping your skin looking and feeling its absolute best. As we experience more and more changes in our environment we are more likely to start experiencing forms of skin dryness. This is where body butter and body lotion come in.

Our moisturizers are formulated to help rehydrate your skin of course using natural ingredients, to help keep it looking healthy and feeling soft. That is where the similarities between body butter and body lotion end.

What’s The Difference Between Body Lotion and Body Butter?

Body lotion vs body butter


The biggest difference is the texture. The body lotion is lighter, with a non-greasy, non-sticky feel that absorbs quickly into the skin. It is an emulsion of water and oils/butter making it great for persons whose skin isn't too dry. With a water content that is higher than in body butter, it spread easily and is formulated with lightweight hydration such as squalane. Reach for lotion on those super hot days when you need a lightweight moisturizer. Lotions can be applied on the face and body and often contain some amount of SPF which of course is always a plus. They can be used day or night without clogging your pores and are excellent for daily use.

Body Butters

On the other hand body, butter is thicker and creamier. They have a higher concentration of heavy moisturizers, such as shea butter and cocoa butter making them heavier and thicker, offering more intense hydration. Body Butters are ideal for those with dry skin or for those dry patches on your body like your elbows, hands, legs, and feet. 

Body butter carries less water and doesn't spread as easily as lotions. They are considered raw and basic.  Lotions are considered more refined offering the possibility for more botanical and high-performance ingredients to be included in formulations.

When to use?

Use body butter when you need a more intensive moisturizer. This is ideal for rougher skin, as well as all over the body. Be cautious when applying on the face because our facial skin is more sensitive, and applying butter can lead to other skin issues.

Body Butters preferably should be used during the nighttime.  It's cooler and also can aid in our body's repair mode when we sleep making them more effective for nighttime use.

So, what’s the conclusion…

We are not saying you should avoid body lotion if you have dry skin. Far from it. We have formulated our Mango Spice Body Lotion, especially for dry skin. We are just giving you a realistic view of the makeup of both body butter and body lotions and how they work on your skin so that you can make an informed choice. Realistically, both can help improve the texture and appearance of dry skin in their own way. So, chose whether you prefer body lotion or body butter depending on the ingredients, your personal needs, and skin type.

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