butters & waxes

Typically derived from nuts and sometimes fruits or vegetables, cosmetic butters are not only deeply nourishing and hydrating for the skin, they also contain an array of skin loving antioxidants, essential fatty acids as well as plant compounds to heal the skin and keep it soft and youthful. 

Cosmetic butters vary in density, some are hard, such as cocoa butter and require melting and mixing with other ingredients to help stabilise and firm your formulation, and others such as shea butter are softer and can be applied directly to skin without other ingredients. 

Waxes such as beeswax are an essential component for making balms and salves and most obviously in candle making. Can be added to moisturiser formulations to emulsify and thicken and provide intense hydration to very dry skin.