Butters & Waxes
Butters & Waxes
Butters and waxes are a type of occlusive which act as barrier on the skin, trapping moisture and protecting the skin from water loss. Used in combination with a humectant (read more below), they are effective in keeping skin well hydrated, resulting in a smoother, more youthful complexion.
Other types of occlusives are plant oils such as coconut and sweet almond, lanolin, cetyl alcohol and lethicin.
Shea butter is a commonly used ingredient in a variety of beauty products, particularly body butters and balms. Its high fat content and buttery texture, deeply hydrate even the driest skin. It's also incredibly gentle on the skin, making it suitable for sensitive complexions.
Extracted from the nut of the African shea tree, shea butter is abundant in skin nourishing properties that act as an anti-inflammatory and help heal skin irritation such as rashes, windburn, stretch marks etc.
Shea butter helps retain the skin's natural moisture and promote cell regeneration making it a wonderful anti-aging moisturiser. It smooths and softens skin, helping to reduce the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks and scars.
Shea butter can be used on its own or mixed with other butters and oils as a body and face moisturiser or melted and applied to your hair and scalp as a deeply nourishing hair treatment.
Shea butter contains a high concentrate of skin-loving fatty acids such as stearic and oleic as well as palmitic and linoleic acid. Fatty acids help to maintain healthy skin cells. Also abundant in vitamins A and E, both natural anti-oxidants to prevent free radical damage that contribute to signs of ageing.
Cocoa butter is produced by extracting the beans from the cocoa fruit, then cleaning, roasting and pressing them using hydraulic machinery, to seperate and release the fat from the bean, resulting in pure cocoa butter.
An essential ingredient in chocolate, cocoa butter is also incredibly nourishing when applied to the skin. Often used in body butters, balms and creams, cocoa butter is rich in essential fatty acids to deeply hydrate and improve skin elasticity.
Much like shea butter, cocoa butter also helps reduce the visibility of cellulite, stretch marks and scars and helps to relieve skin irritation and combat skin conditions such as acne, eczema and dermatitis.
Cocoa butter is rich in essential fatty acids, polyphenols, antioxidants and phytonutrients. All these organic components are intensely nourishing and help to keep skin youthful, supple and deeply hydrated.
One of the many wonderful bi-products, courtesy of nature's amazing creatures, beeswax has an array of uses and is particularly effective in a variety of skincare formulas.
Produced by the worker bee, beeswax is created by an incredibly intricate process. Secreted from the glands in the bee's abdomen, wax is pushed up into the bees mouth, collecting honey, pollen and propolis along the way turning the once colourless and brittle wax into a golden hue. The bee then chews the wax, softening it with its saliva, before using it to build the honeycombs of its beehive.
An essential ingredient in many lip and body balms, beeswax is deeply moisturising when applied to the skin and helps seal in moisture and prevent skin dryness without blocking your pores. It also acts as a humectant attracting water to the skin and keeping it hydrated.
Beeswax is wonderful for sensitive skin. A 2018 study concluded that beeswax was far more effective in managing sensitive skin than synthetic ingredients.
Beeswax contains anti-inflammatory properties that assist in wound healing. Naturally anti-bacterial, beeswax helps treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Beeswax is also rich in vitamin A which is known to promote cell regeneration and maintain healthy skin cells.