We see a lot of “butters” and “lotions” advertised to us in stores, through social media, and in shopping malls today. In the past, it used to be simple with Vaseline as one option, or a plain body lotion as another. Today, however, the skincare market has expanded, and with it have come new skincare products that can take your natural glowing presence to the next level.
Therefore, before you decide on your next lotion purchase, it’s important for you to understand the distinct differences between body butter and body lotion, as well as which one is best for you at what time.
Shall we begin?
The Main Difference: Ingredients
The biggest difference between shea butter and body lotion is that body butter contains shea butter, or various oils like coconut oil or jojoba oil. Body lotion, on the other hand, is comprised of water and oils as the main base – there may be a buttery substance or creamy compound, such as shea butter, added to the mixture but it usually isn't a main ingredient.
As a result, you can witness two very different consistencies when you apply each product. Body butter is thicker, heavier, and comes with an oilier finish, which is why it’s not a great option for moisturizing your face. Body lotion is less thick and more topical, which means it safer for oily skin and clogged pores.
Since body butter is extra thick, it’s best used on extra dry or chapped skin around your body. That’s why it’s so sought after in the winter time – it does a better job of combatting the cold winter winds than body lotion.
Which One Lasts Longer?
Since body butter is thicker, it hydrates your dry and cracked skin longer than lotion. It can also promote elasticity over time, while helping you to avoid stretch marks during pregnancy. But, if your skin is sensitive to breakouts, etc., then body butter might not be something you should consider in your skincare regime.
Which One Absorbs Into My Skin Quicker?
Since lotion is water-based and looser in consistency than shea butter, it absorbs into your skin more quickly. In this way, dry skin, especially on your face, may react better to lotion because the water will doubly work to hydrate the skin. Many people prefer lotion at the end of the day because of the smooth consistency and the fact that there is no residue left on the skin when they are done using it.
Which Option is Best for Me?
At the end of the day, understanding your body’s skin type is what will determine which option is better for you. If you have dry skin, body butter may do wonders for your body. Body lotion, however, will be better on most faces, especially if you are prone to clogged pores and acne.
Here at Fragrance Oils Direct we are proud to offer a vast selection of body butters, lotions and creams. From body lotions and hand creams by Dionis Goat Milk to the popular Inis body lotion and body butter you will find it all here.