The Difference Between Body Butter, Lotions and Creams, and Body Oils

The Difference Between Body Butter, Lotions and Creams, and Body Oils

The key to all of these products are that they each aim to provide some level of moisture to the skin. However, the effectiveness of each product is the question that is raised or the choice of deciding what is actually right for you.

Skin that is consistently hydrated and moisturized with the right product will thrive. As you continue to read, you will learn the differences, the benefits, and why we favor one over the other. 

What is Body Lotion?

Lotion tends to be of a looser and thinner consistency. It is formulated with mostly water and other small percentages of other additives. However, because of its low percentage of oils or butters it is not capable of providing you with that intense moisture and hydration.

So, if you are the type that suffers from dry skin, you will find that after even one application that you would still feel dry to the touch and will be in need of multiple applications throughout the day. 

What is Body Cream?

Creams are a balance of a lotion and a body butter. It is thicker than lotion but not as thick as a body butter. Creams are still formulated with water but at a lower percentage than lotions. Typically. they will have a much higher percentage of butters and oils combined. 

What is Body Butter?

Body butters have the thickest consistency which mainly consist of ingredients such as butters like shea, cocoa, mango, kokum, and etc, and oils. Rarely, will you see body butters that are formulated with water. 

Butters are designed to be highly moisturizing and deeply hydrating. It also provides a protective layer over the outer layer of your skin. This is especially beneficial for dry skin and those cold winter months. 

A key to being able to use this product year round is applying while the skin is damp. This allows for the product to distribute fairly easy and simultaneously lock in your moisture. It is a win-win situation. 

What is Body Oil?

Well, body oil is just that. It consist of nothing but oil. Depending on the oils of choice, it can be formulated quite diversely. It is lightweight and protects the outer layer of skin. Body oils contains lipids and other active ingredients that resembles the natural sebum (oil) levels of the skin. This is great because it allows for the skin to regulate oil levels while also revitalizing it. Seal and lock in all that love that you have shown your skin. For dry skin, this is a great product to use in addition to any of the above listed products. 


In conclusion, our favorites are body butters and body oils because they provide the most value and are the most effective even from regular to the driest of skin. Body creams would be next in line. 

Our original scented, Shea Butta Glow, has become our crowd favorite due to its rich, creamy, and moisturizing texture. These buttas are not different. Still created with with a combination of 2 delicate butters, Shea + Kokum butter whipped with a blend of 5 cold pressed oils that are enriched in many skin loving nutrients. Enjoy a light luxurious feel that gives your body a healthy + nourished glow. The only difference is that they limited editions are scented with fragrances that will heighten your senses and confidence.





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