I want to talk to you about some of the observations I have made within some of the natural and not so natural communities. There seems to be little information passed on outside of Shea Butter, Olive and Jojoba Oil and some of the other common oils we have come to know. It got me thinking; why not be that one to introduce you to some of the more ‘exotic’ butters and oils that get little play or rotation in the these different circles.
Don’t get me wrong I love the properties that shea and some of the more common oils give our skin but as one person I spoke with about her frustration for finding the right combinations for combating her skin afflictions, she is tired of these ‘shea-heads’ making claims that that is the miracle butter and it is all you need to satisfy what ails your skin so Shea Butter is the only butter they will promote. I could hear in her voice the anger from the misguided advice she received. She has only been told that Shea Butter, Avocado oil and Jojoba oil are great recipe ingredients for making a very moisturizing butter for her dermatitis issue. I felt really bad for her and wanted to say I had something to help her but truth was I hadn’t come across anyone who had this affliction; so I conducted research.
As I listened to her continue with her concerns I was convinced that she was right there along with a lot of ‘shea-heads’, we tend to put shea in everything, and think if we add an oil that is all we need; even those with normal skin conditions- dry or itchy. What we tend to forget just like our inner bodies need the right balance of vitamins and minerals so does the outside of our bodies. We cant just think we can get away with a few vitamins and then neglect adding others to our diet.
When I first began creating skin care products and researching the many butters and oils that were out there –believe me there are so many- I wanted to create a formula that included moisture, element protection(sun and wind) and cell regeneration. Those three components are what propelled me to formulate the best moisturizing products I could. But I was naïve to think that most thought like I did. Shea has wonderful qualities but, may not be enough. You need to find the right balance of butters and oils to create a body butter that will not only moisturize but revitalize your skin and retain moisture.
I will devote the next several articles to discussing some of the butters and oils that you may not have heard of or have heard of but didn’t really know about the wonderful properties they possess. Until next time...