I was wondering if there are any other butters out there other than the wonderful African Shea butter, so after doing a little research, I found some and I would like to share them with you and how they might be able to benefit your hair and/or skin.
- Sweet Almond Butter – It properties are similar to Shea butter and it contains essential fatty acids. It is great for a dry scalp because it hydrates the skin and restores elasticity.
- Cupuacu Butter – is similar to Cocoa butter, but has a softer, creamier consistency. It comes from the fruit tree of the chocolate family in the Amazon. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterols, and is very moisturizing for skin and hair. It is also a natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. It can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and adds shine and replenishes moisture in the hair.
- Murumuru Butter – Grows in Moranhao of Northern Brazil along the Amazon basin. The natural butter is rich in oleic and linoleic oil content which promotes nutrition and moisture for the skin and hair. Murumuru is a powerful barrier agent and intense natural moisturizer. As an excellent emollient it helps the skin and hair retain water by creating a protective film. In addition, to emollient properties, it’s natural gloss brings a desirable shine to dry, damaged hair making it beneficial to kinky, highly textured hair.
- Tucuma Butter – From the same family as Murumuru butter. Tucuma butter is softer and boasts a lovely caramel/ coffee scent.
- Illipe butter – Comes from a tree that is native to Southeast Asia and Borneo. For years illipe has been know for its incredible moisturizing properties and it’s ability to restore elasticity to hair and skin. It is extremely helpful in the treatment of dry and over processed hair.
- Mango Butter – Is obtained from the kernels of the mango tree. Mango butter can also provide softness to brittle hair promoting soft, manageable hair. Mango butter is also used for skin smoothing and moisturizing.
- Avocado Butter – Is a great moisturizing treatment for kinky hair. It makes a good butter for belly balms and lip balms. It can be used as and eye makeup remover and in hair conditioning creams.
- Coffee Bean Butter – is natural protection from UV light. It is an antioxidant and contains photosterols which have anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties, condition skin and hair and promote moisture retention.
So if anyone wants to try a different natural butter because the Shea butter is too heavy or oily for you then here are a few to try. If you do try one, e-mail me and let me know how you used it and what your results were. Have a blessed day!
References and where to buy: www.allthingsonatural.blogspot.com