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Body Lotion or Body Butter – Which one is right for you this Winter?

Body lotion or body butter? Which one is right for you this winter?

Does the thought of Winter make your skin dry out? Do you suffer from scaly, painful skin when the cold winds are blowing and the heating is running frequently? Unsure whether to choose a moisturising lotion or body butter to help your skin through the Winter? Winter has begun here in Australia, and it’s already started to dry out hands and feet all over the country. So, before your skin gets any more painful, let’s get into the differences between moisturisers/lotions and body butter so you can make the best choice for your skin.

While moisturising lotions have been around in some form for thousands of years, body butters are a comparatively new product that has seen an increase in popularity over the past decade. Body moisturisers and butters both play a significant role in nourishing and protecting our skin. Which one is the right choice for these cold moments though? 

First, let’s take a look at the key ingredients composing these two different types of moisturising products.

Body Moisturising Lotions 

Lotions have an overall lighter feel. This product is probably more familiar to most people and is more commercialised in stores. Hand creams can generally be considered a lotion as well, though they may have a slightly heavier or thicker feel than a lotion. 

Moisturising lotions are usually a combination of water and different concentrated oils that help your body to absorb the lotion when applied to your skin. Often, it will include amino acid and an emulsifier. Aloe vera is also a popular additive for its skin-healing properties, especially in after-sun lotions. Many manufacturers also add fragrance and some colouring to reach the finished product. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we only use 100% essential oils and completely natural ingredients in our moisturisers.

AB050B - Heavenly Body Lotion

Typical lotion ingredients

Water

Water is one of the most essential ingredients for any hand or body lotion, and for your body – your body is made up of 60% water, after all! Typically this is in the form of straight water or a floral hydrosol; in other words, a blend like rose water or aloe vera. We use water infused with clear quartz, rose quartz & amethyst. Read more about the benefits here.

jojoba

Cold Pressed Oils

Oil is another crucial ingredient in lotion making. Some lotions will use liquid oils while others will use solid oils or butter. Some of the most popular choices are jojoba, avocado, coconut, shea, and olive oils. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we use cold-pressed liquid carrier oils as the base oil in our range of lotions and butters in our range of moisturising hand creams. 

Fragrance

Many moisturisers will have a fragrance, and often this will come from artificial sources, particularly in cheaper products. The Arianrhod Aromatics range of moisturising lotions is blended with 100% pure essential oils to provide their aromatic qualities as well as added moisturising and rejuvenating properties.

Amino Acid

Amino acids play many important roles in your body and are often called protein building blocks1. Many moisturising lotions and creams will include some kind of amino acid. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we use silk amino acid as it has excellent moisture preservation properties and is known to naturally break down the build-up of melanin. Not such a big deal in winter, but breaking down melanin goes a long way in counteracting damage done by the sun’s rays. Not many companies use silk amino acids, and you will need to look at higher-end products to find it, like our Sativa collection

Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers help combine water and oil to make a smooth texture. We only use plant-based raw materials rather than the petrochemicals that are often found in products by other manufacturers. 

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a popular additive to many lotion recipes because of its soothing, healing properties. This is an especially popular choice in lotions for sensitive or sunburned skin, and in winter, it is especially helpful for wind-chapped skin. You will find it in our Sativa lotions

Our popular moisturising lotions

Body Butters 

You will typically feel that body butter has a thicker texture than lotions, even thicker than hand creams, and it often doesn’t absorb into your skin as easily as a lotion or cream, leaving an oily residue on your skin. Iamme didn’t want that to be the experience for our customers though so she came up with our unique butter and rice bran oil blend that soaks into the skin without any residue

Body butters are dedicated entirely to preventing skin dryness. If you are prone to chap, dry or broken skin, body butter can help relieve itchiness and dryness more effectively than lotions.  

Body Butter - Lime and Coconut Group

At Arianrhod Aromatics, we are dedicated to providing our customers with only the highest quality organic products. As such, one of our best-selling moisturising products is body butter. 

Typical body butter ingredients

Aqua - Water

Water

Water, just like in lotions, is one of the key ingredients in body butters, and just like our lotions, we use water infused with clear quartz, rose quartz & amethyst in our body butter as well.

Butter or solid oil

Like moisturisers and creams, body butters make use of oil as it is vital to providing moisture to your skin and helping to protect your skin from dryness. While this is similar to a moisturising lotion, this is also one of the biggest differences. Body butters typically rely on solid oils, also known as ‘butter’. Since the oil is solid and there is a higher ratio of oil to water, it causes the additional thickness of body butters that creates the butter-like consistency they take their name from. 

At Arianrhod Aromatics, our body butter is hand-crafted using shea butter, mango butter and cocoa butter as the base combined with rice bran oil to make our unique butter blend that doesn’t leave an oily residue on your skin.

As a bonus, rice bran oil is also a powerful skin protectant, rich in gamma-oryzanol, which helps to protect and replenish your skin tissue.  

Fragrance

Butters have their own mild scent, but you will find that most manufacturers add fragrance as well.

Silk Amino Acid

Amino Acid

Not all butters include amino acids. Due to the lower percentage of water and more expensive ingredients found in butters, amino acids are often only added to premium body butters. At Arianrhod Aromatics, we only add silk amino acid to our Sativa Lush Whipped Butter.

Emulsifiers

Emulsifiers help combine everything into a smooth, spreadable texture that you can apply to your skin. Like our moisturisers, we only use plant-based raw materials in our body butters and never use petrochemicals.

Our popular body butters

Arianrhod Aromatics body butter is made from food grade ingredients and nothing nasty, so you could eat it if you wanted to. Our unique blend and quality ingredients combine for a long-lasting effect that will keep your skin moist throughout the day, even in the varied indoor and outdoor conditions of the Australian winter. 

High in phytosterols, all our body butters are packed full of incredible moisture and anti-oxidants to help relieve itchy ‘alligator’ skin. Iamme chose ingredients the skin readily recognises, absorbs and uses to add much-needed moisture to your skin and repair damage that has already been done while improving elasticity. 

Our premium body butter, Sativa Lush Whipped Butter also incorporates silk amino acids and kigelia (sausage tree) extract. The unique blend of ingredients in this butter makes it a compelling choice with recent studies 2,3 proving kigelia is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and can even halt the spread of human melanoma cells. 

The verdict? 

Lotions are typically better suited for less sensitive skin and to use within your usual daily office work routine. For this winter, it is a good idea to use a quality, organic body butter to help protect you from skin dryness, itchiness and irritation. As you are likely to be inside more during the winter season, exposed to heating sources that tend to try the air out, applying body butter to your skin as part of your morning routine will help keep your skin nourished all day long at this cold time of the year! 

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References

  1. Healthline – Essential Amino Acids: Definition, Benefits and Food Sources
  2. Activity of Extracts of Kigelia Pinnata Against Melanoma and Renal Carcinoma Cell Lines
  3. The sausage tree (Kigelia pinnata): ethnobotany and recent scientific work

Is hand sanitiser starting to dry out and crack your skin?

Is hand sanitiser drying out your skin? Here's the solution.

How are your hands?

With all that is going on in the world at the moment, we are all being more cautious with our hygiene. Hand sanitiser is getting used more frequently than ever. The problem is, alcohol-based hand sanitiser has a side effect when used extensively:

Dry, flaky, itchy, cracked skin

Matt's dry, cracked knuckles and hand.

Our web designer, Matt, sent us the photo above of his hand after using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser regularly for the last few weeks. Ouch!

But what’s the solution?

We have to be cautious with our hygiene, but frequent use of alcohol-based hand sanitiser dries out the skin. Taking the time to wash our hands with warm water and a soap that not only cleans your hands but moisturises them at the same time can help counteract that dryness. Our hemp soaps contain hemp seed oilolive oil and shea butter, three key ingredients that hydrate the skin and help to prevent dry, flaky skin.

So, make sure that you use warm water and a moisturising soap whenever you wash your hands. Try to keep hand sanitisers for use while you are out and use your moisturising soap to keep your hands clean while you are at home. If you prefer liquid soap to hard soap, try our Hemp Body Wash for sensitive skin or one of our liquid hand and body soaps as an alternative.

What else can you do?

Make sure to use a good quality moisturiser on your hands regularly. Men, this is especially true for you. I know, most men don’t even think about using a moisturiser, but using one on your hands will help prevent dryness caused by hand sanitiser.

If your hands are already cracking, like Matt’s, make sure to use a moisturiser that is designed to help your skin repair itself while being gentle on exposed areas. Our Sativa Repair cream is designed for hands and feet that are cracking and painful. The Kigelia and Tamanu ingredients help your skin to recover while also providing you with an extra line of defence due to their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties.

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