Thursday, August 4, 2011

Lipid Central~

I am currently up to my elbows in body butter (which, by the way, makes for some pretty soft elbows), and I'm thinking about all the AMAZING properties of each of the 3 types of butters I incorporate into my fabulous recipe.  Check this out!
Kpangnan Butter~ Sometimes called golden or yellow shea, even though it is not at all related to shea butter.  This amazing butter comes from the African butter tree which makes its home in forests where there is plenty of water.  Kpangnan butter has amazing benefits to the skin as it is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.  Suffering from a sunburn, eczema, allergy?  Kpangnan will melt into your skin, soothing away any type of inflammation your skin may be experiencing, leaving behind moisturized and silky feeling skin.  The plant sterols in kpangnan have also been known to lower certain cancer risks as well!

Kpangnan Butter (pronounced "pain-ya")
Unrefined Shea Butter~  This amazing butter comes from the wooded Savanna and is very much a part of African history.  Cleopatra herself has been known to use this butter in her own beauty regimen.  Rich in vitamins A, E and F (Essential Fatty Acids!)  this butter soothes and hydrates. Because it is unrefined, it still holds onto all of its effective nutrients giving it that beautiful yellow tint and nice nutty smell.  This butter has fantastic cell regenerative properties and is known for accelerated healing of skin, making it great for reducing fine lines and wrinkles, combating stretch marks, reducing the appearance of scars and aiding in the healing of inflammation!  Hmm, skin renewal and improved circulation... Yes please!!

Unrefined Shea Butter
Mango Butter~ This butter is not as soft and may not works so well as a stand alone butter like the kpangnan and the shea, but has super powers nonetheless! Fights against the signs of aging, heals muscle fatigue and pain, heals skin cracks (cracked heels anyone?) and has crazy-good regenerative properties.  Did you know that many dermatologists actually recommend mango butter when it comes to fine lines and wrinkles?

Refined Shea Butter
All of these butters have individual super powers, but together they are a terrific trio! Combined with all the great oils I include (we'll save that for another blog!), this butter is my salvation, after a long day in the sun and especially in the dry winter months. And scented with pure essential oils, you just can't go wrong!

** All butters are scented with pure essential oils except Survivor Butter, Amber Rush and Lemongrass/Sage**