Shea Butter, Oil, and Lotion: Which Should You Choose?

Shea Butter, Oil, and Lotion:  Which Should You Choose?

The marketplace is full of products that claim to use shea for moisturizing purposes.  Many of these products claim to have different benefits and uses.  But when different types of products claim to have the same effects, customers may not know which product to choose.

Lots of our customers ask us about the difference between raw shea butter, shea oil, and shea lotion.  Yes, the raw butter, the oil, and the lotion all have a moisturizing effect.  So which is the best choice for you?

While the answer to this question depends largely on your personal preference, there are some fundamental questions that may help inform your choice.  For example, what type of climate do you live in?  How are you planning to apply the product? Do you prefer a thick texture or a thin one?  Here are some more details that may inform your choice:

Raw Shea Butter

Raw shea butter is the most common and widely used byproduct of shea nuts.  It has an incredible array of applications and uses, some of which we will detail in future blog posts.  A versatile substance, shea butter can be used on all skin types and won’t clog your pores.  You can either apply it to your skin directly in its raw form, or use it to make your own skincare blends – like lotions and body butters made to your own specifications and preferences (recipes coming soon!).  Shea butter has a solid, buttery texture that will protect your skin, and may be the ideal choice for those living in colder climates.

Shea Oil

Shea oil is derived from the same tree as shea butter – in fact, it’s a byproduct of the process by which shea butter is produced – but comes in a liquid form that is lighter and faster to absorb than raw shea butter.  You can also use pure shea oil to create your own body oil blends.  Like shea butter, it will not clog your pores and can be used on all types of skin.

Shea Lotion

Shea body lotion combines shea butter with other substances to create a mixture that is thinner than raw shea butter but thicker than shea oil.  When buying lotion that incorporates shea butter, make sure the shea butter it uses is organic and that the other ingredients won’t clog your pores.

Of course, all the lotions that Bonto sells are natural and non-comedogenic!  Enjoy Bonto’s hand-selected array of shea products today!

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