During the colder winter months (and due to some of nature’s harsher elements), our skin can be prone to damage making it feel dry and under-moisturized. During this time, it’s ever important to use skincare products that lock in moisture and can help rebuild from the damaging effects dry skin can cause. Check out our list of 10 body butters and creams that can help do the job during the winter when your skin is craving hydration. Most of the butters in our list are natural, certified organic or “cruelty-free” making them great choices for the eco-conscious shopper, too.
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Monoi de Tahiti butter blend has an exotic floral scent of Tahitian gardenia flowers , coconut oil and coco butter. This butter goes on the skin lightly but smoothly and is perfect to use as a full coverage body moisturizer. Best thing about this butter? It’s made from all natural ingredients including monoi de tahiti oil, cocoa butter, olive oil, safflower oil, coconut oil, and beeswax. It’s perfect for the person with sensitive skin.
2. Nourish Organic Skin Softening Body Butter
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Nourish Organic Skin Softening body butter in Almond Vanilla is a a great moisturizer to use on a bitterly cold winter day. The almond vanilla scent is refreshing but not overwhelming. This body butter blend contains whipped shea butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and vitamin E. Use it right after coming out the shower to maximize skin hydration.
3.TGIN Organic African Shea Butter
Thank God I’m Natural (TGIN) Organic African Shea Butter is a favorite on this list. Once warmed (which you can do by taking a little onto the palm of your hands and rubbing them together), you’ll love its smooth and creamy texture. Containing both vitamin A and vitamin E, the butter can be used to treat dry skin, sunburns, cuts, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, chapped lips, dark spots, scars, stretch marks, blemishes, diaper rash, dark undereye circles, fine lines and wrinkles as part of your night time beauty treatment.
4. Pooka Pure and Simple Shea Body Butter
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Made from all-natural ingredients include shea and avocado, Pooka Pure and Simple Body Butter is the perfect choice for the person who doesn’t want any harsh preservatives or chemicals on their skin (or later absorbed into the body.) Pooka Body Butter comes in six different scents and is a great ultra-rich all-over body moisturizer for the colder months. Tip: Have a problem area or scar on your skin? Continued usage of this mix can help restore skin color and reduce scar visibility.
5. Deep Steep Argan Oil Body Butter
Deep Steep Argan Oil Body Butter a.k.a the “dry skin antidote” works to restore moisture to skin that is already in need of repair. It’s especially recommended for use on dry skin and in arid climates. The butter doesn’t leave a heavy feeling on the skin (which is perfect for those who don’t like to feel “greasy” after product application.) Deep Step body butters contain no parabens, artificial fragrances or chemical preservatives, so if you’re looking for a “cruelty-free”alternative, this butter is worth looking into.
6. L’Occitane Ultra Soft Body Cream
L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra-Soft Cream is made with 10% shea butter and can be used all over the body. The cream is available in Rose Heart, Vanilla Bouquet or Zesty Lime scents. We recommend keeping this in your handbag as a perfect go-to light cream for problem areas throughout the day.
7. Oyin Handmade Body Butter Bar
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Oyin Handmade Body Butter Bar comes in a convenient deodorant container making it a unique alternative for hands-free application. You can use it specifically for “spot treatments” such as scars, hard-to-reach dry spots, and stretch marks. The bar comes in three varieties (Belly Bar, Candy Bar, and Coco Mango Bar) each with unique capabilities. For instance, the Belly Bar features skin-revitalizing calendula, healing vitamin E, and nourishing fatty acids in a cocoa butter base that helps soothe dbellies, tired skin, or weary muscles, which is great for expectant mothers.
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Nubian Heritage Shea Butter contains 100% organic shea butter infused with different natural extracts (depending upon the scent you choose) that helps to lift, soothe, rejuvenate, and hydrate skin. You can also dab a little on your lips for a natural, emollient lip balm. This butter can also be used on dry scalps, helping to moisturize it as would a hair or scalp oil.
9. CLIQUE by Roblé Body Butter
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CLIQUE by Roblé body butter is great to keep in your handbag as a daily refresher for dry hands. The cream includes grapeseed oil, cocoa extracts, and has a shea butter base. The body butter’s scent is based off celebrity chef Roblé’s signature French Toast crunch and is perfect for fragrance layering (if you’re up for trying the other products in the line.)
10. Key West Aloethera Intensive Body Moisturizer
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The Key West Aloethera body moisturizer is a rich cream that gives lasting moisture and soothes and moisturizes dry skin. The cream is infused with shea and cocoa butter, sunflower, avocado, and coconut oils along with 30% Aloe Vera gel, making it great for treating dry skin during harsh weather. For best results, use after bathing.