Butters are one of the biggest buzzes we hear about in the natural skincare industry today. Butters have been used in skincare for ages, and the history of these ingredients is intriguing. In Ancient Egypt, Queen Cleopatra kept jars of unrefined shea butter on hand. Cleopatra was envied by many for her youthful looks and said to have known the finest beauty secrets around.
In the early 1800s, scientist Coenraad Johannes van Houten invented the cocoa press to extract a purer chocolate. It was during this process that cocoa butter was discovered.
The use of these butters in skincare has carried on through time while we continue to reap the natural and healing benefits of them today. So, what exactly are these butters and why are they an integral part of youthful glowing skin? Follow us as we delve into the world of shea and cocoa butters.
Shea butter is an invaluable skincare resource that is beneficial to many conditions such as acne, scars, wrinkles, dermatitis and more. But where does it come from? Shea butter originates as a small fruit, in an almond-like form from a wild tree native to Africa. The women of the villages extract the nuts from these fruits and then boil them. They are then heavily filtered for impurities.
This process produces the fine shea butter we know and love. Shea butter is known in Africa as “Women’s Gold” because of its uses in the lucrative beauty industry. Now you can take pride in knowing that the use of shea butter is not only regenerating, moisturizing, and healing your skin, but it is also contributing to the sustainability and improvement of the quality of life for the women who spend precious time harvesting it.
Similar in locale to shea butter, cocoa butter can primarily be found in West Africa, as well as Central and South America, and the Caribbean. Cocoa butter is found in the beans contained inside the pods of the cacao tree. Wait, is it Cocoa or Cacao? The difference between the two words is that cacao is given to the raw and unprocessed beans, that you may find in some yummy dark chocolates. Cocoa is the name given to the beans once they have been harvested and processed.
Once processed, cocoa becomes a smooth buttery texture that has incredible healing and medicinal properties. Cocoa butter helps to soothe uncomfortable skin conditions, dry lips, burns and more. The butter possesses a smooth mild aroma that is both pleasant and calming.
Two Moons Night Cream
You can find the beauty of these butters in NuReveal’s Two Moon’s Night Face Cream. The ultra-nourishing night cream calms your skin while the buttery soft texture and natural scent provides the ultimate at home spa experience.