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Not all Body Butters are Created Equal

Whipped Body Butters are popular for those who want a thick, luxurious cream. They need a few extra minutes to soak into the skin but they're worth it. Perfect for any skin type but especially great for those with dry skin.

They're different to lotions, as lotions are thinner and have more water in the formula.

Plus, the minute you incorporate water into any formula, you need a broad spectrum preservative for bacteria and mold prevention.

The Lakeshore Harbour Soap Co. Whipped Body Butters have no water.

The formula consists of 95% Organic Shea Butter. That's a lot.

What's so special about Shea Butter?

Shea Butter has many excellent benefits for our skin such as Essential Fatty Acids, Vitamins, Proteins, Minerals, Antioxidants, Polyphenols, Phytosterols, and Tocopherol.

Tocopherol is Vitamin E. The LHS Whipped Body Butter has extra Vitamin E added.

  • Hydrates thirsty skin

  • Helps reduce the appearance of blemishes & scars

  • Soothes acne, eczema, insect bites, sunburn, frostbite

  • Softens and smooths the skin

  • Conditions hair to leave it soft and lustrous

  • Ideal for any skin type

  • Boost skin’s collagen production and elasticity

I'm always reading labels and I found this one on an international brand of shea butter.

This brand originated in Britain many years ago. It's still in every mall today. I used to love their products as a teenager but today, I'm careful with what I use on my skin.

Clearly the first ingredient (water) means this product has a preservative.

It's great to see that the second ingredient is Shea butter.

*Cetearyl Alcohol is an emollient that may clog pores.

As we go down the list, we find *Cetearyl glucoside. This is a surfactant and emulsifier. It is used to help soften the body butter but at the cost of having a surfactant included. Plus, it shouldn't be over 1-1.5% of the formulation. If it reaches 3%, it causes irritation.

*Triethyl Citrate is an triester of citric acid and ethyl alcohol. It most likely is used here as one of the preservatives. It has low toxicity.

*Dimethicone is a type of silicone. The David Susuki Foundation has it as part of the Dirty Dozen list of ingredients. In short - you shouldn't be using it on your skin.

*Phenoxyethanol is another preservative. It is restricted in Japan and Europe as there may be evidence of it being an endocrine disruptor.

*Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate is an emulsifier and stabilizer but can be made of palm oil. Palm oil itself isn't bad, it's just really bad for the planet because of all the clear cutting of forests in order to grow this product. Sadly, it's in everything because it's cheap.

*Parfum / fragrance really shouldn't be used in a 'leave on' product. We have no way of knowing if this fragrance is paraben free unless we contact the company.

*Caprylyl Glycol is another type of palm oil derived preservative.

*Linalool is a terpene alcohol that can cause allergic reactions on the skin.

*Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone is another fragrance which can be an endocrine disruptor and is restricted for use in the EU.

And the "best for last" is *Yellow 5. Research studies have found that Yellow 5 can cause genetic damage. It is banned in many European countries and those that have not banned it, require special labelling. Why then, is it not banned in Canada?

This is why I read labels and make sure that the Whipped Body Butter at LHS has only five ingredients from reputable suppliers.

*Organic Shea Butter (crude not processed)

*Organic Coconut Oil

*Organic Arrowroot Powder

*Tocopherol (Vitamin E)

*Organic Essential Oil (if scented)

If you're having a hard time finding a good Whipped Body Butter with great ingredients, try one of the most popular products on the site!

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