Kokum butter comes from the seeds of Kokum Tree. (official name: Garcinia indica) . As the name suggests, it grows in India and Kokum butter is a product that is widely known in this country.
Kokum butter is widely used in cosmetic industry and usually is not being used as a stand-alone application but blended with other ingredients. It is used widely on soaps, skin lotions, balms, lipsticks, shampoos and other products.
Kokum Butter Benefits for Skin and Hair
Some of the common known benefits of kokum butter are the following :
- Reduces degeneration of skin cells and helps skin regeneration.
- It is non – comodegenic , does not clog pores. – This is why it can be used directly on your scalp.
- Moistures the skin and prevents skin drying
- Restores skin’s elasticity and softens the skin
- Has antioxidant and anti-iflammatory properties. Can treat skin ulcers and heal fissures of hands, lips and feet.
- Can be used as hair conditioner for softer hair. Very helpful for frizzy hair.
- Promotes hair growth. it helps the cells to receive more oxygen.
- Helps to stabilize emulsions
- Helps to treat acne
- Quickly absorbed by the skin – no greasy feeling
- It has many antioxidants that work for the regeneration of cells and it may help to prevent wrinkles.
The Kokum butter benefits listed above are impressive. As you can see, it can be used both on body and hair. There are many Kokum butter ready-made creams to use, but I suggest you to try the pure form of this gift of nature. Let’s see some uses of the butter:
Kokum Butter Uses for Skin:
First of all, you should know that kokum butter is very hard. It is possible to use it alone on your skin and you will see that it will be very easily absorbed, but it is being used better if you melt it and use it with other ingredients. We will start with a special recipe that is creating one of the best natural body butters. *Note that the melting point of kokum butter is at 100-104 F (38-40C) .
As Body Butter – Kokum Body Butter Recipe
You can use it as body butter in a better way if you combine it with some softer butters like avocado or cocoa butter to make your mixture more balanced.
Kokum Body Butter Recipe
- 1 cup of Kokum butter
- 1/2 cup liquid oil ( like argan, jojoba)
- 1/2 cup coconut oil,
- some drops of Ylang Ylang essential oil. (or other essential oil of your choice)
- In this recipe , you can experiment and add 1/2 cup of shea butter, 1/2 cup of coccoa butter and change the Ylang Ylang essential oil with something else like sweet orange or peppermint.
First you melt coconut oil and kokum butter. Let it cool down and add some Ylang Ylang essential oil and liquid oil. Put it in your freezer until the mixture becomes semi-solid and then whip it until the butter has consistancy. Enjoy !
For Damaged/Chapped Skin
It helps to heal the damaged skin, like the cracks on your feet.
Kokum butter helps heal cracks and dryness in your feet. Apply some butter on the cracks of your feet every night and I’m sure that every time you wake up you will slowly watch them disappear. An excellent solution for the damaged skin, can be also applied on chapped lips, dry hands or dry skin in general. It could also be helpful if applied on wounds, burns or rashes.
As Lip Balm
You can use kokum butter as a lip balm for chapped and dry lips. You will see that it works very well. Also, keep note that Burt’s Bees has an excellent lip balm that combines kokum butter with coccoa butter and shea butter. .
The anti-oxidants of the butter help greatly to prevent the appearance of wrinkles. You could use raw kokum butter to pamper your skin but you will also find a lot of anti-aging products that contain it.
Kokum Butter Uses for Hair:
Some kokum butter applications for hair are the following :
There are some conditioners in the market that use kokum butter, but you could also apply it raw on your hair as a conditioner. Simply, after you rinse your hair, rub some between your fingers and put it smoothly on your hair. You will get manageable hair and a lot softer.
For Hair Growth
This butter is non-comedogenic and does not clog the pores. So you can apply it directly on your scalp and give your hair the rich essential oils it contains without worrying about clogged hair follicles. It helps the oxygenation of cells and makes the nutrients to be absorbed better by the hair.
To Give your Hair Strength
Mixing it with some oils and performing a nice massage to the roots of your hair will strengthen your hair and prevent any breakages.
For Frizzy Hair
If you have very frizzy hair, you rub some butter between your fingers and rub it your hair. They will become softer and smoother.
Where to buy kokum butter
There are various retailers who sell pure kokum butter online. I am not sure if you can find it in any physical store, I cannot find it where I live. selling on Amazon is a very good choice. .
I hope you enjoyed this article and you learned something new about a not well-known natural product. As you see, kokum butter benefits are great for our skin and hair and it is always good to remember all these when you are making a DIY recipe. I want to write more articles about natural products and when I find some time I will sure do it. Feel free to share your experience and your thoughts about kokum butter.