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Balms Vs butters – what’s the difference?

Body balms and butters all do the same thing right? Well yes - they all moisturise, hydrate and treat dry skin but they also have different applications.

Body balm

Body balm is usually made using oil or beeswax as its base and does not contain water. It is mainly used for extremely dry areas such as hands, joints and feet. The beeswax creates a barrier on the skin which doesn’t wash off quickly which in turn helps to retain moisture and protect your skin while still allowing it to breathe.

Body balms are economical because a little goes a long way and can be applied to your whole body or just targeted areas.

Body butter

Body butter is a thick cream consistency and has a base made with oil and water. Typically made with cocoa, shea or mango butter and infused with oils, body butter is deeply moisturising. Like balms, it locks in moisture helping repair dry skin. Its thick consistency makes it easy to apply to the whole body and leaves your skin feeling super soft.

Ultimately choosing between balms or butters is a personal choice and can be dependent on the outcome you are wanting to achieve. Then again, who said you had to choose? You may prefer to use a balm on extra dry targeted areas and follow up with body butter for all over softness.

Whatever your preference Of Essence has you covered for divine body balms and indulgent body butter.

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