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Salient features of Kokum butter

Kokum butter is one of the most stable vegetable butters available in the market. It’s also one of the hardest. Another peculiar feature which makes it popular among formulators of cosmetic products is that Kokum butter remains in a solid state at room temperature, but melts immediately on contact with the skin. Its triglyceride composition is uniform, and consists of up to 80% of stearic-oleic-stearic (SOS) triglycerides.

Did you know that ultra purified derivatives of Kokum butter are used as substitutes & stabilizers (CBS – Cocoa butter substitute) while manufacturing chocolates so the end product doesn’t melt during transport and sale in hot summer months.

 

Healing properties of Kokum butter were known to indigenous people for eons before scientific studies corroborated the evidence!

Featured photograph: Kokum oil being cooled to create Kokum butter in large aluminium vessels. At ambient temperatures, the upper crust cools down first to form flakes of Kokum butter.

 

Kokum butter benefits!

Kokum butter is more emollient than most butters, possesses natural healing properties, has a uniform triglyceride composition and promotes regeneration of skin. Fatty acid levels are low, indicating an absence of any powerful lipolytic activity. Kokum butter is meant to be used as an ingredient in cosmetic formulations. For external use only. Aforementioned benefits have been observed by studying centuries of holistic healing in local communities in India. Knowledge about usage and benefits has been gained over time and is purely experiential in nature.

Some of the traditionally known benefits of Kokum butter are as follows:

  • Helps prevents drying of the skin
  • Helps heal ulcers, heal fissures of the lips, hands and soles of feet
  • Helps regenerates skin cells & reduces degeneration of skin cells
  • Non-pore clogging (non-comodegenic)
  • Contains 80% stearic-oleic-stearic triglycerides
  • Contains antioxidant properties
  • Helps stabilize emulsions
  • High oxidative stability
  • Softens the skin and restores skin flexibility

 

Contrary to popular belief it is safe to apply raw Kokum butter to one’s skin directly without dilution.

Featured photograph: A 0.5 kg wooden mould being prepared so that it can be filled with raw Kokum butter!

 

Applications

Suggested uses: In cosmetics, body butters, conditioners, make-up foundations, lipsticks, moisturizers, hair care products, toiletries & pharmaceutical industry as creams, skin tonics, lotions, acne products, balms, shaving creams & bar soaps. Use from 3% to 100%.

Recommended Usage Percentage:
Lotions & Creams: 1-3%
Balms: 5-100%
Bar Soaps: 2-5%
Hair Conditioners: 1-3%

 

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