When I hear the term “body butter,” I immediately think of a dense, thick product, one that I’d keep by my bedside table during the winter to dab on rough patches and my feet for a super-moisturizing overnight treatment. They were too hydrating for summertime, I thought. They’d make me greasy and slippery, things my skin doesn’t need help with come warmer weather (hello, sweat).
But when I picked up the Drenched Body Butter from Organic Bath Co., I instantly knew my beliefs about body butters would have to change. Drenched isn’t a traditional, dense body butter at all. Instead, it’s a light, whipped moisturizer that feels silky to the touch, and leaves skin with a dewy glow after application.
So it makes sense that this hydrating-but-not-greasy formula would win Organic Beauty Talk’s Best Body Butter for 2014: It’s good for all seasons! Four kinds of oils (argan, jojoba, sweet almond and sunflower) combine with shea butter to create an airy texture that’s akin to mousse. These ingredients are light enough to not leave your skin with any oily residue, but pack enough of a hydrating punch that stubborn dryness or flakiness is eliminated. It’s a little bit counter-intuitive, and a lot bit incredible.
Much like many healthy, non-toxic beauty products, Drenched isn’t just for overnight treatments or scaly skin. Here are seven ways you can use Drenched to fulfill all your beauty needs, all year round.
- After you shower: Drenched’s combo of oils is perfect for after a shower. When skin is slightly damp, apply the body butter all over—mixing Drenched with a bit of water helps lock in moisture, revealing glowing skin and getting rid of dryness.
- After you get a little too much sun: Sun-scorched skin needs extra moisture to get replenished and healed. Shea butter and argan oil are perfect to gently press into sunburned skin: Shea butter’s cinnamic acid soothes inflammation and redness, and argan oil’s vitamin E and fatty acids help re-hydrate and restore inflamed, sensitive skin.
- On stretch marks and scars: Shea butter and sweet almond oil are high in vitamins A, E and D, which are skin regenerating. They help skin cells turnover and promote the regrowth of cells, which can help fade scars and stretch marks over time.
- On a growing pregnant belly: Shea butter’s essential fatty acids, along with those A and E vitamins, are imperative to maintaining your skin’s elasticity and suppleness. Similarly, vitamin E in argan and sweet almond oils also preserves skin’s elasticity. Applying Drenched as your belly grows helps promote collagen production, encouraging skin to stay soft and flexible, reducing the likelihood of stretch marks appearing and helping keep stretched skin pliable.
- On your baby: Because Drenched is unscented (no essential oils or fragrances), it’s completely safe for use on kids, from newborns to toddlers. It can help treat diaper rash with its anti-inflammatory, healing properties, and feels soothing and gentle when massaged into baby’s skin.
- On your hair: Dry hair that’s been out in the sun or in the pool too long can reap multiple benefits from Drenched. As a base for a moisturizing hair mask, Drenched locks in hair’s hydration, smoothing the cuticle and helping to promote shiny, softer hair. Shea butter repairs dull, damaged hair and the small molecular structure of both argan and jojoba oils easily penetrates the hair shaft, giving strands the extra moisture it needs. Add a banana, avocado or honey to Drenched for an even more hydrating mask.
- As a massage butter: Instead of oils, choose Drenched for massaging at home—or bring it with you to a pedicure or manicure! Its natural oils will smooth cuticles, feet and hands better than the salon’s lotion and then you’re aware of and confident about what’s getting rubs deeply into your skin: all organic goodness!
How do you use Drenched?