If you've been wondering about the differences between lotions, creams, oils, and butters, well...you've come to the right place.
Most people are used to lotions and creams, the more common commercially sold conditioning products. These are typically an emulsification of the nourishing oils/butters and water. This makes the product conditioning plus adds additional moisture, a smoother application, and that evaporation-like feel that most people are used to. The unfortunate thing about water and oil is that they do not naturally hold alone as an emulsified product - they require an emulsifying agent in order to become that creamy goo you are so used to. These agents are usually waxes (often petroleum-based) or other fillers that will stabilize the product. Also, with water present, preservatives are needed in order to make the product shelf-stable for a longer length of time. The amount of water in lotions and creams can vary, but can be up to 70% of the product which greatly reduces the amount of quality product you get with each application!
We can easily get around using the products so often by sticking to just their nutritious ingredients - pure plant oils and butters. Body oils and butters can be used in the same way as lotions and creams, with the addition of actually being usable in water! They won't rinse off quite so easily without fillers or detergents, so you can massage those conditioners in to rough, dry spots for extra-juicy moisture. You can also add them to your bath, or use them to condition dry scalp and hair! (just shampoo out and condition as normal if needed.
Body oils and butters soak in extra great right after your shower, and on damp skin. If you are applying to dry skin, use damp hands to apply the product for a more lotion-like feel.
Check out the video below to here more info on body oils and butters: