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“I love how Kokum butter is emollient and easily absorbed by the skin and hair,” says Holly Green, esthetician and founder of Norabloom Botanicals. “Nutritious and regenerative, it softens the skin, regenerates skin cells, heals, protects, and hydrates.”
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The hard and soft of it
Like its buddies shea, cocoa, and mango butter, kokum butter is deeply nourishing (it's closest to cocoa butter in texture and fat composition), but kokum is a standout on its own. Come to think of it, calling it a butter is a little misleading since it’s dry and flaky by nature, has a non-greasy feel on the skin, and won’t clog pores. Then there’s its high melting point (39-40°C or 102-104°F). The hardest of the exotic butters, it’s solid at room temperature, so it won’t melt in the bottom of your purse if you use it in a lip balm.
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“I love all butters, but kokum butter has more of a mild smell, making it a great base for clean beauty products,” says Green, who uses it in her Organic Kokum Butter Hair + Scalp Treatment. As well as a skin moisturizer and emollient, it can also add firmness to DIY bar soaps, body butters, balms, lipsticks, lotions, and hair conditioners, but because of its dense consistency, it works best blended with other ingredients.
Below, you can follow our easy recipe to make your own DIY kokum butter lip balm.
Like making DIY beauty recipes? Watch the video below to learn how to make your own soothing calendula chamomile lotion, too.
DIY Kokum Butter Lip Balm
Makes about 10 tubes
3 tablespoons kokum butter
2 tablespoon beeswax pastilles
1 tablespoon olive oil
8-10 drops chamomile (or other) essential oil
8-10 drops tangerine (or other) essential oil
10 empty lip balm tubes
1. Melt the kokum butter and beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat (a glass measuring cup with a spout works great), stirring until melted.
2. Remove from heat. Add the olive oil (here are our favorite olive oils) and essentials oils and stir to combine.
3. Carefully pour a small amount of liquid into the lip balm tube until full (if you don’t have a spouted cup, a pipette or dropper also works to fill the tubes).
4. Let cool for about an hour before capping.