- Color/Scent: light to medium brown with gray speckles with a faint earthy smell
- Packaging: White plastic jar
- Attribute: Cold Pressed/ Unrefined/Wild-Harvested
- Shelf Life: 1 year AP
- Melting point: 38/40C/100/104F.
- Texture: Dry, chalky, soft brittle at room temperature
What is Kokum Butter:
All of us who make these gorgeous wholesome skin and bath products
sometimes find limitations with the few variety of butters, as well
as the difficulty finding the unrefined butters we so much love. We
here at Celebratio Vitae are always on search of new butters to be
able to create new whole products.
We have been searching for a supplier of raw, unrefined Kokum
butter for a long time and finally found a supplier of a wonderful
Kokum Butter, and I have to tell you, we are so much in love with it.
Kokum, "Kokam" or Goa butter. Butter is obtained from kernel of mangosteen, the
fruit of the Kokum (Garcinia Indica) or "Kokam" tree. Our
Raw, Unrefined Kokum butter comes from Western Ghat, region
where Kokum trees are most abundant in India. There, Kokum trees
grown wild in the forests and wild-lands where no chemical
fertilizers, pesticides can reach.
The Kokum fruits are bought from collection centers organized by
tribal people & villagers, and the butter is extracted by a small
familiar company using the traditional way: by physical/mechanical
After extraction our Raw Kokum Butter is than filtered to remove kernel particles and impurities.
Among of the great things about Kokum butter is that despite of
being raw unrefined, it has almost no scent.
Using physical/mechanical method the Kokum fruits yield around
25% of Kokum butter while the chemical/solvent extraction the seeds
yield around 44%. Hence, chemically refined Kokum butter is
Most of commercially sold Kokum butter is solvent extracted, chemically refined,
neutralized, bleached, deodorized and often modified with the help of
chemicals and solvents, therefore traces of chemicals and solvents do
remain in the refined Kokum butter.
Raw Kokum butter has been used traditionally in India to
soften, nourish the skin, softening lines and wrinkles by restoring
elasticity, and improving the ability of the skin to retain moisture.
It is a nutritive, astringent and emollient butter, rich in
essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E and, glory, Kokum
Butter is a non-comodegenic butter. Its high melting point can
replace the beeswax in balms and ointments with its fully antioxidant
and anti-inflammatory properties to heal skin ulcerations.
We made some tests with our unrefined Kokum butter before selling it and
here it is we have found so far:
***Kokum butter is a “dry butter” - with melting point of
39/40 C (98.6 °F/104°F), has a chalk like texture and,
contrary of what is said everywhere, it does NOT melts readily on
contact with the skin like Cupuaçu, cocoa butter or Shea butter.
***If rubbed directly to the skin, the butter crumbles. It does
not melt and glide, therefore it is not faster absorbed by the skin,
and definitely it is not a butter that can be use by itself directly
to the skin as you can do with a softer butter such Cupuaçu
***Products made with high percentage of Kokum
butter plus soft oils, leave behind a lovely matte soft finish on the skin;
****It is very stable due to its high content of Stearic acid (close to
60%), a high melting point, and blends wonderfully with soft to
medium soft oils. It is a great addition to lipsticks if you want to use less or none animal ingredient such beeswax.
***You can easily make a gorgeous body balm using 50/50 soft
oils/Kokum butter and some drops of EO. It will not melt easily in hot temperatures and
the final texture is absolutely gorgeous smooth and silky;
***It helps wonders in replacing Stearic acid as the emulsifier in
a formulation with the advantage of being not just a filler (like
Stearic acid is), but an active ingredient in your formula that actually replaces the
emulsifier and improve stability with a lovely luscious silky texture
and is good for the skin;
***It is a wonderful ingredient to add to face creams, giving that
lovely matte fishing.
***It is wonderful for creams, balms, lotions for sensitive acne
***Unrefined Kokum butter has
a chalk like texture, softer than refined Kokum butter light to medium brown color, and melts at high temperature.
We still are very exited to discover more about this unrefined Kokum butter and we'll post some
comments here when it happens (:
So, enjoy the pure unrefined Kokum butter with all its Mother Nature healing power.