5 Oils & Butters That Beat Coconut Oil & Shea Butter

Natural is the way to go with your skincare products!

Over the years, rising awareness about the long term health risks of regularly using skincare products with parabens, synthetic fragrances and other chemicals have increasingly diminished their usage. 

If you look at the ingredients for many of today’s favorite products, shea butter and coconut oil are almost always listed. 

And while shea butter has long been used as a natural emollient in skincare products, in the past four years, coconut oil has become increasingly more popular in cosmetics and skincare. 

We all want healthy, glowing and soft skin, and these two natural ingredients are excellent moisturizers.

However, they are not alone and there are some less known oils and butters that deeply moisturize (sometimes better than coconut oil or shea butter!) as well as offering some additional benefits to your skin and hair.

All of these oils come from the lush Amazonian rain forest, and are pretty well known locally since they have been used for centuries to treat and nourish native inhabitants’ hair and skin. 

These five oils and butters that beat coconut oil and shea butter for moisturization and more are now readily available beyond the Amazon region, bringing us a piece of the rain-forest's wonderful bounty of super fruits.

1. Andiroba 

Rich with nourishing vitamins and minerals including antioxidants, andiroba oil is deeply moisturizing and is an excellent conditioning treatment oil for dry or cracked skin. 

It acts as a protective treatment as well, not only moisturizing the skin but preventing dehydration and speeding the healing process.

Its natural alpha-hydroxy acids help to boost collagen production, both reducing the appearance of fine lines and promoting new skin cell growth. 

2. Babassu 

Lighter and more nourishing than coconut oil or shea butter, babassu oil has the additional benefit of helping to reduce water loss and restore the skin’s natural protective barrier.

It absorbs into the skin far more quickly than shea butter or coconut oil, and unlike them, it doesn’t leave behind a greasy-feeling residue. Babassu oil is high in essential acids, making it superior to coconut oil for the skin. 

3. Brazil Nut

Effectively treating and nourishing both dry and damaged skin and hair, Brazil nut oil is a wonderful emollient for the entire body, head to toe.

It’s light, yet extremely powerful as a moisturizer for both skin and hair. Brazil nuts are also the richest natural source of selenium, which has excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

This makes it a great treatment for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, in addition to nourishing sensitive skin with its moisturizing benefits. 

4. Buriti

Thanks to its richness of beta-carotene, buriti oil nourishes the skin with the essential Vitamin A and provides antioxidative benefits to protect the skin from free radicals. 

Neither coconut oil or shea butter offer the UV protection that buriti oil does, and the oil also improves skin elasticity to keep it looking younger for longer.

Buriti oil also fights skin conditions such as rashes, redness, irritation and roughness with its moisturizing properties.

5. Cupuaçu

One of nature’s strongest, most nourishing moisturizers is cupuaçu butter, which has been proven to be more moisturizing than shea butter and lanolin (over 200 percent more).

It can also keep skin moisturized for up to eight hours after a single application. 

As an ingredient in skincare products, cupuaçu butter helps to maintain skin’s elasticity to create a youthful glow. 

It’s rich in important vitamins including Vitamin A, C, B1 and B3, as well as antioxidants and polyphenols.

What are your favorite moisturizing ingredients? Have you tried any from this list?