Unrefined Kokum Butter
Kokum ButterUsed as thicker, our offered Kokum Butter is ideal to process lotions, creams, soaps, shampoos, body butter and other cosmetic products. It is also used as a substitute of cocoa butter owing to uniform triglyceride composition.
Kokum, "Kokam" or Goa 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 Ghats 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 extraction methods.
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.
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.
- 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 melt readily on contact with the skin like Cupuau, 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 like shea
- 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 prone skin;
- Unrefined Kokum butter has a chalk like texture, softer than refined Kokum butter light to medium brown color, and melts at high temperature.