Move over Shea and Cocoa – check out 5 key benefits of Kokum Butter

Move over Shea and Cocoa – check out 5 key benefits of Kokum Butter

Move over Shea and Cocoa – check out 5 key benefits of Kokum Butter. We love our Kokum butter and our Body & Hand Lotion is stacked full of it. But do you know anything about it? There are so many natural butters and lotions out there it is easy to stick with your usual Shea or Cocoa but the powerful healing properties of Kokum are worth a look. Read on for all the facts and you’ll see why we decided to use it.

How did we discover it?  Tejal grew up drinking the juice of the dark red Kokum fruit during the summertime in India, where it is known for its cooling properties, and her Mum used to rub the fruits on any heat rash. It was these incredible natural healing properties that we were after, so we turned to the butter, which is extracted from the seeds of the Kokum fruit.

What is it used for in Ayurvedic medicine? Ayurvedic doctors use Kokum butter to treat a huge array of issues ranging from infections, sores and bites to curing arthritic pain and alleviating a host of digestive disorders. The ripe fruits are also said in Ayurvedic medicine to balance both vata and kapha doshas.

What’s it like to use?  The emollient properties of Kokum mean it is non-greasy and is really light to apply. Unlike many other skincare products, it is non-comedogenic (unblocks pores), and so suits every skin type. And it is fragrance-free, so is perfect to use if you don’t like scent or as a base for any essential oils you want to add in.

5 KEY BENEFITS: of all the natural butters, Kokum is the most nutrient dense and most balanced – here is the lowdown

Benefit #1:  it helps repair damaged skin. Kokum butter is well known for its ability to regenerate skin cells and is used to heal sores and bites as well as cracked lips, hands, and heels. But it also prevents the degeneration of skin cells, so you can fight skin damage before it ever starts.

Benefit #2:  it promotes healthy, hydrated skin. Kokum butter is stacked full of essential fatty acids, which help your body sustain healthy skin, keeping it hydrated and maintaining elasticity. It contains nearly 60-65% saturated fatty acids, made up of stearic acid (up to 45% vs Cocoa butter 35%), palmitic acid (up to 8%), oleic acid (up to 50%), and linoleic acid (around 4%).

Benefit #3:  it is full of antioxidants. Kokum butter is rich in vitamin E. This fat-soluble, essential nutrient is bursting with antioxidants, benefiting your immune system and skin health, protecting against free radicals that can cause discoloration and other skin damage.

Benefit #4:   Kokum is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent containing potent compounds including Garcinol, HCA (hydroxycitric acid), polyphenols and anthocyanin pigments. These healing properties mean it is especially gentle for even sensitive skin.

Benefit #5:  it is anti-bacterial and non-comedogenic.   Kokum butter is non-comedogenic, which means it doesn’t clog pores, the main contributor to breakouts. This also makes is perfect for hotter, more humid climates. Add on the incredible anti-bacterial properties and it is perfect for skincare products.

And did you know?  Ultra-purified derivatives of Kokum butter are used as substitutes while manufacturing chocolates so that the end product doesn’t melt during the hot summer months…



Alexandra Turner, better known as Alix, is the co-founder of Malavara. Having spent 15 years working with European Luxury Goods brands, Alix's passion for wellness, aromatherapy and travel led her to India and Ayurveda. Alix lives in London and keeps busy with a day job, a toddler and our exciting Malavara journey.

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