Butter Me Up
If you’re concerned about the food you put in your mouth, you should be just as aware of the products you put onto your body.
Just because you don’t chow down on your moisturizer like you would a hunky kale salad, that doesn’t mean the moisturizer isn’t being absorbed through your skin, muscles, fat and bloodstream. According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database, “The average woman uses 12 products containing 168 different ingredients daily. Many cosmetic chemicals are designed to penetrate into the skin’s inner layers, and they do. Among them: industrial plasticizers called phthalates; parabens, which are preservatives; and persistent fragrance components like musk xylene.”
Facts like that have us wanting to trash the entire contents of our bathroom cabinets; instead we are running happily towards a new discovery: BUTTER elixir ($35 for 3 oz.).
BUTTER elixir was created by Tony Lupinacci, Lorenza Pintar and Jared McCann (who also happens to be an International Yoga Champion). The three wanted a product that was as sophisticated as it was clean, natural and hydrating.
The 100% natural, made-in-NYC result is an alluring mix of just four therapeutic-grade ingredients: almond oil, argan oil, lavender and chamomile. The insanely good smelling oil (happily, the subtle but spicy smell is unisex) is packed in recycled plastic bottles and is rich in antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamins A and E.
It’s also a multi-tasking workhorse: We’ve tried the silky oil on our skin, as a hair and scalp treatment, as a lip balm and as a cuticle oil—all to great moisturizing success.
This week, the BUTTER team will introduce a brand-new face-friendly formulation ($48) that includes more of that potent argan oil, along with apricot kernel oil, rose hip oil and rose essential oil.
Looks like we can chuck a whole bunch of those chemical-laden products after all.