Shea Butter (unrefined)
If we could rate body butters like boxers Shea Butter is Ali, Julio Chavez, and Mayweather all in one. This butter is a knockout when it comes to skin and hair benefits. Not only is it a superb skin softener and moisturizer it's also high in vitamins A, E, and F. It serves as a natural SPF and helps relieve sunburn. It also helps fade dark marks and scars. We can't get enough of this good stuff around here.
Sweet Almond Oil
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis
The Almond nut is high in Omega-6 fatty acids so naturally the oil boasts that same nutrient. Sweet Almond oil was used in Ayurvedic remedies for hair strengthening and growth. It's high invitaminA and E and helps protect the skin from UV damage. We do caution about the use of this oil as those with nut allergies will have adverse reactions to it.
Kokum Butter "kokam"
This butter is the hardest vegetable fat known thus far and has excellent oxidative stability. It's great for sensitive skin and is known for it's skin regenerative abilities. Being high in vitamin E, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids means it may greatly help fight visible signs of aging.
There is so much more to this oil than salad vinaigrette, we almost don't know where to begin. It's rich in Omega-3 and Omega -6 fatty acids. It's high in oleic acid which reduces inflammation. While its vitamin E levels aren't as high as other oils the antioxidants are loaded in this golden goodness.
One of the lesser known butters, Illipe butter is not to be underestimated. It is highly beneficial for both skin and hair alike. It helps with the restoration of elasticity because of its high fatty acid content. It's rich in unsaturated fatty acids as well as linoleic and oleic acids which make for superb rebuilding of the skins lipid barrier. This ultimately helps curve germ and pathogen invasion.
Its not just a great oil to cook with. Nearly 70% of this oil is oleic acid, a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. It's high in lutein, which is naturally found in the eyes and functions as an antioxidant that may reduce many common age-related eye diseases. This oil has also been found to reduce pain and stiffness associated with arthritis. It is a skin improving oil that may even enhance the healing process of wounds and sores. Need we go on about this wonderous oil?
Though we only showed a few of our most used yet lesser known ingredients there are many more that deserve to be mentioned. These honorable mentions are more popular but no less nutrient packed and extremely beneficial to hair, skin, and nails. These are :