I often get asked how to use body butter, as well as how much to use, so I put together a quick tutorial experiment to answer both questions (plus a couple more) in one shot – multitasking, baby!
I started with the theory that a tablespoon of body butter would be enough to moisturize a person from head to toe, then measured it out and weighed it to get my starting point.
I already knew that the quickest and easiest way to apply it was by melting a bit between my palms and gliding them over my skin to leave a light layer that quickly absorbs, so all I needed to do now was figure out exactly how much to use. I started with my hands, face, and neck:
First, use it on your hands – about up to where your watch band would be – then glide them over your face and neck. There’s no need to rub or pull – your hands will leave a nice light layer of body butter on your face that will moisturize and keep your skin soft all day without being greasy.
Moving on to feet/legs, arms, and trunk, you use a similar technique. Melt the butter between your palms and glide over your skin.
As you can see, I needed much less than I had estimated. A little bit truly does go a long way! I reweighed the body butter:
Doing the math, I learned that just a smidge less than a teaspoon was all I used. So that one ounce container will last me 8-10 days, and the larger 4 oz container I have waiting in my drawer will last me 38-40 days (assuming daily use).
Some other common concerns I hear about using body butter are the time factor and greasy feeling. To that end I can say that, including time spent taking pictures, it only took 3 minutes to moisturize from head to toe. Because I used so little, it absorbed very quickly and I didn’t feel greasy or like there was a heavy film left on my skin – but my skin was super soft and not itchy for the entire day. I’d say that’s a win.
Do you use body butter? What other questions do you have? Leave a comment and let me know!
For all you data geeks out there who may want to verify my math:
One tablespoon is equal to 3 teaspoons. One tablespoon of body butter weighed .385 oz, and I used .105 oz (.385-.280). Percentage equals used divided by whole multiplied by 100, so (.105/.385) x 100 = 27.27%, or just less than one third of a tablespoon.