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Vegetable based oils, butters and natural waxes add amazing moisture and skin protection to natural skin care and bath products. But most mass-produced products contain cheap, petroleum-based emollients. What do you want on YOUR skin? 


Natural cocoa butter

Cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is a vegetable fat derived from the cocoa bean,. Solid at room temperature, it melts at body temperature...right into dry, itchy skin, where it's one of the best natural moisturizers you'll find in your natural skin care products! Cocoa butter has a lot more to offer than just hydrating and protecting the skin, however. Cocoa butter is:


  • Packed with antioxidants, which help fight aging

  • Shelf stable for 2-5 years, which is really important in natural products that don't use chemical stabilizers and preservatives

  • Thought to penetrate skin enough to reduce stretch marks, unlike synthetic humectants like mineral oil which simply sits atop the skin's surface

  • Used to treat burns

  • High in Vitamin E


Oh yes, did we mention that unrefined cocoa butter has a velvety smooth texture and smells just like white chocolate? Wow. SaltZ&Co uses cocoa butter as the primary ingredient in our Small Bump Belly Balm, which is formulated for use on growing, itchy bellies but can be used all over your body - and, thanks to the ultra-low allergen risk associated with cocoa butter, all over baby, too.

Mango Butter

Mango butter is extracted from the seeds, not the flesh, of the tropical mango tree. This might be a disappointment for people expecting a butter with the heavenly smell of fresh, ripe mangoes; but the letdown is bound to be a temporary one, because while mango butter is very similar in texture and composition to shea and cocoa butter, it's actually a more delicate moisturizer that you will love using. Mango butter is:

  • Rich yet light

  • White in colour, making it attractive in products

  • Hard at room temperature, with a slightly higher melting point than other butters

  • Great for hair conditioning

  • Ideal for use in handmade soap, producing hard bars that lather well

  • Often used for skin that's sustained damage, such as sunburn or insect bites

  • Good for treating skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis













Our extra-rich body butter uses mango butter for its intensive moisturizing properties, and is one of the most popular items in our skin care line! It can be used on hands, feet, and everywhere else!

Shea Butter

Cosmetic product makers love to  wax poetic about shea butter for a reason: it's one of the most trendy ingredients in the natural skin care industry, showing up in everything from lip balms to moisturizing creams and soaps, not to mention hair care products. An excellent emollient for dry skin, shea butter comes from the nut of the African shea (Karite) tree and is edible, but is rarely used as a food product in the West. Instead, shea butter is used for: 

  • Natural sunscreen and skin protection

  • Anti-inflammatory agent on irritated skin

  • Anti-aging effects due to collagen, vitamins and essential fatty acids that promote

skin elasticity

  • Wound care

  • Softening skin and cuticles

  • In homemade deodorants, lip balms and other solid bars, balms and salves

  • Baby care products

Shea butter is thus one of the most versatile natural moisturizers, and it's also

fairly easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive - no wonder it shows up on the

ingredients list of so many bath and body care products! We love to use it as a

natural lotion base; it's the star of the show in our natural hand and

foot care products, which are meant to be used as overnight treatments to make the

most of this incredible moisturizing butter. Yes, it's greasy...but overnight, that doesn't

matter so much, and your skin will thank you in the morning!

Mango butter
Shea nuts and shea butter


Carnauba wax


Beeswax, a natural wax produced by worker bees, is our only non-vegan product - and it's a controversial one due to the concerns around exploitation of honeybees and their declining populations. Due to the fact that beeswax is extremely healing and beneficial for the skin, we have made the decision to use a small amount of beeswax in selected products such as the Sweet Caroline Massage Bar. Beeswax is:


  • Naturally anti-bacterial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • A protective barrier that locks in moisture and prevents dryness, making it particularly useful for lip balms and for hardening skin-protecting lotion bars

  • Breathable - it doesn't clog pores like petroleum

  • Sweet-smelling

Because of the environmental and ethical concerns related to beeswax, we use only sustainably sourced beeswax from small family farms in an effort to balance human and environmental needs.

Carnauba Wax

Carnauba wax, also known as Brazil wax or palm wax, comes from the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera, a plant that is found only in northeastern Brazil. The resulting precious wax can come in powder or flake form and must be bleached or refined to produce an extremely hard, glossy, shiny

finish. Carnauba wax shows up in everything from floor polish to dental floss and candies, and it has cosmetic applications as well. Carnauba wax is:


  • Hypoallergenic

  • Emollient and protective

  • Brittle on its own, but extremely shiny when combined with other waxes, fats and oils 


As with virtually every natural substance that has seen a use-increase by the cosmetic industry, concerns exist about over-use of this resource because a) Carnauba wax is only found in a single plant grown in one part of the world and b) the conditions in which most carnauba wax is grown, harvested and produced are highly exploitative to Brazilian workers. We have restricted the use of carnauba wax to a single product, our I Kissed a Boy lip glosses.


Questions, suggestions, requests about our ingredients? Drop a line!

Beeswax bars
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