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Body Butter, Body Lotion & Body Cream- What’s the Difference?

I’m so glad that off-late more and more women have started to realize the importance of skincare and are now making thoughtful decisions while picking the right skin care products. Having said that, I believe moisturizing the skin is still underrated. A moisturized skin looks healthier and has a natural glow to it.

Body butters, body lotions, and body creams are the top products that can help in keeping the skin nourished, hydrated, and moisturized. But while you shop online for skincare products, there are high chances of you getting lost and confused with the many available options. But don’t you worry, we’ve done the digging for you. Check out the difference between body butter, body lotion, and body cream and their benefits.

What is Body Butter?

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Body butter contains natural butter with a blend of essential oils. Body butter is usually thick & heavy in consistency and has an oily-shiny finish to it. The amalgamation of rich butter & essential oils is super nourishing and moisturizing which makes body butters the best choice for dry, damaged & chapped skin. Body butters are available in many variants with a blend of different natural ingredients that help in a long-lasting nourishment. One added benefit of body butter is that it improves elasticity of the skin.

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What is Body Lotion?

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Body lotions are often a blend of natural oils and water. It has a very runny consistency and feels very light on the skin and does not clog pores. The light consistency of oils helps in keeping the skin nourished without making it oily. The mix of oil and water helps in the quick absorption of body lotion into the skin. Body lotions are a great way to instantly add moisture to super dry skin, thanks to their water content. One of the best benefits of body lotion is that it locks in moisture without making the skin feel greasy or oily, which reduces the chances of having acne-prone skin.

Body Cream

Body CreamJust like body lotions, body creams are also made of oils and water. The only difference is that the ratio is 50:50 with a higher content of oils. It is slightly thicker in consistency when compared to body lotion and less thicker if compared to body butter. If you aren’t fond of body butters, body creams can be the alternative for keeping dry skin moisturized.


Body butters, body lotions or body creams – what to choose is more of a personal choice. While you may feel the need to apply body lotions repeatedly throughout the day, body butter can do the job if applied just once in the day. With the season, your choices might also differ and that totally makes sense. While in the scorching heat, you might just need a light, non-greasy body lotion, in the winters you might need a heavy body butter to deeply hydrate and moisturize dry winter skin.

Rachika Singh

Rachika Singh

Senior Brand Manager at Clovia
Dipped in glitter and soaked with thoughts, Rachika just wants to share her experiences with the world. She is a foodie, a pet-lover and a writer, based out of Delhi and is obsessed with beauty, fashion, and food. Being a fashion enthusiast, she loves keeping herself updated with the latest trends.
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