What is the difference between cream, balm, butter, and lotion? You can buy all of them in any store, made with natural ingredients or not. You can find everything from foot creams to hydrating lotions to whipped butters to healing balms.
Is there really a difference or is it all just marketing?
I started making my own lotion a few months ago. One of the first things that I noticed was that it was heavier than most lotions that I normally bought in the store. The second thing was that it lasted longer than more popular lotions. In other words, in my humble opinion, it did a better job at moisturizing my skin.
Oil and Water
Lotions, creams, and butters are all made from a combination of oils and water. There are many different kinds of oils that you can use and some will provide more moisture than others. I really like the feel of aloe vera oil and argan oil. Both provide great moisture. The more water in the mixture, the thinner the lotion will be. Creams go into tubs or jars. Lotions are thin enough to be in pump or a squeeze bottle.
Butters and Balms
Butters and balms are generally thicker than creams. They contain little water and some cases, none at all. I made a balm for fingers and hands a couple of years ago. It was very moisturizing (great for dry cuticles!), and it didn’t involve any water. I could put it on at night and it would keep my hands moisturized until morning.
Yes, there is a difference!
In short, there is most definitely a difference. What you use is completely your choice and depends on what your skin needs. I like to use a thick cream or balm for my hands and feet. I use a lighter moisturizer for my face and on the rest of my body, I use a lotion.
What do you use the most?