Body butter and carrier oil's are the two ingredients that I use in making homemade skin care moisturizer. Use them alone or mix the two. You can even mix the body butters! Here is a brief run down on body butters
Cocoa body butter
Grinding the roasted seeds Theobroma Cacao plant produces a solid fat: Cocoa Butter.
Even though it is the main ingredient in making a chocolate bar, it is loaded with antioxidants and countless nutrients such as calcium, potassium, and iron. Melting at body temperature it makes it a popular body butter. Adding rich, creamy, thick consistency and a mild fragrance to lotions, soaps, creams etc. Being a great emollient that is popularly used to add flexibility to the skin and a soothing sensation to your products.
Mango Body Butter
Known as the "apple of the tropics," the mango is an Asian native that thrives in Southern California. The fruit of the tree, which has a waxy, smooth skin and sweet flavor, contains seeds that are cold-pressed to produce mango butter, which is rich in beta carotene and vitamins A and E. Cold pressed from the seed kernel of the Mango tree, this highly prized butter is an exceptional quality base ingredient for body care products and soap making recipes. It is very similar in color and texture as cocoa butter. Great source of essential fatty acids.
Sal Body Butter
Comes from the fruit kernels of the sal tree, shorea robusta a native and prominent tree in several parts of India. It has similar properties to Mango butter and Cocoa butter but differing slightly is scent, and color. Being high in stearic tearic acid (about 45% ) oleic acids and is wonderful for the skin because of its high emolliency properties and its exceptional oxidative stability. This is valuable for those of us who enjoy keeping our skin moist and protected from harsh elements. Having a low odor it is valuable as a cosmetics ingredient because of its pliability and has cosmetic applications because of its uniform triglyceride makeup. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. It also acts as good emollient on the skin. You will find it being used in the manufacture of such skin care products as massage creams, soaps, make-up etc.
The kukui tree is Hawaii's state tree. Its nuts have been used for centuries--in fact, the oil extracted from the kukui nut's kernel was originally used to light primitive lamps. Today it's added to body butter because of its high concentration of essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E.
Kokum Body Butter
A highly prized and under-rated butter from the Garcinia tree. This naturally white and incredibly smooth butter has enormously high compositions of beneficial materials to help regenerate tired and worn skin cells and further supports elasticity and general flexibility of the skin wall. A great ingredient to add to healing lotions, creams, and body butters. It can be directly applied to the skin in its solid state, but it may require a mild amount of heating to improve applicability. Highly recommended to those that are crafting cosmetics with the intent of producing a skin healing end product. Kokum has outstanding medicinal properties and is used as an acidulent. The bark and young leaves act as astringent. The leaves are used as a remedy for dysentery. A decoction is given in cases of rheumatism and bowel complaints. It is useful as an infusion, or by direct application, in skin ailments such as rashes caused by allergies. Kokum butter is an emollient helpful in the treatment of burns, scalds and chaffed skin.