• Balms Butters Creams Lotions and Milks
  • There are real diferencies between balms and creams and butters

Most of us use either balms, creams, butters, milks or lotions for all kinds of purposes; the deodorants, the hand creams, the body creams lotions and butters, face creams, lip balms and the list can go on and one.
We put these substances on our skin for the benefit of the health of our skin or at least for some improvement of our skin. We have them in our bathrooms and most of the time we carry these with us in our hand bags wherever we go.

In general, we refer everything we put on our skin as being a cream but you might ask yourself is it really a cream?  Is that true? You may think so but this is not always the case.
There are some substantial differences between balms, creams, milks and lotions and we will explain to you what these differences exactly are.

BALMS

Balms consists of only oils, waxes and maybe some added fragrances in the form of essential oils. If you look it up in a dictionary you will find the desscription that balms are fragrant creams or liquids used to heal or soothe the skin but actually this not entirely true. There is a very fundamental difference between them and that is the use of WATER.
Characteristic of balms is that they contain NO WATER at all. Balms are the purest form of cosmetic products to put on your prescious skin. They are very rich in re-moisturizing, replenishing and protecting oils, butters and waxes and make your skin looking great.

BUTTERS

Body butters are becoming more and more popular and that is for a reason because in general body butters are also rich in oils, butters and waxes. The down side is that in general they are greasier than a balm. Also a body butter may contain some water and all the necessary chemical additives.

CREAMS

When water is added to a balm it becomes what is called a cream or an emulsion and to achieve this a lot more ingredients are needed. Water needs to bond with the oils and the waxes so always bonding or thickening agents are needed for bonding and additional preservatives are needed for conservation purposes. Most brands use synthetic ingredients for this.
In general a cream formula consists of 60% – 85% water. It makes the products cheaper to produce and it adds volume to the tube you buy; you get more water for your money.

MILKS AND LOTIONS

A step further can be taken and when even more water is added becomes a lotion or a milk. It becomes a lotion or a milk when more water is added. As much as 90% water can be used in a lotion or a milk and so even more additives must be added to make and keep it workable and stable to use because water is prone to decay.
So you might ask what is the difference between a lotion and a milk then? The answer is that a lotion is a thicker version of the milk because a higher percentage of thickeners is added. This means there isn’t a big difference between a milk and a lotion and any producer may call the product either a lotion or a milk. It is obvious that with a milk or  lotion you get even more water and chemicals for your money.

Conclusion:

When possible buy a cosmetic product without added water so there are no synthetic agents added for bonding and preservation. Also keep in mind that water is scarce.

We at Happinesz only create eco-friendly products without water so our natural body care products are having the purest form. NO WATER ADDED so no agents like parabens and alcohols are needed. We always use organic ingredients when possible.

How we use water.

We don’t use water in our balms. Also we don’t use water to produce our products and that saves a lot of water and that is good for the environment.

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