Body Butter, Body Lotion & Body Cream: Know the Difference and Uses

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Sometime in 2016, every girl at my college was obsessed with smelling like all kinds of fruits and flowers, and so was I. My raging passion for scented body care and girly body mists was fuelled by brands like The Body Shop, Victoria’s Secret, and Bath & Body Works. One fine day, I set to the mall with the intention of restocking my fragrant favourites for the upcoming months and landed at The Body Shop store, only to stand there dazed and confused as the sales executive asked my preference – body yogurt, body butter, body cream or body lotion.

A lot of time has passed since then, and I have successfully educated myself on the intricate details of body care basics. While we won’t get into gritty little details of the wide variety of body care, today we skim through one of the most searched topics of all times – the difference between body butter, body lotion, and body cream. 

If you are one of those people who find themselves confused on the same topic, then this article is for you. In this article, we will understand what these three varieties of body care are, what is their purpose, and how they contribute to having healthy, soft, and supple skin. Body butter, body lotion, and body cream – all three options have different consistencies and cater to different skincare concerns. Depending on your skincare issue, you can select either of these options as an addition to your body care stash.

What is a Body Lotion?

Body Lotion
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Body lotions are a moisturizing emulsion with a light consistency. Its formula consists of more water content than oil, making it more hydrating than moisturizing. 

Suitable for:

Body lotions are suitable for oily skin type, combination-oily skin type, normal skin type and dehydrated skin. If you are someone who experiences a loss of plumpness in the skin due to depleted moisture, you can use a good body lotion for your daily nourishing needs.


Here’s a list of the top 5 body lotions in India:

  • The Body Shop Lemon Protecting Hand & Body Lotion
  • Dove Light Hydration Body Lotion
  • Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Moisture Body Lotion
  • Nivea Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin, Nourishing Body Milk with Almond Oil & vitamin E
  • Chemist at Play Body Lotion with Ceramides, 5% Niacinamide + 2% Zemea

What is a Body Cream?

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A body cream has a slightly thicker consistency to touch. Its formula consists of more oil content than water, making it more moisturizing than hydrating.

Suitable for:

 Body creams are suitable for dry skin type, combination dry skin type, normal skin type damaged skin, and sensitive skin as well.


Here’s a list of the top 5 body creams in India:

  • Mamaearth vitamin C Nourishing Cold Cream
  • Faces Canada Bath N Body Milk & Honey Body Cream
  • Nyassa French Lavender Body & Hand Cream
  • Ponds Light Moisturiser
  • Nivea Crème, All Season Multi-Purpose Cream

What is a Body Butter?

Body Butter
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body butter is one of the thickest consistencies when it comes to body care. It usually consists of shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, or palm butter. With a buttery base (duh!), body butter is really rich and has thick consistencies. It helps in locking in the skin’s moisture and nourishing it from deep within.

Suitable for:

Body butter is a suitable option for extremely dry and dehydrated skin, damaged skin, normal skin type or hypersensitive skin which requires extra care.


Here’s a list of the top 5 body butter in India:

  • The Body Shop Body Butter British Rose
  • Plum BodyLovin’ Oopsie Daisy Body Butter
  • MCaffeine Naked & Rich Choco Body Butter 
  • PureSense Macadamia & Shea Deep Nourishing Body Butter
  • Dot & Key Velvet Body Butter Damask Rose & Lavender with 5% Shea

Oftentimes, skincare gets limited to the skin on your face and the skin on your body stays neglected. While facial skincare is extremely important, body care is equally crucial. And now that you know the basic differences between body lotions, body creams, and body butter, do you know which is the option your skin needs?

Normal skin types can go for either of the three depending on the weather, or a specific need of the hour. So what are you waiting for? Go to Boddess, Foxy, Amazon, or any of your favourite shopping websites and stock on these indulgent body care best-sellers. Available in a plethora of options, you can choose to go for fragrant formulas to complement your perfume, or you could opt for fragrance free options to keep your skin safe from common allergens. Either way, these skincare superheroes will keep your skin protected and nourished. It’s a promise!

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This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. kosmoderma

    That was nice to know about body lotion, cream and butter for different skin types and it was most helpful blog post to know about the benefits associated with them specifically

  2. Shayosree Saha

    Many people have these doubts of the difference in products that are related and which brand to select so I guess this blog post will definitely help them.

  3. Yogita Joshi

    Thank you the detailed post about these products and the difference between each of them . With winters approaching, this will be very helpful. Thanks

  4. Snigdha

    You have discussed so well . Yes, all these three are different from each other in terms of consistency, performance and requirements.

  5. Jeannine

    Appreciate you sharing this as I never have given enough thought on these product’s difference. All along, I thought its the same thing were they used fancy names to let consumers buy more stuff. There’s quite a difference between each product after all. This comes needed if you have skin issues and wants to have the right product addressed according to your needs.

  6. Jhilmil D Saha

    There was a time when I used to invest a lot on body butters and just as mentioned The Body Shop body butters were my first choice. Nowadays I am using body lotions more.

  7. Kriti

    Your article is extremely Helpful and I will definitely bookmark this for future reference
    Thank you for sharing this

  8. Sarita panda

    Wow love the in-depth blog, I’m sure many are still confused about body butter, body cream and body lotion. Your blog is really helpful as you mentioned and recommendations are helpful as per the skin type 😍

  9. Khushboo

    I use all the three depending on the weather. Body butters are my favourite in winters they hydrate and moisture the skin well.

  10. Saania

    Never thought about the differences even though I’m all into skin care. Thanks for the informative and interesting post

  11. Sandy N Vyjay

    The post is packed with so much information and demystifies the meaning of so many terms. You have so clearly explained the basics of Body butter, body lotion, and body cream.

  12. Amy

    Extremely helpful article to choose from variants products before winter. I have oily skin and was using body creams till now but will switch to body lotions as you suggested.

  13. Sania

    Thanks for this post! Never considered these differences even though I’m a major fan of beauty products, very informative post

  14. Sania

    Thanks for this post! Never considered these differences even though I’m a major fan of beauty products, very informative post

  15. Megha Bajpai

    Thank you for letting us know about these products and the difference between all of them . As winters is coming we all need this valuable information . Thanks

  16. Sweety Joshi

    A very informative post. Thank you for teaching us the difference between all of these. Also thanks for the recommendations. I will try them.

  17. Ranjeeta Nath Ghai

    With winters rolling in I will be needing body butter to keep my skin smooth and healthy. i am thinking of trying a new body butter recipe that I found online. it is made with coconut oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter.

  18. Rashmi Rama

    Thank you for sharing such things of skin care and related products also about the brands .it’s really helpful.keep sharing

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