| Why You Should Know About Cosmetic Butters We often confuse butter with vegetable fat when we use it for cooking, but they're not exactly the same thing. Vegetable butters are usually oily fatty substances which have nearly the same characteristics as animal fats. However unlike animal fats in liquid or semi-liquid form at room temperature, cosmetic butters aren't solid and smooth fatty substances. They're basically a white waxy substance obtained from nuts or seeds, and also from some other grains or plants such as rice bran oil and wheat germ oil. Because these types of oils are mostly derived from non-food crops (such as soybeans and corn), they are considered safe to eat. But the safety of cosmetics depends upon how they are used. The best natural and organic cosmetic butters contain small amounts of naturally occurring plant antioxidants, which are more abundant than synthetic antioxidants and easier on your skin. For example, Shea butter has more antioxidants than red wine and more vitamin E than blueberries. Cosmetic butters that are high in natural oils, such as avocado, olive, grapeseed, jojoba and other plant oils, are excellent moisturizers and can even act as a natural sun block.