Kpangnan Butter – A Treasure Uncovered

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Signe said…
Wow, one exotic butter again! Did you buy this from Aroma-Zone too? I couldn't find any butters from their pages, I might have wrong link?
Abigail said…
Hi Lisa, this info on different butters is so interesting. I am looking into dabbling with some ingredients and maybe making a few products for personal use. Would you be knid ebought to advise a few good 'starter ingredients' for me to play with? any advice would be very gratefully received!
María said…
Hi Signe,
I've seen this butter ar Aroma-zone (AZ). I hope Lisa does not char I post the link here, but if so, please remove it.
On the AZ site, the best way to discover their products is the site in French, the English site does not display all their beautiful products.
Here is the link for the kpagnan butter,
And again, sorry if I did wrong.
LisaLise said…
Hi Signe - Yes this is from Aroma Zone. Check Maria's link below. They have quite a lovely selection of butters.

Hi Abigail - I thinks it's great you want to start making your own products! I suggest starting with anhydrous products (no water content). Working with oils and butters and waxes will allow you to start making body butters, lip balms, whipped butters, oil-based serums and lotion bars without having to splash out on too many ingredients. Check the how to pages on this blog for a few recipe ideas. A few basic carrier oils such as sweet almond oil and jojoba are good to start with. As for butters - cocoa butter is a classic, shea is quite popular but a bit tricky to work with. Beeswax is a much have. If you want to work with scent, there are many essential oils that are not very pricey - but do read up on them before using them! Best of luck with it!

Hi María - thank you for posting the link to Aroma Zones butter! I just got a new order in of it today and can't wait to start playing-- ooh so many plans! By the way - I didn't know Aroma Zone had a English language site? I have always gone through Google translate to visit their site. It makes the pages load a bit slower, but at least I can read everything.
Signe said…
Thanks very much, Maria! Now I got the right page, there are lots of wonderful butters in it! My french is...little bit weak, I guess. But I think I could manage to order something from there now.
LisaLise said…
Hi Signe - great! It did take me a while to get used to going through Google translate to manage my way around Aroma Zones site, but I am quite pleased with the quality of their products and the documentation they offer. Also, they have quite a few things I haven't seen elsewhere.
Signe said…
...and thanks, Lise! We wrote comments at the same time, that's why I didn't see your comment when I was answering for Maria.
María said…
I have the chance I can speach French so I can surf on their website with no issues. They have also a lot of information about the product that you can discover when you click on "en savoir plus" (to know more). For example, this is the technical info of the kpagnan butter on the site, FYI:
I'm not very comfortable posting a link to a specific store, and I don't work for them or anything, but me, being a DIY aficionada with no official studies on this (I'm not chemist, pharmacist or similar, but only physio), I find this kind of information very useful concerning products composition, uses and ideas.
Hope this helps.
Thank you Lise for all the information you share with us. I confess I've become addicted to your blog, above all I love the studies you know and you make us know about the cosmetic insudtry and DIY :)
Tina Rasmussen, CPH said…
Hi Lise,

thanks for an informative post which also turned out to be a reminder for me that I have some of this but had forgotten about it and not really tested it! Mine was bought as Painya butter and is more yellow than yours. It really is not greasy and smell almost like chocolate, I guess now is the time to work with it!

When I bought it I remember reading a lot about how people compared painya to shea, calling it "yellow shea" or even "fake shea" and how shea was the one you wanted cause it is better for your hair. Have you read about that? I think its mostly related to people with afro hair or curly hair.

Also ladies, thanks for enlightening me on AromaZone's French site, I was wondering whether I was loosing it :-o

A wonderful weekend to you all!
LisaLise said…
Hi María - Your comments and links are always welcome (and my goodness you are making me blush with all of this praise!)! I don't mind mentioning a company that gives good service and has good product. (And I get absolutely no sponsor money from any company, website etc).

Hi Tina - Yes, you are absolutely right about 'yellow shea' or 'fake shea'. I think this is a highly unfair categorisation, because this butter can definitely carry its own weight! Shea is indeed considered better for hair, and you are also correct in that it is coily curly hair that is meant. Curls, coils and kinks need much more moisture than straight hair. Let us know what you make with your butter!
KMY said…
Lise - I bought 16 oz of this a year ago from Aromatics International, specifically for the anti-inflammatory properties. I love the stuff! Unfortunately now that I need to restock, they are all out (Jan 2017). If you find it somewhere please let me know, on your Formulator's Forum is probably best.
LisaLise said…
HI KMY - Check French Aroma Zone for this butter. You'll find them in the shared resources area of 'the Kitchen' under lists - ingredients suppliers - Europe :)