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Kat Burki is an interior designer turned fragrance and cosmetic maker. She uses raw natural ingredients and her design sensibilities give her eponymous line a clean, feminine feel. I’ve been testing the Kat Burki Raw Beauty Body Butter ($62) and it is so luxurious it is almost guilt-inducingly decadent. Thankfully, my dour Capricorn side is mollified by all the super- healthy ingredients. My skin likes them too.
Kat Burki Raw Beauty Body Butter comes in a 6 oz pot of white, whipped cream that quickly absorbs on application, leaving a pretty -- but not overwhelming -- scent along with the softest skin. Body lotions tend (at least to my impatient, attentionally-challenged self) to be a tedious step between shower and clothing. Not so with Kat Burki Raw Beauty Body Butter; I actively look forward to using it. Like the Kat that got the cream (sorry, bad puns everywhere), I’m practically purring.
I’ll have to give Kat Burki the benefit of the doubt regarding the “proprietary organic herb blend”, the components of which are not revealed, but are supposed to sooth and encourage cell turnover. In any case, the named ingredients include plenty of healing plants in a base of aloe juice, coconut oil, and cocoa butter.
Borage and flax oils are a very welcome combination. A few years ago, researchers from Germany and France claimed that the omega-3 and omega-6 (fatty acids) in flax and borage oils prevent skin from roughening and scaling. Tamanu oil is deservedly cropping up in cosmetics as it can promote the formation of new tissue.
Some of the ingredients are identified as wildcrafted (anti-inflammatory arnica) or organic (evening primrose, a bearer of a rare kind of fatty acid, and antioxidant chamomile). There are no real nasties here, apart from the preservatives phenoxyethanol and ethyhexylglycerin, which Kat Burki points out are used at less than 1%.
So far, I like what Kat Burki is doing. I am also testing her face mask and my review will be coming up soon.
Ingredients in Kat Burki Body Butter: Proprietary Organic Herb Blend, Organic Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe), Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Octyl Palmitate, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter), Natural Fragrance, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Stearate, Organic Beeswax, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu Oil), Organic Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Organic Linum Usitatissimum (Flax Seed Oil), Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Wildcrafted Arnica Montana (Arnica), Organic Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile), Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed Oil), Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia Nut Oil), Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol (preservative, less than 1%), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin (preservative, less than 1%)