What is Kokum?

What is Kokum?

Kokum butter is not as well known as Shea butter. For this reason, I thought it would be helpful to provide more thorough detail on what Kokum is, so you can see, beyond it being prevalent in India, there are so many more reason, why I chose to add it to Sheadence.

A natural butter from India that is rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Vitamin E making it extremely moisturizing and reputed to help with skin cell regeneration This butter is non-comodegenic, which means it will not clog the pores, making it a great addition to facial products as well as products for dry, rough or calloused skin.  It’s a natural emollient with healing properties.

This butter has a long history of healing properties all over the world and it’s no wonder that kokum butter has skin and hair benefits that are unique enough to make it stand out amongst its counterparts.  It is easily absorbed into the skin while promoting healthy skin cells. Kokum butter has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties that make it ideal for damaged skin. Kokum butter is especially a great alternative for those with sensitive skin. Its ability to rejuvenate damaged skin cells is a great way to combat wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots.  Kokum butter is ideal for scalp treatments to promote strong roots and a nourishing atmosphere for all that new hair growth. The thing that makes this butter stand out is the fact that it isn’t as greasy as cocoa butter and the light fragrance isn’t as noticeable as shea butter.


Garcinia indica, a plant in the mangosteen family (Clusiaceae), commonly known as kokum, is a fruit-bearing tree that has culinary, pharmaceutical, and industrial uses. The fruit contains 5-8 large seeds. Kokum butter is an oil derived from the seeds.

Kokum is an indigenous tree of the tropical rain forests of the Western Ghats of South India. This evergreen tree is mainly found along the west coast of the Konkan, Goa, Karnataka and North Malabar.

Kokum butter is one of the most stable vegetable butters available in the market. It’s also one of the hardest. Another peculiar feature which makes it popular among 

formulators of cosmetic products is that Kokum butter remains in a solid state at room temperature, but melts immediately on contact with the skin. Its triglyceride composition is uniform, and consists of up to 80% of stearic-oleic-stearic (SOS) triglycerides.

Some of the traditionally known benefits of Kokum butter are as follows:

  • Helps prevents drying of the skin
  • Helps heal ulcers, heal fissures of the lips, hands and soles of feet
  • Helps regenerates skin cells & reduces degeneration of skin cells
  • Non-pore clogging (non-comodegenic)
  • Contains 80% stearic-oleic-stearic triglycerides
  • Contains antioxidant properties
  • Helps stabilize emulsions
  • High oxidative stability
  • Softens the skin and restores skin flexibility


Kokum butter is more emollient than most butters, possesses natural healing properties, has a uniform triglyceride composition and promotes regeneration of skin. Fatty acid levels are low, indicating an absence of any powerful lipolytic activity. Kokum butter is meant to be used as an ingredient in cosmetic formulations.

Kokum Butter is well known for it’s emollient, and regenerative, properties making it one of the best choices for damaged skin preparations. One of the most useful butters for inflamed skin preparation and enhanced barrier formation.


Kokum butter has amazing healing and skin regenerating properties. A key component in many ointments made for burn victim patients. It speeds their recovery and minimizes long term damage. The benefits don’t end there… There are many ailments that consist of scar tissues in which Kokum butter can be used. Stretch marks, post-surgical scarring, acne pits, even wrinkles are categorized as ’tissue damage’, and can be applied with formulations of kokum butter for superior results.

This natural butter is light with almost no fragrance and works extremely well with essential oils that have higher SPFs. That means kokum butter is your ideal skin moisturizer to use in the summer!

Note: Kokum butter may trigger nut allergies in severely sensitive people. If you have nut allergies, connect with your physician first before using.

So many great benefits and it's all natural too! It doesn't get better than that! 



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