Cuckoo for Kokum Butter: Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm

Omigod, what is different in this stuff?? That’s what I wanted to know as soon as I tried Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm.

When it comes to Burt’s Bees balms, I’m not a fan of the beeswax types at all, but the beeswax-free formulas make me happy (Rejuvenating is the more emollient of the two, btw). This Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm ($4.49), though, is for me the big winner. And why? Kokum butter.

Kokum butter comes from the Garcinia indica tree in India. An ornamental tree in the mangosteen family, the whole plant is used for a variety of culinary, medicinal and cosmetic formulas. Extracted from the fruit seed (see the graphic on the balm packaging?), kokum butter has a deceptively dry, crumbly texture — deceptive because it melts at body temperature. (I tried a bit in NYC recently at a P&G preview; they use it in some of their body lotions. Crabtree & Evelyn also uses it in their lip butters.)

In the food industry, kokum butter is used as a replacement for cocoa butter, in chocolate manufacturing, for example, says Celeste Lutrario, VP of Global Research and Development at Burt’s Bees. It’s growing in popularity for a few reasons: “One, it’s extremely stable. Two, it’s a very white butter, so it doesn’t cause colour variations. And three, it’s extremely high in essential fatty acids.”As well, “the skin absorbs kokum butter much better than it does shea, mango or cocoa butter, and the faster the you can have the skin absorb something, the more moisturizing it is,” says Celeste. It’s also really light, so you don’t get a heavy feeling on your lips, and it won’t clog pores.

We’ll see kokum butter pop up in more Burt’s Bees skincare next year. The brand is working working on an intense hydration face line; kokum butter is a key ingredient.

Burt’s Bees Ultra Conditioning Lip Balm also contains marula oil, and is in recyclable tube that is already 30% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Do you like waxy balms? Or are you like me — the more emollient the better?

Burts Bees is available at major drugstores and mass retailers, and via burtsbees.ca.

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Now feel refreshed with Kokum soft drink

As part of the business diversification, the Dakshina Kannada Co-operative Milk Producers Federation Limited will launch ‘Kokum Fruit Punch’, a new soft drink made of kokum and milk.

DKCMPF assures that not only the tasty drink will quench thirst, but will also serve as an ideal health drink. Federation managing director Ravikumar Kakade said the drink manufactured using the juice of kokum fruit and milk whey will be marketed under a brand for the first time in the state.

“It is a nourishing health drink as it has anti-carcinogenic, anti-oxidant, anti-obese and cardio-tonic properties. Further, milk whey contains lactose, vitamins and protein, which is necessary for one to keep health fit,” he said adding that Kokum Fruit Punch will be an ideal drink for athletes too.

A 200 ml bottle of Kokum Fruit Punch will be priced at Rs 10 and it will be launched to the market soon, he said adding the drink can be preserved for three months from date of manufacture.

In addition, the Federation also has many other business expansion plans of introducing more products to the market. Federation president K Raviraj Hegde said that four more new products will be introduced to the market soon.

Federation will launch a new chocolate flavoured milk pack which will have three months expiry period. This sterilised milk of 200 ml bottles will be sold at Rs 15. Nandini curd, which is now available in 6 kg, 400 grams and 200 grams packs, will be made available in 1 kg packs at Rs 28. New Khova sweet packs of 200 grams will be introduced to the market at Rs 52, he added.

Federation will also introduce diced paneer to the market for the convenience of customers. Paneer will be made available to customers in dice shapes, which will help them to cook easily, Raviraj said.

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Burt’s Bees Ingredient: Kokum Butter


Kiss dry lips goodbye. Clinically proven to offer 4 hours of long-lasting moisturization, this ultra-hydrating lip conditioner is infused with rich Kokum, Shea, and Cocoa Butters. Giving you more butters and less wax than other balms, so your lips will be left soft and super smooth. It also lovingly replenishes your skin with no added flavors or fragrances. It’s hydration at its very highest.

  • Clinically proven to moisturize for 4 hours with 1 application
  • Hypo-allergenic with no added flavors or fragrances
  • Replenishes skin with Kokum, Cocoa and Shea Butters that melt on lips
  • Leaves lips feeling soft, supple and healthy

The kokum tree produces kiwi-sized fruit that is loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants. About a quarter of the kokum seed is composed of oil. Its emollient properties make kokum butter ideal for use in lotions, lip balms and soaps. Besides being an excellent moisturizer, kokum butter also helps support skin’s elasticity. The kokum tree (Garcinia indica) is native to the Western Ghats regions of India. There are 200 species of kokum trees found in the tropical regions of India, Asia and Africa. People of this region don’t need a green thumb to grow this fruit tree. It is low maintenance because it requires little water and repels pests and disease. The rind of the fruit is most often dried and used in the kitchen as a spice to flavor curries.

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