December 21st is the first day of Winter, and while this gives us permission to splurge on body essentials this month, this is also a serious reminder to take extra care of your skin: the body’s largest organ. Cold temperatures are tough on skin— as the weather drops, so do the humidity levels which can lead to increased skin dryness and sensitivities due to the dry air.
This holiday season, we’re stocking up on body care from Cologne Butter. Don’t be fooled by the name— this moisture-rich and cologne-infused brand is for men and women, and it’s at the top of our gift list for unisex body care. With a natural formula containing less than ten ingredients, the brands’ focus on nourishment and scent is accomplished with delicious body butters. Founded by Michael Snow, Cologne Butter was born from the idea of maximizing product while minimizing time. Snow organically created his Cologne Butter as a trick of his own, mixing his favorite products together to save time before leaving his house. The scents, which are inspired by his travels, tell Snow’s story using thought provoking names and global, nutritious ingredients giving complex, yet balanced and sophisticated aromas. His decision to create luxurious, high-performing products was just what was needed to spice up the skincare industry for both men and women.
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On a mission to snag all of the body butters, I started my journey with “Intention.” It literally melts on your skin, deeply moistening for a silky touch. The long-lasting moisture and aroma leaves me glowing and receiving compliments on the scent nearly all day. I’m a big fan of warm and woody notes, and this butter exudes sweet praline combined with rose, saffron, and vanilla with woody hints of oud. It can be difficult to find a product that has the best of both worlds: no greasy residue and has hydration that truly lasts throughout the day. Cologne Butter body butters have an ultra-moisturizing blend without any lingering stickiness, plus they smell amazing.
We had the pleasure of catching up with Cologne Butter founder, Michael Snow. Keep reading to learn more about Cologne Butter, steps to healthier skin this season, and more!
What made you start Cologne Butter, and what’s the story behind the name?
In the world of skincare, finding a product that caters to your specific needs can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. This is especially true for those who gravitate towards more masculine scents in body butter. The market is saturated with floral and fruity fragrances, leaving those who prefer more sophisticated, masculine scents in a bit of a bind. Unable to find one that ticked all the boxes, I decided to take matters into my own hands. My journey began with a simple idea: why not infuse my favorite cologne into my body butter? But I knew I couldn’t be the only one. And so, the idea of creating a body butter line catering to this niche market was born.
When it came to naming the product, I wanted it to be simple yet effective. A name that would not only reflect the product’s purpose but also pique the curiosity of potential customers. I wanted a name that would make people wonder: “What could this possibly be? Is it for your body? Do you cook with it?”
What makes Cologne Butter unique?
Cologne Butter is a game-changer, combining the benefits of skincare and the allure of cologne in one easy-to-use product. It’s crafted from ingredients that are not only easy to pronounce but also packed with countless benefits. The blend includes organic Shea, Mango, and Avocado butters, which are known for their nourishing and moisturizing properties. Jojoba Oil and Vitamin E are also part of this potent mix, providing additional benefits such as skin repair and protection from environmental damage.
But Cologne Butter isn’t just about skincare. It’s also a sensory experience. The scents are powerful and complex, yet perfectly balanced. These fragrances have been curated from around the world, offering users a unique olfactory journey with each application. It also eliminates the need for multiple products, combining skincare and fragrance into one easy step. It’s perfect for those who value efficiency without compromising on quality.
Why create a unisex skincare line?
There are countless body butters available in the market, each claiming to offer unique benefits. However, in my quest to create a body butter that stood out among the rest, I aimed to cater to individuals who appreciate scents that are not necessarily gender specific. My line of body butter contains key notes that serve as a common thread, including the rich and exotic fragrance of Oud, the earthy aroma of cedarwood, the calming scent of sandalwood, the grounding essence of vetiver, the citrusy notes of bergamot, and the comforting presence of warm florals. This combination of carefully selected scents aims to provide a truly invigorating and indulgent experience for all.
What are your steps to a successful skin routine, including Cologne Butter?
The goal of my morning skincare routine is to make it as quick, simple, and effective as possible. I have oily and acne-prone skin, so starting off with an oil-fighting cleanser and a deep-cleaning toner is essential. This can be followed by face and eye serums that provide concentrated key benefits to combat anti-aging. Last but not least, a face moisturizer that includes SPF should be applied. A common misconception among African Americans is that we don’t need SPF, which is not true.
Cologne Butter fits perfectly into this routine as a body moisturizer. Since it already includes cologne, it saves me the extra step of applying fragrance just before walking out the door. It gives my skin that pop and leaves me smelling on point.
Christmas is coming up, what should the ladies snag for their man from Cologne Butter?
Everything! No seriously I’m confident we have a scent for just about every man. And if your guy has facial hair, don’t forget to snag some of our Beard Oil. Launched in September, this product was created in response to customer feedback wanting their beard to have the same scent as their body. Like our body butter, beard oil also contains great ingredients that not only moisturize but also promote hair growth and provide a nice sheen. Ingredients include: argan, Jamaican black castor, jojoba, green tea, hemp seed, apricot, and moringa oils.
To shop and learn more about Cologne Butter, visit Colognebutter.com and @colognebutter on Instagram
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