Kombo butter is a little-known butter from West Africa, with a deep chocolate color that has an almost blue tint to it. Some people describe its aroma as deep and earthy, with subtle hints of mushrooms. Others smell caramel and fruit!

Kombo butter is rich in myristic and myristoleic acid, also found in products used to comfort joints and muscles.

Kombo butter benefits: myristoleic acid & more

Studies have found myristoleic acid to reduce inflammation levels, and researchers of a 2013 study even called it a “potent antiarthritic agent.” Its presence helps explain why kombo butter is such a powerful natural ingredient for blends intended to soothe muscles and joints.

In addition, kombo butter contains kombic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and phytochemicals that act as antioxidants and add their own comforting effects. The components in kombo butter have even been shown to reduce the presence of some microbes.

What does this mean for your blends?

It means you can use kombo butter to:

  • Soothe sore, tender issues
  • Purify your skin
  • Offer antioxidants that protect against damage

Despite these powerful benefits, kombo butter still isn’t very well known. Using it for your friends or clients can help your blends stand out from the crowd! 


How to use kombo butter

Kombo butter has a thick, pudding-like texture, and feels a little grainy between the fingers. It spoons easily into jars, but it can also be sticky and messy to work with. Its dark color can stain linens or clothes.

While you can massage kombo butter directly into fingers, knees, or other achy areas, you might find it easier to apply as part of a blend. It melts with other butters and oils—like shea butter and avocado oil—to make rich, luxurious butters that spread smoothly over your skin. It’s also a great ingredient for firm salves.

Kombo butter brings a deep, warm brown hue to your products! (Just be aware that this color might get on light colored clothes and linens, and use your kombo blends accordingly.)

Use kombo butter—and the blends you make with it—to ease joints and muscles that need ongoing care, or to comfort them after a particularly strenuous workout.

What essential oils blend with kombo butter?

You can blend any essential oils you like into kombo butter recipes! It’s usually used for sore, tender areas, meaning you might want oils that complement that purpose. Try some of the following!

Kombo butter recipes for muscles & joints

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Essential oil carriers are natural vegetable oils, butters (like kombo), waxes, and other substances that you can apply to your skin—either exactly as they are or in blends. We call them “carriers” because we use them to dilute essential oils.

Kombo butter is featured in Chapter 4 of our Essential oil carriers learning guide, Exotic carriers for luxurious blends. Learn how to work with unique, exotic carriers, like kombo butter to grow your skills and make a wider variety of blends.


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June 24, 2021 — Karen Williams