Buttah in the Press


Dorion Renaud named his skin care brand "Buttah" as an ode to his southern roots. He grew up in the small town of Beaumont, Texas, where access to luxury beauty was rare. Consequently, most of his early perceptions of beauty were informed by home remedies like using Vaseline for dry skin.

Based on how quickly they're being snatched up, Buttah's Whipped Body Butter and Vibe & Cleanse Kit are the products to have. The former is made with 100 percent organic virgin shea butter imported from Africa, which is rich in essential fatty acids to make your skin glow à la Beyonce. Her endorsement wouldn't lie; shoppers write that it leaves their skin feeling velvety.

Buttah is a skin care line created in 2018 by Dorian Renaud, a model, actor, and host that’s graced the pages of Vogue as well as hosting Warner Bros’ entertainment news show Extra. Consistently being on camera makes skin care incredibly important for the CEO and he’s passing on his beauty secrets to the masses.

I received the customizable Body Buttah Trio which included the Oatmeal Shea Cleansing Bar, the Whipped Body Butter, and the Egyptian CocoaShea Body Wash. What I loved most is that the box read, “Buttah Love From Head to Toe.” Who doesn’t want to feel that buttery moisturized feeling on their skin? I was excited to give it a try.

Looking to indulge your skin with a refresh? Try this charcoal detox mask formulated with argan oil and shea butter guaranteed to remove impurities and prevent clogging. Each ingredient from activated charcoal powder to bentonite to kaolin clay serve to extract waste and condition your skin; definitely a worthy self-care purchase.

I’m inspired by every Black and brown face around me. I’m also driven by the impact Buttah is creating in our community by increasing visibility of us in the beauty industry.

While Renaud is the founder of skincare brand Buttah Skin, his priority lies in the representation of all shapes, sizes and shades of melanin. “I can’t really speak for hair care but when it comes to us, it’s really important that I show every tone of Black and brown,” he added.

The superstar ingredient that led Dorion Renaud to create his skincare line, buttah? Raw, organic, natural Shea. It’s the powerhouse multi-tasker in so many buttah products that helps combat dryness and discoloration to leave skin glowing, healthy and renewed.

Okay, I’m sort of obsessed with Buttah. I’ve recently fallen head over heels for its bodycare products, which are truly unmatched, so now, I want to take a step back and try the skincare offerings that put the brand on the map in the first place. This cream seems like the perfect fix for my dry winter skin.

Treat your SO to an at-home spa night on Valentine's Day by sending them a personalized skincare kit from buttah. by Dorian Renaud, and encouraging them to relax.

Choose from one of the shop's Buttah Skin Bars — either the Black Gold Polishing Bar or the Oatmeal Shea Cleansing Bar — then add in your choice of body wash and whipped body butter.

Buttah by Dorion Renaud Whipped Body Butter, $29.00, available at Buttah Skin.

The driest of skin — we're talking to you, elbows, kneecaps, and heels — is no match for this shea buttah-based formula, which also has vitamin B and E to nourish and protect your skin from frigid weather and the environment.

Buttah by Dorion Renaud Whipped Body Butter, $29.00, available at Buttah Skin.

Give your partner the gift of flawless skin this holiday season with this innovative facial brush for next-level cleansing, which was designed by a Black-owned company. The benefits to this tool are basically endless — using sonic pulsations, it removes dirt, oil, and impurities; massages and stimulates the skin for a healthy glow; and improves the absorption and penetration of any skincare products.

A great way to cater to someone whose love language is Physical Touch is to get them something that awakens their bodily needs and pleasures. A luxurious shower or bath followed by a decedent scented lotion is just the thing, and this Buttah Body Trio ($70) is sure to hit the spot.

Founded in 2018 by Dorian Renaud, Buttah skin products will have your skin feeling like—well, butter. A fusion of the best nature and science have to offer for your skin, Buttah uses good-for-you ingredients to target discoloration, dryness, blemishes and oiliness with their skincare products ranging from toners to masks and brushes.

I'm not ashamed to admit that reading through ingredient labels on beauty products sometimes makes my head spin. The multisyllabic words and stickers boasting those buzzy, clean, and natural monikers alone are enough to cause a mental frenzy. Compound all of this with the fact that everyone from scientists to overly confident Twitter "experts" has a different opinion about which ingredients to avoid in skincare, and it's enough to send anyone into a mental spiral. Does everything cause cancer? Is moisturizer poisonous? What is the truth?

Buttah skincare is a vibe. It's the kind of line you use when you're really feeling yourself—or when you need a little boost to remind yourself that you're that girl (or guy!). This gentle cleanser and pulsating brush are the perfect gifts for that friend who loves to bring moments of luxury into their everyday routine.

We try to keep things as positive as possible here at Who What Wear, but we won't act like we're not excited for a fresh, new year. Of course, we're still anticipating plenty of curveballs in 2021, and we realize totems of 2020 like constant mask wearing, less IRL interaction, etc. will continue to be our steadfast reality. The good news? Experimenting with all things fashion and beauty can be cathartic, fun, and a great way to spike your creative juices. And what better time than the eve of a new year for some novel inspiration?

Buttah Vitamin C Serum. A serum for anyone dealing with hyperpigmentation or dark spots, this antioxidant-rich formula from Buttah is a great pick—and the brand’s got plenty more skin saviors where that came from.

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Stocking your shower with luxurious body products is the next best thing to a spa day. Buttah.'s body shower kit comes with a lathering shower gel, exfoliating bar soap, and a rich body butter to smooth skin and lock in hydration.

Buttah is specially formulated for melanated skin, and it strives to give that lit-from-within glow without a visit to an esthetician. Their customizable kits are perfect for the skincare enthusiast who likes to test new products.

Get to know this skincare brand creating effective products for melanin rich skin.

Buttah is a Black owned skin care brand with products specifically for melanin rich skin. This is perfect for your friend who loves self-care and wants a spa experience without leaving the house or breaking the bank.

The Customizable Skincare Kit for Melanin-Rich Complexions is a three-step kit designed to cleanse, exfoliate, protect and moisturize your skin, helping you achieve your dream skin with every application.

Customizable Sample Skin Kit. In this skincare sampler, you get a gentle cleanser, vitamin C serum, and the choice between one of two facial moisturizers: a lightweight cream formulated with African butters, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E or a rich facial shea butter made from 100 percent pure and organic African shea butter.

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After light workouts in air-conditioned gyms or wandering around giant malls, my pores often feel congested. I discovered that charcoal was the best solution. The top three were Motsi’s Detoxifying Charcoal Mask which worked especially hard on my T-zones, Country Bathhouse’s Renew Black Activated Charcoal Mask which absorbed toxins and left a heavenly smell, and Buttah’s Charcoal Detox Mask which worked in a softer, gentler fashion.

Dorion Renaud, founder of Buttah Skin, was also tired of feeling underrepresented in an industry where Black people make up more than 15% of spending power. "I had really bad skin and I suffered from hyperpigmentation," he says. "I found a routine that worked for me and so many people would ask me, 'What do you do for your skin?' At the time I was just using a gentle cleanser, a vitamin C serum, and shea butter right off the streets in Harlem. It was because I would go in stores and I just did not see representation of myself when it came down to the skincare space. To add insult to injury, you go to a drugstore and they have ethnic products stored in the back and locked up. It's embarrassing. It didn't feel like self-care, and beauty should be an uplifting space. We don't belong in a small, segregated section, we belong with everyone else."

This charcoal mask really gets in there to cleanse all the dead skin and gunk and sweat and stuff that piles up on my face. I use it once or twice a week. I’m on camera a lot, whether for behind-the-scenes things or just my social-media feeds, and people can tell when my skin isn’t looking good. Full disclosure, the founder of Buttah, Dorion Renaud, is a friend of mine. But he makes some truly wonderful products, especially for Black people and brown-skinned people like myself.

Delight your loved ones with these brilliant finds, exclusively from Black-owned businesses. Buttah Skin CocoShea Revitalizing cream ($19, buttahskin.com).

I am a big fan of micropulsation face brushes. Huge. This one by Buttah Skin is an oversize version of the ones I'm used to, and I am obsessed with the larger size and customizable pulsation. It gently exfoliates my skin with its tiny silicone bristles, and I love how easy it is to clean. It pairs perfectly with other Buttah Skin offerings I've been loving, including the gentle cleanser.

As ever-smarter and smaller technology transforms the way we live, innovation naturally translates to an ever-improving field of clever skin-care tools (hello, gua sha) to transform our skin—no trip to the dermatologist’s office required. From a collagen-producing microneedling tool to a powerful bacteria-fighting light and many in between, here, 19 of the best skin-care tools that prove the future of beauty is only getting brighter.

Buttah Skin is helping us get our glow on with their Vitamin C serum ($39.00, Buttahskin.com). It features a proprietary blend of retexturizing vitamin C and antioxidants that work to make your melanin shine through. Kiss dark spots goodbye.

Summer has officially ended however we don't have to let go of that natural sun-kissed glow, thanks in part to the natural benefits of warm weather. As we transition into fall, there are still ways of achieving radiant hydrated skin during the dull cold weather months. About a year ago, I discovered the perfect combination to my everyday beauty routine, eliminating excessively oily skin transitioning into a smooth, satin-like glowy complexion I had no idea was achievable using four easy-to-use products.

When considering how to incorporate Black-owned businesses into one’s life long term, I can think of few better ways than beauty. If you love a beauty product, it will likely be something you purchase over and over again. So, below: products from Black-owned businesses for every step in your skin-care routine as recommended by myself and beauty writers, editors, and enthusiasts: from a cleansing oil with plankton extract that helps with hyperpigmentation to Fenty’s Fat Water — a toner-serum hybrid that does everything from shrink pores to brighten skin.

Renaud had been on the hunt for skin-care products for years while working as a model and living in New York. It wasn’t until he purchased a block of pure shea butter from a street vendor in Harlem, which he would melt down in his microwave, that Renaud finally began to get the results he was seeking. Shea butter has traditionally been used to treat discoloration and stretch marks and to heal scars. The ingredient became the basis of Buttah.

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