Butter By Keba is a Harlem-born premium line of 2-in-1 plant-based moisturizers and phthalate-free synergistic fragrances; luxuriously infused with certified aromatherapy and perfumery. We are influenced by Ancient Egyptian techniques to deliver an elevated multi-sensory experience of soft skin and elasticity while soothing and uplifting your mood in one application. If you love smelling great and feeling great then we have something just for you! Our blends are great for the most sensitive noses and skin types. Quality artisan-crafted body care shipped to your door.

Aromatherapy [Synergy] is the mutually beneficial effect of two or more plant essences when combined. We skillfully formulate our aromatic blends to deliver a transformational sensory experience.

We are committed to creating beautiful fragrances with earth-centered plant-based ingredients, produced by local manufacturers in small batches.    

Our mission is to foster connection and inclusivity through a thoughtful, intuitive application of artisanal formulation, powered by purpose.

A portion of your purchase goes towards our youth aromatherapy and perfumery workshop series with local Harlem anti-violence and financial literacy initiative Hands That Make A Difference. (See recent workshops)


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Harlem born : Makeba-Guilan: Lloyd ( a.k.a. Keba Guilan) began blending and mixing essential oils and phthalate-free fragrances with shea butter as a therapeutic way to alleviate her chronic dry skin, bouts of anxiety and present herself in a unique way as a NYC real estate broker, only to discover a convenient method of moisturizing and scenting in one easy step. Inspired by her 2006 travels through Egypt, Makeba pursued her curiosity and fascination for the fragrance world in the natural perfumery and aromatherapy classrooms of the New York Open Center.  She furthered her education in the classrooms of the NewYork Institute of Aromatic Studies where she has received her certification in Aromatherapy and is a member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists. Makeba continued to hone her perfumery skills at Pratt Institute under world renown perfumer Raymond Matts, as well as earned her certification of Ancient Egyptian Scents with the School of Lost Arts under Egyptologist Dora Smith.

Makeba realized she had a passion for creating fragrances that people would love.  Butter By Keba was born from an innovative idea and passion to create natural, phthalate & paraben free skin care while offering classic plant-powered fragrance options in one product.

When we step out to the world we go nose first, said Sarah Lawrence college professor and author, Joseph Campbell. I hope you will take the opportunity to smell every blend. Each was designed to appeal to every nose by incorporating classic essential oils and fragrances that are familiar but paired to create something unique while stimulating curiosity.   Our mission is to bring people together through fragrance. “ - Keba

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Why Shea?

Shea butter is used for its moisturizing properties for skin, hair, and nails. It has a high-potency emollient effect, which means it can easily pe...

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Our products have not been reviewed, analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Butter By Keba creates fragrant blends using the technique of a perfumer from an aromatherapeutic perspective. We fully support the integration of essential oils as a life-style and therapeutic self-care practice that can be responsibly applied by anyone. While we hold certification in aromatherapy we are not medical practitioners nor prescribe our blends for medical purposes. We advise seeking the consultation of a medical professional for any medical issue you may be experiencing.

We are committed to building fragrance responsibly through mindful application and education. Due to the potential for some chemical constituents to penetrate the blood brain barrier thus leaking into breast milk, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, we advise against using products with Musk, Cinnamon and Aloe scent. Musk, Aloe scent, and/or Cinnamon leaf extract and isolates can be found in Chateau, White Silke, Unity Code and Precious Sudan and La Vera. Our Almost Unscented blend is mild and great for those highly sensitive to fragrance. Our fragrance compositions are collaborations of natural blends, essential oils, natural isolates and phthalate-free fragrance. Our base ingredients are cruelty-free, plant- based, earth centered and without complex chemical preservatives.

Our manufacturing and ingredients supply chains are Leaping Bunny Certified.

Manufactured: Lincoln Park, NJ 07035

Inquiries: 4080 Broadway #219 New York, NY 10032

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