Updated: Feb 29, 2020
Soft to the touch, organic, unrefined Shea Butter has been used for thousands of years to treat dry skin as well as skin conditions such as dermatitis and eczema. By creating a barrier on the skin, Shea Butter protects from the elements and seals in moisture leaving your skin smooth. It’s also great as a hair mask too!
Where does Shea butter come from?
Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Karite tree (Butyrospermum parkii) - also known as ‘Womans Gold’. This tree grows in the Savannah regions of West Africa from Senegal in the west to Sudan in the east and onto the foothills of the Ethiopian highlands. The inner nut is extracted and crushed into a butter. Our certified organic shea butter comes from Ghana, and is unrefined, raw and certified fair trade and vegan. The butter is extracted using the traditional, cold pressed method. Unlike boiling, cold pressing the butter and not refining it like so many ‘commercial’ butters, means that it’s amazing healing properties are retained. In our products, we heat the shea butter gently and as little as possible (just enough to combine the ingredients) to ensure that we keep as many of those magical properties as we can.
Skin benefits of Shea Butter*
Improves conditions such as eczema and dermatitis
Organic, unrefined Shea Butter naturally contains vitamin A and E. Vitamin A has been widely used to treat minor burns, rashes, dermatitis and eczema. I also get an itchy dry scalp occasionally, and to treat it overnight I rub some of our Cocoa & Shea Body Butter into the affected area.
Locks in moisture
Africans have been using Shea butter to protect their skin from strong winds and sun and stay moisturised. It actually encourages the skin to retain moisture! Creates a silky smooth barrier, both protecting your skin from the elements and locking in moisture.
Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
Vitamin E is commonly used in anti ageing products as it protects and soothes your skin. It also boosts collagen production and cell regeneration, giving your skin a plumper, smoother appearance.
Shea butter is packed with antioxidants like vitamin E , as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients - which gives it it’s ant-inflammatory properties. This is why it is suitable for moisturising all skin types. (See this report by the Journal of Oleo Science talking about the anti-inflammatory properties of Shea Butter)
A little word of warning: some people can use Shea Butter on it’s own on their face and body - but pure Shea butter is very rich and may clog your pores, causing breakouts. This is why it’s best to use products that CONTAIN Shea Butter as opposed to using it on its own - especially on your face.
*Please be aware that these are our opinions, based upon our experience and other people's research. We are not promising a magic cure for acne, scars and wrinkles.