I love reading labels! I began reading product labels with the word “vanilla” in their title. What surprised me was how many products claimed to be made with “vanilla essential oil.” Because there is no such thing as "vanilla essential oil.” There are vanilla extracts, vanilla infusions, vanilla absolutes and vanilla fragrance oils—but no vanilla essential oil!
It seems that the questioning began when some manufacturers began labeling their baking soda as “aluminum-free.” It makes sense that if one brand of baking soda is “aluminum-free,” then other brands must contain aluminum. However, that is just not true. Baking soda does not and never has contained aluminum.
Shea Butter, also known as African Karite butter, comes from the fruit kernels of the Karite Nut (Butyrospermum parkii) tree found in the savannahs of central Africa and has been used across the African continent for centuries. Its scientific name, Butyrospermum parkii, is derived from the Greek words boutyron, which means "butter" and sperma, which means "seed."