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Shea Butter Tutorial
September 24, 2014

Shea Butter Tutorial

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."
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Castor Oil
September 14, 2014

Castor Oil

Cold pressed from the Castor Bean, castor oil is a popular healing agent for many skin problems and a natural remedy for dry skin. The triglyceride fatty acids present in castor oil help dry skin by restoring the natural moisture. Castor Oil also has many antibacterial properties and is fabulous in handmade soap and shampoo for creating a rich bubbly lather.
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Canola Oil
June 25, 2014

Canola Oil

We have received numerous emails over the years questioning our use of Canola Oil in our soap and shampoo bars. All Canola is not created equal. The purpose of this article is to clear up misconceptions about the canola oil we use at Chagrin Valley.
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Olive Oil Tutorial
June 7, 2014

Olive Oil Tutorial

To make olive oil, the ripe olives and pits are crushed. From the olive mash comes olive oil. The method by which the oil is extracted determines the quality of that oil. All olive oils are not created equal!
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