Unrefined Shea Nut Butter, Vitellaria paradoxa (AKA Butyrospermum parkii), comes from the fruit kernels of the Karite Nut tree found in the savannahs of Western Africa.
Shea Butter has been used in Africa for many centuries to alleviate problems of the skin and scalp and has been shown to increase the healing of wounds and improve scars.
Unrefined (virgin) Shea Butter, a skin superfood, is used to soothe burns, rashes, and very dry skin, as well as to lessen the irritation of eczema and psoriasis. It penetrates deep, moisturizes, and nourishes, and is excellent for dry, damaged, and maturing skin.
- Absorbs quickly without leaving greasy residue like mineral oil-based products
- Does not clog pores
- Revitalizes softens and maintains skin moisture
- Aids in the healing of wounds and may improve scars due to its anti-inflammatory properties
- Moisturizes after shaving to prevent irritation
- Has some natural sun-blocking powers and may protect skin from sun damage and environmental elements
- Softens and heals cracked, dry skin
It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties as well as high concentrations of fatty acids and vitamins make shea butter a rich emollient that is an ideal ingredient for hydrating and softening skin. Using shea butter on your body, especially your face, can condition, tone, and soothe your skin.
Shea butter contains unsaponifiable fats, which do not turn into soap and thus supply wonderful moisturizing properties in a bar of soap.
In hair care, Virgin Shea Butter provides deep nourishment for the hair shaft, lessens frizz, reduces dryness, and can help prevent ends from splitting and weak hair from breaking.
Rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, it can help moisturize and revitalize damaged, dull and over-processed hair resulting in improved luster and manageability. Shea butter also helps ease irritated scalp conditions.
- Natural fatty acids condition and soften the hair, leaving it silky and smooth
- Natural anti-inflammatory properties help heal scalp problems and encourage hair growth
- Helps restore elasticity and moisture to promote strong healthy hair
- Helps calm unruly hair
- Adds sheen and luster
- Helps protect hair from harsh environmental elements
Shea butter is great conditioning and styling ingredients product for people with medium-to-coarse hair that is prone to frizz and dryness. If tightly coiled curly hair is your natural hair type, a shea butter cream is the perfect addition to your hair care routine.
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We use only virgin, unrefined, organic shea butter. Unrefined shea butter has not been bleached or deodorized and retains its natural scent, color, and nutritional benefits.
All shea butters are not created equal. Please read our Shea Butter Tutorial
LATEX: Shea butter contains natural latex. Although it is not exactly the same as the sap-like latex extract from the Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis), it is very similar in chemical composition. Although the quantities of latex in shea butter are small, this natural latex is responsible for the sealing property that shea butter has that may aid in protecting skin from UV sun rays.
TREE NUT: Shea nuts are tree nuts and are considered by the FDA to be true nuts. Although Shea is a nut, and the butter is derived from the nut, at this time there are no reports of either topical immediate allergic reactions or reactions from the ingestion of shea nut oil or butter. Of course, this can in no way guarantee that such a reaction could not occur.
Persons suffering from LATEX or NUT allergies should ALWAYS consult with their Health Care Provider and do an Allergy Patch Test before using any shea butter product.