Shea butter is a natural slightly yellowish or ivory colored and nutty, smoky scented natural fat extracted from the seed of the African shea tree. It is often referred to by its French name as karite tree, which originally (ghariti) means the tree of life. The tree got this name due to its exceptional healing properties. This raw shea butter is made in a traditional way by Wali women and children from northern Ghana. Shea nuts are collected, cleaned, washed and cracked by hand before being ground to make butter.
Pure raw shea butter is also edible and has been used for centuries in Africa as cooking oil, as a waterproofing wax, for hairdressing, for candle-making, as an anti-inflammatory for sprains and arthritis and to sooth dry and cracked skin.
Shea butter has superior moisturizing properties and is often used to by those that suffer from:
- stretch marks
- dry skin and hair
- insect bites
- cracked skin
- itchy skin
- muscle fatigue and tension
- skin allergies and rashes
- scars and dark spots
- skin blemishes
Directions: Use shea butter as a massage oil, as a moisturizer after the shower or instead of a shaving cream. Simply take a small piece of butter and let it melt between the palms of your hands and then spread over the skin or hair roots. Safe to use on children and pets too.
If using Mango butter to make cosmetics - when adding butters to creams and lotions, it might be necessary to gently warm them until the texture can be incorporated into the final product. Using a hand blender, create a vortex with your cream or lotion and drizzle your melted butter to fully incorporate. For addition in soaps, the general rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon per pound. As with most raw materials, results may vary, so we strongly recommend small, lab scale batches prior to any commercial manufacturing.
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Jacqueline: a few months ago
This is my first time using shea butter so I have no real basis of comparison but the quality seems high to me. Personally I like the smell and it has a thick, creamy texture. I've been putting it on my face, hands and lips to combat the dryness of winter. I don't find oils or most moisturizers are effective enough, but this stuff is. Unfortunately I've noticed a couple pimples and bumps on my face since I started using it, which is uncommon for me. I would rather deal with the odd pimple versus the dry skin I was having before I started using it, but still hope my skin will adjust and stop breaking out soon.