SHEA BUTTER

 

Shea Butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree found in the African tropics and is prized for its unique healing and moisurizing properties. Shea Butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and F as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals beneficial to the skin than those found in cocoa butter and other vegetable butters. Shea Butter is an excellent moisturizer but also has very good healing properties for skin conditions such as blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, and dermatitis. It is derived from the seed of the Shea tree and prepared without chemicals or preservatives. The natural moisturizers present in Shea Butter are the same as those produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin.

Shea Butter is solid at room temperature although it quickly liquefies right around body temperature. This Shea Butter is called unrefined Shea Butter or raw Shea Butter. Since Shea Butter is an all natural product, it can vary widely in quality, appearance and smell depending on where it is produced from and how it is refined or extracted. The low melting point of Shea Butter has its pros and cons. When applied on the skin, it instantly melts, leaving a luxurious layer on the skin. However, this also means that shea butter routinely liquefies during summer. Melted Shea Butter, as long as it does not smell rancid is perfectly safe to use. If refrigerated, it will just set again.