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Shea butter comes from the nuts of the shea tree [also known as the karite tree] which grows wild in Central and Western Africa. This nut fat is high vitamins A and E and minerals. Shea butter has been used in cooking, as well as a skin soother, cuticle softener, makeup remover and hair conditioner. If you have a small cut or burn, immediately apply soothing shea butter to it. Shea butter also helps alleviate the pain from sunburns.
On the right is a picture of the shea butter to show you just how white and smooth and creamy this wonderful substance is. The background is an atlas showing the African continent.
For those of you with dry skin, shea butter may be the most naturally moisturizing product you will ever use. Unscented and uncolored shea butter is recommended for those of you who have sensitive skin.
When added to
soap, the lather becomes much more luxurious due to the superfatting that shea
butter provides. To fully appreciate the benefits of shea, applying it directly
to the skin will result in noticeable softness after it's been absorbed, a condition
that lasts for up to 24 hours.
Note: Shea butter isn't recommended for people who are allergic to nuts.
Gently Refined, Ultra Refined & New Unrefined Shea Butter
Now you can choose from two types of shea butter. Gently Refined has the wonderful creamy texture of the ultra refined, but it has a beige color, smells a bit stronger of nuts, and is slightly heavier. The Gently Refined Shea Butter is recommended for those of you who have very dry skin, especially dry, cracked feet, or whom require a heavier skin soothing moisturizer. It also retains more vitamins and minerals.
Ultra Refined Shea Butter is almost white in color, has no odor, and has a lighter texture. To purchase, just go to the Shea Butter page. Or check out the new Samplers for Shea Butter and Glycerin Soap!
Caring For Your Shea Butter
Packaged in heavy walled plastic jars, shea butter has a shelf life of approximately one year. If you live in a warm, humid climate, make sure you keep your shea butter in a cool, dry place. Refrigeration can be helpful. Otherwise, please keep the lid on the container tightly sealed and keep shea away from direct sunlight, radiators, stoves/ovens, and the inside of your vehicle during warm/hot weather. Read about shea butter here!
NEW! Luxurious Shea Butter Lip Balms! Made with gently refined shea butter, super moisturizing meadowfoam seed oil and sweetened with organic agave nectar. Available in 20 lip smacking flavors, including Apples 'n Cinnamon, Cinnamon and Green Apple. Watch for an AMAZING new all natural coffee lip balm coming real soon!
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