Botanical Name: (Butyrospermum parki)
Shea butter, prized for centuries as a superb moisturizer and healing agent, comes from the kernel/seed of the Karite tree that grows in 19 countries across Africa, from Senegal on the west coast to Uganda and the foothills of Ethiopia on the east coast.
Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii) Shea butter is solid and comes from the natural fat obtained from the karite tree grown in West and Central Africa. Often referred to as karite butter, Shea butter is an emollient. It is extremely therapeutic, helping to heal cracked, aged and damaged skin. Its chemical constituents help to heal bruising and soreness. Shea butter penetrates the skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. It has vitamin A, E and is highly compatible with skin. Shea butter has a high content of unsaponifiables and cinnamic esters, which have antimicrobial and moisturizing properties and provide protection from the UV rays of the sun. Unsaponifiables are a large group of compounds called plant steroids or sterolins. They soften the skin, have superior moisturizing effect on the upper layer of the skin and reduce scars. Shea butter is expeller pressed without use of solvents, making a lipid suitable for soaps, cosmetics and toiletries. Shea butter is renowned for is skin softening and moisture retaining ability. It melts at skin temperatures making it ideal for lip and body balms as well as bar soaps and lotions.
Suggested Use Levels: Lotions & Creams: 3-5% Balms: 5-100% Bar Soaps: 3-6% Conditioners: 2-5%
Shea Butter has been prized for centuries as a superb moisturizer. With its complement of Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, F, and K as well as cinnamic acid, multiple proteins, calcium and iron, it possesses exceptional healing properties for the skin. Due to the presence of naturally occurring allantoin – a substance known to stimulate growth of healthy tissue – Shea butter has been proven to be quite useful in restoring the skin’s natural elasticity, and to be beneficial in the treatment of burns, carbuncles, acne and skin eruptions, abrasions, skin ulcers, wounds, impetigo, eczema, psoriasis, chafed/chapped skin, cold sores, fever blisters, and in the prevention and treatment of diaper rash. It helps prevent stretch marks and wrinkles, strengthens cuticles and nails, relieves dandruff and itchy scalp, revitalizes dull, dry hair and is even a natural sunscreen (SPF 2-6). It is said to relieve pain associated with arthritis, minor muscular injuries and overexertion.
This remarkable paste extracted from the seed of the fruit of the Karite tree is an excellent example of the marvelous gifts nature provides.