100% African Shea Butter - White
• Dry skin
• Chapped skin or lips
• Sun damaged skin
• Stretch marks
• Scars and blemishes
• Cracked and dry heals or elbows
• Small wounds and scrapes
• Diaper rash (prevention and relief)
• Hair & Dread maintenance
• Insect bites & stings
• Muscle fatigue, aches & tension (excellent massage oil)
• Athletes Foot and other fungal infections
• Dogs & other pets (skin infections, dry skin & coats)
• Natural mechanics lubricant
• Horses (hoof maintenance, sunburn, scrapes)
Pure unrefined shea butter comes from seeds of wild shea trees scattered throughout the fields and forests of Afr.
The moisturizing and healing properties of shea butter have recently been discovered by
the western cosmetic industry, but shea butter has been a mainstay of African pharmacology for centuries.
Shea butter has many useful properties and has been traditionally used as a decongestant, an anti-inflammatory for sprains and arthritis,
a healing salve for babies' umbilical cords, a lotion for hair and skin care, as cooking oil, and for lamp fuel. However, the protective and emollient properties of shea butter are most valued for skin care. In Africa, shea butter is applied to the skin and hair as
a moisturizer and is also a main ingredient in traditional black soaps.
Moisturizing & Healing Benefits
of Unrefined Shea Butter
Unrefined shea butter contains an abundance of healing ingredients, including vitamins, minerals, proteins and a unique fatty
acid profile, and is a superior active moisturizer. Unlike petroleum based moisturizers, shea butter actually restores the skin's
natural elasticity. Shea butter enables your skin to absorb moisture from the air, and as a result, it becomes softer and stays
moisturized for longer. In addition, shea butter has natural sunscreen properties and anti-inflammatory agents. Because of its
amazing properties, shea butter is an excellent ingredient for soaps, lotions and creams. Perhaps it is most effective when applied
to the skin in its pure state. Regular users of pure, unrefined shea butter notice softer, smoother, healthier skin. Shea butter has
also been shown to help with skin conditions and ailments such as extreme dryness, psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, skin allergies,
fungal infections, blemishes, wrinkles, stretch marks, scars, scrapes, and more.
Pure, unrefined versus refined shea butter
Only pure, unrefined shea butter has the true healing and moisturizing properties of shea butter. Most shea butter available to the general public outside West Africa is white and odorless, in other words it has been "refined" to remove the natural scent and color of natural shea butter. In the process, the majority of the effective agents are also removed. In addition, refined shea butter has usually been extracted from the shea kernels with hexane or other petroleum solvents. The extracted oil is boiled to drive off the toxic solvents, and then refined, bleached, and deodorized, which involves heating it to over 400F and the use of harsh chemicals, such as sodium hydroxide. Shea butter extracted in this manner still contains some undesirable solvent residues, and its healing values are significantly reduced. Antioxidants or preservatives such as BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) or BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) may be added as well. The end result is an odorless, white butter that may be aesthetically appealing, but lacks the true moisturizing, healing, and nutritive properties of true traditional shea butter. In addition, refined shea butter is often hard and grainy, not smooth and creamy like pure, unrefined shea butter. All that can be said for refined shea butter is that it has an extended shelf life, a white, uniform color, and no odor.
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