The Origin of Shea Butter
Shea Butter is a fatty extract from the seed of the Shea Tree. The Shea Tree only grows in the Savannah region of Africa. It grows up to 60 feet and can live up to 200 years. The Shea Tree produces its fruits once a year. The seed in the center of the fruit is roasted, crushed, and pressed to extract the vegetable fat known as Shea Butter.
Shea Butter has been used for centuries in Africa for cooking, and also as a skin treatment for its amazing ability to renew, repair and protect the skin against harsh climates. Shea Butter is also called "Women's Gold," because extracting the butter from the nuts gives income to hundreds of thousands of rural African women.
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The Types of Shea Butter
Unrefined Shea Butter is naturally extracted pure Shea Butter in its raw and all natural state. It has a rich, creamy texture, ivory to light yellowish color, and a mild nutty scent which fades away once applied to skin or hair. Unrefined Shea Butter is the most effective type of Shea Butter because the healing and moisturizing properties are intact, undiluted and unaltered. This is the only type of Shea Butter we offer.
Refined, Processed Shea Butter
Refined Shea Butter has been altered to remove the natural shea scent and color. In the process, most of the effective properties are also lost. Refined Shea Butter is extracted with chemicals like hexane. Then, the extracted oil is bleached, deodorized, and heated at extreme temperatures. As a result Refined Shea Butter is bleach white in color and odorless, but it lacks the true therapeutic and healing properties ofunrefined Shea Butter. Some people buy Refined Shea Butter because it doesn't have the natural shea scent but they don't know it has reduced beneficial properties.
Many cosmetic companies make Shea Butter products including moisturizers, anti-aging, and hair products. These products also fall under the category of Processed Shea Butter because the percentage of pure Shea Butter in these products is low
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The Top 10 Uses of Shea Butter
- Moisturizer for dry skin
- Eczema cream
- Blemish cream
- For softer smoother skin
- For sunburns
- Wrinkle reduction cream
- Moisturizer for dry hair
- Shaving cream
- Anti-itch cream
- Stretch mark prevention cream
The Therapeutic Properties of Shea Butter
Shea butter is the best natural product to protect, heal and improve skin. It is prized because it contains a unique combination of elements good for your skin. Among these, is first a very high content of Essential Fatty Acids, more than in all other vegetable butters. These fatty acids are oleic, stearic, linoleic and palmitic acid. They play a very important moisturizing, softening, and anti-inflammatory role, and help renew skin. Shea Butter also contains Vitamins A & E, to nourish, heal, and protect skin. It is also rich in minerals with protecting and skin regenerating benefits.
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About Our Organic Shea Butter
The Organic Shea Butter Company brings you an All Natural, 100% Pure Organic Shea Butter with no additives. Shea Butter is known worldwide for its deep moisturizing, healing, and anti-aging properties. It has been used for centuries in Africa for its amazing ability to hydrate, renew, repair, and protect the skin against harsh climates. Shea Butter helps prevent and treat a variety of skin conditions including severely dry skin, stretch marks, burns, and eczema.
Unlike most Shea Butter on the market, our Organic Shea Butter has not been refined or processed with chemicals. It is carefully handcrafted to produce a rich, creamy Organic Shea Butter with no impurities. All the natural therapeutic properties of the Shea Butter remain intact for maximum benefits.