Properties: Adds richness and moisturizing properties to recipes
Origin: West Africa
Cultivation: Organic Cultivation Definitions
Naturally rich in Vitamins A, E, and essential fatty acids, shea butter is the perfect ingredient for body care recipes. It has natural humectant, emollient and anti-inflammatory properties and melts at body temperature. Suitable for those with sensitive skin.
Extraction method: Harvested by hand in small villages by women in Western Africa. Extracted in a traditional, non-chemical process. 100% pure, raw, & unrefined.
Shelf life: 1 year when stored properly.
Storage: Keep sealed in a cool, dark place. Heat, oxygen, and light degrade the product.
Shea butter has a distinctive odor that some like and others do not. If the scent isn't for you, shea butter can easily be mixed with more neutral-scented butter or oils such as mango or jojoba, though this will change the consistency somewhat. Shea butter is prone to crystallization if it melts and cools improperly; if this occurs, simply melt and hold for twenty minutes before allowing to cool at room temperature. Crystallization does not affect the efficacy of the butter, it merely affects the otherwise smooth, buttery texture.
100% pure Butyrospermum parkii; also known as Vitellaria paradoxa