Organic Shea Butter
Organic Shea Butter (Vitellaria paradoxa)
Also known as Butyrospermum Parkii, is truly deserving of the “miracle ingredient” moniker, unrefined Shea nut butter’s constellation of vitamins, minerals, proteins and fatty acids restores the skin’s natural elasticity and enables it to better absorb moisture from the air. Shea nut butter also has natural sunscreen and anti-inflammatory properties, and helps improve skin ailments ranging from eczema, dermatitis, allergies and fungal infections to blemishes, wrinkles, scars, and scrapes.
Shea butter is known especially for its properties as a moisturizer and emollient. Shea butter absorbs rapidly into the skin without leaving a greasy feeling. Shea butter is comparatively richer than other emollients.
Shea butter is edible and completely harmless if injested. It is used as a cooking oil in West Africa, as well as sometimes being used in the chocolate industry as a substitute for cocoa butter. Shea nut butter has been used in Africa for thousands of years.
African Shea Butter is a product of the African Shea Nut Tree that grows in the Savanna Grassland on the West Coast of Africa. The tree grows to a height of about 55-60 feet. The tree grows wild and is not cultivated and takes about 50 years to reach maturity. Once every year, it produces lots of fruits from which Shea Butter is derived. The Shea or Karite tree, Vitellaria paradoxa, produces its first fruit (which resemble large plums) when it is about 20 years old and reaches its full production when the tree is about 45 years old. It produces nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity.