“Shea butter” is a valuable skin conditioning ingredient. Shea butter is the natural complex fat extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii) also known as Karite tree.
A native tree from the savannah of Western Africa, the Shea tree does not flower before it is 20 years old and can live up to 200 years. The fruits are gathered, cold pressed and refined to form a soft paste, known as Shea Butter.
Shea Butter is an emollient that mimics the lipid content of the skin. It is a very effective moisturizer and is helpful for healing minor burns, small wounds and insect bites.
Shea butter contains arachidic acid, linoleic acid, linolenic acid, palmitic acid and and is high in oleic acid and stearic acid. It is an important source of Vitamin A and Vitamin E Shea Butter penetrates deep into skin to help restore elasticity and is also effective in hair products.
We use shea butter in various recipes such as our Argan sugar scrubs or our Foot balm scrub for its nourishing properties. Blended with various virgin oils, we obtain rich, creamy and non greasy textures which are pleasant to use to the Spa therapist and provides effective results to their clients.