• Shea Butter (ORGANIC)

Shea Butter (ORGANIC)

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Our Unrefined Organic Shea Butter is an excellent emollient that helps to protect, moisturise, heal, soothe, and strengthen the skin. Ideal for use in creams, lotions, butters, balms, and hair care products.
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Shea Butter has been known throughout history as a “superfood for the skin”. It has long been used, particularly in Africa, for skin and hair care, baby care, for medicinal purposes and even for food! Cleopatra, Queen Nefertiti, and the Queen of Sheba were reportedly huge fans, using Shea Butter to moisturise and protect their skin from the harsh desert sun and winds. Kings and healers were also said to use it for treating rheumatism.

Shea Butter is extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree (Vitellaria paradoxa - formerly known as Butyrospermum parkii). Growing in the Savannah of Western Africa, the name “Shea” comes from the Bambara name “sii” which means sacred. The tree grows to around 60 feet in height, takes 20 years to mature to a point where it flowers, and can live for at least 200 years. The process of harvesting is a tradition that has survived millenia – the nuts are collected by women, crushed, roasted, and ground before the butter can be extracted. In the African Savannah or Sahara, the butter helps protect skin and hair against the ravages of the hot sun, winds, and dehydration. It is also used to help heal burns and minor wounds.

Shea Butter contains a range of skin nurturing constituents including unsaturated fats, essential fatty acids, allantoin, phytosterols and Vitamins A, D and E. It is an excellent emollient that is thought to help stimulate skin cell repair mechanisms and the production of collagen – making it particularly valuable for dry, damaged, scarred, or ageing skin. Its antioxidant properties help protect the skin from free radical damage and it can also help stimulate micro-circulation which increases blood flow to and from the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can be helpful for skin conditions such as acne, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff, allergies, and insect bites, and it is thought to assist with wound healing, burns and stretch marks. Shea Butter can also protect against UV damage, having a sun protection factor (SPF) of between 6-10.

Shea Butter is very gentle and has a natural affinity with the skin as it contains many of the same moisturising elements that are produced by the skin’s own sebaceous glands. It is mild enough to use on sensitive skin (patch test first) and is often used as a key ingredient in soothing skincare products for babies and children.

Our unrefined organic, fair trade Shea Butter is off-white/ivory in colour and has a distinctive smoky, nutty scent. It is sourced direct from communities in Africa, helping to provide vital jobs and important financial support and security for the society of women who collectively harvest the shea nuts and produce the butter. 

Our Shea Butter is ideal for use in balms, including lip balms, body butters, moisturising creams and lotions, salves, shampoos, and conditioners.

This product comes in a 55gm tin, 250gm Ali Pouch or 500g bag (bulk). Store in a cool dry place away from direct heat sources.

Safety note: According to Anaphylaxis Campaign refined Shea Butter does not pose any known or likely allergy risk to people with peanut or tree nut allergies.

Body Butter

50% Shea Butter
25% Cocoa Butter
20% Extra Virgin Coconut Butter
5% Rosehip Oil
1.25% of your chosen essential oil blend (or try our pure essential oil blends for a quick fix - Relaxing or Uplifting would be ideal depending on your mood. You could even try Sweet Dreams if you're using this at night)

Melt all of the 3 butters in a bain marie, starting with Cocoa Butter, then Shea then Coconut. Take off the heat then mix in the Rosehip oil and essential oils. Leave to cool until it starts to set, then whisk up until you have a fluffy, creamy texture. Spoon into a clean jar and store in a cool place.

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

2 tbsp Shea Butter
2 tbsp Jojoba Oil
1 ripe banana
1 tbsp runny hunny
6 tbsp Blackcurrant Seed Oil
6 drops Ylang Ylang essential oil
4 drops Geranium essential oil

Blend all of the above ingredients in a food processor then massage into the hair and scalp, ensuring that you cover right from the roots to the ends of the hair. Leave on for 20 minutes then shampoo out. You can apply a light conditioner if required.

Protective Hand Barrier Cream Pastilles (ideal for gardeners / hard working hands)

200g Shea Butter
200g Extra Virgin Coconut Butter
200g Cocoa Butter
2ml (50 drops) Tea Tree essential oil
2ml (50 drops) Lavender essential oil
2ml (50 drops) Geranium or May Chang essential oil
Miniature Bun cases

Melt all of the 3 butters in a bain marie, starting with Cocoa Butter, then Shea then Coconut. Let it cool slightly, then stir in the essential oils. Pour into mini bun cases (no more than a centimetre in the bottom) and allow them to set.

How to apply:- Before gardening or any other kind of dirty work, press nails into the pastille so that under the nail and cuticles are coated with a thick layer. Tthen rub the rest of the pastille into the hands and wrists. At the end of the working session wash hands in very warm water and the cream will gently melt away taking any lodged soil or harsh cleaning chemicals with it. Your hands will feel soft and moisturised and the nail beds and under nails nourished, strong and clean.

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