Ingredients In Our Soap: Shea Butter


by Ashley Rodriguez September 27, 2016

Ingredients In Our Soap: Shea Butter

Shea Butter

What is Shea Butter?

Shea butter is one of the ingredients in our body lather. We know unrefined shea butter is amazing for your skin, but what is it and where does it come from?

Shea butter is a superfood for your skin! It comes from the seeds of the fruit of the Shea (Vitellaria paradoxa) tree and that is naturally rich in vitamins A, E and F. Shea butter is also anti-inflammatory and  gives the skin essential fatty acids and the nutrients necessary for collagen production.

Shea trees, also known as Karite, are native to the savannah region of Africa. The trees take quite some time to bear fruit (20 to 30 years!), so the trees are protected by local communities who harvest it. The fruits from the shea trees ripen at the beginning of the rainy season. When they fall from the tree, the seeds are separated from the fruit and and then the production of shea butter begins.

Traditionally hand-crafted shea butter has been used in West Africa for hundreds of years. It has healing properties, plus many benefits and uses!



Benefits

Smoothes Skin. Shea butter aids in the skin’s natural collagen production and contains oleic, stearic, palmitic and linolenic acids that protect and nourish the skin to prevent drying.


Moisturizing. The natural vitamins and fatty acids in shea butter makes it nourishing and moisturizing for skin. It is often used to help with dry skin and to help protect the natural oils in skin.


Reduces Inflammation. A 2010 study found that the cinnamic acid and the other naturally fatty acids in shea butter are anti-inflammatory. One of the cinnamates in particular, lupeol cinnamate, was found to reduce skin inflammation the most, and even potentially help avoid skin mutations.



Shea Butter Uses

  1. A natural moisturizer for your face and skin
  2. Alone or in a pregnancy stretch mark salve to ward off stretch marks
  3. As a base for homemade deodorant
  4. As an SPF 6 skin lotion
  5. As a natural baby-care product by itself, or in a baby care recipe
  6. Lip moisturizer (it can be used by itself or in a homemade lip balm recipe)
  7. Hair or scalp moisturizing mask (mixed with other natural ingredients)
  8. Homemade natural liquid foundation and makeup
  9. After sun or beach exposure to help replenish skin
  10. Put some on scars to help with collagen production
  11. Bonus use! On sore/raw noses when you have a cold or the  flu

If you’d like to learn more about shea butter, and how it’s made, click on the video below!

 







Ashley Rodriguez
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