100% raw shea butter

AFRICAN SHEA BUTTER IS MADE FROM THE NUT OF THE AFRICAN SHEA TREE. IT CONTAINS A RICH AMOUNT OF UNREMOVABLE FATTY ACID WHICH RENDERS IT FAR SUPERIOR TO COCOA BUTTER AND OTHER NATURAL VEGETABLE BUTTERS. THIS FATTY ACID IS CRUCIAL TO REJUVENATING AND MOISTURIZING THE SKIN. SHEA BUTTER PROVIDES ALL THE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS NEEDED TO MAKE SKIN LOOK AND FEEL SMOOTHER, SOFTER AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, HEALTHIER. ITS THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES PROTECT THE SKIN FROM WIND, COLD, SUN AND IT HELPS HEAL WOUNDS FASTER. SHEA BUTTER STIMULATES CELLULAR ACTIVITY, FIGHTS THE EFFECTS OF AGING AND REPAIRS ROUGH, DAMAGED SKIN

What is Shea Butter?

Shea Butter is only found in the tropics of Africa. It is extracted from the nuts of the Shea-Karite tree which begins to bear fruit after about 15 years; and can take up to 30 years to bear a quality crop of nuts with a high content of irremovable fatty acid. It is this irremovable fatty acid that gives Shea Butter its unique healing properties and makes it far superior to cocoa butter and other vegetable butters. Traditionally, Shea Butter was extracted by people who picked the nuts, cracked them, grilled them and pounded them. They were boiled in water for hours until the Shea Butter rose to the surface. It was then scooped into gourds and left to cool and set. Shea Butter is solid at room temperature although it quickly liquefies right around body temperature. This Shea Butter is called unrefined Shea Butter or raw Shea Butter. Since Shea Butter is an all natural product, it can vary widely in quality, appearance and smell depending on where it is produced from and how it is refined or extracted.

USAGE: 1.) Treatment of dry skin, eczema, and minor burns.

2.) Pain relief from swelling and arthritis.

3.) Improves muscle relaxation and stiffness.

4.) Sunscreen, due to its rich content of vitamins E & F.

5.) Treats dark spots, skin discolorations, stretch marks,

wrinkles and blemishes.

6.) Massages, diaper rash, and as a hair conditioner

Q: Is All Shea Butter Equal?
A: For the most part, there are two types of shea butter commonly promoted right now.
The difference between the two is that one is refined, and one is not.

Q: What is the difference between refined and unrefined shea butter?
A:
Shea butter, in its natural state, varies in color from a beige to off-white, to a mild yellow, to a bright
yellow,and has a slight nutty/smoky odor to it. When shea butter has been refined, the color and odor is
removed, making it white in color, and odorless. Though nothing is added during this process, which is why it
is still 100% shea butter, by removing the natural color and odor of the butter, some of shea butter's reported
healing potential is lost.

How should Shea Butter smell?

Shea Butter has a natural smell, which is not unpleasant to most people. The smell of raw or lightly refined West African Shea varies from nutty to similar to CriscoŽ or shortening. Over time the smell of the Shea Butter will diminish. If an unrefined Shea Butter has almost no smell, it is probably getting old. Shea Butter should not stink, not matter how old it is.  If you do not like the smell of natural, raw Shea Butter, you can purchase a fragrance and scent the shea butter to give it a smell that you will like.

How do I store Shea Butter?

Shea Butter does not need to be refrigerated. However, over a period of two or three years, the Shea Butter will begin to lose some of its effectiveness. As the natural ingredients begin to break down, some of the healing benefits will be reduced, but the Shea Butter will continue to be an effective moisturizer. Store Shea Butter is a cool (not necessarily cold) place. If you're going to use it within a couple of years, you should have no problems.

My Shea Butter melted

One of the great things about Shea Butter is its low melting point. When you apply it to your skin, it literally liquefies. However, one of the bad things about Shea Butter is its low melting point. It's quite possible it will melt in a hot room. It may even be melted when it's delivered to you in the summer months. If this happens, don't worry. The Shea Butter is good. Just take the lid off of the container and set it in the refrigerator until it gets hard again. As it begins to cool, you might want to give it a stir to bring the olein (liquid parts) back into contact with the stearin (solid parts) so that the Shea Butter is uniform throughout.

 

How can Shea Butter benefit me? Shea Butter can provide relief from everything from just dry skin to many minor dermatological diseases (if you have a serious skin condition, you should see a doctor). It has been clinically shown to provide benefits. Here are some of the benefits of Shea Butter for the skin:

Daily skin moisturizer (face and body)

Dry skin relief

Dry scalp

Skin rash- including diaper rash

Skin peeling, after tanning

Blemishes and wrinkles

Itching skin due to dryness

Sunburn

Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation

Small skin wounds

Skin cracks

Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)

Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy

Minor burns

Eczema

Sun and wind protection

Even skin tone

Reduce blemishes and scarring

Eliminating scalp irritation from dryness or chemical processing

Preventing bumps after shaving

Reducing acne (especially in combination with African Black Soap)

Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue

Helps restore elasticity to skin

Restores luster to hair

How does Shea Butter benefit my skin?

Shea Butter nourishes the skin with Vitamins A, E and F. Vitamins A and E help maintain the skin and keep it clear and healthy. They are particularly helpful for sun damaged skin. They help prevent premature wrinkles and facial lines. Vitamin F acts as a skin protector and rejuvenator. It soothes rough, dry or chapped skin and helps soften dry or damaged hair. Shea Butter is high in unsaponifiables (a type of fat). Shea Butter has between 7-12% unsaponifiables. For comparison, avocado oil, a well known skin conditioner, has between 2-6%. This high level of unsaponifiables is one of the properties that makes Shea Butter so invaluable in treating the conditions listed above. Also, Shea Butter easily penetrates the skin allowing the skin to breathe and not clogging pores. Shea Butter has a high level of cinnamic acid, a natural sun screen. So, it provides some degree of protection from the sun. Shea Butter is also anti-inflammatory making it useful in treating rheumatism.

While we make no medical claims about our Shea Butter, we do have anecdotal evidence that it is very useful in treating minor skin conditions. We have had several customers who have used Shea Butter for eczema and/or psoriasis and told us it works as well as steroids at a fraction of the cost and without the side effects. We have a customer with an allergy to the sun. When she began using our Shea Butter lotion (not even pure Shea Butter), she accidentally discovered that it prevented the rash she normally would get from even a small amount of exposure to the sun.

How does Shea Butter benefit my hair?

Shea Butter provides moisture to dry or damaged hair from the roots to the very tips, repairing and protecting against weather damage, dryness and brittleness. It also absorbs quickly and completely into the scalp to rehydrate without clogging pores. It is particularly beneficial for processed and heat-treated hair. It is an excellent treatment for dry scalp. It restores luster to damaged hair.

Is all Shea Butter the same?

All Shea Butter is not the same. Shea Butter loses some of its healing properties as it sits on the shelf, so very old Shea Butter is not as beneficial. Refining techniques will vary. Highly processed Shea Butter will not be as effective. Sometimes Shea Butter is mixed with other ingredients that reduce its benefits. Then, there are those products that add very little Shea Butter but prominently display "Shea Butter" on the label. While Shea Butter is not very expensive, you should be aware of products that claim to provide the benefits of Shea Butter and sell for very low prices. Many manufacturers are taking advantage of the Shea Butter buzz by adding a little Shea Butter to a very inexpensive product implying you can get the benefits of Shea Butter in their product.

Treasured Locks takes care to source our Shea Butter only from reputable sources to ensure freshness, quality and the refining technique to ensure there are no contaminants and that the "good stuff" is left in.

What can I tell by looking at the label?

Ingredients on the label should be listed in the order from the ingredient that is the most to the least. Therefore, you should look for Shea Butter products that list Shea Butter early on the list of ingredients. You should know the ingredients before you buy any Shea Butter product and should buy from a reputable source. The more Shea Butter in a product, the greater the likelihood, you will receive the full benefits of Shea Butter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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