ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SHEA BUTTER
The history of Shea butter as an invaluable cosmetic traces back to Ancient Egypt where Queen Cleopatra always kept in stock jars of pure, unrefined Shea butter. Today Shea Butter is known as “women’s gold” because it is a valuable source of income for women in the West African community.
How is it made?
Shea Butter comes from an indigenous African tree called Vitellaria paradoxa. These are wild-growing trees producing tiny, almond-like fruit that every May start falling on the ground. Villagers harvest the fruits, separate them from the nut, then boil and let the butter float to the surface. The butter is then milled and filtered for impurities, packaged in huge blocks, loaded on large boats, and shipped to the US for packaging and resale.
What’s in it?
Vitamins A, E, F, Antioxidants, and Essential Fatty Acids (Linoleic and Linolenic).
Ivory Shea Butter
Ivory Shea Butter varies from off-white, to beige to light gray. The shades of color are inevitable with this natural product. The smell of Ivory Shea Butter is slightly nutty, and the consistency is rich but relatively light when compared to Yellow. All skin types and all ages including children can benefit from using Ivory Shea Butter.
Yellow Shea Butter
Yellow and Ivory Shea Butter are both Grade A, unrefined and organic, however in the milling process, Ghanaian women add a root from the African Borututu Tree to the Shea Butter. This root is responsible for the Yellow tint, it is believed to have more nutrient than the Ivory Shea Butter, and it is preferred by people affected by eczema and psoriasis. Yellow Shea Butter is also a bit harder than the Ivory, and when used on fair skin, it can give it a light glow or slight tan look.
Typical shelf life of Unrefined Shea Butter is 2 years from the date of purchase. However, just like any completely organic and preservative-free products, variations can occur depending on storing conditions such as humidity and temperature.
Keep it in a cool place, either in its original packaging or in a closed glass container of your choice.
Source: Ghana, West Africa