This butter is extracted from the Shea nut, and has a yellow, buttery colour with a rich, creamy aroma. It is mostly for skin care that Shea butter is hailed, for its protecting and moisturising properties. Rich in cinnamic acid, it also protects the skin
This butter is extracted from the Shea nut, and has a yellow, buttery colour with a rich, creamy aroma. It is mostly for skin care that Shea butter is hailed, for its protecting and moisturising properties. Rich in cinnamic acid, it also protects the skin from UV rays and therefore can be included in skin care products for after sun care.
The first choice in natural skin care and fine body care products, this butter forms a breathable, water-resistant film and is the leading natural product for moisturising. A wonderful base for cosmetic recipes or used as a stand alone application, this comes highly recommended for those concerned about naturally healthy skin.
While you may have only recently heard of Shea Butter, its use is far from a recent development. The benefits of Shea Butter have been well known for centuries. ?Africans have used Shea Butter for many generations to protect and rejuvenate their hair and skin. ?Shea Butter is not only for those of African descent though. ?Everyone can take advantage of Shea Butter's benefits. ?Today, Shea Butter is available in pure form and as an ingredient in many products to help with maintenance of the hair and skin and relief from many common ailments.
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
Skin rash- including nappy rash
Skin peeling, after tanning
Blemishes and wrinkles
Itching skin due to dryness
Shaving cream to reduce razor irritation
Small skin wounds
Soften tough skin on feet (especially heels)
Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
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 Absorbs quickly without leaving a greasy residue
Helps restore elasticity to skin
Restores lustre to hair
How does Shea Butter benefit my skin?
Absolutely wonderful to use just on its own, on your face, body and hair
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, their is anecdotal evidence that it is very useful in treating minor skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis & psoriasis.
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 lustre to damaged hair.
?Solubility: It is oil soluble (not water soluble) and is usually incorporated via the oil phase when preparing emulsions. It has no known incompatibilities.
Lotions & Creams: 2 - 20%
Balms: 5 - 100 %
Bar Soaps: 3 - 12 %
Hair Conditioners: 1 - 5 %
SHEA BUTTER BARS.
130g Unrefined Shea Butter
120g Refined Beeswax
60mL Jojoba Oil
60mL Olive Oil?
5 mL Rose Geranium Oil?
5 mL Rosewood Oil
5 mL Vitamin E Oil
A nice, simple one! In a double Boiler method, gently melt and blend the Unrefined Shea Butter and the Beeswax together. Once these are blended, gently stir through the Jojoba and Olive Oils. Once the mixture has cooled (but not solidified), add the Essential Oils and the anti-oxidant Vitamin E Oil. The Essential Oils can be substituted for a different fragrance. Pour this blend into an Ice Cube tray, Soap Mould for pretty shapes or into a Chocolate mould and place in fridge.?
Here are some suggested uses for your brand new Shea Butter Bars:
Use as a Solid Body Moisturiser Bar, to rub on after a bath or shower
Or as an Intensive Treatment to be rubbed into area of dry skin such as elbows
Try dropping one into a warm bath for the ultimate in bathing
Use as a Solid Massage Block
Gently rub onto pregnant belly to prevent stretch marks (be careful which, if any, essential oils are selected for this one).
?*ARRIVES IN A ECO FRIENDLY TUB for convenience and freshness
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 perfect ?Just pop it in the fridge until it gets hard again.
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