What is Shea Butter, Anyway?

2 May
Bath Savvy Body Care

Refined African Shea Butter

At Bath Savvy, we love shea butter. It’s one of our favorite ingredients, and we include it in many of our natural body products. But sometimes we hear the question: what exactly is shea butter, and why is it so amazing?

Shea butter comes from the nut of the African shea tree, which grows throughout Africa (most notably in the northern, Sahara region). It’s often harvested by women in rural African villages and makes up their primary source of income, leading to its nickname “women’s gold.” In the west, it’s primarily used in natural and handmade body products, but in Africa the locals use it as cooking oil and include it in many recipes. It’s also used medicinally to prevent sinusitis, reduce inflammation, and ease painful joints. Its benefits are so varied that the French name for the tree, “karite,” means “life.”

Shea butter itself is comprised of omega essential fatty acids, including linoleic, oleic, palmitic, stearic and arachidic acids. It’s a rich source of vitamins A, E and F. When shea butter is used in natural body products, the nutrients penetrate deeply into cells, revitalizing them and protecting them from damage. It also strengthens the connections between tissues, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.

Shea butter in handmade body products can:

  • Heal dry, cracked skin and replenish vital nutrients.
  • Protect skin from sun damage, thanks to its high vitamin E and F content.
  • Soothe chronically irritated skin, including those suffering from eczema or psoriasis.
  • Reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
  • Heal minor abrasions and soothe bites and stings.

Another great quality to shea butter is that it doesn’t expire. Bath Savvy natural body products don’t require preservatives, because so many of our ingredients have such a long shelf life, and are naturally antimicrobial. But shea butter does melt at body temperature, so it should be stored in a cool place.



2 Responses to “What is Shea Butter, Anyway?”

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