butter, also known as karite
butter, is a cream-colored fatty substance made
from the nuts of karite nut trees (also called
Mangifolia trees) that grow in the savannah
regions of West and Central Africa. Karite trees,
or shea trees, are not cultivated; they grow only
in the wild, and can take up to 50 years to mature
(they live up to 300 years!). Shea
butter is a particularly effective
moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids,
which are needed to retain skin moisture and
elasticity. The high fatty acid content of
shea butter also makes it an
excellent additive to soap, shampoos, anti-aging
creams, cosmetics, lotions, and massage
oils—their soft, butter-like texture melts
readily into the skin.
Shea Butter for Your Face and Skin
Shea butter protects the skin
from both environmental and free-radical damage.
Shea butter contains vitamins A and E, and has
demonstrated both antimicrobial and
Shea butter locks the
moisturizer in skin as hydrates face and body for
Shea butter is considered as
one of the best anti-aging agents for the skin by
stimulates the production of collagen, the
youthful scaffolding protein in the skin.
Recommends for Face
Do it yourself
Shea Butter for Face Cleanse
– 1 tbsp of raw honey, 3 to 4 drops of grape
seed oil, 1 tbsp of pure shea butter. Mix well and
spread out over your face. Leave the mask on for
10 to 12 minutes before gently cleansing your face
with warm water and a soft washcloth for best
Shea Butter for Body
Moisturizer – 1 cup raw shea
butter, 1/2 cup Skin and
Hair Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 1/2
Moisturize Sweet Almond Oil.
Melt the Skin and
Hair Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and
shea butter in a double boiler. Mix well and let
it cool down for a couple of minutes. Add Moisturize
Sweet Almond Oil and mix well. Place
this in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes. The
oils should start to solidify a little. Once the
natural solidification process has started, whip
the oil blend using a hand mixer or a kitchen aid
mixer until you get a thick, creamy consistency.
Transfer this to an airtight container and keep it
aside. Allow it to set. Use as and when required
moisturizing the body. You can also add essential
oils of your choice in the almond oil step.
Shea Butter for Lip Care - 2
tablespoons raw shea butter, 1 tablespoon beeswax,
1 tablespoon Skin and
Hair Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 6-7
Lavender Oil, 6-7 drops peppermint
oil. Melt the shea butter, beeswax, and Skin and
Hair Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in a
double boiler. Let them cool down slightly and
then add the essential oils. Mix thoroughly and
pour the concoction into small jars or lip balm
tins. Leave aside until the contents set. Use once
or twice a day as a regular lip balm.
Shea Butter for Your Hair
Shea butter is non-greasy and
so makes the perfect moisturiser for hair.
Dry, brittle and damaged hair can benefit from
Say goodbye to wild, frizzy hair. Shea butter
will tame and make your wildly-flying tresses more
If you straighten or iron your hair regularly,
use a little Shea butter to protect your hair
against heat damage.
Do it yourself
Shea Butter for Dandruff - Take
a dollop of Shea butter in one hand. After it
melts, use the fingers of the other hand to
massage it bit by bit into your scalp. Do this 2-3
times a week to eliminate dandruff.
Shea Butter to Protect Hair against Heat
Damage - You can use the
butter directly or add grapeseed/ Hydrate
Avocado Oil, both of which have a
high smoke point. Apply it to small areas as you
blow dry or straighten your hair.